Westport Farmers Market operates rain or shine
WESTPORT — A popular town tradition since its inception in June 2006, the Westport Farmers Market is in full swing, drawing crowds even in the pouring rain.
Every Thursday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., the Imperial Avenue market offers fresh, local produce from area farmers and restaurants, including a chef demonstration each week.
Jessica Bengtson, executive chef of Terrain Garden Cafe, will be at the market each week and is set to put on a demonstration later this season after a deluge on May 25 put a halt to the demo.
“I think it’s more than just a farmers market. I think Lori (Cochran-Dougall, the executive director of Westport Farmers Market,) has done a really good job of building a community. She makes it an interactive event,” Bengtson said. “It’s not just people shopping. It’s music and showcasing how beautiful Connecticut produce can be.”
Terrain is a sponsor of the farmers market and Bengtson plans to incorporate produce purchased from the market each Thursday into dinner specials at the restaurant.
“Now that they are open for the summer, every Thursday night we are going to be bringing back specials,” she said. “Terrain is trying to get back to our roots, based on local seasonal vegetables and we’re trying to showcase what Connecticut has to offer in the seasons that we’re in.”
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June 15: Mill Street Bar & Table
June 22: Nom-Eez
June 29: Jesup Hall
July 6: Tavern on Main
July 13: The Spread
July 20: Cask Republic
July 27: The Whelk
Aug. 3: Embody Wellness
Aug. 10: Winfield Street Italian Deli
Aug. 17: Jeff Taibe’s new restaurant (Name TBD)
Aug. 24: Locali
Aug. 31: Barcelona
Sept. 7: Pearl
Sept. 14: bartaco
Sept. 21: Fleisher’s Craft Butchery
Sept. 28: Mecha
Oct. 5: Winfield Street Coffee
Oct. 12: Fortina
Oct. 19: Fleisher’s Craft Butchery
Oct. 26: Tarry Lodge
Nov. 2: Collaboration Celebration
Nov. 9: Staples High School Culinary Group
One such dish Terrain offers is called the farmers board, which features pickled and raw vegetables.
“It’s a gorgeous combination of beautiful vegetables,” Bengtson said.
The first installation of the farmers’ market was 11 years ago when the late Paul Newman and chef Michel Nischan organized a market in the parking lot of the Westport Country Playhouse. Cochran-Dougall took over in 2010.