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 8: Sugar & Olives

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.

@chrismmarquette; cmarquette@bcnnew.com