WESTPORT — It is common knowledge in Connecticut and throughout the country that Westport emerged as a “hot spot” early in the coronavirus pandemic. Town officials closed schools, restricted gatherings, and issued strict orders for social distancing in early March, days before a wave of similar restrictions swept the rest of the state. Still, the idea that Westport Farmers’ Market (WFM) would close indefinitely was the farthest thing from the minds of executive director, Lori Cochran Dougall, and the WFM board of directors. In fact, the opposite is true. WFM rolled up its figurative sleeves and got to work envisioning a farmers’ market like no other at a time of greatest need.
“Local farmers and food producers are the people consumers trust in a crises like this,” said Lori Cochran Dougall, executive director of WFM. “We heard our customers requests to open early and provide an alternative to big box stores.”