The weather was not that promising this past Saturday, but I decided to take a stroll through downtown Danbury and visit the so-anticipated Farmers Market at the Danbury Green. Cloudy or not, residents were not shy to come out to check the seasonal food and other items available from local farmers.
With their fragile, seductive fragrance, sweet pea flower bouquets by Darcie Bowers Flower Farmer of New Milford were a delicate attraction. Made to order, Bowers took her time to explain the peculiarities and uniqueness of each flower, carefully wrapping them in rustic kraft paper.
Four steps to the left, Julissa Cadena of Julissa Designs displayed her one-of-kind clothing, jewelry and accessories line for women. “This is my second year. Last year, I made a lot of new connections and I came back to continue to support the Farmers Market,” she said.
Cadena shared that her business will be partaking in the Danbury Fashion Week to be held on July 28 at 261 Main Street in Danbury.
Bridgewater Sunny Meadow Farm’s partners Jon Lindblom and Jennifer Heaton–Jones brought several specialties from their farm. “We are here to sell a variety of vegetables, greens and free-range chickens along with our homemade jelly by my son Jon, and the maple syrup that was boiled off this early spring,” explained Sandy Nichols, Lindblom’s mother.
Although she holds a full-time corporate job, April Damraksa decided to begin farming part time, hoping to transition to full time within five years. Her company, Part Thyme Farmer, offers a full line of basic greens. “One of the things that will differentiate us from other vendors is that my husband is Thai, so when the warmer weather comes, we will be selling a range of popular Asian vegetables. The fried garlic and roasted red pepper are an example of that Asian influence,” she explained.
Students of the University of Connecticut Extension program were offering a nutrition class to the public. “We are here teaching and educating the public about nutrition, doing food demos and samples. “Participants who attended the class will receive a $15 certificate to spend at the Farmers Market to purchase organic foods,” explained UConn nutrition major student Izzah Ali.
More than shopping for produce and other farm items, educational material and resources were also available for parents and kids. “Each week the Danbury Family Learning Center (DFLC) provides a learning activity for children to participate in. Last week the children made kaleidoscopes and binoculars. Each week, the activity goes along with a story,” said Anne Mead, Danbury Public Schools Early Childhood Education and Extended Learning Programs administrator.
Ramona Santos, The Community Action pantry services coordinator and community services specialist, had her 9-year old daughter Kelly help to identify families in need of free food pantry items and diapers.
Many other local farmers were at the opening. The Farmers Market will run every Saturday until October 20, except on August 4 and September 8, from 10 am to 2 pm. They accept credit and debit card, WIC, SNAP and FMNP coupons. Complimentary parking is available at the Patriot Garage.
For extended photography coverage, please visit www.tribunact.com. For more information about the Farmers Market and vendors, visit or call:
– The Community Action Program – http://caawc.org
– Danbury Farmers Market – https://danburyfarmersmarket.org
– Darcie Bowers Flower Farmer – 917-327-3824
– DoggyLicious – www.doggyliciousct.com
– Danbury Family Learning Center (DFLC) – 203-830-6508
– Julissa Designs – www.JulissaDesigns.com
– Part Thyme Farmer – www.partthymefarmer.com
– Sunny Meadow Farm – www.sunnymeadow.farm