Fresh from the farm: Market makes return to Darien

DARIEN — Farm fresh food returned to town Wednesday with the re-opening of the seasonal farmers market.

“It doesn’t get prettier than this,” regular customer Doris Bobik of Darien noted, looking through piles of lush green produce and marveling at the selection at the market, which will run every Wednesday at the Goodwives Shopping Plaza.

Like others, she prioritizes her weekly shopping by attending the market each week, which is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine, and runs right up to the day before Thanksgiving.

“All the farms are family-owned,” Amanda Sedor, market master, said of the participating operations, all of which are located in Connecticut. “This group of farmers have been friends a long time.”

Eight vendors will ultimately take part in the market, including two local bakeries, with offerings that include fresh produce, fruit, meat, eggs, plants, pet food and more.

“This is a great market because the farmers run it themselves,” Sedor said. “We all get along very well and just manage ourselves, and we love that.”

Customers seem to appreciate it as well.

“I love supporting local,” said Lauren Jordan of Rowayton.

She usually brings her kids, she said, and appreciates the convenience of a location that allows her to get other shopping tasks done at the same time.

“And it’s neat to actually meet some of the farmers and people who are serving the community,” she said.

Sean Wicks, a farmer’s apprentice with Roxbury-based Riverbank Farms, explained that that’s a large part of why he does what he does.

“We work so hard growing these vegetables and to me it’s all about getting these fresh, organic vegetables to people as soon as possible,” he said.

He praised this market in particular.

“People in Darien are so nice and inviting down here,” he said. “It’s definitely my favorite farmer’s market that I go to.”

Sedor and others also noted that, unlike some other markets, the flow of customers is more evenly paced, with a steady stream usually coming throughout the day and more and more people coming as the summer harvests increase.

“There are always people out shopping, which is very nice,” said Emily Lynn, manager of the Ox Hollow Farm in Roxbury. “They’re very dedicated.”

“A lot of people want to grab some good produce,” noted Rhiannon Luna, market associate with Ox Hollow. “They know where to come.”