The Westport Farmers’ Market did not exactly have humble beginnings.
Fourteen years ago Paul Newman and his sidekick, Michel Nischan — the chef and co-ownwer of Newman’s Dressing Room restaurant — opened the market in the Westport Country Playhouse parking lot.
Newman’s name, Nischan’s passion — and the growing popularity of farmers’ markets — ensured a variety of vendors, and good crowds, from the start.
But now the Westport Farmers’ Market is really cooking.
It quickly outgrew its Playhouse home. The market moved to the Imperial Avenue commuter parking lot, just below the Westport Woman’s Club. There’s plenty of room, plenty of parking — and plenty to see, do and buy.
When the new season opens this Thursday (May 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), longtime market goers and eager newcomers will enjoy nearly 50 vendors, food trucks, chef demonstrations, children’s activities, music and more.
Offerings range far beyond fresh fruits and vegetables, to organic meat, seafood, bread, baked goods, coffee and tea (and kombucha), ice cream, honey and empanadas.
The most popular lunch trucks — pizza and Mexican food — are back too.
This year’s highlights include the Chef at the Market competition; Get Growing, the kids’ activity program, and more lunch seating than ever.
The Westport Farmers’ Market is not just a place to stock up on great, healthy food.
It’s a destination.
Somewhere, Paul Newman is smiling.
(For more information on the Westport Farmers’ Market, click here.)