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A Steady Crowd At Newtown Farmers Market



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On its third day of the season, July 7, the Newtown Farmers Market was busy just moments after opening.

Its 2020 season began on June 23. The market is set to be open at Fairfield Hills, from 2 to 6:30 pm, every Tuesday this summer.

Some changes for the market this year, due to COVID-19 pandemic precautions, include enforcing social distancing, separating vendors by 12 feet, and limiting the market to food vendors only. Masks that cover the nose and mouth must be worn by vendors and shoppers alike, as previously reported by The Newtown Bee. Pre-ordering is encouraged through the vendors’ websites or Google forms. Links to the websites are available online at newtownctfarmersmarket.com.

Shoppers are also asked to not handle goods; using Venmo and credit cards for purchases is encouraged; and people are asked not to linger. Natalie McCraigh of Wonderland Jam, a market manager, said in an e-mailed update on July 6 that many vendors are now accepting cash and the market is held rain or shine, unless there are high winds or thunderstorms.

On July 7, the grounds where the Newtown Farmers Market is set up was busy with people keeping their distance while also stopping by the vendors’ tents. Short lines were quick to move, and people observably maintained their distance in the early afternoon.

This year’s vendors include Aquarian Caterers, Beldotti Bakery, Carrot Top Kitchens, Daffodil Hill, Down to Earth Apiaries, Eagle Wood Farms, Oronoque Farms, Real Food Share, Shortt’s Farm & Garden Center, South Ridge Farm, Sugar Magnolia Bakeshop, Upper Grassy Greens, Waldingfield Farm, Wonderland Jam, and Why Not Farm, according to the market’s website.

Friends, from left, Olivia Grasso, Savanna Cedrone, and Charlotte Grasso were some of the first visitors at the Newtown Farmers Market on July 7.
Sue Shortt, left, behind the counter — who owns and operates Shortt’s Farm & Garden Center in Sandy Hook with her husband, Jim, and who is also one of the Newtown Farmers Market managers — helped shoppers Lyndon and Mary Thomas, right, at the market on July 7.
Christine Paul, left, purchases goods from Mario Velec of Beldotti Bakery at the Newtown Farmers Market on July 7. —Bee Photos, Hallabeck
Real Food Share team leaders Grant Larson, left, and Rebecca Walsh, center, stand under the nonprofit’s tent with founder Sean Fitzpatrick at the Newtown Farmers Market on July 7.
Moments after opening for its third day of the season, July 7, shoppers were already lining up at vendor tents at the Newtown Farmers Market.
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