Contest: Monroe has the best farmer’s market in Connecticut 2 years in a row

MONROE, CT – Fresh produce from local growers, live entertainment and fun programs for kids and families have all helped make Monroe Farmers’ Market the #1 market in Connecticut for the second year in a row.

Monroe Market was chosen by members of the public in an online vote conducted by American Farmland Trust. The city’s Farmers’ Market also finished second in the Northeast and fifth in the nation.

“Although we are a small town, I have learned to never underestimate the love and appreciation this community has for our Farmers Market, as demonstrated at this celebration,” said Kelly Plunkett. , the market manager.

Market Minis is a popular new program for kids this season.

“Since the market’s inception in 2008, we’ve adopted a traditional model where farmers and vendors are required to grow, raise and craft their own items – purchased right here in Connecticut,” she said. declared. “It has helped us stay focused and stay true to our mission every season by promoting agriculture in its various forms.”

“Each week, we are proud to showcase our farmers and vendors through sampling and launching our Market Minis program this year, which encourages our next generation of consumers to engage with the different aspects of our market,” Plunkett said.

She said the two programs were launched after the Monroe Farmers Market received funding to rank third in the nation last year.

“It has been a real joy to be part of this annual celebration with the goal of supporting other markets, uplifting each other and sharing our mutual pride and dedication in this important agricultural initiative,” said Plunkett.

The city market’s victory in the competition last year had a huge impact on this year’s market attendance and sales, according to Plunkett.

“We have been highly sought after and have to turn away vendors every week who want to participate,” she said. “In addition, 150 children signed up for the Market Minis program this year.”

The Monroe Farmers Market is held on the green at the corner of Fan Hill Road and Route 111 every Friday from 3-6 p.m. Plunkett shared images from last Friday’s market:

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