Farmers Market won't be back this year
The Trumbull Farmers’ Market won’t be back this year but Town Hall is helping to find it a new home next year.
First Selectman Timothy’s Herbst’s Chief of Staff Lynn Arnow has been working to help find potential solutions that could bring the market back. The market’s organizer, Nancy Moore, closed the market this year, citing too strict regulations from the Trumbull Monroe Health District. The market was held on Thursdays at Long Hill Green.
Arnow and State Rep. Dave Rutigliano (R-123) visited the Monroe Farmers’ Market recently for ideas and input.
“I was very impressed with the variety and quality of vendors and I can see how something like would really be missed once it’s gone,” Arnow said.
Some of the vendors at the Monroe market had been to the Trumbull market and Arnow asked for their input. She said she has also discussed refrigeration requirements with the health district, and finding flexibility, if possible. Moore said in July that requirements for vendors to have refrigeration were stricter in Trumbull and Monroe than in other communities. The health district said in July that it was committed to protecting the public from food-borne illness, putting on the same requirements as other outdoor food events.
“For a small farmers’ market like Trumbull’s to work, all parties involved have to really want it – from the vendors serving the goods, on up to the health district setting and enforcing the rules," Rep. Rutigliano said. "I hope that by next year we can bring everyone together and get to a point where the market’s organizers, vendors, and regulators all agree on an easy, effective, and reasonable way to run things.”
A farmers’ market in Wilton, also on Thursday, has caused a conflict for some vendors, who couldn’t get between both in time, Arnow said.
For next year, a new time and location will be considered. A few locations mentioned are Town Hall green and a spot in Nichols.
“It’s too late in the season now to bring it back but we have a lot of great people interested in heading it up and helping,” she said. “It will definitely be an ongoing project.”
State Rep. Dave Rutigliano (R-123) was also a vocal advocate of getting the market back on track. Rutigliano said said food-safety regulations were important, but also needed to be reasonable.