Georgetown farmers’ market offers variety of produce

Farmers’ markets have always been an outlet for people to buy locally grown fresh produce or for local small businesses to promote their latest products. They have benefited local communities on economic, social, and nutritional levels.

The Georgetown farmers’ market, at 4 Old Mill Road in Redding, is one example of this model. It has been around for many years, offering the community and neighboring towns a variety of produce and goods from locally sourced small businesses and farms.

On a recent Sunday, the vendors and their products ran the gamut from edibles to personal care.

Mill Pond Essentials was the only tent selling a non-food item that day. They are a small business that sells a wide variety of organic soaps, including goat milk soap. They also said they will start selling fragrances soon.

Redding’s Warrup’s farm sells all sorts of produce. That day, they were showing off their maple syrup and fresh garlic, both straight from the farm.

A man by the name of Bill Hill ran the stand, under a small umbrella, armed with his ukulele.

“We’ve been doing syrup for 40 years and raising vegetables just as long,” he said when asked about his product.

Carrot Top Kitchens is a Redding business that offers speciality foods, gift baskets, catering, and restaurant consulting. At their stand, they were selling pickles, soups, hummus, jams, chutneys, and more.

William Anastas runs the business with the help of his partner, Victoria Eastus. “We locally source everything,” he said.

Fresh Pastabilities, also a Redding business, sells handmade ravioli, manicotti, sauces, and of course, pasta (egg-free). It is run by Robert Tantillo, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America.

Geremia Gardens and Farm offers organic fruits and vegetables, gluten-free breads, and community-supported agriculture (CSA) pickups. Sal Geremia is the owner of the farm and also the “market master” for the Georgetown farmers’ market. He won the 2011 National Farmer of the Year Award.

To the right was Veronica’s Garden of Ridgefield. They were selling produce straight from their farm, such as corn, tomatoes, squashes, lettuce, jams, and more.

“We’ve been doing this market for 15 years, now,” said Bob DeNucci, who ran the tent. “We do a lot of our picking the night before or the morning of, so it’s all fresh.”

Around the corner was Wave Hill Breads of Norwalk — a micro-bakery that sells artisanal breads, croissants, and cookies. They are all organic and all baked fresh; but not gluten-free. They are mostly a distributor to local stores and supermarkets, but are open to the public on Sundays.

Rounding out the vendors was Petropoulos Family Groves All Natural Authentic Greek Olive Oil. They were selling a selection of different olive oils, olives, chapstick, sea salt, soap, and balsamic vinegar. All of it was processed from their own olives.