TRUMBULL, Conn. — Richard Moore and his mom, Nancy, grow about 40 heirloom and 15 hybrid tomato varieties on their six-acre farm in Trumbull’s picturesque Nichols section.
“If you don’t see it here, it doesn’t exist,” he said, pointing to a table of hardy plants for sale at the Trumbull Farmers Market Thursday.
Located on a sweeping, deep green field next to the Nichols Improvement Association building, the market opened for its second year this week, offering up everything from Moore’s tomatoes, herbs and succulents to fresh clams, baked goods and homemade dog and horse biscuits.
“We’re part of Connecticut Grown, so all of this stuff is Connecticut produce,” said Rob Martini, who started the market last year with his wife Catherine.
The Trumbull pair, who don’t have any particular farming expertise, decided to open the market when they heard Nancy and Richard Moore were closing a venerable farmers market across town.
They enlisted Nancy Moore’s help and started visiting other local markets to gauge whether they could convince farmers to set down roots in Trumbull.
“She lent her knowledge and reputation and here we are,” Martini said.
The market boasts about 18 vendors and Martini said the organizers try to keep it food focused, rather than branch out to other products. Residents can buy produce for dinner or just stop by to sample some of the prepared foods or grab a slice of pizza or an ice cream cone.
“There’s no center of town, so we thought we’d have this nice space,” Martini said.
A man created huge bubbles to the delight of several children who ran around popping them Thursday afternoon. In future weeks a nutritionist will be on hand to offer meal-planning tips that make optimal use of the produce, breads, meats and fish, Martini said.
Other non-food sellers occupy a community table that changes from week to week.
The Trumbull Farmers Market will be open every Thursday from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. through October 19 at 1773 Huntington Turnpike. To learn more about the vendors and special activities, visit the market’s website or Facebook page.