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Shoppers Find Fresh Choices At The Monroe Farmers Market

Les Sharp, of The Olive Oil Factory
Les Sharp, of The Olive Oil Factory Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Shoppers go around the market in search of a deal.
Shoppers go around the market in search of a deal. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Families shop for fresh vegetables from Gazy Brothers Farm.
Families shop for fresh vegetables from Gazy Brothers Farm. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Jeanne Malgioglio, JoAnn Zimmerman, and Barb Susi from Binky Patrol in Monroe-Trumbull.
Jeanne Malgioglio, JoAnn Zimmerman, and Barb Susi from Binky Patrol in Monroe-Trumbull. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Knitted "doli" creations from Binky Patrol
Knitted "doli" creations from Binky Patrol Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Binky Patrol sign
Binky Patrol sign Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Local Raw Honey for sale at the market.
Local Raw Honey for sale at the market. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Mason's Farm Market from Monroe
Mason's Farm Market from Monroe Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Carl Anthony's brick oven pizza
Carl Anthony's brick oven pizza Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Children playing while parents shop in the market.
Children playing while parents shop in the market. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Shoppers enjoying pizza and chatting.
Shoppers enjoying pizza and chatting. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris

MONROE, Conn. — Shoppers at the Monroe Farmers Market have a wide variety of choices — from fresh vegetables from Gazy Brothers Farm to cheeses and frozen yogurt from Little Farm on Main — and much, much more.

It's a good idea to show up early at the market, set up on Fridays afternoons at 7 Fan Hill Road in Monroe, because parking can sometimes be a little tight.

The market this year has a wide variety of foods, including fresh vegetables, cheeses, frozen yogurts, and clams along with local bands playing live music at the gazebo.

The specialty at the Little Farm on Main is feta and chevere cheeses. Its frozen yogurt is made of all natural products and contains no artificial flavors. Tyler Pan and Brian Engelhard handed out samples of some of the cheeses to interested shoppers.

Truelove Farms, Jane’s Good Food, Pepe’s Cream of the Crop, Guy’s Eco-Garden, Mason’s Farm Market of Monroe, Carl Anthony’s brick oven pizza, Biscotti Etc., Carrot Top Kitchensin Redding, the Monroe Elementary School Gardens, Addeo Italian Ice in Shelton, and Nature View Farm were among the many vendors at the market.

At another table was the Binky Patrol, a national organization that collects and delivers handmade blankets to critically ill or traumatized children.

“We enjoy giving blankets to those children in need, and we were also the ones who made the scarves for Sandy Hook,” JoAnne Zimmerman said.

The ladies at the market are from the Monroe/Trumbull chapter. They serve and deliver items to children in the greater Bridgeport area, as well as surrounding areas, and to other young people who may be in need.

“This is the best family to become a part of and it’s truly an honor,” Barb Susi said. Susi joined the organization back in January 2014 when they started up the chapter.

They have made deliveries to the Bridgeport Rescue Mission and Daughters of Charity, United Way, and the Center for Family Justice. Other places include Jonathan Law High School and Trumbull High School.

Blankets have been delivered to hospitals including Bridgeport, Danbury, Griffin, Norwalk, St. Vincent’s and Yale.

For more information on the Binky Patrol, visit the group's website or Facebook page.

The Monroe Farmers Market is open Fridays from 3 to 6 p.m. For more information, visit its Facebook page or website.

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