Monroe Farmers’ Market offers fresh produce, live music and ice cream

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The Monroe Farmers Market is held on the green in front of Town Hall every Friday from 3 to 6 p.m.

The canopy from large trees on the town green shields visitors of the Monroe

The band, Famous Before We’re Dead, performs inside the gazebo at the Monroe Farmers’ Market on Friday, July 5.

Farmers’ Market from the sun on hot Friday afternoons and they can cool off with ice cream sundaes and cones from the Walnut Beach Creamery truck.

Those seeking a dairy-free option can get a sweet treat from Addeo’s Italian Ice, said Market Master Keith Ciociola, adding Monroe’s market has something for everyone.

Aside from fresh fruit and vegetables from local farms, the Monroe Farmers’ Market has specialty foods — all using at

Madison Goulet, 1, of Shelton, rests on the counter of Carl Anthony’s brick oven pizza at the Monroe Farmers’ Market on July 5.

least one Connecticut agricultural ingredient.

“It’s a great way for people to be exposed to what Connecticut growers and producers have to offer,” Ciociola said of the weekly event.

Monroe’s market is held on the green every Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. This year’s market runs through Oct. 25.

Each event features live entertainment. On Friday, July 5, the band, Famous

Grace Richards-Hannigan, owner of Sunrise Home Baking, sells her fresh baked goods at the Monroe Farmers’ Market.

Before We’re Dead, performed inside the gazebo. This week Canyon, a singer and songwriter from Westport, will play music with her acoustic guitar.

The Children’s Coloring Station will be open with brand new farm-themed coloring pages provided by Southbury Printing.

Friday will be the market’s first Pickle Fest. Carrot Top Kitchens will have varieties of pickles for people to sample and the first 100 to stop by will receive a free themed, reusable market tote bag with prizes.

Joe Moravsky, a Monroe athlete who competes on the TV show “American Ninja Warrior,” attends the Monroe Farmers’ Market with his family, wife Stephanie, daughter Emily, 3, and son Jacob, 1.

Ciociola said the Monroe Farmers Market has guest appearances by community organizations such as the Lions Club, Monroe Land Trust and the Monroe Historical Society.

Organizers of the market are grateful to its business sponsors, who contribute money toward the advertising and entertainment.

For information on the Monroe Farmers Market, visit its website, monroefarmersmarket.org, and sign up for its text messaging service and email newsletter. The market also has Facebook and Instagram pages.

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