The Ridgefield Farmers’ Market is no more.
After three years of offering fresh fruits and vegetables and other items like jams and even meats at the Lounsbury House Community Center on Main Street, the market directors posted a notice on their Facebook page April 10 to say it is all over.
“It is with sadness and great disappointment that I announce that Lounsbury House will not continue holding our Farmers’ Market this summer,” the Facebook post said. “We gave it our all, and appreciate all of the hard work and incredible effort on the part of our farmers and vendors. We tried for three years but felt stuck in the rut of not being able to attract enough quality vendors due to the lack of support from the community. We continue to believe that it is a worthwhile goal to be able to offer fresh vegetables to everyone, and hope you’ll visit one of our neighboring markets! To all of our regular supporters…..we say thank you, and we’ll miss you!”
There were not enough customers to support the farmers, said Jenn Seeley, development director for the Lounsbury House.
“There was not enough community support, and it was difficult for vendors to come every week without people arriving. It’s hard to attract more vendors if you don’t have shoppers,” Seeley said.
The Farmers’ Market was open from June to October, on Thursdays from 2 to 6 p.m. The first year it was held on Wednesdays from 1 to 5 p.m.
“We tried very hard for three years, we tried different things, including cooking demonstrations, and had vendors for weeks on end who wouldn’t make any money,” Seeley said. “We had nice stuff but failed to attract the shoppers we need to continue.”