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Shelton Farmers Market Adds Health And Wellness Lessons To Its Lineup

Darlene and Bob Mingrone nearly sell out of their produce from East Village Farm.
Darlene and Bob Mingrone nearly sell out of their produce from East Village Farm. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Victoria Rogowski and Dawn Rogowski from Laurel Glen Farm sell produce at the Shelton Farmers Market.
Victoria Rogowski and Dawn Rogowski from Laurel Glen Farm sell produce at the Shelton Farmers Market. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Three Bridges Coffeehouse is one of Shelton's newest businesses.
Three Bridges Coffeehouse is one of Shelton's newest businesses. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Officer John Napoleone from the Shelton Police Department explains how to dispose of unwanted prescription medications.
Officer John Napoleone from the Shelton Police Department explains how to dispose of unwanted prescription medications. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Even young ladies enjoy shopping at the market.
Even young ladies enjoy shopping at the market. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Judy Harvey and friend Emily share the popularity of Touch of Hope pottery, which has won many prizes in craft fairs.
Judy Harvey and friend Emily share the popularity of Touch of Hope pottery, which has won many prizes in craft fairs. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Some of the pottery
Some of the pottery Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
More pottery to choose from.
More pottery to choose from. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Ryan Wohlert from Grassy Hill Farm sells produce.
Ryan Wohlert from Grassy Hill Farm sells produce. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Kathy Pip and Patty Macko work together at Spooner House for the same cause -- to help build hope to provide food and shelter for those in need.
Kathy Pip and Patty Macko work together at Spooner House for the same cause -- to help build hope to provide food and shelter for those in need. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Many different types of delicious pies are available to purchase from Royal Bakery.
Many different types of delicious pies are available to purchase from Royal Bakery. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Katlyn Russell from Stone Garden Farms in Shelton.
Katlyn Russell from Stone Garden Farms in Shelton. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Shoppers are on the lookout for the best vegetables.
Shoppers are on the lookout for the best vegetables. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Matt Zielinski tries to keep everyone cool with Addeo's Italian Ice.
Matt Zielinski tries to keep everyone cool with Addeo's Italian Ice. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris

SHELTON, Conn. – The Shelton Farmers Market served up more than just fresh produce and cool crafts this weekend. It also hosted its first-ever Health and Wellness Festival.

Many people came to check out the festival and learn new ways to keep their health in check.

One participant was Officer John Napoleone from the Shelton Police Department. “I am here today to inform people how to get rid of their prescription medications. I also have free pens and stickers, too,” Napoleone said.

Kate Pipa and Patty Macko were at the next table, raising awareness for Spooner House, a nonprofit organization that provides food, shelter, and support services to those in need.

“Our mission is to raise awareness and let people know that they are not alone. They have Spooner House to turn to,” Pipa said.

“Food banks are not just for the holidays, people are hungry all year long,” said Macko.

Griffin Hospital Valley Parish Nurses were also on hand to give blood pressure screenings, offer community health resources, and give information on breast wellness.

In the market area, BringTheHoopla was offering hula-hooping classes. And Touch of Hope Pottery was selling an assortment of pottery made by a mother-and-daughter team.

“My daughter started up Touch of Hope Pottery,” says Judy Harvey, Hope’s mother. “We have also won prizes at fairs, and even have won the blue ribbon for our pottery.”

Liquid Lunch was selling fresh bread, and Laurel Glen Farm and Grassy Hill Farms filled up tables with fresh produce.

Other vendors included Royal Bakery, Biscotti LLC., Jones Family Farms, Stone Gardens Farm, Stone Gardens Cut Flowers, Three Bridges Coffee House, and Hall’s Farms.

Other vendors at the festival include Addeo’s Italian Ice, The Dog That Laughed, These Things Take Thyme, and Bar 140.

The farmer’s market is open Wednesdays from 3 to 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It is located at 100 Canal St.

For more information, visit the market's Facebook page.

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