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.
Click here to sign up for Daily Voice's free daily emails and news alerts.