WALLINGFORD — Following a successful summer season, the Wallingford Farmers’ Market is returning on Saturday with familiar vendors and a few new ones.
“Because of how well the season went this year, I figured we should do another market for the community,” said Jon Scagnelli, market supervisor. “There is a lot of interest from vendors, we’re going to have about twenty-six.”
The market will run the usual time, 9 a.m. to noon, at Doolittle Park and will feature live music from Quinn Miller and well known vendors like Passionately Pasta, The Tasty Empanadas, Dondero Orchard and 24Peace clothing retailer. The park is located at 80 S. Elm St.
Nick Imbriglio, owner of Passionately Pasta in Wallingford, said participating in the market has helped his business grow tremendously, especially this year.
“I started out making about ten to fifteen pounds a week,” Imbriglio said. ”Now I’m making about 120 to 150 pounds. I’m just happy and humbled that people are willing to come out and show support."
Imbriglio makes all of his pasta from scratch, including the flour. His most popular pasta is culur giones, a teardrop shaped ravioli which has gotten rave reviews.
“The results, smiles and people coming back, have been a critical drive in pushing me forward,” he said.
MakePeace will be making its debut at the market selling gnomes and home decor. The Dog Bone is also joining the market selling a variety of grain-free cookies for dogs.
Jackie Cecchini, owner of The Dog Bone, said the Wallingford Farmer’s Market will be her first ever since opening her business five years ago.
“The idea is to get our name out there, for a little more exposure,” Cecchini said. “We want people to know that we have a storefront now and they can also order from us online.”
Customers can stop by the booth for an assortment of handmade dog treats and cookies and hats with sayings like “Dog Mom” and “Dog Dad”.
The Wallingford North Farms Volunteer First Department will be at the market to recruit and offer children an up close experience with a fire truck, Scagnelli said.
“We want to stay active in the community a little bit,” Scagnelli said. “This is a way to keep the vendor’s names out there and keep up the excitement of the market.”