The Branford Alps Farmers Market, in addition to featuring some of the most fresh and local produce along the shoreline, is working to make the weekly event as family and child friendly as possible. Families are encouraged to bring their children, interact with local farmers, and enjoy a few select boots that encourage reading and learning.

This week features a special addition to the market: Read to Grow is donating a basket of books for a children’s book swap that will reside at the market table, and was created in partnership with the Branford Early Childhood Collaborative (BECC). Bring a book and take one away - or borrow a book and replenish the basket when you can. There will also be information in the basket about reading aloud to children and the Read to Grow program.

Also this week are kids’ story time and crafts (free), along with face painting and Henna designs for a charge at Teach Art 2 Me.

Following is the full list of vendors that will be on hand at the July 23 Branford Alps Farmers Market:

Musicians are a local father/daughter duo: Bill and Kara Welch

CT Farmers: Medlyn, GourmAvian, Truelove, Smyth’s Trinity, Northfordy, Beltane Goat cheese, Waldingfield, Starlight, Late Bloomer

CT Food vendors: Shearwater Organic Coffee, Aleia’s gluten-free products (new vendor, Branford’s own), Savvy Tea, Connecticut Gourmet Bread, Whole G Bread and Pastries, Moon Rocks Cookies, Mama Del’s Pasta

Local Crafts: LBL Designs - unique wearable art made from copper, sterling silver, fossils, sea glass, shells, natural stones and more. (new to the market)

CT made Body Care Products: Aiyana Essentials - (new to market) - Aiyana Essentials incorporates high quality oils from around the world into their unique products, made in Waterford, CT. They include organic ingredients wherever possible.

Welcome back BHCare as our non-profit booth.

Food trucks: The Caseus truck returns with their famous grilled cheese sandwiches, and Bowl’d Creations will be on hand with smoothies and fruit creations.

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