DMBA takes over management of downtown farmers’ market

The Downtown Milford Farmers' Market will be overseen by the Downtown Milford Business Association beginning this year, the DMBA announced.

The downtown farmer’s market runs on Saturdays from June 2 through Oct. 13 and has a variety of fresh, local produce, baked goods, honey, flowers, eggs, as well as live music and attractions for kids and adults alike. It’s at 58 River St. in downtown Milford, adjacent to the Metro North station.

The other two farmers’ markets in the city — one in the Devon section and the other in the Woodmont borough — aren’t part of this management change.

The Downtown Farmers' Market began in 2005 and run by Sabrina Santoro of Sunflower Farm, Orange, until 2012, when Alex Malaspinas took over the the operation.

Since inception, the market has grown steadily year after year, organizers say. Malaspinas attributes that to marketing not only the local foods and products up for sale but the personalities and livelihoods of the vendors themselves.

“I wanted to connect people to people, and showcase the hardworking farmers and artisans behind it all,” he said.

The DMBA is also behind six other events throughout the year, including Pirate’s Weekend, the Wine Trail, HalloWeekend, and the Lamplight Stroll.

During the transition period, Malaspinas will stay on as an adviser to the DMBA, the association said.