January 22, 2020

Essex May Market Set for May 7, Rain or Shine

Essex Garden Club members prepare for the annual May Market

Essex Garden Club members prepare for the annual May Market

ESSEX – Mark your calendars for the Essex May Market, Saturday, May 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine, in the town park on Main Street in Essex Village.

Just in time for Mother’s Day, there will be herbs and herbal gift creations as well as the Garden Club’s famous garlic salt, made from a closely guarded secret recipe since 1953.

Always the star of Essex May Market are the ever-popular Members’ Plants.  People have been coming to Essex on May Market day for years from all over New England to take advantage of the healthy plants dug and nurtured by the Garden Club members.  These plants include perennials, groundcovers, grasses and shrubs dug and potted by club members.  An early sell-out in the Members’ Plants area each year are the many varieties of tomato plants grown from seed.  There will be 300 tomato plants, including many heirloom varieties guaranteed to grow in our climate. There will also be a colorful assortment of annuals and hanging baskets for sale.  Knowledgeable Garden Club members will be available to help with any questions on caring for the plants.  Back by popular demand this year is the all-natural compost available for sale.

The “Treasures” section is a great place to find gently used pieces of jewelry, garden pieces, planters, books, children’s items, gardening tools and a mix of odds and ends. The Silent Auction will have an incredible array of goods and services donated from many generous merchants. Local CT breads and honey will be for sale.

The May Market Café offers donuts and coffee starting in the morning and light lunch fare at midday.

May Market is the Garden Club’s only annual fundraising event.  Proceeds support civic improvement projects, such as beautifying town parks and traffic islands in Essex, Centerbrook and Ivoryton.  Plantings are also purchased for the Essex Town Hall, Town Park and for public schools serving Essex students.  Funds also provide scholarships for high school seniors and college students, summer camperships for young students, and educational programs for Essex Elementary School and John Winthrop Middle School.

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