Its the season for lovers of succulent local strawberries, crisp lettuces, and kale as far as the eye can see. I am talking about farmers' markets, the best place to put some local flavor in your diet.
I can honestly say if I wasn't vending at these markets I would be shopping at them since the food is just so good. There are three good reasons why shopping at a farmers' market is good for your soul as well as your tummy!
The first being that you can support local economy in a grassroots type of way, the hands that are selling you the lettuce or strawberries are the same hands that have tilled the ground and nurtured that product up until the point of sale. Smaller farms survive sometimes only on income made at farmers' markets, they are too small to compete in a wholesale market for business.
Reason number two, sense of community this is something that we as Southburians sometimes miss out on. I have lived here my whole life, but there are so many new people in town now I sometimes go a whole day without running into someone I know. The market can be a place to converse with neighbors and meet friends over a cup of coffee or wood fired pizza, and listen to music while the kids play.
Last but definitely not least FRESHNESS! You are buying freshest quality produce, eggs and baked goods. They haven't sat on a shelf for a week (sometimes a month in the case of eggs) they are picked just a few hours in most cases and will last longer in your fridge.
Opening this week is the Southbury Farmers' Market which is located at the town hall green. The market is opening with new hours this year opening at 3PM and closing at 6PM.
All of your old favorites will be there like, Mitchell Farm, The Farm, Sunrise Sunset Farm, Freshwater Farm, Goatboy Soap, Averill Farm, and my own Daffodil Hill Growers. Two new vendors this year will be Sunset Meadow Vineyards from Goshen and Lenny's Coal Fired Pizza of Shelton. There will be music by Bern McWain and a giant pumpkin seed planting station for the kids !