Think Global – Eat Local. Farmers Markets Near Stamford

June 25th, 2009

I have always liked shopping farmers markets, allowing the dinner menu to emerge from whatever veggies!goodies I can find on the weathered tables and presented from hands that have touched the actual earth that sprouted my future meal.

After watching Earth 2100 (see post below) I became even more inspired to shop the farmer’s markets. Besides that fresh picked tastes better and lasts longer, we can rest assured that the carbon footprint is smaller when the cucumbers are not being transported from half way around the planet and hopefully are not just a little piece of the agribusiness puzzle that genetically modifies and then chemically ripens our produce. (Did you know that our ‘winter’ tomatoes are picked green and then ripened with methylene? Watch the trailer for upcoming movie, Food Inc. for more on that topic.)

Finally, at least for me, it is myth that buying food at the farm stand is more expensive. At the grocery store whether the veggies are pre-packaged or there is a 3 for 1 type deal going, I always end up with more than I can use before they spoil since they were likely picked at least two weeks prior.

Yesterday I arrived at the new High Ridge Shopping Center Farmer’s Market a little too late, they were packing up. However, I managed to purchase 3 beautiful cucumbers and 2 large and juicy tomatoes for only $2. I can tell you that the cucumbers were so good, my teen age kids ate one with breakfast this morning. Now that’s a testimonial and a dollar well spent if my teens are eating veggies for breakfast.

more veggiesHere’s where you can buy your food fresh and local, reduce the damage to the Earth in the process, and feed your self and loved ones with fewer chemicals.

Wednesdays, 10am-4pm High Ridge Shopping Center, Stamford, CT
Promises fresh produce, flowers & baked goods from in and around Connecticut.

Wednesdays, 10am-2pm Bartlett Arboretum, High Ridge Road, Stamford, CT
Promises seasonal vegetables, fruits, cheese, chocolate, fresh baked pies, homemade soaps and lotions and more, grown and made in Connecticut.

Wednesdays, 11am – 6pm Darien Farmers Market, Municipal Parking Lot on Mechanic St. Promises Now featuring greenhouse tomatoes, lettuces, other greens and baby root veggies, fresh cut herbs and flowers, annuals and perennials,hanging baskets, honey, free range eggs, non-hormone beef, pork, chicken, goats milk soaps, pies and pastries, breads, pesto, jams and jellies, and a whole lot more.

Saturdays, 9am – 2pm, Stamford Downtown French Market Bedford & Forest Street. Promises freshest fruits, vegetables, flowers, baked goods and more! Straight from the farm and right to your home.

Saturdays, 10am – 2pm New Canaan Farmers Market Corner of South Ave, Maple and Main Streets.

If you know of others, please let me know, I will add them to the list. Happy shopping local, eating fresh and saving Earth!

Thanks Elysa for helping to compile this list!

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