Westport Farmers’ Market First in County to Feature GMO-Free Vendors

By Analiese Paik

Westport Farmers’ Market is once again on the cutting edge of consumer demand with their commitment to make the market GMO-free. Market Master Lori Cochran announced this goal at the Don’t be Fooled by GMOs event held at the Westport Inn on Sunday, April 1. Organic farmer Bob Burns of Aiki Farms in Ledyard brought a few GMO-free signs to the event for Lori and one was prominently displayed at the market’s exhibitor space as a signal of their commitment. “We can’t promise the market will be GMO-free when we open on May 24, and we may have fewer vendors, but please know that we take this very seriously and are working with our vendors to make this a reality” said Cochran.

According to Cochran 100% of the farm-fresh vegetables sold at the market will be organic and each vendor will be sporting GMO-free signs. This is particularly important in a year where genetically modified sweet corn will be coming on the market. Be sure to ask before you buy your corn elsewhere, especially in grocery stores. Both Whole Foods Market and Trader Joe’s have committed to not carrying GM sweet corn. But why not just buy it fresh-picked that day from one of the many farmers’ markets and farm stands we have to choose from in our county? Please consult our Guide to Farmers’ Markets and Guide to Organic Farm Stands to find a convenient market near you.

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