By Analiese Paik
Farmers’ markets in Fairfield, Greenwich and New Canaan opened for the season on May 17 and I shopped the New Canaan Farmer’s Market to purchase spring greens, vegetable transplants, artisan bread and other local provisions for my home and table.
Riverbank Farm, an organic produce grower in Roxbury, CT, was well-stocked with radishes, arugula, spinach, baby kale and salad mix. I also loaded up a flat of their herb and vegetable transplants to fill some of my raised beds since I was remiss in starting seeds early this year. It’s too early for spring garlic, but be sure to go in a few weeks and ask for this spring delicacy.
Farm2Jars, an exciting new vendor, launched their business on opening day. Finally, a company using local ingredients in their granola! Farm2Jars’ delicious, grain-free, gluten-free, egg-free, GMO-free, nut-based granolas are jazzed up with dried fruit grown organically on Sloane Farm. Farm2Jars was started by Debra Sloane of Sloane Farm and partner Rosemary Morretta, both board members of CT NOFA. When Sloane Farm harvests their first organic strawberries of the season in a few weeks, make Farm2Jars a destination (also a rotating vendor at Westport Farmers’ Market) to get a fresh batch of strawberry granola. If you’re on Twitter, follow Rosemary at @GoingGreenie. That’s where we’ve been hanging out before meeting in person!
Let these photos take you on a virtual tour of the New Canaan Farmers’ Market which runs every Saturday from 10-2 pm through November 22, 2014. Don’t miss Wave Hill Breads for fresh, artisan loves and heavenly croissants, Izzi B’s for allergen-free cupcakes and cookies, Michelle’s Pies for award-winning pies, Butterfield Farm/Promote the Goat for farmstead cheeses, Moorefield Herb Farm for organic herbs and tomatoes for your garden, and Goatboy Soaps for goat’s milk soaps for your home and gifts. If you go, make Riverbank Farm your first stop. By the time I made it there to purchase my greens, the spinach was gone.
Visit our 2014 Guide to Fairfield County Farmers’ Markets for a comprehensive list of markets including hours and locations.