By Analiese Paik
Farmers’ markets have become popular destinations for shoppers who like to buy directly from a variety of family farmers and artisan food producers. You can’t get fresher food unless you grow it yourself, which means it tastes better, is more nutritious, and lasts longer in the fridge. Luckily, organic choices abound, especially at the Westport Farmers’ Market.
The gap between the summer Westport market ending and the winter market beginning is mere days this year rather than weeks! The summer market ends on November 6, and the winter market at Gilbertie’s Herb Gardens opens on November 15. Even in the winter, the variety of fresh vegetables available at vendor stalls is impressive. Freshly harvest winter root crops including parsnips, celery root (celeriac), turnips, and rutabagas, along with storage carrots, potatoes, and garlic, invite shoppers to purchase everything needed for soups, braises and stews. Greenhouse grown herbs, greens, and mushrooms provide a welcome diversity of flavors.
Complete your shopping list with farm-fresh eggs, pastured meats, cheeses, breads and other baked goods, pastas, honey, jams and jellies, and maple syrup.
Vendors will be announced shortly. Mark your calendars for opening day.