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Farmers markets good for economy: officials

Published 10:33 am, Monday, July 21, 2014
  • The New Canaan Farmers’ Market, at the old Center School parking lot at South Avenue and Maple Street, is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday through Nov. 22. File photo Photo: Contributed Photo / New Canaan News
    The New Canaan Farmers’ Market, at the old Center School parking lot at South Avenue and Maple Street, is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday through Nov. 22. File photo Photo: Contributed Photo

 

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Connecticut's 130 farmers markets are open for the season.

In a recent news release, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy encouraged residents to support local growers and the economy by visiting the markets.

"We all know that there is no substitute for fresh, locally grown food," Malloy, a frequent customer at markets in Hartford, said. "Right now is the time to take advantage of the incredible quality and diversity of products being offered at farmers markets across our state."

Among the venues in the area are:

New Canaan Farmers Market, old Center School parking lot at South Avenue and Maple Street. It is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday through Nov. 22. For information, visit newcanaanfarmersmarket.net.

Darien Farmers Market, Mechanic Street public parking behind Post Road fire station. It is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through October. For information, visit darienfarmersmarket.net.

Stamford Museum and Nature Center Farmers Market, 39 Scofieldtown Road. It is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday through Sept. 28. For information, visit www.stamfordmuseum.org.

Wilton Farmers Market, Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Road. It is open from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Oct. 1. For information, visit wiltonfarmersmarket.com.

Sweet corn is in season, as well as blueberries, raspberries and most popular vegetables. Other farm products, such as honey, jams, soaps, baked goods, eggs, cheeses and meats, can also be found at many of the markets.

The number of state farmers markets has roughly doubled in the last decade as demand for local products has risen, according to the release. Connecticut also leads New England in the number of new farms created in recent years.

Agriculture contributes about $3.5 billion into Connecticut's economy and represents about 28,000 jobs.

"Agriculture is thriving in Connecticut and farmers markets are the showcase for the exceptional fruits and vegetables and other farm products being offered by our growers," Agriculture Commissioner Steven K. Reviczky said. "The increased interest in local food and the state's solid support system for our farm families means consumers can find a market in just about any urban, suburban or rural community."

A complete listing of farmers markets and information on programs that protect and restore farmland are available by visiting CTGrown.gov.