Every Saturday morning, rain or shine, from May through November, the Old Center School parking lot is transformed into the New Canaan Farmers Market.
Vendors and townspeople alike fill the lot, and their eco-friendly canvas bags, with a variety of goods and fresh produce for the week.
The buzz surrounding the market has increased significantly as more and more green-minded people search for certified organic food and want to know where the food they are purchasing comes from.
"You can taste the difference once you eat the produce here. It's hard to buy it at the supermarket," Marjorie Wilkes said while picking out corn at the Farmers Market last Saturday.
George Hall Farm, located in Simsbury, is one of the many vendors at the market that offers certified organic produce and states that, "The best things in life are pesticide free!"
Michelle Nanfito and her son, Tevin, sell an assortment of George Hall Farm's goods below a shaded canopy every Saturday at the market.
"It's our first year here (at the market). I like coming out here, it's a good vibe," Tevin Nanfito said.
George Hall Farm also sells its fare in markets in West Hartford, New Haven, Middletown and East Granby.
The farm has set up a Community Supported Agriculture program that allows consumers to by "shares" of the farm's products.
In return for purchasing a "share," a consumer receives a box of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.
"I love to shop at the market and support the local farmers," said New Canaan resident Sanra Heyd.
Riverbank Certified Organic Farm, Woodland Farms, Gazy Brother Farm, Shortt's Organic Farm and Smith's Acres are vendors that, like George Hall Farm, offer certified organic foods.
The market it is not limited to fruits and vegetables. There is also a wide range of goods that can be purchased in the many tents set up around the lot.
Michele's Pies of Norwalk sells an assortment of fresh homemade pies. Owner Michele Stuart even went up against Bobby Flay in a pumpkin pie-baking contest on his show, "Throwdown! with Bobby Flay," on the Food Network.
Beldotti and Whistle Stop bakeries are two other venders at the New Canaan Farmers Market that sell a number of baked goods, while Raus Coffee Company provides a selection of coffee.
Du Soleil has a selection of gourmet food, including freshly made quinoa salad, gazpacho and empanadas.
"We always sell out," Maria Munoz Del Castillo said. "Our most popular selling item is the pebre (a fresh Chilean Salsa). You can put it on fish and meat and chicken."
Del Castillo and her mother, Soledad Del Castillo Blanco, have recently signed papers for a new space in Westport, where they plan to start a bistro.
"We have been doing the New Canaan Farmers Market for two and a half years," said Del Castillo. "I have saved every single dime. New Canaan, I love you. Darien, I love you. I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for all the support and steady clients we have had."
The New Canaan Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Nov. 17 in the Old Center School parking lot.
MacMcDonough is a correspondent for the New Canaan News