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Summer in January: Winter farmers' market to open in New Canaan

Published 4:45 pm, Wednesday, November 28, 2012

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  • New Canaan will host a winter farmers market this year at the New Canaan Nature Center. Above, Victor Malindretos serves up a brick oven pizza at the 2011 summer market. Photo: Jeanna Petersen Shepard, ST / New Canaan News
    New Canaan will host a winter farmers market this year at the New Canaan Nature Center. Above, Victor Malindretos serves up a brick oven pizza at the 2011 summer market. Photo: Jeanna Petersen Shepard, ST

 

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A farmers' market may not be the first thing that comes to mind when there is six inches of snow on the ground, but that could be just the scenario after the Board of Selectmen approved a winter market at its meeting Tuesday morning.

From Jan. 8 to March 26, the New Canaan Nature Center will host the market on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in its greenhouse.

Laura Heckman, executive director of the Nature Center, and Alexis Gazy, the coordinator for the New Canaan farmers' market, will operate the winter market.

"It's warm, and in the middle of winter a greenhouse feels wonderful with its humidity," Heckman said after the meeting.

This is the second year the Nature Center has hosted the winter market, which was deemed a success last year. Heckman said residents have been clamoring for a repeat this winter.

"It will be just like last year. We already are having people asking us when it will start up. I think that it will build year to year and will get stronger," she said at the Board of Selectmen meeting.

The proposal for the market was met with strong support at the meeting, where it received unanimous approval.

"I think it's terrific," Selectman Nick Williams said.

Although there won't be corn on the cob or fresh strawberries at the market, Heckman said there will be vegetables grown indoors, as well as homemade prepared goods.

"There will be fresh greenhouse vegetables; it's amazing to see, like really green leafy spinach. There are farmers who take the tomato harvest and make sauces, that kind of thing," along with bread bakers and egg sellers, she said.

There are expected to be between eight and 15 stalls at the market, Heckman said.

twoods@bcnnew.com; 203-972-4413; @Woods_NCNews