There's no shortage of the sounds of spring on an April Saturday in Fairfield County, from the honking of geese overhead to the cracking of bats at youth baseball fields. But if you want to experience the first real sign of the season change and the warm weather, head to the New Canaan Farmers Market, which opens April 25.

Debuting in 1999, the New Canaan Farmers Market has some 30 vendors, all located in Connecticut, from gluten-free to goat's cheese, with some stands operating on staggered monthly schedules to maintain a weekly variety.

"It's a huge assortment," said Alexis Gazy, who has run the market since its creation. "We've got a lot to offer."

The market is open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Those who show up at the opening can expect Connecticut-grown potatoes, shallots, leeks, kale, lettuce, baby greens and, of course, carrots -- the mascot of the New Canaan Farmers Market.

Gazy said the market typically takes at least a few weeks to build up to the hundreds of shoppers it accommodates on a typical summer Saturday.

"We get a lot of foot traffic," Gazy said. "And I think we bring a lot of foot traffic to downtown."

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