New Canaan Farmers Market opens with Earth Day theme
NEW CANAAN — For the many participants who helped celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, it was simply a matter of doing what’s right for the kids.
“I wish more people would care about the Earth and the environment and everything they use,” said Ladan Tavasoli of New Canaan, who was on hand for the official opening of the New Canaan Farmers Market. “It’s so important for the future.”
“We’re only going to be here a little while, but for our kids,” she said, it’s important to do what’s right for the planet they will inherit.
Conscious consumerism is the one of the themes for the market itself, which began its 17th season in beautiful weather, with a steady crowd in attendance.
“We run through December, rain or shine,” said Lexi Gazy, market master, who was offering little kids the chance to plant some peas to help celebrate Earth Day.
“Every day should be Earth Day,” she said. “Farmers invented it. We’re an Earthy Day every Sunday.”
Gazy pointed over to one of the many children visiting at the market.
“This is why we’re here,” she said. “For that little kid over there, so he can eat healthier (and) for the next generation, to save the farms.”
“We’ve got all sorts of stuff going on in town today,” Selectman Beth Jones said, in celebration of the day. “I think there’s a lot of environmental consciousness in town.”
Activities included various cleanup projects around the areas, planting activities and simple celebrations of the planet we cherish.
“It’s our planet,” Jones said. “Any of us who have children or grandchildren, if we want the planet to be livable for them, we’d better care for it.”
“We’ve got so many underutilized resources and resources that are being abused,” said Maryalice Gelhaus, one of the volunteers helping the Conservation Commission make a statement at the market on behalf of the Earth. “It’s just a matter of evening things out so we’re not wasting things and we’re taking care of what we have.”
“I think it’s a great way for kids and adults to connect to nature and really be mindful of what’s happening,” she said.
“After all these years it seems like it’s something people are still paying attention to,” said Mark Nicyper, a vendor from Whistle Stop Bakery in Ridgefield, who was pleased to see so many children at the Farmers Market.
“This is becoming normal now for the kids, to come to this,” he said. “These kids are growing up with that. That’s the real dynamic of how the whole Earth Day has evolved.”