Good Eats • Market Finds
Check out the delicious offerings at a farmers market, farms stand or farm store near you – listings (as a PDF), on CT Department of Ag’s page. As the season warms, look for special events, themed market updates, specialities and sights we find along the journey.
News from the Yale Sustainable Food Program (TSFP): Workdays have resumed at the Yale Farm, located at 345 Edwards St. (between Prospect and Whitney). Fresh produce from the Yale Farm is sold at the CitySeed Wooster Square Farmers’ Market each Saturday morning. The newsletter producers are interested in a “range of perspectives in agriculture and food journalism, so feel free to send us articles and suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org. Inclusion in this list does not imply endorsement by the YSFP.”
Get the word out about your farm, ag-related business – micro to macro enterprise. People can’t find you unless they know you are out there. Look for more ideas, events, people, food and more to connect to a vibrant sector of the regional economy.
Love farm markets and unique products? Try looking on Farm Market Finds, where you can search by location or interest. Recipes too.
NOFA CT Annual Farm & Food Guide – ‘the’ local guide to organically-certified and sustainable farms, with 13,000 copies distributed and featured online so consumers find good food, grown close to home. Here’s the link to see what’s inside.
Great food, locally produced – all year long. Stop by Killam & Bassette (K&B) Farmstead, South Glastonbury, farmstand open daily; full “honor system” format 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., every day – located at 14 Tryon St., South Glastonbury. Fresh farm eggs, jams, jellies, gift baskets, pork (raised on the farm); fresh cabbage. Oh, just go see and try their relish, available in a sugar-free version (no artificial sweeteners, it’s plain delicious). Much more; CSA too.
Don’t ever let weather stop your explorations for food, specialty products, excellent food. Here’s a link from Visit Connecticut for farm stores and markets.
New Entry Sustainable Farming Project‘s mission is to “improve our local and regional food systems by training the next generation of farmers to produce food that is sustainable, nutritious, and culturally-appropriate and making this food accessible to individuals regardless of age, mobility, ethnicity, or socio-economic status. In doing this work, we provide critical training, career development, and economic opportunity to new farmers.”
“A farm includes the passion of the farmer’s heart, the interest of the farm’s customers, the biological activity in the soil, the pleasantness of the air about the farm — it’s everything touching, emanating from, and supplying that piece of landscape. A farm is virtually a living organism. The tragedy of our time is that cultural philosophies and market realities are squeezing life’s vitality out of most farms. And that is why the average farmer is now 60 years old.”
― Joel Salatin, Everything I Want to Do Is Illegal: War Stories from the Local Food Front
Also see our Let’s Go Ag • Events page for other ideas and resources.
Choose local sources and foods grown in rich soil when possible. If something kills insects, you may want to think about what that substance does to larger animals – human beings – especially to the nervous systems and immune systems of young developing ones. Find a way to choose chickens and pigs and beef that are pastured in real grass, fed quality hay and good grains – stress is a real factor to any living thing. Everything in moderation. Get outside. Sleep. Play. Keep busy.
“If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.” – ConfuciusMoo Dog Press: More Places & Platforms