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Farmers Have a Corner on the Market

Summer is almost upon us and farmers across Connecticut are gearing up to share their local produce, dairy, breads and more with hungry locavores at weekly farmer’s markets. 

The Brookfield Farmers Market Committee announced at their meeting on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 that so far they have secured the following vendors for their market:

  • Good Luck Food Truck, New Milford
  • Layla's Bakery, Brookfield
  • Goatboy Soaps, New Milford
  • DiGrazia Vineyards, Brookfield

Brookfield's farmers market is held on Fridays from 3 pm - 6 pm beginning on July 11 and running until October 24. It is held at the Brookfield Municipal Center, 100 Pocono Road, Brookfield. The market is looking for more vendors. Email Alice Dew at adew@brookfieldct.gov for more information. The next Brookfield Farmers Market Committee meeting will be held on Tuesday June 18, 6:15 p.m. at the Town Hall.

So why should you go to your local farmers market? CT Nofa says that eating local organic food tastes better and is good for you, the earth and your community. Here are some more benefits:

Health benefits:
·      Higher nutrients from organically managed soil 
·      Less exposure to synthetic pesticides and fertilizers
·      No synthetic growth or breeding hormones
·      No synthetic additives
·      No antibiotics
·      No genetically engineered seeds or other inputs (GMOs)
·      No sewage sludge
·      No irradiation
 
Earth benefits:
·      Builds biodiversity
·      Reduces excess nitrogen
·      Fights climate change
·      Keeps water cleaner
·      Builds healthy soil
·      Saves energy
·      Protects wildlife
 
Community benefits:
·      Brings people together at markets and community supported farms
·      Keeps money in the local economy
·      Incorporates the true cost of food
·      Supports smaller and beginning farmers
·      Protects the health of farm workers


Make sure to stop at the ATM on your way there because most of the merchants only take cash. And don’t forget to bring your reusable bag!

Bon Appétit!





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