Spring is nearly here, and it's time to get the garden ready. Composting is key and here is a great resource from our fine state government. For the stuff you can't grow on your own we are lucky enough to have a plethora of local farmers here in Connecticut and some great farmer's markets to choose from.
Fiddleheads in New London has a market every Saturday now, with another every Wednesday starting on March 26. CitySeed in New Haven has kept their market open monthly throughout the winter and come May it's back to a weekly event. On May 22 Billings Forge Farmer's Market will start up in Hartford and you will be able to find amazing produce and other local vendors on both Mondays and Thursdays. Fairfield Market is held every Saturday rain or shine, and often draws a few hundred people. Another cool market is the Oak Street Market in New Britain. It's urban and fun and has some of the best greens around. To locate the organic farmers markets near you, click here.
Of course the best thing about a market is the food: amazing greens, organic eggs, still-dirty potatoes and seafood dripping with salt water, all of which I want to rush home and devour. There's more to it, though. I love that it is such a neighborhoody event. It is a great place to have random, interesting conversations, make new friends, learn a few things about what I'm eating, stroll the streets of my town, breathe the fresh air and reconnect with the community.
The dinner we craft in the evening is just the bonus. We already feel great after a market day.