Willow Valley Farm, Willington Photo by Joseph Abad
Varga Family Farm, Mansfield Photo by Joseph Abad
What is #heartCTgrown?
Coming out of the UConn CAHNR Extension , #heartCTgrown is an initiative to promote farms, Farmer's Markets, CSA's, and pick-your-own operations throughout the state of Connecticut. We believe that local food is an important venue for making meaningful connections to each other and to building strong, resilient, healthy communities that are ready to tackle challenges together. We hope to share the stories of these connections, and that it will encourage you to tell your stories too.
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Sweet Corn- Our farms are starting to BURST with it. So you better go and get it...because it looks like some other critters are big fans as well...
Psst. You can find farms on our website in our profile...
Photo by @tardiffarms
Melons are IN Connecticut! You should go get yourself some, because they won’t last long!
RePosted from @cloverleighfarm Our melon game is strong this year. Plenty of delicious cantaloupes last week for the CSA and more to come this week… plus watermelons are now coming in. Currently harvesting both red and yellow varieties. Holy heavy vegetable season.
We know. There were a TON of farmers markets that are amazing throughout CT that we didn't cover this week. That's because we needed to get at least 8 hrs of sleep a night, but that doesn't mean you can't spend all YOUR waking hours exploring the wonderful farmers markets throughout the state! Check out the list put together by the CT Dept of Agriculture
And don't forget to vote for your favorite market. Both are links you can find in our profile!
And last to be highlighted this week is the @newcanaanfarmersmarketct With their loads of fresh produce, meats, oysters, flowers, coffee, and pretty much anything else that you can dream of that's fresh, they are loved by the New Canaan residents AND whoever comes from out of town to visit them. If we had to choose a weekend to visit, you're just in time because their celebration of Julia Child is this weekend! Cookbook swaps, a look-a-like contest and prepared foods to honor Julia will all be taking the market be storm!
What about your market? Who will you vote for as the best farmers market in CT, the Northeast, and America?!?! Vote at the link in our profile!
Next in the state ranking for America's Farmers Market Celebration is @ellingtongrown ! Not only do they have a blueberry festival in July that is absolutely delicious, but this weekend they'll be breaking out their peach festival! This and other competitions, activities, and themes are just some ways for visitors of the market to get involved beyond just shopping. And we love that because of these efforts they are not just building a place for farmers to thrive, but they are building a community. Is Ellington your favorite market? Or another one? Vote at the link in our profile! And show your love for your favorite market!
If you weren't sure what fun looks like at a farmers market, then you need to check out the Monroe Farmers Market. Currently number 3 in the America's Farmers Market Celebration in CT, last year they were able to pull the number one spot in CT and the Northeast and Number 3 in the nation!!!! They used the money they were awarded to make their market even MORE fun by finding ways to engage kids at market with creative activities. So you can head to Monroe and just get some groceries, or you can make it a destination and join in on the fun! Vote for your favorite market today at the link in our profile!