The prime farmers market season starts June 1st. There are a number of sites that list the farmers markets for the season. Some of the sites I use to find markets are:
- ctnofa.org – A site dedicated to organic food farming and gardening in Connecticut
- The CT Department of Agriculture – The State of Connecticut’s page on farmers markets.
Given the choice to purchase produce from small local farms rather than from large industrial farms, I always opt for the local farm. For products grown overseas, I consider the time from harvest to market as well as transportation expense to ship the produce from across the world. I believe the locally grown produce has less of an environmental impact since the harvest does not need to be shipped thousands of miles. The food tastes better because there is a shorter window from harvest to market. Supporting local farms also aids in reducing dependencies on our food supply (meaning we are less reliant on distant sources for our food).