Pristine produce found at longstanding farmers market in Greenwich29 Oct 2013 10:19 AM
Boasting an upscale bucolic aesthetic, the affluent community of Greenwich, Conn., has traditionally been a favorite destination of New York City residents looking to spend some time among nature. The area's rolling hills and miles of coastline along the Atlantic Ocean routinely attracts individuals seeking scenic sights, and its lively culture keeps visitors coming back again and again.
One of the regular attractions that has garnered a substantial amount of attention from tourists and local luxury real estate owners alike is the Old Greenwich Farmers Market, which is held every Wednesday afternoon. Located outside of the Presbyterian Church of Old Greenwich at 38 West End Avenue, this weekly event affords shoppers the opportunity to get their hands on fresh produce from Connecticut farmers.
"I've bought lots of apples, some big ones for baking and I bought vegetables, potatoes, leeks," Gabrielle Whitehead, a resident of Greenwich and an ardent supporter of the farmers market, told the website ItsRelevant.com. "It's a little more expensive than perhaps than the supermarket, but it lasts very long because it's so lovely and fresh."
From 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. every week from Memorial Day until late-November, patrons can purchase a bevy of produce, cheese, shellfish, jams, baked goods, plants and cut flowers as well as eggs, herbs and other items.
Healthy food, straight from the source
This year, eight different farms and producers from around the Nutmeg State have offered their wares to hundreds of Greenwich shoppers, according to the online news source. While residents can benefit from the direct access to fresh food, the suppliers say that the market also is an advantage for them, since they're able to promote their businesses and spread information about healthy eating habits.
"When you're eating organic, you're not getting any of the pesticides, you're not getting anything that was raised by the GMO seeds," Greg Bischoff, manager of Back Forty Farm, one of the participating producers, told the news source. "It's all organic seed that we buy and then when we grow it, we never apply any pesticides at all so when you're eating it, it's very healthy for you."
Weekly market considered a community event
Although the variety of produce is enough to draw in crowds of creative cooks and Greenwich real estate owners, the market also regularly offers children's activities and musical guests on the main stage. In addition, special guest vendors are routinely featured.
As the market enters its last month of operation before the upcoming winter season, many area residents undoubtedly will look to plan their Wednesday evenings around making farm-fresh meals.