We expect few arguments when we say that summer is a very special time. Sure, some of us donâ€™t relish the heat but do treasure all that the seasonâ€™s warmth brings with it - fireworks, beach days, camp for the kids and so much more. Our favorite is the prospect of fresh, locally grown food.
Did you see the rich array of greens pictured in Thursdayâ€™s newspaper, all available for purchase at The Patch in Bristol on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. And thatâ€™s just the beginning.
According to the state Department of Agriculture, Connecticut has over 100 farmersâ€™ markets - to be found in virtually any town, seven days a week. Youâ€™ll find one in New Britainâ€™s Central Park, starting Wednesday. It will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekly from July 12 to Oct. 25.
Add to that farm stands, such as Rogers Orchard in Southington or Zarella Farms in Plainville. (All details available on the state website.)
According to the website, â€śThe popularity of the markets mirrors the benefits - fresh, local products, friendly farmers that are the face behind the food youâ€™re buying, and a community gathering place for everyone to enjoy.â€ť
Of course, if youâ€™re hoping to teach the kids that fresh fruits and vegetables donâ€™t just come from the store, take them to one of the â€śpick your ownâ€ť spots. Locally, for example, Karabin Farms in Southington offers apple picking and several spots offer blueberries - theyâ€™re green, right now, but in a week or so, they should be ready!
Donâ€™t miss the chance to savor the sweetness of summer.