If the term “farmers’ market” conjures up images of outdoor tables laden with fresh tomatoes and corn, you haven’t paid attention to the local sustainable food movement.
It’s year-round now. And even that summertime staple, the Westport Farmers’ Market, is going 24/7/365. Or at least 3/1/365.
They’ve teamed up with Gilbertie’s Herb Garden to provide “the hottest winter farmers’ market around” (ho ho ho). Starting this Thursday (Dec. 9), and continuing every week through March 31, the Farmers’ Market will be open at 7 Sylvan Lane. Hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
It wouldn’t be a farmers’ market — at least not in Westport — without organic vegetables, greenhouse greens, eggs, milk, indoor plants, tamales (of course), wood-fired pizza (ditto), cheese, baked goods, pork, chicken, lamb, beef, gluten-free options, raw food choices, and more.
More than 25 vendors have signed on — and so have “this area’s hottest chefs.” Boxcar Cantina, the Dressing Room, Fat Cat Pie, Le Farm, Schoolhouse and Skinny Pines will provide lunch items, and prepared food to bring home.
Those chefs were not chosen randomly. All provide local, healthy, environmental and sustainable food in their restaurants.
The Farmers’ Market will also feature a lecture, short class or tour. Topics range from making a holiday wreath to determining the best soil for your plant.
As it does during the summer, the Westport Farmers’ Market will donate food to the Bridgeport Rescue Mission. “Chef Paul” will prepare weekly meals, and offer a shopping day for those in need with donated goods. Anyone attending the Market can donate too.
So, the weather outside may be frightful. But let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. You can still get your organic veggies, greenhouse greens and Farmers’ Market tamales right here in Westport, all winter long.