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Real Food, Real Farmers

When the Westport Farmers’ Market started 7 years ago, the draw was locally grown food, from farmers committed to sustainability.

When the 2012 edition kicks off on Thursday (May 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) at the Imperial Avenue commuter lot, the food will be as local as ever. But this year, there’s an even greater focus on health and sustainability.

The Farmers’ Market and Wakeman Town Farm have been leaders in a push to make Connecticut the 1st state requiring all food manufacturers to label food that contains genetically modified organisms.

At the last minute Governor Malloy removed a key provision from the bill, but the Farmers’ Market remains committed to the cause. A number of vendors this year will provide GMO-free foods.

There’s also a booth to help everyone create and maintain a healthier lifestyle, plus ideas on how to work with youth toward a sustainable future.

22 regular vendors — and 17 more on a rotating basis — will offer locally produced meat, dairy products, bread, seafood and produce. Farm-to-table chefs will conduct classes and demos.

Each week, a different non-profit will be showcased at the Market. And a new “Artist Alley” will highlight local talent.

Eat, drink and be merry. Do it all locally and sustainably, at the Westport Farmers’ Market.

And do it without GMOs.

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