Seed Exchange Set For Saturday

Every year between March and May, the Westport Farmers’ Market lies fallow.

It’s a time when farmers prep for the new season. But to do that, they need seeds.

And — with spring just (please, God) around the bend — so do Westporters with gardens of any size and type.

So on Saturday, March 16, the Westport Winter Farmers’ Market says goodbye to its indoor Gilbertie’s Herbs and Garden Center home with a free seed exchange.

Everyone is invited to bring seeds saved from their own garden — or take home a few saved by others. WFM farmers will donate seeds from their favorite crops too.

All seeds are welcome — except those from invasive species (click here for the list). However, the market encourages people to bring and take home heirloom or organic varieties.

“Heirloom seeds are critical to reclaiming our food system,” says Farmers’ Market executive director Lori Cochran-McDougall.

“These open-pollinated plants have been passed down from generation to generation without human intervention or manipulation. They taste better, are more nutritious, and help protect plant diversity.”

The seed exchange runs this Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. — or until all seeds are shared. Gilbertie’s is located at 7 Sylvan Avenue South.

Adult beverages and music will be provided. Can you dig it?

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