October Harvest in the Litchfield Hills & Beyond
With the 1st of October coming this weekend and the Harvest Moon now past, we are reminded of the plethora of Farmers’ Markets throughout the region. There is no time like autumn to stock up on local farmers’ goods, meats, and cheeses, and there is no better reminder of the value of community. The farmers’ market dates back about 5 thousand years, when Egyptians gathered along the Nile to sell goods. The first known farmers’ market in the United States occurred in Boston in 1634. It is an honorable tradition in so many regards as farmers work so hard to keep this ancient practice alive. Their efforts provide a world of good to our community, land, minds, and souls. This year has been particularly challenging with the summer drought and many area farmers impacted. There is no better time to remind everyone to go out and support their local farmers this season. So from Salisbury to Millerton, Great Barrington to Sheffield, Amenia to Norfolk, Hillsdale to Cornwall, and all the markets between & beyond. Get out and thank a farmer in the weeks leading up to winter.
Right across the Hudson, this weekend is the annual Walktoberfest Farmers & Makers Market (Walkway Over the Hudson & Hudson Valley Rail Trail) on Saturday & Sunday.