As the Halloween spirits depart and parents endeavor to balance sugar highs with sleep and healthy meals, the weekend ahead seems like a perfect time to absorb the remaining moments of farmers’ market season. There is no time like autumn to stock up on our local farmers’ squashes, winter greens, apples, pears, maple syrup, meats, cheeses, and goods. And there is no better reminder of the value of community than these festive displays of bounty paired with the opportunity to encounter and catch up with neighbors.
Each week of the warmer months, some of our hardest working community members come together with their harvests, meats, and specialty items to sell at the market. The scene of vendors, shoppers, and friends coming together is enough to feed our souls, while their goods provide the ultimate nourishment for healthy bodies. The farmers’ market dates back about 3 millennia when Egyptians gathered along the Nile to sell goods. The first known farmers’ market in the United States took place in Boston in 1634. It is an honorable tradition in so many regards, and we offer our sincerest gratitude to the humble participants who work so hard to keep this beautiful and ancient practice alive. Your efforts provide a world of good to our community, our land, our minds, and our souls.
And while there is perhaps a twinge of sadness for weekly market-goers as the season winds down, there is also a spark of excitement. Many communities have winter and holiday markets that will keep the spirit of the tradition alive. Many local markets have already ended their seasons, and to those farmers and vendors we express our gratitude for all your hard work and we hope you are getting some well-earned rest! Below we will highlight a few markets that are options for you this weekend. The weather forecast looks ideal to put on some layers, grab a coffee or tea, and stroll around your chosen marketplace!
Millerton Farmers' Market
Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm
Location: Millerton Methodist Church
(corner of Dutchess Ave and Main Street)
The winter market begins this Saturday, November 6.
Litchfield Hills Farm Fresh Market
Saturdays from 10 am to 1 pm
Litchfield Community Center
421 Bantam Road (Rt. 202), Litchfield, CT
The market is held indoors unless otherwise specified at the community center. There will be dates throughout late autumn and winter. See their website for the schedule.