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Wooster Square Area
Russo Park, corner of Chapel St. and DePalma Ct.
New Haven, CT
Hours
Sat 9:00am–1:00pm

South Town Green
Church St. at the Green
New Haven, CT
Hours
Wed 11:00am–3:00pm June 18 - November 26, 2009

Fair Haven
Quinnipiac River Park, corner of Front St. and Grand Ave.
Fair Haven, CT
Hours
Thu 3:00pm–7:00pm July 10-October 30, 2009

New Haven Farmer’s Market
The horn of plenty is available to all now, thanks to CitySeed’s efforts

CitySeed keeps expanding the New Haven Farmer’s Market every year, and now there are four locations—in Fair Haven, in Edgerton Park, in front of City Hall, and the main one in Wooster Square. In Wooster, the market is held every other weekend from winter through early spring, increasing to every weekend from May through the fall. See the website for each market’s schedule.

These markets are a shining success, as several name-brand vendors have set up booths here. Beltane Farms’ goat cheese (try their fresh chèvre rolled in dill) is terrific, as are the delicious pastries—many with seasonal fruit—and breads from the SoNo Baking Company. If you’re one of those people who always gets stuck with a bag of salad greens going bad in the fridge because you’re forced to buy enough for a family of four and you’re still soltero/a (for now), Two Guys sells hydroponic greens still alive, with roots in a very small pot of dirt, which prevents them from dying. You can keep them in your fridge for several weeks, and they will still be extremely fresh when you cut them off the plant (and they are great company). Elsewhere, there’s great whipped honey, if you can shell out the cash for it.

You’ll find an abundance of local, organically raised heirloom varietal vegetables and meats, including dry-aged grass-fed beef, goat, and lamb. The lamb farmers also sell their own cheeses, and some prepared foods like world-class sausage, shepherd’s pie, and pasta sauce. There’s also pasture-raised chickens and their eggs (if you’ve never had farm-fresh eggs, you are missing a transcendent experience), and unpasteurized fresh milk (if you’ve never had raw, fresh milk...see above).

Probably the coolest thing about the CitySeed project is the fact that they accept food stamps. Eating farm-to-table should never be a luxury—it should be an everyday fact of life—but we’ve gotten ourselves so deeply entrenched in processing and mass production that eating healthy has long been considered a privilege too expensive for those who need it the most (kiddos, of course). Way to go, CitySeed. Way to go, farmers. Way to go, cows and chickens and goats and things.

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