Our View: Savoring the fresh tastes of summer

Published on Friday, 7 July 2017 19:16
Written by Staff

We expect few arguments when we say that summer is a very special time. Sure, some of us don’t relish the heat but do treasure all that the season’s warmth brings with it - fireworks, beach days, camp for the kids and so much more. Our favorite is the prospect of fresh, locally grown food.

Did you see the rich array of greens pictured in Thursday’s newspaper, all available for purchase at The Patch in Bristol on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. And that’s just the beginning.

According to the state Department of Agriculture, Connecticut has over 100 farmers’ markets - to be found in virtually any town, seven days a week. You’ll find one in New Britain’s Central Park, starting Wednesday. It will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekly from July 12 to Oct. 25.

Add to that farm stands, such as Rogers Orchard in Southington or Zarella Farms in Plainville. (All details available on the state website.)

According to the website, “The popularity of the markets mirrors the benefits - fresh, local products, friendly farmers that are the face behind the food you’re buying, and a community gathering place for everyone to enjoy.”

Of course, if you’re hoping to teach the kids that fresh fruits and vegetables don’t just come from the store, take them to one of the “pick your own” spots. Locally, for example, Karabin Farms in Southington offers apple picking and several spots offer blueberries - they’re green, right now, but in a week or so, they should be ready!

Don’t miss the chance to savor the sweetness of summer.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Editorials on Friday, 7 July 2017 19:16. Updated: Friday, 7 July 2017 19:19.