No farmland, no farmers’ markets

Jul 31st, 2011 | By | Category: Farm, Land

Farmers cultivate crops. Farmers markets cultivate community.

With increasing interest in fresher, more healthful foods, it’s no surprise that farmers markets are sprouting across the state faster than asparagus on a warm spring day. Connecticut now has well over 100 markets, from the gantlet of vendors along the sidewalk fronting New Haven City Hall to the circle of booths on New Hartford’s bucolic Pine Meadow Green and the cluster of tents perched on a Sahara of asphalt in a Bristol shopping center parking lot. But however wildly successful, the future of farmers markets remains uncertain because of the continued disappearance of a limited and irreplaceable resource: farmland.

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