The Danbury Farmers Market, a weekly summer tradition, is moving to a new location at the CityCenter Green. The CityCenter Green will have more vendors and better parking and it will enable more family friendly activities while families shop. The Market will open on Saturday, June 24 at the CityCenter Green from 10-2. The farmers market, often thought of as the heartbeat of the community, provides fresh fruits and vegetables, breads, fish and other foods. Many of the foods are fresher than those bought in a store as they are picked the morning of the market. The foods also have fewer pesticides.
Using the Farmers Market for your weekly shopping gives you and your family the opportunity to spend time together, take in some learning activities and learn about cooking tips, recipes and meal ideas. The variety of the foods often change as the growing season proceeds, making each trip a new adventure to see what is available. Not only are shoppers supporting local industries, the market supports families in many ways as well. There is free parking in the Patriot’s garage; just show them your receipt. If you need transportation, there will be bus passes available and the HART Trolley will travel a route weekly to pick-up and return residents close to their homes. SNAP and WIC benefits are doubled for shoppers. To educate and entertain shoppers, there will be live music, and cooking and nutrition demonstrations. The Danbury Family Learning Center, Inc. will host its weekly Saturday morning “Play to Learn” Playgroup at the Farmers’ Market beginning at 10:00 for an hour each week.
The Farmers Market supports the community’s 5210 Let’s Go Initiative – five or more serving a day of fruits and vegetables, 2 or less hours of screen time, 1 or more hours of outside play and no sugary drinks. The American Fitness Index says that shopping at a farmers’ marker contributes to a healthier community and lowers body mass index or BMI. Danbury Farmers’ Market makes shopping a pleasure, not a chore, offers learning experiences for children and families to experience new foods and learn new recipes, while spending quality time with each other.
The opening day on June 24 will host the ribbon cutting for the first market of the season, giving shopping bags to the first 100 people that arrive at the market, and Eating Smart: Live Strong Nutrition programs at 12 and 1:45 will offer $15.00 incentive coupons for those who attend the program. For more information, the trolley route and to sign-up for the Market’s email newsletter, go to http://danburyfarmersmarket.org/.
See you at the Farmer’s Market!
Anne E. Mead, M. Ed., is the administrator for the Early Childhood Education and Extended Learning Programs of the Danbury Public Schools. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact her at 203-830-6508 or firstname.lastname@example.org.