Yale Farm student interns sell our produce at CitySeed’s Wooster Square Farmers’ Market from May through December. Produce is picked fresh the afternoon before market, carefully washed, bagged, and refrigerated overnight. Delicate flowers and herbs are picked early on the morning of market.
Farmers’ markets provide the rare opportunity to buy food directly from the producer. They also provide Yale students a unique opportunity to interact with New Haven residents. Every dollar spent at market goes directly to the farmer, compared to only 19 cents of every dollar spent at conventional supermarkets. What’s more, dollars spent within the local economy have a multiplying effect that generates positive returns for the community. CitySeed, the non-profit organization that oversees New Haven’s farmers’ markets, estimated that the purchases made at their markets kept $1.3 million in the local economy in 2006.
While shopping our booth at Wooster Square, you can also sample Peter Rothenberg’s maple syrup or Suzanne Sankow’s feta cheese. In the spring, farmers will offer sweet salad greens for you to eat and potted seedlings for you to take home and plant. In the summer and early fall, you’ll talk with vendors selling the bounty of Connecticut’s rich Central Valley: aromatic melons, plump heirloom tomatoes, and intensely sweet corn. Later, once it’s cooler, there will be crisp apples and gallons of cider. Throughout the year, you’ll find farmers who can introduce you to varieties of food that rarely grace national grocery store shelves.
Wooster Square Farmers’ Markets occur every Saturday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm from mid-May through mid-December (except Thanksgiving weekend) and operate indoors during the winter season for limited hours. You will see the Yale Farm booth at this market. Markets in front of City Hall, in Edgewood Park, and along the Quinnipiac River operate from early summer to late October. Visit CitySeed’s website for directions, more information, and a schedule of markets.