Fairfield has a variety of ways to obtain food locally, which is better for the environment, and typically healthier for you as well. Click a button below to learn more, or scroll through the page to read all of the available options. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Email us!
The lengthening days and warmer temps are finally here, and that means it’s time to enjoy some fresh seasonal produce! There are several farmers markets to visit in Fairfield and our neighboring towns, all of which are vital sources of income for the growers that attend, and a perfect opportunity to get the bulk of your grocery shopping done locally. These markets are held on different days so no matter your schedule you can likely find a farmers market that works for you.
Vendors at each market vary, but most are Connecticut-based farms and businesses. Most markets listed offer farm products from Fairfield or one of our neighboring towns (Bridgeport, Easton, Trumbull, Weston or Westport). Explore them all!
We have two spectacular farmers markets here in Fairfield:
- The Fairfield Farmers Market runs each Sunday from 10am-2pm (2021 dates are June 13-Oct 3). Located on Sherman Green- 1451 Post Road, Fairfield. This market is accessible via GBT Route 7 and Coastal Link.
- The Greenfield Hill Farmers Market runs each Saturday from 10am-2pm (2021 dates are May 15-Oct 30). Located in the shopping center lot at 65 Hillside Road, Fairfield.
There are also wonderful farmers markets to explore in our neighboring towns:
- The Bridgeport Farmers Market Collaborative supports a number of independently operated farmers markets throughout the city of Bridgeport. All of these markets accept SNAP/EBT (double points, $1=$2 at the market), WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks, and Bridgeport Bucks.
- The Downtown Market at MacLevy runs Thursdays form 10:30am-2pm (2021 dates are July 8-Oct 14). Located at MacLevy Green at Bank Street, Bridgeport. This market is accessible via Coastal Link, and GBT (Routes 5, 7, and 17).
- The East End NRZ Market & Cafe runs Sundays from 9am-3pm (2021 dates are July 18-Oct 24). Located at 1851 Stratford Ave in Bridgeport. This market is accessible via Coastal Link, and GBT (Route1).
- The Stratfield Saturday Market in Clinton Park runs Saturdays from 9:30am-1:30pm (2021 dates are June 19-Oct 2). Located in Clinton Park, corner of Brooklawn & North Aves, Bridgeport. This market is accessible via GBT (Route10).
- The Yale New Haven/Bridgeport Hospital Farm Stand runs Thursdays from 3:30-5:30pm (2021 dates are July 15-Oct 14). Located at 267 Grant St, Bridgeport. This market is accessible via GBT (Routes 1 and 13).
- The Farmers Market of Black Rock runs Saturdays from 9am-1pm (2021 Season starts June 19). Located next to St. Ann’s Church, 481 Brewster St in Bridgeport. This market is accessible via Coastal Link.
- The St. Vincent’s Farm Stand runs Thursdays from 11:30am-4pm (2021 dates are July 13-Oct 26). Located at St. Vincent’s Hospital, 2800 Main St, Bridgeport. This market is accessible via GBT (Route 8).
- The GVI Reservoir Community Farm Stand runs on Saturdays from 10am-2pm (2021 dates are June 26-Oct 30). Located at Reservoir Community Farm, 1469 Reservoir Ave in Bridgeport. This market is accessible via GBT (Route 6).
Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA)
CSA or farm share programs are an ideal way for people to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. This is a win-win situation for the farmer and the consumer. Through the CSA model, a farmer markets their product and receives payment early in the season which helps with planning and cash flow for the farm. As a consumer, by investing in a CSA you invest in a season’s worth of food you can trust delivered to your neighborhood or picked up weekly at the farm.
A CSA operates on a shared risk model. As a CSA member, you will reap the rewards of a good harvest (and there are many!), and you will also take on the risk of a bad harvest (pests, weather events). This idea of shared risk is an important part of what creates a sense of community among CSA members and farmers.
Here are some CSA programs in and around Fairfield County:
Southport/Fairfield CSA – Stoneledge Farm
The Southport/Fairfield CSA is partnered with Stoneledge Farm, a 200-acre certified organic farm located in the Catskills and operated by the Kavakos family. Throughout the growing season (June through November), members pick up 22 weekly shares between 4:30-6:30pm on Wednesdays at Trinity Episcopal Church in Southport. A base vegetable share is $640 and shares for the 2022 season are still on sale. To purchase a share, please visit the Stoneledge Farm website.
Gazy Brothers Farm
Gazy Brothers Farm in Oxford offers a number of different CSA options at different price points, which can be picked up directly from the farm or delivered for a fee. This fourth-generation, 80 acre farm also sells their produce at a farm stand on Route 67, to local grocery stores and farmers’ markets.
The Hickories farm in Ridgefield also offers a few different CSA options at different price points, available for weekly pickup at this 250-year old picturesque farm.
Laurel Glen Farm
Laurel Glen Farm in Shelton offers a number of options for their vegetable subscription boxes, at different price points.
If you’re curious about CSAs but not sure if it will work for you, feel free to reach out with questions. One of our Sustainable Fairfield Task Force members is an organizer of the Southport/Fairfield CSA, and has been a dedicated member of the CSA for over 15 years. We are always happy to chat CSA and the pros and cons to help you decide: Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are we missing any local CSA programs on our list? Please reach out and let us know!
For some residents of Fairfield and surrounding towns, simply having enough food on the table can be a challenge. We are fortunate to have wonderful social services available here in Fairfield, and through these services, the abundance of our local farms and gardens is shared.
Fairfielders are big on sharing- many of Fairfield’s community gardens, several local farms, numerous home-gardeners and CSA programs around town donate their excess produce and eggs to Operation Hope‘s food pantry as well as other food banks and community kitchens.
Fairfield Garden for Food Banks
When the coronavirus pandemic hit in 2020, many of us found we had extra time on our hands while trying to keep safe at home. Many people also began to suffer food insecurity due to lack of work or other challenges. Fairfield resident and RTM member Sharon Pistilli was inspired to activate her green thumb and use her time to create a community food bank garden! Another Fairfield resident kindly offered garden space, Sharon organized donations of gardening supplies and seedlings, and the Fairfield Garden for Food Banks was born! The harvests from this community garden have been shared with the food pantry at Operation Hope in Fairfield, nOURish Bridgeport and Fridgeport.
St. Timothy’s Garden on the Hill
The vegetable garden at St. Timothy’s Church on the Hill is grown organically and by a network of volunteers. Children in the preschool at the church as well as parishioners and other community members can enjoy a quiet respite and tend to the vegetables, which are donated to Operation Hope or the CT Food Bank.
St. Thomas Giving Garden
St. Thomas Aquinas School Giving Garden is located at 1719 Post Road. Designed and constructed by Homefront Farmers using funds raised by the school’s spring auction event, this garden opened in 2017. The garden provides students with wonderful opportunities for service learning, with an array of programs that have benefited Bridgeport Rescue Mission, Operation Hope, and local veterans.
Operation Hope Garden
Grow a Row for Hope
If you are interested in sharing the bounty of your vegetable garden, consider “Growing a Row for Hope” by planting a dedicated row or donating any portion of your harvest to the food pantry at Operation Hope or any other local food bank.
If you are interested in starting a community garden of your own, feel free to email us for tips!
With a little bit of know-how and adventurous spirit, home gardening can be a very economical way to grow nutritious food for yourself, get you outside for some fresh air, and solidify your connection to the nature in your own backyard.
Starting your own plants from seed is the most economical way to fill out your summer vegetable garden!
If you plan to purchase seeds, consider supporting a locally-owned shop, such as Ganim’s Garden Center, which has an extensive collection of seeds for sale. There are also many reputable online seed sellers, such as Johnny’s Selected Seeds, Hudson Valley Seed Company, and Native Seeds.
Even better for the pocket, Fairfield is lucky enough to have two well-stocked and accessible seed libraries available to all!
The Seed to Seed Library at Fairfield Woods Branch Library was started by Fairfield’s community garden manager Eric Frisk. Plant seeds that are well-suited to our climate can be “borrowed” at no cost, with the request that you harvest the seeds of your resulting plants and return some to the library. Go ahead and borrow a gardening book or two while you’re there!
The Pequot Library also has an extensive seed library, which was created with the help of Sefra Alexander, The Seed Huntress. Join Sefra’s Southport Globe Onion Initiative and check out some free seeds of this once-famous Southport export! Many of the seeds in Pequot’s library are All she asks in return is that we let some of our plants go back to seed and return some to the library.
The start of spring is the time for garden planning! Some hearty seeds (peas!) can go in the ground already. Others you’ll want to start indoors and transplant later. Start small and you don’t have to invest a lot- milk cartons make great seed starters!
Grow a row for HOPE. When planning your garden, consider dedicating a row as a food pantry donation. Fairfield’s own Operation Hope will gladly take donations of home-grown produce that will be distributed at their food pantry.
Check back this summer for a post about harvesting and saving your seeds.