New Haven’s Winter Farmers’ Market

Farmers’ markets. There’s something about waking up early on a weekend (10am counts, right?), grabbing a coffee, and throwing kale into a canvas shopping bag that makes me feel like I have my life in order. Upon my move to New Haven I was ecstatic to learn that—in addition to its spring market—the buzzing CitySeed Farmers’ Market at Wooster Square also holds an indoor version every Saturday starting in January. This morning a friend and I attended its opening day, canvas shopping bags in hand and lives temporarily in order.

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The market itself is held in the entrance hall of the Metropolitan Business Academy, a magnet school located on Water Street. Once through the doors, tables overflowing with winter veggies stretch as far as the eye can see. Squash, brussels sprouts, beets, potatoes, fennel, celeriac—you name it. They’ve got everything. For those of you thinking of swinging through, keep in mind that once your bag is full and you’ve finished swooning over the homemade soaps and natural oils on display, this particular market has much more to offer. Browsers can also check out the various family activities, food trucks, and live music, which change from week to week. On its opening day, the special events included family yoga from 10:30-11:00am, live music with Chris Critelli, a crepe cooking demo from Crepes Choupette, and Chief Brody’s Bahn Mi food truck parked right outside.

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Although most of our produce was purchased with the intent of making a minestrone soup later in the day, my friend and I didn’t depart with empty stomachs. On our way out we were sure to hit the food truck for a vegan Banh Mi—a toasted baguette sandwich stuffed with vegan sausage, pickled carrots, cucumber, daikon, cilantro, aioli, a sweet soy glaze, and a spicy kimchi slaw. Sooooo good. Can’t wait for next week!

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