The Town of Glastonbury supports healthy living and active lifestyles. The information below outlines a few ways you and your family can incorporate healthy habits into your day.
Glastonbury's long history of farming dates back over 300 years where the first settlers used the fertile land of the Connecticut Valley to grow food for themselves and neighbors. These farms have grown over time and are still very much a part of our local economy. Today there are over 20 farms, orchards, nurseries, and farm stands in Town. Our local growing season runs from Spring through the Fall, where a wide variety of seasonal fruits, vegetables and even Christmas trees area available to the community.
Spring brings asparagus, spinach and strawberries
Summer offers blueberries, peaches, corn, tomatoes, lettuce, beans, and squash
Fall closes the season with apples, pears, winter squash, pumpkins, and Christmas trees.
Why buy local?
Taste & Quality
Local produce tastes better and is better for you. Recent research has shown that fruits and vegetables lose their taste and nutritional value in just days as they're shipped to your local store. Most produce on the supermarket shelf was picked 4-7 days prior to your purchase and has traveled over 1,500 miles. Food grown here in Glastonbury has most likely been picked that same day and traveled a much shorter distance. Food grown locally also supports genetic diversity. Large commercial farms use the same plant varieties repeatedly for simplified shipping and convenient harvesting, often at the expense of flavor. Local farms often grow more plant varieties which encourages genetic diversity and often a higher quality product.
Supports Local Farms
Farming has been part of the long history of Glastonbury and buying from our local farms sustains this rich history while supporting our local economy.
Local farms perpetuate eco-friendly practices. Local produce is shipped shorter distances, thereby using less gas and reducing air pollution. A well-managed farm is also typically a good steward of the land as its business plan depends on using the land over and over, year to year. Supporting local farms today makes it possible for farmers to stay in business and provide food for future generations.
Glastonbury Takes a Walk for Health
A Town of Glastonbury brochure outlining some local routes to walk for exercise.
Disposal of Medication and SharpsBe safe — clean it out! Here are some guidelines to help you dispose of medications correctly when you clean your cabinet out. Click here to learn how to properly dispose of used syringes and other sharps.
The Dangers of Energy Drinks
Information on the dangers of energy drinks may be downloaded here.