One of the true joys of summer is buying produce grown right here in Glastonbury. This pleasure is only multiplied when you combine it with the long history of farming that exists in Glastonbury. The local landscape supports farms that grow everything from strawberries to Christmas Trees. The first settlers of Glastonbury over 300 years ago used the fertile land here in the Connecticut valley to make a home for themselves and grow food for themselves and neighbors. These farms grew and became part of the local economy in Glastonbury. Numerous farming milestones have been reached within the borders of the town. Farming is a way of life here and part of the rich culture we now enjoy. Today there are over twenty farms, orchards, nurseries, and farm stands in Glastonbury. Our local growing season starts in the spring with asparagus, spinach, and strawberries and continues with summer blueberries and peaches, and, then, corn, tomatoes, lettuce, beans, and squash later in the summer. The growing season finishes with fall apples, pears, winter squash, pumpkins, and Christmas trees.
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 are shipped to your local store. Most produce on the supermarket shelf was picked four to seven 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.
Buying local produce supports local farms. Farming has been part of the long history of Glastonbury and buying from local farms sustains this rich history while supporting our local economy.
Food grown locally supports genetic diversity. Large commercial farms use the same plant varieties over and over. They choose these varieties because they might ship easily or ripen all at the same time to make harvesting more convenient and not always because of the great flavor. Local farms grow more varieties which encourages genetic diversity of the crops.
Farms create open space while supporting eco-friendly practices. Buying local produce allows the farmer to stay in business and the farmer is less likely to sell their property to build homes or businesses. A well managed farm is typically a good steward of the land since its business plan depends on using the land over and over, year to year. Local produce is also shipped shorter distances, thus less gas is used, less air pollution is created, and roads are less crowded, along with
many other environmental benefits.
It is all about the future. By supporting local farms today you are making it possible for the farmer to stay in business and provide food for future generations.
Click here for a listing of all the local farms and a Google map of the farms.
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