"They see the changeover of the season from fruit in the spring to the apples that come late in the fall, so it's kind of a learning environment as well as promoting healthy eating and local businesses."
Residents gathered outside the Presbyterian Church of Old Greenwich to sample and buy state-grown organic produce on Wednesday.
Every Wednesday since Memorial Day eight farmers and producers from across Connecticut bring their fall produce, baked goods, plants, jams and other products to sell to local residents. Organizers say it's a way to promote state farming and community businesses.
"I would go to the grocery and I'd see beautiful produce and I'd wonder where it was coming from and I realized most things were not coming locally and I think it's important to eat things that are from your community and are in season as well," said co-market manager Amy Burke.
"I've bought lots of apples, some big ones for baking and I bought vegetables, potatoes, leeks," said Greenwich resident Gabrielle Whitehead.
"When you're eating organic, you're not getting any of the pesticides, you're not getting anything that was raised by the GMO seeds, so it's all organic seed that we buy and then when we grow it, we never apply any pesticides at all so when you're eating it, it's very healthy for you," said Back Forty Farm manager Greg Bischoff.
Though pricier than grocery bought produce, residents tell us the benefits of eating organic outweigh the costs.
"It's a little more expensive than perhaps than the supermarket, but it lasts very long because it's so lovely and fresh," said Whitehead.
"The stuff we don't sell here, we bring to the Neighbor to Neighbor, where it's distributed to people who can't afford to buy it."
The market is located on 38 West End Avenue and will run from 2 to 5 p.m. until November 20th. For more information visit oldgreenwichfarmersmarket.com