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Norwalk, CT | Added on July 09, 2014 At 11:09 AM

"What's better than getting it straight from the farmer?"  said Lois Morgan, a Norwalk resident and frequet farmer's market shopper.

Summertime is a great season for fresh produce and the Norwalk Health Department hopes to bring them from the farm to resident's tables with their farmer's market.

"We're really focusing on healthier lifestyles. We need to do that. We know that our population has become very sedentary and by being physically active and eating fresh fruits and vegetables, people will just be a lot healthier," said Timothy Callahan, Director of Health.

Red and yellow cherries, kale and jams were just some of the Connecticut grown items shoppers could get right outside the health department doors.

Gabrielle Bachoo of Killam and Bassette Farmstead said, "For us it's a great community. They all speak spanish and we are bilingual and we are trying to expand to all other areas and really get them into healthy eating and showing them that you can have an alternative to fash food and other foods in the supermarket."

"I try to keep my body healthy. I need to stay fit and trim and I don't want to be up and down. I try to stay stable with my weight, so I try to eat lots of fruits and vegetables," said Morgan.

The farmer's market is part of the department's goal of keeping Norwalk healthy.

"Overall Norwalk is a healthy place. We could certainly do better and one area is with improving our lifestyles, being a lot healthier, eating better and getting more physical active,"said Callahan.

"They can't believe that certain things are priced so low for being organic. We do give as much as possible and not try to overprice it so that everyone can reach out and get it. People really do appreciate it and they really do love having all that fresh, organic food in their home," said Bachoo.

The Farmer's Market will be open each Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Health Department parking lot until November 5th. 

The Norwalk Health Department is located at 137 East Avenue in Norwalk.

Killam and Bassette Farmstead (South Glastonbury, CT) will bring a variety of fruits and vegetables throughout the summer and into the fall. They accept cash, credit, Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC) and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) vouchers.

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