Town of Fairfield News
5/24/2019 - Want to “Eat Local”? SFTF Offers Tips on Tapping Produce From CT Farms, Your Neighborhood, Your Backyard
As the fruit and vegetable growing season kicks into high gear, Fairfield residents interested in enjoying the many benefits of locally produced food can look to the Sustainable Fairfield Task Force (SFTF) to learn more about our region’s wide choice of farmers’ markets and stands – and get some guidance on how to grow their own produce too.
An updated listing of local farm stands and farmers’ markets is now available on the SFTF webpage as part of the SFTF’s “Local Food for All” initiative -- designed to help residents support farmers and retail locations offering locally produced food, and to create community connections that support our growers and our local economy.
The listings include stands and markets in Fairfield and several surrounding communities. In Fairfield, the Greenfield Hill Farmers Market, 75 Hillside Road, is now open Saturdays through October 26, and the Fairfield Farmers Market on Sherman Green will be open Sundays starting on June 16 through October 6.
At the markets, most vendors are Connecticut-based farms and businesses; all of the markets offer farm products from Fairfield or a bordering town, including Bridgeport, Easton, Trumbull, Weston or Westport.
When it comes to produce, nothing is more local than growing your own, so the SFTF also offers backyard gardeners some tips on starting and maintaining your own fruit or vegetable garden, as well as making your garden as eco-friendly as possible.
Don’t have room for your own garden? The SFTF provides a listing of local community gardens where residents can grow produce for their own use or to donate to those in need. And for additional leads on purchasing or dining out on healthy food, you can check out a listing of local restaurants, markets and other stores offered through Fairfield’s “Eat Well” initiative.
“Consuming locally produced food helps sustain our local growers and reduce the carbon impact of transporting food long distances,” said Kiersten Chou, SFTF member. “And, it helps boost a health-conscious lifestyle, because the nutritional value of local produce is unbeatable – and what’s more, it simply tastes better.”
Ms. Chou added, “We want to encourage everyone to take advantage of the SFTF’s information resources to learn more about the benefits and appeal of locally produced food.”
For more information about the Sustainable Fairfield Task Force’s programs and initiatives, please visit www.fairfieldct.org/sftf or contact SFTF member Kiersten Chou at 203-895-4865.
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day
Hazardous Waste Collection Day: Saturday, August 28, 2021
9am - 2pm at Veteran's Park - 909 Reef Road
The Town of Fairfield hosts its annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day on a Saturday in late August at Veteran's Park to provide you with the opportunity to dispose of household hazardous waste at no charge. Just load up your car and your car will be emptied for you. There's no need to get out of your vehicle. See more details below.
For information on disposing of hazardous waste all other times of the year, please visit our Hazardous Waste webpage.
What is Collected
Please click here to view a list of what household materials are accepted and which ones are not.
If you have only antifreeze, motor oil or automotive batteries, you can take them directly to the Transfer Station.
There is a specific traffic pattern for the Collection Day. There will be signage posted. Police and volunteers will also be on site to direct traffic and answer questions.
To access the site proceed as follows:
- From Old Post Road or Oldfield Road turn onto Rowland Road
- At the third stop sign turn right onto Edward Street
- Proceed to drop off site at Veterans Park
- Signage is posted and police and volunteers are on site to direct traffic and answer questions.
A few tips for transporting your hazardous waste to the collection site:
- Don't mix hazardous wastes. Keep waste in their original containers if possible.
- Keep hazardous waste away from children and animals.
- Don't smoke in the vehicle.
- For safety reasons, there will be no walk-in drop-offs on Collection Day.
Chemicals from around the home, workshop or garden shed may contain substances which are difficult to dispose of safely. Your effort will help protect our Town's environment and our region's water supply.
The Town needs volunteers from 8:30 - 11:30 or 11:00 - 2:00 on Collection Day. Volunteers will not be handling any hazardous waste. If you would like to volunteer please contact the Solid Waste and Recycling Department.
For more information on Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day please contact the Solid Waste and Recycling Department.