When you think of a farm stand, you think of peaches, corn, tomatoes, peppers and all the other high demand crops grown in the area. Would you also think of Asian Pears grown locally and organically? Would you think of organic Black Mission figs from Michael’s grandmother’s trees in Cheshire, lovingly and carefully picked and brought to the stand for you to drool over? Would you think of asking if they would cut you some fresh Swiss chard or dandelion greens or pick you a few Nasturtium for a salad from their garden out back? Well then you haven’t been to the Double L.
If you want some of those figs, pears or apples go posthaste to 3611 Post Road, Southport before they’re all gone. When they have somethings super special like these beauties, customers tend to go a little nuts and buy them out. I couldn’t resist the perfect petite Northford strawberries yesterday and they turned into a luxury snack for my son who agreed “best strawberries ever mom”. Look for the white tent. The stand is open Tuesday-Friday from 10 to 7, Saturday from 10 to 6, and Sunday from 10:30 to 5.
Lloyd and Michael know the provenance of every item they sell and it behooves us to visit regularly. Today they have organic Asian pears, Macouns and Fuji apples from Fairfield and organic Black Mission figs from Cheshire. So here comes the disconnect – there are no farmed orchards in Fairfield so where the heck are the apples coming from? Private farms (read large backyard gardens).
There are families in Fairfield who grow a wide variety of abundant crops without pesticides and fertilizers on their property and have for years supplied the Double L with its local and eclectic mix of fruits and vegetables that its devotees regularly look forward to. Next week local (backyard garden) rainbow carrots, organic sweet potatoes, broccoli and spinach are coming in. The baseball field turned farm in Weston will also be supplying them with Yukons and Red potatoes in addition to the squash they’ve been harvesting.
According to Lloyd, these are the Top 10 Things Heard Yesterday at the Double L:
10. Yes we have Honey Crisps and Macouns.
9. Will you cut me some Swiss Chard?
8. Those are local Asian Pears.
7. Is the corn sweet?
6. We’ll be here as long as you keep coming.
5. Are those Nancy Grant’s string beans?
4. What do you have that’s organic?
3. We just picked the eggplant out back.
2. Watch out for the telephone pole.
1. Is that the same peach?
The butter and sugar corn will continue to come in from Cheshire until the first hard frost. Enormous Cheshire peaches, local (backyard) herbs, brussels sprouts, hot peppers, French green beans (haricots verts), and apples from Wallingford are regularly at the farm stand. The Double L will stay open as long as you keep coming! How’s that for being different? Just dress warmly knowing that you’ll be shopping under an outdoor tent and bring cash and reusable shopping bags please. If you ask nicely they might even pick you a few squash blossoms for stuffing.