Fairfield’s Most Eclectic Farm Stand?

Northford strawberries were everything a strawberry should be
Northford strawberries were everything a strawberry should be

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.

Four varieties of eggplant grown in the fields behind the stand
Four varieties of eggplant grown in the fields behind the stand

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).

Look for rainbow carrots from Fairfield next week
Look for rainbow carrots from Fairfield next week

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.

Lloyd gave me a tour of his fields which are still yielding Swiss chard, eggplant, Nasturtium, beets, celery and dandelion greens
Lloyd gave me a tour of his fields which are still yielding Swiss chard, eggplant, Nasturtium, beets, celery and dandelion greens

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?

Some Double L peaches are so delicious they've become legendary
Some Double L peaches are so delicious they've become legendary

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.

7 thoughts on “Fairfield’s Most Eclectic Farm Stand?”

  1. LLoyd, My mouth is watering, I wish you were down here. Then i would eat good. Good luck and i hope they keep coming. Best Franny

  2. Lloyd – great press!
    So happy it’s all worked out for you. Your farm stand was always
    a high point – now everyone knows!
    Produce here in Oregon is great – but I’d bet your farm stand
    would go head-to-head with the stands here. It would be a
    taste-test treat to find out.
    Enjoy the harvest.

  3. Excellent article, and I love Lloyd, but how come I have to go to Raleigh NC to get fresh butter beans? It’s criminal that a New Englander can’t make succotash with local limas.

    Used to pick them myself at Billy Miro’s field.

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