The next time you’re heading down the Post Road in Westport with the family in the car, turn in when you see the giant pumpkins, corn stalks and Adirondack chairs and you’ll find yourself at A&J’s, that Albert and John’s. But you won’t find John there, just Justin, who’s as knowledgeable about sustainability as any farmer you’ll talk to.
Most of the fruit and produce currently in the market is from Connecticut farms and almost all the rest is from New York. The outdoor area is covered in a sea of gorgeous Kabocha, peanut, turban and other exotic looking squash plus giant pumpkins, mums, ornamental gourds, Indian corn, corn stalks and outdoor furniture. Walk in a little closer and you’ll find the onions, garlic, corn, zucchini, eggplant, hot peppers, green beans, herbs, fennel, 4 varieties of apples (Macoun, Honey Crisp, Cortland, and Empire), Bosc and the sweet, almost bite sized Seckle pears.
Head indoors for the lettuce, potatoes, Blue Hills’ Cider, Buell’s Candy Apples, Nodine’s Sausage, Farmer’s Cow Milk, Brooklyn mozzarella, NYC black truffle butter and SoNo Baking Company’s breads, pastries and pies (place your Thanksgiving order here).
Albert is still deciding about bringing in Heritage turkeys for Thanksgiving, but Justin tells me “water core” Fuji apples are coming in the end of October or first week of November. Water core apples have a center core that is translucent and tastes of pure sugar. These are meant to be eaten out of hand and rather quickly before they spoil.
“Customers are our friends and family and some have been coming for 16 years” explains Justin, “which is why we created added savings emails like our recent $5 off any $30 purchase.” Visit A&J’s web site at www.farmmarket.net to sign up. The market will be open throughout the winter thanks to their suppliers who either keep crops in controlled atmospheres to prevent them from spoiling or grow winter crops in greenhouses using sustainable heat sources.
A&J Farm Market, 1680 Post Road East, Westport www.farmmarket.net