On any given day surprises await at the Double L Market in Westport. These are surprises of the local-organic variety. A hidden gem located in the same cluster of stores as Flower Fall, this boutique green grocer has a heart and soul. Partners Lloyd and Michael will tell you the provenance of every fruit and vegetable in the store and the story behind it.
This week I was too slow to respond to a message about local figs and missed them entirely. No surprise that a rare treat like that would go quickly. I was delighted to find some fresh-picked cranberry beans and super-sweet corn from Cheshire, local shallots, organic peaches from Pennsylvania, and the fattest, juiciest raspberries of the season. Cranberry beans, aka shell beans, cook quickly and are fantastic with corn and squash, tossed with pasta (pasta e fagioli), or used in a soup.
And the fun won’t end once the summer is over. According to Lloyd, farms that extend the summer growing season into the late fall and begin the spring season early with the help of hoop houses, greenhouses and cold frames will continue to supply them with local-organic vegetables for their discerning customers.
The Double L Market is located at 730 Post Road E. in Westport, just across the street from the Toyota dealership and in the same shopping plaza as Flower Fall. Open 7 days a week from 9-6.