Gift Guide Day 2: Farm-to-Table Lunch at the Farmers’ Market

Gilberties  Herb Garden is the perfect place to meet a friend for a casual farmo-to table lunch and some local food shopping.
Gilbertie's Herb Garden is the perfect place to meet a friend for a casual farm-to table lunch and some local food shopping.

Sometimes the best gift you can give a friend is your company over a wonderful meal. So invite a friend, or two, to join you for lunch at the new indoor winter farmers’ market at Gilbertie’s Herb Gardens of Westport. Each week lunch from a different local farm-to-table restaurant will be served. Think of it as the Northeast’s answer to the food truck!

Each week one of the following restaurants will provide lunch and prepared foods at the market: leFarm, Schoolhouse at Cannondale, The Dressing Room, or Fat Cat Pie. Because you won’t want to miss any of them, I’ll post the name of each week’s restaurant on Facebook and Twitter. 

Schoolhouse at Cannondale chef/owner Tim LaBant’s uncompromising commitment to serving the highest quality fresh, local, and seasonal food has won Schoolhouse numerous awards including a Top 10 Ranking on Open Table’s Best of the tri state area, Best Special Occasion restaurant 2010 by Westport Magazine, and the top Fairfield County Pick for the Best of New England 2010 guide. Now the only special occasion you have to wait for is their week at the indoor Westport farmers’ market.

Don’t miss opening day, Thursday, December 9, as celebrated chef Bill Taibe of leFarm restaurant of Westport dishes up lunch.  If you’ve never dined at leFarm, it’s reason enough to make the trip.

Harvest to Heat is as much a story book as a cookbook, sharing inspiring backstories to each farm fresh ingreident and recipe.
Harvest to Heat is as much a story book as a cookbook, sharing inspiring back stories for each farm fresh ingredient and recipe.

Both Bill and one of the farms from which he sources organic food, Millstone Farm in Wilton, are celebrated in the newly released and very beautiful cookbook, Harvest to Heat: Cooking with America’s Best Chefs, Farmers, and Artisans, which was just named Best Cookbook Overall 2010 by Epicurious. Gift Tip: Buy the cookbook for a friend and bring it to the market for Bill to sign!

In addition to the guest restaurants, Boxcar Cantina, the first restaurant in Connecticut to earn a Green Restaurant certification, and brick oven caterer Skinny Pines, a 2010 Green Coast Award recipient, will be regular weekly vendors. Catch a Healthy Habit Cafe will vend lunch every other week, starting opening day. Arrive early to avoid the lunch lines and if you can, get there are 11:00 to enjoy free weekly talks about herbs and gardening from experts at Gilbertie’s.

The indoor Westport winter farmers’ market will be held each Thursday, except December 23, from 10-1 at Gilbertie’s of Westport on 7 Sylvan Lane. Opening day is December 9, 2010 and the market closes for the season on March 31. Market to car grocery valets available upon request.

Winter 2010 Weekly Vendors

  1. Boxcar Cantina
  2. Skinny Pines Catering
  3. Catch a Healthy Habit Cafe (alternating weeks)
  4. Beltane Farm
  5. Ladies of Levita Road Farm
  6. SoNo Baking Company
  7. Fort Hill Farm
  8. Two Guys from Woodbridge
  9. Riverbank Farm
  10. Wave Hill Bread
  11. Raus Coffee
  12. Arogya Tea
  13. Izzie B’s
  14. Colyer Catering
  15. Greyledge Farm
  16. Sankow’s Beaver Brook Farm
  17. Huckleberry Artisan Pastry
  18. Boxed Goods
  19. Calcutta Kitchen
  20. Whistle Stop Bakery
  21. Bone-A-Part

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