Seasonal Foods “Pop up” at the Double L Market

By Analiese Paik

You will always find seasonal vegetables at the Double L. Root vegetables, including turnips and beets, line the counters.

You never know what you’ll find at the Double L Market in Westport. This boutique grocer offers the truest expression of local food outside area farmers’ markets, and it’s open 7 days a week. Vegetables and fruit from local farms and orchards, locally baked breads and pastries, prepared foods, granola, hand-blended organic teas, grass-fed beef, lamb and pork, bison from New York state, Connecticut and Vermont cheeses, milk and dairy from two Connecticut farms, eggs, apple cider, estate maple syrup, and fish from a Boston fishmonger line the shelves and fill the coolers.

Pop-up foods like this small batch tomato sauce are a specialty of the Double L Market. It's true, seasonal eating.

“Pop-up foods”, as owner Lloyd Allen likes to call them, are small batch, highly seasonal, artisan food item that are in stock for a short time only. Allen told me “Now you see them, now you don’t. When they’re gone, they’re gone” just as another customer co-opted two small batch jars of heirloom tomato sauce I had set on the counter. It’s not a place to let go of your purchases. I advise calling ahead and getting your name and order on the reservations chalkboard if you feel strongly about a particular item. After missing the first round of Connecticut figs this summer, I did just that.

Arethusa Farm's eggnog is a special treat for the holidays, perfect with a Christmas cookie or two.

Tomorrow always holds the promise of new delights, which is why Lloyd Allen and partner Michael Van Haaften have such a loyal following. Customers know their tried and true favorites will be on hand, along with new surprises, accompanied by friendly smiles and a good story or two. I felt pretty lucky after buying two jars of heirloom tomato sauce, Arethusa Farm’s eggnog, and Doc’s estate maple syrup. I couldn’t think of any other store I could stop in to buy the same, because no other exists here in Fairfield County.

The Double L Market

730 Post Road East

Westport, CT


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