By Analiese Paik
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”, 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.
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
Visit them on Facebook.