Fairfield County has a surprising number of organic farm stands, including two new ones in Stamford and Wilton. Between the farmers’ markets and farm stands, it’s now easier than ever to find a local food source convenient to you. This guide will be updated throughout the summer to reflect late openings.
Ambler Farm, Wilton
This farm follows organic growing practices but is not certified. Open Saturdays from 9-2 June 8 – mid-October. Ambler Farm transplants (and some already-harvested lettuce mix, arugula, and radishes will be available Saturday, June 1, from 9-noon in front of (or inside in case of rain) the white carriage barn.
257 Hurlbutt Street, Wilton, CT, 06897
A community farm open 365 days a year, Ambler Farm in Wilton holds a regular farm stand on Saturdays from 9-2 from early June through mid-October and is a regular vendor at the farmers’ market at the Wilton Historical Society. During the spring Ambler Farm takes orders for a wide variety of vegetable transplants, including heirloom varietals, easing the work of backyard gardeners. The summer brings tables piled high with freshly picked organic cucumbers, peppers, onions, summer squash, tomatoes, eggplant, beets, basil, cilantro, Swiss chard, garlic and more. Check their website for upcoming classes and events at the farm including classes, dinners and workshops.
Belta’s Farm, Westport
128 Bayberry Lane
This farm follows organic practices, but is not certified. The farm stands opens for the season on Saturday, June 1 and is open every Friday and Saturday in June from 10-3 selling produce and flowers. In July and August, they will also be open on Sundays from 10-3.
Farah’s Farm, Wilton
32 Horseshoe Road, Wilton, CT
Follow the farm on Facebook.
The farm stand is the red bench on the front porch of the gray house. Drive slowly on property as there are chickens and duck free ranging. Farah harvests heavily on Thursdays and Fridays for the weekends, but if the bench is empty, it means she’s sold out. Please bring your own bag or box.
In the spring you will find chicken eggs, duck eggs, kale, chard, arugula, Asian greens, radishes, turnips, sunflower sprouts for sale. Price are as listed. For transplants please call 512.431.1515 to obtain a list.
Garden of Ideas, Ridgefield (Certified Organic)
647 North Salem Road Ridgefield Connecticut 06877
Farm stand days and hours : 8 am until dusk 7 days a week from April through November. The farm stand is located behind the barn and easily accessible from the parking area. The farm stand at Garden of Ideas carries an attractive assortment of fruit, honey and maple syrup from area farms, including Amber Farm’s maple syrup.
This one-acre family farm goes “beyond organic” standards, and even employs some principles of biodynamic farming, to provide their customers with the most environmentally friendly and nutrient dense produce possible. Garden of Ideas promotes plant biodiversity by growing a large variety of crops, including immensely popular heirlooms, alongside beautiful non-edibles that bloom sequentially to supply their bees with nectar throughout the season. I like to call this sanctuary the Garden of Eden because it’s so beautiful and tranquil.
Guy’s Eco-Garden, Shelton (Certified Organic)
Shelton, CT 06612
126 Lounsbury Road, Ridgefield CT 06877
The farm stand is open daily from 11 am until 6 pm.
The farm stand located on Lounsbury Road is the only way, other than a CSA share, to fully enjoy their certified organic vegetables and ground fruit (peaches are for CSA shareholders only). Limited produce is available through Ancona’s Market.
If you live in Ridgefield, you surely know that Dina Brewster’s USDA/Baystate certified organic farm, The Hickories, is the only farm left in Farmingville. When you hear Dina talk about her CSA families, it’s clear that building community gives her joy and satisfaction. CSA fruit and vegetable shares are offered including 113 varieties of vegetables plus strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, apples and peaches. Share add ons include bread, eggs, meat and locally produced cheese.
Holbrook Farm, Bethel (follow organic growing practices)
45 Turkey Plain Road (Route 53 South), Bethel, Connecticut 06801-2874
Tel (203) 792-0561
Fax (203) 744-6748
Open daily 9-6 except Sunday, when they’re closed. This market remains open in winter months.
Holbrook Farm sells a wide variety of organic produce grown at the farm, plus goodies like tart cherries from CT orchards, dairy from CT dairy farms, and baked goods from local artisans in their Farm Market & Bakery. Located inside the big red barn, it feels more like a mini grocery store than a farm stand given the diversity of product available. Fresh produce is displayed in the open coolers and adjacent shelves along with a wide variety of fresh-baked goods including artisan breads from Bantam Bakery. Eggs from the farm’s free-range chickens and dairy products from several different farms including raw milk from Stonewall Dairy in Cornwall, pasteurized milk and cream from Arethusa Farm in Litchfield, and fresh goat’s milk from Butterfield Farm Dairy in East Granby, can be found in the double refrigerator cases. Cheese fans will rejoice in seeing favorites like Cato Corner Farm and Beltane Farm along with Sprout Creek Farm from NY, which makes both goat and cow’s milk cheeses. I tasted a selection of Sprout Creek’s cheeses twice recently and found Sophie, a bloomy rind goat’s milk cheese, to be a standout.
You can make a complete and quick at-home meal from your shopping trip to Holbrook Farm. After you’ve selected your vegetables, bread and dairy, check the refrigerator and freezer cases for smoked sausages and bacons from Mountain Products Smokehouse in Lagrangeville, NY plus chicken meatballs and turkey burgers made from naturally-raised, free range birds. You can even order fresh fish from Frankie’s for pick up at the market. Visit the product page on their website for a complete listing of vendors and products.
Among the dry goods you’ll find pantry staples including honey, maple syrup, oils, vinegars, salts, and jams and jellies, including an impressive selection from award-winning, artisan producer Winding Drive. Their jams have won first place awards inthe CT Specialty Food Awards Competition.
Hubbard Heights Farm, Stamford
202 Hubbard Avenue, Stamford, CT.
This new farm in Stamford offers a CSA and farm stand. The farm stand is open Tuesday through Friday from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. and on weekends from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.beginning late July. Otherwise, just look for someone in the field to help you with a purchase. Typically there are workers and volunteers around during off hours.
Sport Hill Farm, Easton (follow organic growing practices)
596 Sport Hill Road, Easton, CT 06612
As of May 11, the farm stand is open Mon., Tues., Wed., Fri. and Sat. from 9:00a.m.-6:00p.m, Thursdays 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m, and Sundays 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. The farm will be CLOSED Monday, May 27th (Memorial Day). and Sunday, June 30th for a private party. Hours change throughout the season and the farm stand (in the barn) will remain open at least through Thanksgiving. Visit Sport Hill Farm on Facebook for more updates..
days a week, the farm stand is located inside a state-of-the art barn where visitors can shop in comfort for everything from asparagus and lettuce in the early spring to garlic, corn, tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant and squash in high summer, to hardy greens, at least three kinds of winter squash, celeriac and pumpkins in the fall. Fruit from local farms and Red Jacket Orchards is brought in as a one-stop shopping convenience.
Sport Hill Farm is well-known for their popular CSA and crop cash programs, but they offer much more. Campers from the summer farm camp run by The Unquowa School visit the farm to learn where their food comes from. A wide variety of on-farm programs and special events, including canning classes and lunches at the farm, help reconnect adults with out food roots and teach us new skills (private events are welcome). A boutique selection of artisan food products available in the barn includes Arethusa Farm’s milk and yogurt, plus fruit from Red Jacked Orchard.
Closed for the season. In season, the farm stand is open in the main stone barn from 7 am to 7 pm 7 days a week selling fresh produce. The farm stand is set up for the honor system, but someone is usually there. The farm stand usually closes by end of October.
Sticks and Stones Farm is a 60-acre organic sanctuary famous for its stone and moss gardens. This stone masonry farm and retreat features a wide variety of habitats—a mountain, meadows, woods, cultivated areas, and fields, and wetlands—all loaded with their associated wild plants and mushrooms. “Wildman” Steve Brill comes to the farm to lead foraging tours three times a year -early spring, summer and fall – as each season offers different wild edibles to scout and collect. The farm offers cabins for rent, and offer year-round events and artists workshops.
Warrup’s Farm, Redding (Certified Organic)
11 John Read Road, Redding, CT 06896, 1.2 miles north of Redding Center, off Route 107.
This farm will not be open to the public this summer.
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