By Analiese Paik
Just because the summer’s over doesn’t mean the supply of food from local farms has disappeared. On the contrary, there are more ways to eat local and sustainably grown food than ever before at this time of year thanks to late season growing, four season farms, and the entrepreneurs who work to get their foods to our tables.
Fresh winter vegetables, other farm grown/raised food, and artisan foods
The winter farmers’ markets at the Granges (Norfield and Greenfield Hill), the Westport farmers’ market at Gilbertie’s Herb Gardens, the Greenwich farmers’ market at the Teen Center, the New Canaan Nature Center’s farmers’ market and Monroe farmers’ market at Benedicts are THE places to go to find a wide selection of freshly harvest winter root crops, hardy greens, and foods ranging from eggs to pastured meats from other farm vendors. Farmers’ markets have become popular destinations, and some sell hot food to satisfy the lunch crowd, along with artisan and farmstead products including cheeses, breads and other baked goods, pastas, honey, jams and jellies, and maple syrup.
Visit our Winter Farmers’ Market Guide for schedules, locations and vendors.
When you just can’t make it to the farmers’ market, order online for home delivery instead.
Farm-to-door delivery services make it possible to eat locally year-round without leaving your home. Shop online and have your custom order of fresh, high-quality, farm-grown food delivered to your door for a nominal charge by Fresh Nation, CT Farm Fresh Express, Mike’s Organic Delivery, and from VT, Graze Delivered.
Local and sustainably grown meats and poultry
Saugatuck Craft Butchery in Westport is a whole animal butcher (think oxtail, tongue, and offal in addition to all the regular cuts) specializing in fresh (not frozen) beef, pork and lamb from sustainably run family farms in New York and Connecticut. Recently relocated and expanded to include a cafe, Craft is the ultimate nose-to-tail butcher where you’ll find leaf lard, raw dog food, and any cut of meat you want. Just call ahead to place your order.
Also at retail, the Double L Market in Westport has everything from New York state bison to Vermont grass-fed beef and The Farmer’s Table in New Canaan (relocating across the street to a larger space) typically has a small selection of meats from John Boy’s Farm in New York. Bethel residents are very fortunate indeed to have Holbrook Farm in town. Holbrook Farm Market & Bakery is located inside the big red barn and feels more like a mini grocery store than a farm stand given the diversity of product, almost exclusively from local producers, available for sale year-round.