The change of season from fall to winter brings us shorter, darker days and a challenging growing season for even the most adventurous four-season farmers. Ah but the wonders they’re able to produce despite the elements – tender field spinach and baby kale plus greenhouse treats like fresh herbs, pea shoots, mushrooms and lettuces – are drawing crowds to the winter farmers’ markets. Indeed, it’s the winter spinach and kale that are the first to sell out at Fort Hill Farm’s booth at the Saturday Westport Farmers’ Market.
If you’re like most people, you make a list – at least mentally – of the things you’ll do differently in the coming year. Perhaps you’re already eating sustainably to some degree, but are looking to increase your commitment. Here you’ll find a multitude of suggestions for doing just that – whether you’re just starting to eat greener or are a dedicated sustainable eater. Choose where you are on the continuum – from Newbie to Dedicated – to find suggestions suitable for you.
If you’re not motivated to shop farmers’ markets (there are two on Saturdays this winter), or just don’t have the time to work with raw ingredients, here’s an excellent way to eat locally that removes both the shopping and the prepping. Winter Sun Farms is a Hudson Valley-based business that works with small sustainable family farms to freeze and otherwise preserve their summer produce and fruit for a winter CSA that’s trucked to distribution sites in NY, NJ, and CT.
If you live in Westchester, Greenwich or Stamford, you can participate in an organic CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) this fall and winter, with delivery from the farm right to your doorstep. For the past six years, Farm Share Ltd. (www.myfarmshare.com) has been delivering CSA shares of freshly harvested organic crops from a small family farm to hundreds of area homes, helping people eat better and allowing the farmers to do what they do best: farm!
The kids are back in school and the weather has cooled off a bit, but summer isn’t over yet. Capturing the fleeting days, and tastes, of summer is easy to do in Fairfield County. We are lucky to have abundant farms, farm stands, farmers’ markets and restaurants working hard to make sure that the best of what they have to offer makes its way to our lips. Here’s my “don’t miss” list of things to do before summer’s nothing but a distant, sweet memory.
Join Barcelona Wine Bar in Fairfield & The Fairfield Green Food Guide on Tuesday on July 24 from 6 to 8 pm for a “Harvest Happy Hour” to welcome the Farmigo program to Connecticut. This casual event will take place in Barcelona’s edible garden with a seasonal cooking demo by Chef Helton. It’s the perfect opportunity to learn how to prepare vegetables the Barcelona way. The Barcelona Cookbook and other products from Barcelona’s marketplace will be available for sale.
Wakeman Town Farm is hosting an afternoon of fun for kids and families of all ages on Saturday, July 14 from 12-4 p.m. at the farm at 134 Cross Highway, Westport. The event is designed as an opportunity for the public to enjoy the farm as the organic gardens are at their peak. Many families are surprised to learn that there is an organic farm and homestead right in Westport. Once people visit the gardens and the animals, they are sure to return for camps, adult workshops, our organic CSA and fun events, like the family pancake breakfast, which drew more than 800 people last fall!
What do you get when you pair up a farmer with forward-thinking restaurateurs? An a la carte CSA.
Organizer Farah Masani, a former farm manager at Millstone Farm in Wilton now responsible for local sourcing for the Barcelona Restaurant Group, said the idea was forged with Barcelona’s customers in mind, but is open to anyone. “People are looking for the convenience of a multi-farm CSA easily tailored to their tastes and needs that can be conveniently picked up at the restaurant after work. We’re making it fun by offering seasonal cocktails and special tapas using CSA ingredients during happy hour each Tuesday. If customers like the tapas, they can find the recipes online to make them at home” she said.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs are partnerships between an individual farm and a community of supporters, providing a direct link between the production and consumption of food. CSA members make a commitment to support the farm throughout the season, and assume the risks and bounty of growing food along with the farmer or grower.
Graze is offering a home-delivered, Certified Organic 12-week Summer Harvest CSA from a collective of small Vermont Farmers. They promise no GMOs, no hormones, no antibiotics, and no pesticides. The beauty of the CSA is that it is delivered for free, which allows those who work or otherwise can’t get to the farmers’ markets or a CSA pick up an opportunity to receive organic produce from sustainable farms.
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