The brown paper bags full of petite, deep red Juliet tomatoes sat on my kitchen counter for a few days before I got around to cooking them. I was feeling too lazy to slice them in half for oven roasting, so I decided to make a fresh sauce on the stove top. The result was magnificent – rich, tomatoey, and slightly sweet, with a velvety consistency perfect for coating pasta.
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.
Austin and Kendra Martin, the husband and wife team who run Squash Hollow Farm in New Milford, have organized a fun and educational day of events and live demonstrations for the public to enjoy on Open Farm Day. Save the date for Saturday, May 25, when you are invited to visit this 10-acre farm which grows vegetables and raises chickens, pigs, goats, guinea hens, and turkeys. Please refer to the flyer for a list of the day’s events. More coming!
My CSA from Sport Hill Farm won’t start until June, but farmer Patti Popp has been encouraging crop cash members to stop in to buy some spring greens in her farm market on the honor system. I finally made it there on a glorious sunny day last week to stock up on arugula, an arugula and mustard greens mix, overwintered scallions, and chicken eggs.
Each March I look forward to the CT Food Association’s Specialty Food Awards Competition at the beautiful and sprawling Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville and the opportunity to spend an afternoon blind tasting and judging what our state’s specialty food producers choose to enter. This year I was assigned to judge jams, CT Grown, desserts, yeast breads, honeys, and appetizers/hors d’oeuvres and found a few that merited a 5 out of 5 score. Here they are….
If you’ve every driven down Bayberry Lane in Westport on a Friday or Saturday afternoon, chances are you’ve caught a glimpse of or visited the farm stand belonging to Belta’s Farm, the last working production farm in Westport. Belta’s follows organic growing practices and is currently taking names for their 2013 CSA waiting list.
Convenient to more communities than ever, Sport Hill Farm’s organic CSA is a wonderful way to eat local-in-season. Farmer Patti Popp grows many varieties of vegetables and fruits, including heirloom vegetables like deer tongue lettuce, Romanesco broccoli (looks like green cauliflower), and green zebra striped tomatoes. Late season goodies like sauce tomatoes and sweet corn are perfect for freezing or putting up.
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 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. The families obviously are very dedicated to supporting the farm and some were treated to a Fall/Winter 2011 CSA share. Here’s to extending the growing season!