The public is invited to join the Northeast Organic Farming Association of CT (CT NOFA) for a day of learning about organic gardening, land care, homesteading/farming and DIY foods including kombucha, ginger beer, wine, and fermented vegetables.
It’s just gotten easier to prepare a feast that more closely resembles the one served at the first Thanksgiving. Take a step back in time, pre-industrialized food, with the Ark of the Ark of Taste Thanksgiving Collection. This collection, available through a collaboration between Slow Food USA and Heritage Foods USA, is for real cooks, foodies, epicureans and gourmands in search of flavor – forgotten flavors.
The Hickories’ farmers will host Farm and Animal Tours on April 26th, May 17th, and May 31st featuring lambs, goat kids, and piglets, to share the joys of spring on the farm. Sign up on the website (www.thehickories.org) for a guided tour and for more information about the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program. Space is limited. Farm and Animal Tours are free to CSA members, but general admission is $10 per person.
The perfect glass of Champagne starts with selecting a boutique, single-vineyard Champagne from a sustainable, family-owned estate. Henri’s Reserve expertly curates Champagnes that reflect the terroir of France’s finest private vineyards, the artistry of the winemakers and the legacies of the families behind them. The uniqueness and outstanding quality of these “boutique” Champagnes -both grown and made on organic and biodynamic estates – have made them the darlings of sommeliers and the world’s toughest wine critics.
Fresh Nation founders Tony Lee, Melanie Franklin, Hannah Pullman, and Alexander Lee decided to introduce a concierge- style farm-to-home delivery business to serve this very market, with a personal shopper assigned to each order to remove some of the stress from our lives. While there are a number of farm-to-door services operating in Fairfield County, Fresh Nation is unique for three important reasons.
Every once in a while I encounter a cookbook that’s worth sharing with sophisticated green eaters, and The Clean Plates Cookbook is one of them. (We shared their sustainable restaurant app earlier this month.) The first 8 chapters are packed with practical guidance on clean eating that begins with making plants the foundation of one’s diet rather than the typical American slab of meat.
Certain people are challenging to buy gifts for because they have everything they could every want already or have very discerning taste. I like to select something they would never buy for themselves, possibly because they don’t know it exists. A rare food or wine with a great back story, for example. The Champagnes of Henri’s Reserve fit the bill and these top-ranked, family-owned, estate grape only boutique bubblies are two of my favorites. Their outstanding quality, fine flavors, limited availability, biodynamic production, and French cachet would delight even the most impossible foodies.
Each year we try to find one more things to do in our household to inch ourselves towards living a more sustainable lifestyle. New insulation in the attic made from recycled jeans, a hybrid vehicle, and a man-powered rather than gas-powered mowing service are a few of the sustainable choices our family has made in the last few years. How about you? Are you ripe for a few good ideas? Live Green CT! is a fun, 2-day festival chock full of opportunities to learn directly from green manufacturers and service providers ranging from hybrid vehicles to food.
Locally-raised, pastured poultry is one of the hardest products to purchase fresh and unfrozen. I’m not going to bore you with the details about why. Let’s just say they have everything to do with CT Dept. of Agriculture’s laws and regulations. So it’s big news when farms up their production enough to begin taking custom orders direct from consumers. Millstone Farm in Wilton has done just that with chickens and turkeys.