It’s August already and time to think about how you want to spend your last weeks of summer. Have you gotten through your summer bucket list? If you don’t have one, or have already completed it, here are five things to do before the summer ends that will maximize your enjoyment of the local harvest and beautiful weather. This is the time of year when farms are bursting with corn, tomatoes, eggplant, summer squash, beans, cucumbers, peppers and more.
Fairfield County has more than a dozen organic farm stands that provide consumers with a convenient way to shop for the freshest, most flavorful herbs, produce and fruit.This season, make it a priority to buy local first by visiting a farm or farmers’ market before the grocery store. You’ll be surprised by the diversity of foods available and nothing tastes better, unless of course you grew it yourself!
Farm dinners are all the rage, and with good reason. They provide guests with a unique opportunity to feast on multi-course meals right at the source, outdoors, with a community of likeminded people. Many dinners include a farm tour led by the farmer, a great way to learn the story of the family growing your food that evening. Grab a few friends and set a date to spend a magical evening together at a local farm. Tickets go fast so please reserve your seats early.
The change of season from fall to winter brings us shorter, darker days and a challenging growing season for even the most dedicated four-season farmer. 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 – draw crowds to our winter farmers’ markets.
Too early to start thinking about buying your Thanksgiving bird? Think again! Farmers and retailers have gotten an early start informing us about their local and heritage turkey offerings this year, so we’ve decided to publish right away and add to the guide as we receive new information. Check back for updates or follow us on Facebook or Twitter for notifications.