Winter Farmers’ Market Guide 2013-2014

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.

10 Things to Do Before Summer’s End

Teacher assignments, open houses, orientations, school supply lists – it’s all suddenly upon us. So are the last crops we’ll harvest before putting our gardens to bed for the winter. Make the most of the last fleeting weeks of summer by doing a few special, and memorable, green food activities before summer’s end. Here’s to building our fortitude to make it through another New England winter.

Organic Restaurants of Fairfield County

It can be a challenge, and quite time consuming, to find restaurants committed to serving only organic food, so we decided to put together this handy, comprehensive guide to help you quickly and easily find what you’re looking for. Whether you’re out to to enjoy a cup of coffee and a healthy snack, a fresh-baked pastry, a fruit smoothie or green juice, a cafe-style lunch, or a formal meal, this is the guide for you.

Farm-to-Home Delivery, Concierge Style

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.

Westport’s Hidden Gem: The Organic Market

Wedged in a row of unassuming stores in Playhouse Square in Westport is the Organic Market. Don’t fly by or you’ll miss it (despite it being there for more than 25 years) and if you don’t wander to the very back of the store, you’ll miss most of the food action. No bells or whistles, no big advertising, just a few small tables inside and outside on the sidewalk, but lots of good, wholesome food known to many.

Belta’s Farm

Add one more farm to your CSA list—Belta’s Farm on Bayberry Lane in Westport. Family-owned and operated since 1945, they’ve been at farmers’ markets and sold wholesale to such well-known corporations as Stew Leonard’s and Campbell’s Soup.

Maple Syrup Open Houses & Events

This March is the time to plan a visit to a sugar house and gain an appreciation for the ancient art of making syrup from the sap of maple trees. Maple sugaring, which takes place mid-February to the end of March, starts with tapping maple trees and slinging collection buckets from them to collect the sap. It take 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup! Collected sap is brought to the maple sugar house to be boiled until it reaches the syrup stage. It’s then poured off, strained and cooled for bottling.

Fairfield Green Food Guide
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