I have one word to describe Parallel Post at the Trumbull Marriott: phenomenal. I could say it’s because they source everything as locally as possible. When they can’t, superior quality still reigns. They want organic. They want fair trade. They want sustainable. What you get is high-quality, clean food.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I consider dinners at any farm to be the ne plus ultra of local food experiences. Food is picked that day from the farm, then the chef and his team create a menu that lets the ingredients’ freshness and flavor shine. It’s an occasion you’ll likely never forget, so bringing good friends is highly recommended.
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.
The Winter Farmers’ Market at the Norfield Grange will reopen for the season this Saturday, November 12, from 10am to 2pm. The following vendors will be at the market opening, and more will be joining in a few weeks. If … Read more