2013 Guide to Fairfield County CSAs

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs are partnerships between an individual farm and a community of supporters, providing a direct link between the production and consumption of food. CSA members make a commitment to support the farm throughout the season, and assume the risks and bounty of growing food along with the farmer or grower. Find the CSA serving your town in our complete guide.

Graze Brings VT CSAs to Your Door

This season Graze is offering two choices of home-delivered, Certified Organic CSAs from a collective of small Vermont Farmers: A 10-week Summer Vacation CSA and a 16-week Extend the Harvest CSA. For your added convenience, you may choose to add eggs or bread, or both to your weekly share for the entire season.

CT NOFA Conference Strengthens Farming & Gardening Community

On Saturday, March 2, some 1,000 farmers attended the CT Northeast Organic Farmers Association (NOFA) Conference at Wilton High school in Wilton, CT.

Imagine one thousand farmers under one roof…what a thrill!! Well, at least for me it was. The exchange of knowledge and techniques, the contributing of information. Most important was the sharing of old world, tried and tested methods of farming, passed on from one generation to the next.

Whole Foods Market Pledges to Label GMOs by 2018

Whole Foods Market announced today at Natural Products Expo West that, by 2018, all products in its U.S. and Canadian stores1 must be labeled to indicate whether they contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs)2. Whole Foods Market is the first national grocery chain to set a deadline for full GMO transparency.

Sport Hill Farm Expands CSA Drops to Westport and Bridgeport

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.

Pigs, Bees, Chickens and More: Spring Workshops at Millstone Farm

Millstone Farm is a 75-acre working farm in Wilton, CT that is helping to rebuild our food community through small scale agriculture, educational activities, and events. The family-owned farm raises pastured heirloom breed sheep, pigs, and poultry, and grows vegetables for a CSA, local chefs, and family owned retail markets.

Artisan Chocolate & Single Origin Honey Tasting and Pairing Event

Knipschildt Chocolates + Red Bee Honeys =Artisan Deliciousness!

This innovative tasting and pairing of artisan chocolates and single origin honeys is a sit down, educational affair complete with Cava and hors d’oeuvres. Knipschildt founder and chocolatier Fritz Knipschildt and Red Bee honey founder, beekeeper and author Marina Marchese will guide and educate guests through the tasting flights. RSVP to info@chocopologie.com.

Weekend Adventures in Maple Sugaring

Now is the time to plan an outing to a local sugar house where you will 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. More advanced collections systems use plastic vacuum tubing, but no matter the technology, it takes 40 to 50 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup.

Eating Locally in the Winter Is Easier Than Ever

The change of season from fall to winter brings us shorter, darker days and a challenging growing season for even the most adventurous four-season farmers. Ah but 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 – are drawing crowds to the winter farmers’ markets. Indeed, it’s the winter spinach and kale that are the first to sell out at Fort Hill Farm’s booth at the Saturday Westport Farmers’ Market.

GMOs in Our Food Supply and How to Avoid Them

What are Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)? Why are they considered risky and unsustainable? Since GM foods aren’t labeled, how are consumers supposed to avoid them when shopping and eating out?

Join Fairfield Green Food Guide founder Analiese Paik for a lively, informative, and interactive 1-hour session that answers all these questions and empowers guests to make Non-GMO food choices at home, at the grocery store, in restaurants, and at the farmers’ market.

Fairfield Green Food Guide
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