Millstone Farm in Wilton is the first farming business in Connecticut to earn the Animal Welfare Approved (AWA) Certified Grassfed accreditation. This is the only certification and logo in the U.S. and Canada that guarantees food products come from animals fed a 100% grass and forage diet, raised outdoors on pasture or range for their entire lives, and managed according to the highest welfare and environmental standards on an independent family farm.
Farm dinners remain so popular that the summer 2015 season is seeing a reprise of many of last year’s events. Whether you’re planning a night out with your significant other, a friend, or a large group, reserve your seat right away because tickets go fast. The Millstone Farm “Farm to Fork” Series is already sold out and just a handful of tickets remain for Outstanding in the Field dinners at The Hickories and Waldingfield Farm.
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.
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.
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.
Farmers and retailers have gotten an early start informing us about their turkey offerings this year, so we’ve decided to publish right away and add to the guide as we receive new information. So be sure to check back for updates or follow us on Facebook or Twitter for notifications. While it’s true that buying pasture-raised turkeys from local farms as well as Heritage breed turkeys has gotten easier, some advance planning is still required. Since these turkeys are highly coveted and in short supply, my best advice is to consult this guide and place your order as soon as possible.
There were great expectations for Chef Brian Lewis’ restaurant, Elm, when it opened in March of this year in New Canaan. Those of us who find occasion to dine there will agree that they’ve raised the bar to the level of NYC, minus the sides of attitude and pretense. The space is modern and comfortable, service professional and warm, and food always a rewarding gastronomic adventure. Chef Lewis works magic with vegetables, many of which are sourced from Millstone Farm in Wilton where his staff works in return for organic produce. So it comes as no surprise that Esquire Magazine has named Elm one of the Top New Restaurants of 2012. This well-deserved accolade is bestowed on only 20 restaurant, so we congratulate Chef Lewis and his team on this affirmation of their top-quality work.
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.
As the fall seasons approaches, gardeners and cooks start to prepare for the months and year ahead. It’s the perfect time to learn some practical new skills. How can we preserve bountiful late summer harvests like tomatoes? What do we do with a bonanza of cucumbers to avoid waste and create new taste sensations? What can we do differently in our gardens to grow the most nutritious foods possible? Millstone Farm has workshops to help you become skilled at each!