2014 Guide to Farm Dinners

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.

5 Reasons to Go Grass Fed

Almost all the meat you purchase in the grocery store and eat in restaurants and fast food outlets is from factory farms (ditto for school lunch). So is the dairy. Slow down just a minute to ponder the fact that the meat you eat and milk you drink is from animals kept confined, indoors, 24/7 on feedlots instead of being raised on pasture.

Cast Off Cooking: Brussels Sprout Leaves II

Farmer Patti Popp’s Brussels sprouts are so beautiful that Sport Hill Farm’s stall became a bit of a scene during opening day at the Winter Westport Farmers’ Market this past Saturday. Shoppers chatted excitedly about what to make with the leaves and stems, and I was inspired to post a second time about these mild tasting and quick cooking winter gems.

Spring Has Sprung at Sport Hill Farm

My CSA from Sport Hill Farm won’t start until June, but farmer Patti Popp has been encouraging crop cash members to stop in to buy some spring greens in her farm market on the honor system. I finally made it there on a glorious sunny day last week to stock up on arugula, an arugula and mustard greens mix, overwintered scallions, and chicken eggs.

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.

A Farmgal’s Reflection

With 2012 almost over & a blanket of snow covers the fields
It’s natures way of letting farmers slow down and reflect over our seasonal yields.
It all began in 2004 with a crazy idea like never before,
leaving the comforts of a 9-5 to growing veggies to keep us alive.
Through misery & tears, nightmares of veggies fed my fears.

10 Things to Do Before the Summer Ends

The kids are back in school and the weather has cooled off a bit, but summer isn’t over yet. Capturing the fleeting days, and tastes, of summer is easy to do in Fairfield County. We are lucky to have abundant farms, farm stands, farmers’ markets and restaurants working hard to make sure that the best of what they have to offer makes its way to our lips. Here’s my “don’t miss” list of things to do before summer’s nothing but a distant, sweet memory.

Fairfield Green Food Guide to Educate Westport Farmers’ Market Shoppers on Thursday

Westport Farmers’ Market shoppers looking for ways to eat more local and sustainable food are invited to visit me at the Education Booth this Thursday from 10-2. Bring your questions and concerns so we can chat about local/sustainable food – including Genetically Modified food, sustainable seafood, CSAs, organic farm stands, farm-to-table restaurants, seasonal cooking and local food events.

Sport Hill Farm is bringing their first corn of the season to the market this Thursday! The farm only plants organic seeds and uses organic growing methods, so you know their sweet corn is not genetically engineered (yes, GE sweet corn was grown in the NE for the first time this year and isn’t labeled).

Organic Farm Stands of Fairfield County

The following farm stands are located on family or community farms that are either certified organic or are committed to using organic growing practices. Each spring and summer they open their farm stands to the public to enjoy the healthy vegetables and fruits they’ve grown for the community. Quite a few are open through late fall.

Fairfield Green Food Guide
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