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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Saturday, November 12, 2011 1:00pm-3:00pm at Sport Hill Farm, 596 Sport Hill Road, Easton, CT Sustainable Pastry Chef Robyn Eads, founder of Peace Tree Desserts, invites you to an artisanal honey tasting celebrating the single nectar source honeys of Weston-based … Read more
On Saturday, June 25, Analiese Paik of the Fairfield Green Food Guide made a guest appearance on WTNH’s Good Morning Connecticut Show at 7:49 am to discuss how to capture the fleeting flavors of summer and the newly released cookbook, … Read more