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Friday Farm Markets Return to Stamford Museum & Nature Center, 2012

3 Jun

Last year (was that a year ago?) we told you about Friday Farm Markets at SM&NC.  Things have changed a bit this year, but for the better!

Here’s the info:

Fridays, 6/8-10/26/2012

10 am – 2 pm

Located at their Meadow this year

Here’s what you can expect:

Wave Hill Breads:  breads, pastries, cookies

Dream Desserts:  gluten-free and all natural-desserts.  Dream Desserts is redonkulous, btw.

Moorefield Herb Farm: herbs, duh :P

Smith Acres:  fruit and vegetables

Truelove Farms:  pork and beef

Pickle Licious:  pickles :)

Victoria’s Wood Fired Pizza:  pizza yumminess

SM&NC:  their own farm fresh, cage-free eggs

In addition, check out some music from Steve E. while you shop.  If you want to relax a bit, grab some pizza, veggies, desserts, and/or pastries and head down to one of the benches by the pond.

Stamford Museum & Nature Center

Address:  39 Scofieldtown Road
Stamford, CT 06903

For info:  203.322.1646 

Dream Desserts Limited Edition Fall Flavors: Gotta Snack ‘Um All!

9 Nov

We’ve been following the success of Dream Desserts (our review here) and their rise to the top and we have to admit, we love it.  Just a husband and wife working together with a simple idea:  make great desserts that are gluten free.  If you haven’t had a chance to see them at a farmers’ market yet or if you haven’t had one of their great bars or rolls, you’ve got to try out their flavors…especially the Limited Edition Fall flavors.

Hurry up because these three flavors are only out for a few more weeks and won’t be sold after November 20, 2011.

Here they are, treat by lovely treat:

The Great Pumpkin Roll

We had a nice sample (or two, or three, well, we lost count) of this treat when we saw Marissa and  Brian Hayes at the New Canaan Farmers’ Market.  It had the perfect blend of yummy fall and pumpkin spices.  The cream cheese frosting on top was killer, but don’t ask Danny.  He won’t touch cream cheese.

Cranberry Pecan Delight

Seriously freaking amazing.  WOW!  The cranberries shoot through with a tartness that’s offset by the rolled oats on top and the butteriness of the toasted pecans.  The cranberries had a similar consistency of a jam.  Yeah, rocked our world.

Cheesecake Brownie with Butterscotch Drizzle

The brownie was super-duper-duper-duper chocolately.  Wow.  Intense.  The brownie itself was moist, the cheesecake part was creamy, and the butterscotch added a nice contrast.  This is a decadent dessert.  This could seriously be a meal all by itself.

Here’s our original post about Dream Desserts that has a listing of places to buy their treats.  Just note, for these Limited Edition Fall flavors, you’ll need to see them at a farmers’ market.  Thanks again to Brian and Marissa for letting us have the Cranberry Pecan Delight and Cheesecake Brownie with Butterscotch Drizzle to take home.  We savored each bite.

Dream Desserts…Do Come True: Making It Big, Nationwide! Stamford, CT

29 Jul

From Everlasting Film & Photography

Don’t ya love it when the good guys and gals win?  Dream Desserts, based out of Stamford, has made it to the big time.  They are now selling their four awesome gluten-free treats (truly dreamy) nation wide through Foodzie.com.  Think about that:  from small, humble beginnings at farmers’ markets and local stores to national sales.  Lucky for Fairfield County peeps that we don’t need to get these treats shipped to us. Yep, we can buy them right from Brian and Marissa Hayes, the awesomeness behind Dream Desserts.  But, say you’ve got some friends or family members who aren’t nearby and who have Celiac or a gluten intolerance…well, send out a shipment to them.  Or, maybe you’re just lazy and want some munchies shipped out stat–they got ya covered too. You can also send an e-mail to info@dreamdessertbars.com or call them at (203) 969-4794.

So, if you haven’t tried one of their dessert bars, you must.  Not your usual, run of the mill dessert, and certainly not what you’d expect from a gluten-free dessert bar.  We tried them at New Canaan’s Farmers’ Market and loved em.  Here’s a list of what they have to offer along with links to their goods:

If you can’t wait, here’s where to find them:

Rinaldi’s Deli
70 Orchard Street
Cos Cob, CT 06807
203-622-8315

Darlene’s Heavenly Desires
185 Sound Beach Ave
Old Greenwich, CT 06870
203-698-9441

New Canaan HealthFare
2 Morse Court
New Canaan, CT 06840
203-966-5400
 
Stamford High Ridge Farmer’s Market
High Ridge Shopping Center
1041-1145 High Ridge Road
Stamford, CT 06905
Every Sunday & Wednesday until Novemeber
10am-4pm
 
New Canaan Farmer’s Market
Old Center School Parking Lot
Corner of South Avenue, Maple Street, and Main Street
New Canaan, CT 06840
Every Saturday Starting May 14th Ending November 19th
10am-2pm
 

Farm Fresh Pesto, Sauces, Meat, Veggies, and the Cold Roman! New Canaan Farmer’s Market-New Canaan, CT

11 Jun

Farmer Joe of Smith's Acre, dishing out fresh veggies!

It seems that Farmer’s Markets are sprouting up all over Connecticut now.  Stamford has their French Market (review coming soon) and also Friday Farm Market at Stamford Museum & Nature Center.  New Canaan, also, has a nice spread and variety of local goods.  Open Saturdays, 10-2, rain or shine until November 19, 2011.  It’s at the corner of South Avenue, Main Street, and Maple Street.  We toured the stands today and dug down for info on your behalf, dear foodies.  Here’s a list of places and what they’ve got to offer you! :)

• Du Soleil:  Healthy and gourmet food such as quinoa salad, pestos, hummus, and more. Their cilantro pesto was to die for, but unfortunately they ran out before we had a chance to grab some to take home. Instead we left with the caper and olive hummus which was very nice.

Raus Coffee:  Coffee, ground or prepared for you.  Try the Cold Roman® ,an iced espresso frothed with cream and a touch of sugar… you’ll be hooked.  Ask for a sample if you want to find a new drug! Their coffee is also sold at the Westport Farmer’s Market, Double L Market, Arogya Tea, and served at one of our favorite farm to table spots, Le Farm.

Michele’s Pies:  Great variety of homemade, freshly made pies.  The blueberry and blackberry pie was great…not too sweet with lots of crumbly goodness.  She even went up against Bobby Flay in a pumpkin pie throwdown.

Plasko’s Farm:  Farm fresh fruits and veggies.  Cider donuts (YUM), spreads, and a ton of delicious looking condiments like fresh salsa, pickles, jams, and more.

Riverbank Farm:  Farm fresh fruit and veggies, all organic.

Dream Desserts:  Excellent gluten-free desserts.  The peanut butter bar was amazing. Usually gluten-free desserts are blah, but these were really good!

Stone’s Throw Farm:  Farm fresh fruits and veggies.

• Bongo & Cappaci:  Handmade and fresh ravioli for sale. Kristien raved about the greek ravioli she sampled, packed with feta, cucumber, olives, tomatoes and red onion. He only sells at farmer’s markets and local restaurants but won’t reveal which ones.  We tried to bribe him with a canoli.  Didn’t work.

• Uncle Buck’s Secret Garden: Purrrdy flowers for sale.

• St. Ex. Specialty Foods:  Fresh made mozzarella and killer pesto that Kristien’s fellow Humongite David Plain raved about.  We are holding a tub of it ransom and asking David for $40 for its safe return to his house.

Whistle Stop Bakery: Pie, cookies, and other baked goods.

Greyledge Farm: Pork, beef, sausage, chicken, and lamb for sale in different cuts. Oh and like six flavors of bacon. Bacon. Yeah, need we say more? Expensive, but local and worth it.

Gazy Brother’s Farm:  Farm fresh fruits and veggies.

Beldotti Bakeries:  Amazing variety of breads, including this fantastic looking onion bread, olive bread, and sausage bread.

Smith’s Acre: Farm fresh fruits and veggies.

Skinny Pines:  Imagine this:  a food truck with a portable wood fired brick oven pizza!  People have been raving about this pie, and we’re dying to get a slice of the action.  We’ll have to come back to try some next time!  Oh, even better?  They cook their pies with local ingredients, including their flour!  Sweet.

New Canaan Farmer’s Market
Old Center School Parking Lot
Corner of South Avenue, Maple Street, and Main Street
New Canaan, CT 06840

#FF Gets New Meaning: Friday Farm Market @ Stamford Museum and Nature Center–Stamford, CT

13 May

Update:  things are a bit different for this year’s (2012) Friday Farm Market.  Check it out here.  

Two things of awesomeness:

1)  Stamford Museum & Nature Center will be hosting a “Friday Farm Market” from June 10 until October 28.  The Friday Farm Market will take place at SM&NC‘s upper parking lot off of Scofieldtown Road.  What will be for sale?  On their FB page, they say: ” The SM&NC Friday Farm Market will feature Connecticut farmers and vendors with agricultural, horticultural, and food items that they have grown, produced, or processed.”  Here’s some info on New Canaan’s Farmer’s Market!

10 am – 2 pm

Wave Hill Bread–>  Breads, pastries, cookies

Newgate Farms–>  Fruits, vegetables, plants, flowers, and baked goods

Dream Desserts–>  Desserts, duh

Walking Wood Farm–>  Eggs

Moorefield Herb Farm–>  Herbs

Smith Acres–>  Fruits and vegetables

Farming 101–>  Heirloom tomatoes

Truelove Farms–>  Eggs, pork, and beef

Sounds good to us!  Go local, go green, get shopping!

Momma protecting her baby last weekend at the car show

2) Spring on the Farm:  a special kick off and preview of Friday Farm Market this Sunday, May 15, from 11-4.  The sheep will get sheared and you can see how that wool gets turned into yarn.  Also on their FB page: “There will be activities for all ages including storytelling, face painting, crafts, a plant and herb sale, and more! We’ll have refreshments for sale, hayride tickets for purchase, and our galleries will be open.”

Sorry, we cannot condone any sheep or farm animal jokes in this post.  

Members: $5 | Non-members: $10
Family PLUS Members & above FREE , Children 3 & under FREE
Admission for UBS employess and up to 3 guests is $5 each
 
Stamford Museum & Nature Center
Address:  39 Scofieldtown Road
Stamford, CT 06903
For info:  203.322.1646 ext. 6521
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