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Discount + Free Farm Fresh Delivery from Fresh Nation w/ OmNomCT

25 Jun
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Click here to get your delivery started!

Do you know what’s frustrating?  Wanting to eat healthy, fresh, and local food, but rarely having a chance to get any.  Sure, there are plenty of farms nearby, but most of them take an hour or so to get there.  And, yes, there are lots of farmers’ markets, but many of them don’t fit in with work schedules.  So, isn’t it awesome that there’s a company like Fresh Nation that sends out your own personal shopper to get you all you need… and then delivers it right to your house?

Can't make WFM?  Get it delivered!

Can’t make WFM on Thursdays? Set up delivery!

Yeah, it’s a pretty awesome way to keep eating and supporting local food providers, without putting a huge wrench in your busy schedule.  Right now Fresh Nation is focused on Fairfield (they just recently added Westport Farmers’ Market!) and Westchester County and has recently expanded out into parts of Los Angeles, too.

So, to get you started (and hooked no doubt) on this farm-to-kitchen delivery service, we’ve teamed up with Fresh Nation to give you an OmNomCT EXCLUSIVE offer (oh you fancy, huh?). Not only will you get 10% off your purchase, but you’ll also get free delivery.  And, ya know what’s even better?  This deal is always available as long as you keep buying by clicking through the link in this post, or on our side button to the right.  Yep, so you’ll get the deal again, and again, and again, and… well, you get the picture.

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Black Rock Farmers’ Market Sprouts up on Saturdays in CT

2 Jun
The Black Rock Farmers' Market opens this Saturday, 6/7

The Black Rock Farmers’ Market opens this Saturday, 6/7

Access to good, fresh, and healthy food shouldn’t be a privilege, affordable and available to only a select few.  Everyone, no matter where they live, should be able to get produce, meats, and products from local farms and producers.  Not only are these products fresher and fuller of nutrients and vitamins, they are also the solution to our preservative-heavy and pre-frozen society.  Plus, something we love is that by supporting local farmers and producers at these markets, you are supporting local and helping families to make dreams come true…not just helping a CEO afford another McMansion.

So, we’re very excited for Black Rock (that awesome spot between Bridgeport and Fairfield that we called home) because starting this Saturday (and until 10/25), they’ll have their own farmers’ market.  Yup, just come by 481 Brewster Street (right next to St. Ann Church) from 9 to 1 pm on Saturdays and you’ll be able to check out these great farms and products:

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Food Trucks, Demos, Living Green + More @ Fairfield’s Earth Day Celebration 2014

11 Apr


Earth Day happens every April 22, but the core and heart of this day is something that we hope lives on for the other 364 days a year.  “Living Green” isn’t about just recycling…there’s so much more that we can do to help out our Mama.  What exactly can you do, you ask?  We’ve got some ideas in our heads, but there’s also a huge celebration planned to answer just that question:  Fairfield’s Earth Day Celebration 2014!

This Earth Day celebration is free, open to the public, and is being held on 4/26/14 from 10-4 pm at Fairfield Warde High School.  Here’s a mere schmatering of what’s in store for attendees:

4/26/14!

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Sustainability, Local, Organic: CT NOFA Winter Conference This Weekend w/ Workshops, Vendors + Local Lunch

27 Feb

CT NOFA Winter Conference 2014

CT NOFA, The Connecticut Chapter of Northeast Organic Farming Association, is “a growing community of farmers, gardeners, land care professionals, and consumers that encourages a healthy relationship to the natural world.”  They’ve been changing Connecticut one shovel, plant, farm, consumer, and restaurant at a time since 1982 and they are going stronger than ever.

From time to time, CT NOFA has events and meetings and this weekend is their 32nd Annual Winter Conference.  On March 1, from 8:30-5 pm, at the Midtown Campus (meet at Berkshire Hall) of Western CT State University, you’ll have a chance to attend workshops, listen to the keynote speech, bid on raffles, buy CT products, and have lunch from local restaurants and purveyors that put good, healthy, local and sustainable food first.  Tickets are $35 for students and farm interns/apprentices or $60 for all others and will help to fund CT NOFA’s mission of making Connecticut better.

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Got any…cheese? Carol Lake sure does and she’ll teach you to DIY!

2 Dec

Cheese.  That word makes us quiver and fall to our knees in weakness.  Cheese.  It’s what’s for dinner, lunch, breakfast, and even snacktime.  Cheese.  Are you sensing a theme here?  Cheese.

But, it’s hard to find someone that knows more about cheese and the art of making it than Carol Lake, owner of Simple Cheesemaking.  She made some amazing cheese at Dancing Dog Farm in New Hampshire and held classes, showing people how to make all different kinds of cheeses and homestead products.  Some of the classes that she has to offer are Beginner Cheesemaking; Parent & Child Cheesemaking; Simple Soft Cheeses of Italy (mooz, straciatella, bocconcini, and burrata); Simply Mozzarella; Jazz, Cheese & Wine; a Full Day Beginner Workshop; Yogurt, Butter & Kefir; and more.  

DSC_3062Although Carol has previously worked at Dancing Dog Farm, she is now in Fairfield County and offers more of a personal service.  In other words, if you want a class or want to learn how to make something, she’ll come to you.  She has already held a class at Wakeman Town Farm and will hold a class at Farah’s Farm in Wilton soon, too.  Her classes just might be the perfect present for the cheeselover in your life or just a great experience.  Think of it:  pure, handmade cheese that doesn’t have all those preservatives and artificial ingredients in them.  

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Celebrate Connecticut Farm to Chef Week 2013 at Farms, Restaurants…and Schools

11 Sep

The premise of Farm to Chef Week (September 15-21) in Connecticut is pretty simple.  Use the freshest, most local ingredients from Connecticut farms at restaurants and different venues throughout the state.  While some of the restaurants that are participating such as ON20 in Hartford, Zinc in New Haven, or Rizzuto’s might not surprise you because they already make good use of local ingredients, there might be some surprises for you on the list.  We’re talking about local schools like Branford, Newtown, Westport, and Wilton as well as colleges such as Fairfield University and University of Connecticut in Storrs.

When you visit any of the restaurants listed below here during Connecticut Farm to Chef Week, you can expect special menus and offerings.  Each participant must offer at least four foods or courses that feature one or more Connecticut Grown items.  And, if a venue allows alcohol, they need to also offer at least one Connecticut wine.  As for the farms listed below, they will be offering specialty items and produce during CT Farm to Chef Week.  Just check here to see what each farm is offering!’ Continue reading

Fork It Over Dinners w/ CT’s Best Chefs to Raise $ for Westport Farmers’ Market

29 Aug

Westport Farmers Market

Do you know how you can’t stand your 30 mile commute to work?  How about a 1,500 mile, one to two week-long commute to get your meat and veggies to you?  During all that traveling, produce loses lots of the good stuff inside that makes it awesome.  But, by buying local you’ll have fresher food with more nutrients, not even to mention the significant cuts in gas and pollution from the transport. Also, when you support local farms, you’re supporting your neighbors, the people who really need your help.  And, by supporting local farms, you’re helping the farms stay around which preserves that land for future generations.

It’s with this philosophy that the Westport Farmers’ Market functions, providing local farmers and producers a showcase for their food.  But, you could imagine all the costs going into running such a big and important farmers’ market has to be high, especially when you’re trying to get as many local producers involved as possible.  That’s why five of Connecticut’s best chefs have gotten together with local farms to create a series of true farm to table dinners called Fork It Over.  But, there’s a twist.  You know the dates, you know the chefs, and you know the basics of the menu…you just don’t know who will be cooking, where they’ll be cooking, and when they’ll be cooking.

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To Do: Friday Farmers’ Markets at Jones Winery All Summer Long

1 Jul

Friday’s already a pretty awesome day, but Jones Family Farms and Winery are making it more awesomerest!  Yeah, this is how it’s going down:

Each Friday from 3:30-6:30, starting July 5 and going until the end of August, there will be a Jones Farmers’ Market right outside their Harvest Kitchen Courtyard.  If you’ve never been to Jones Winery, that’s actually right across from where they have their wine and do the tastings.  There will be all kind of fresh veggies, honey, cheeses, breads, fruits, and other great food from local Connecticut farms available.    The farmers from Jones will be at hand, and you’ll also be able to check out Stone Gardens (you can order a chicken for pick up the following week), and These Things Take Thyme Farm (the best name ever, right?).  Also, you’ll have some freshly made food right from their Harvest Kitchen or from Liquid Lunch!

To kick all of this off, Jones will be turning the July 5 market Red, White, and Blue.  Yes, you know it…the best of their blueberries and their strawberries, ready for you!  There will also be a wine tasting that will help raise money for Spooner House.  Also on hand for the July 5 market will be Bring the Hoopla and Stockbridges with killer cheesecake.

Make sure you take advantage of Jones Winery being open until 6:30 on these days by doing a tasting or getting a glass to start the weekend.  And, even if it’s raining, the market will still go on, but they’ll just move it into their barn.  Cheers.

Jones Winery

606 Walnut Tree Hill Road

Shelton, CT

 

Strawberry season sprouts up @ Jones Family Farms in Shelton, CT

4 Jun

Update:  flex those berry pickin’ fingers, strawberry season begins this Thursday (6/6) from 8 am – 5:30 pm!  

In our minds, it’s officially summer when berry picking begins.  Up until then, we just call the lead up to these great moments at local farms pre-summer-berry days.  Sure, you could just go out to your local grocery store and get packages of strawberries, but you’re missing out on something when you do that.  You’re missing out on the experience of bending down, finding the perfect berries (and not getting stuck with the runts of the litter), picking them, then piling them up in your basket.  And, you’re missing the whole local vibe, supporting the people and farms that live near you.  All that being said, there’s something about food that tastes better when you’ve put energy and effort into it…right?

So, you’ll want to get down to either Jones Family Farms @ Pumpkinseed Hill or Valley Farm and get picking your strawberries!  Only cash or personal checks are accepted as form of payment, so come prepared.  If you have your box from last year and use it, you can get a discount, too.  If you have more than 8 lbs. of berries, you’ll get $1 off, or if you have less than 8 lbs. you’ll get .30 off.

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Getting clucky with it: Westport Chicken Coop Tour @ WTF

17 May

Postponed to June 1!

Buk buk bagockkkk!
Ah, such finer sounds are hard to find at the farm, but would you expect to hear chickens at people’s homes in Westport?  We’re asking this question to you, so you must expect that we’ll begin to share that there are actually lots of homes in Westport that have coops in their backyards.  Guess what?  There are lots of people in Westport who are raising chickens in their very own backyards…and Wakeman Town Farm is highlighting these coops with their 2nd Annual The Westport Chicken Coop Tour.
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