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The Cream of the Crop @ Cannon Grange Agricultural Fair

25 Aug
The best of the season's harvests will be showcased at Wilton's Cannon Grange Agricultural Fair scheduled for Sunday, August 30.

The best of the season’s harvests will be showcased at Wilton’s Cannon Grange Agricultural Fair scheduled for Sunday, August 30.

Coming up this Sunday, August 30, is one of the most anticipated end-of-summer events: the Cannon Grange Agricultural Fair! Just come by from 10-4 (rain or shine) to Grange Hall @ 25 Cannon Road in Wilton and bring along either $2 for admission or $1 with a canned food item that goes to Wilton Interfaith Food Pantry. 

When you get there, there’ll be so much to check out! There will be contests to see who makes and produces the biggest and/or best things like baked goods, preserves, veggies, fruits, flowers, homemade spirits, and more. In addition, you’ll be able to stock up on lots of baked goods and take part in some lunch/brunch options with their concession stand. In addition, there will be live music all day, a watermelon eating contest at 3:30, demos and lessons throughout the day, and an auction of fruit, veggies, flowers, and baked goods that starts at 4:15 in Grange Hall.

Live Local this Summer at Westport Farmers’ Market

7 May
Live local this summer season

Live local this summer season

The Westport Farmers’ Market (we love how they use the apostrophe in the correct place, btw) is back for some more action with the kickoff of their 2014 summer season.  This is their 9th summer season and with everything they have planned for the coming months, this will probably be their best season ever.  WFM takes place at 50 Imperial Avenue from 10-2 pm every Thursday, starting on 5/22 and going all the way until 11/6.

Some highlights for this season include:

• Produce, products, and meats from a huge list of vendors (full list below)

Lobstercraft is in da house!

• Local chefs will have weekly demos, highlighting local food from 10:15-11 (list coming soon)

• Demos on healthy living, food prep, butchering demos from Craft Butchery, and more

• WFM has a local non-profit host each week, raising vital funds for nearly 30 organizations.

• Artist Alley will feature some of the area’s best artists the first Thursday of each month.

Vendors at Westport Farmers’ Market Summer Season, 2014

The Local Catch – Charlestown, RI
Two Guys From Woodbridge- Hamden, CT
Sanskow’s Beaver Brook Farm – Lyme, CT
Skinny Pines, LLC – Easton, CT
Riverbank Farm – Roxbury, CT
Sono Baking Company – South Norwalk, CT
Fort Hill Farm – New Milford, CT
Beltane Farm – Lebanon, CT
Arogya – Westport, CT
Woodland Farm – South Glastonbury, CT
The Stand – Fairfield, CT
Boxcar Cantina – Greenwich, CT
Sport Hill Farm – Easton, CT
Oxhollow Farm – Roxbury, CT
Huckleberry Artisan Pastries – Bridgeport, CT 
Rose’s Berry Farm – Glastonbury, CT 
Raus Coffee Company – Stamford, CT
Mystic Cheese Company – Mystic, CT
Aradia Farm – Southbury, CT
Sugar & Olives – Norwalk, CT
Wave Hill Bread – Norwalk, CT
Muddy Feet Flower Farm – Ashford, CT
Backy 40 Kitchen – Greenwich, Ct
Simply Delicious – Norwalk, CT
OM Champage Tea – Bedford, NY
Silvermine Apairy – Norwalk, CT
Rotating 
Doc’s Maple Syrup – Woodhill, NY
Flour City Pasta – Fairport, NY
Pastabilities – Redding, CT
Food in Jars – Redding, CT
Molly & Murphy – Trumbull, CT
Greenwich Food Company – Greenwich, CT
CT Hoardable Hot Sauce – Springdale, CT
Garden Fresh Baby – Fairfield, CT
Festivities – Norwalk, CT
Izzi B Desserts – Westport, CT
With Love From The Cupboard – Westport, CT 
Olive Oil of the World – Westport, CT
Lobstercraft – Norwalk, CT
Carrot Top Kitchens – Redding, CT
Drink More Good – Beacon, NY
And an ice cream/icee vendor to be announced…

 

Westport Farmers’ Market Begins Saturday Winter Markets

1 Nov

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The ever-popular Westport Farmers’ Market doesn’t just stop because of a silly thing like colder weather.  Pshhhh.  They just set up shop somewhere else during the colder months!  That’s why you’ll be able to visit them from 11/16 – 3/15 from 10 – 2 pm at Gilberties Herb Garden.
The winter market begins their fourth season at Gilberties Herb Garden and now they’re on Saturdays!  Huge!  We’ve been sad because we’ve never been able to visit the Westport Farmers’ Market because we both work during the week, so this will be the perfect opportunity for us to check it out!

Real Food. Real Farmers. Westport Farmers’ Market Opening for 8th Season!

1 May

Westport Farmers Market

Here it is…the day that so many have waited for.  That time of year when you can head out, grab fresh produce picked straight from the farm, find great local products, and help support local farmers and businesses.  Yes, it’s farmers’ market season and you’ll be happy to know that Westport Farmers’ Market is ready to open.  Their first day for the 2013 season will be May 23 from 10 am – 2 pm.  Then, every Thursday thereafter up until November 7 they will have their market.  Here are the farms and products that you can expect to see all year:

  • Wave Hill Breads
  • The Local Catch
  • Two Guys from Woodbridge
  • Sanskow’s Beaver Brook Farm
  • Skinny Pines pizza truck
  • Riverbank
  • Rose’s Berry Farm
  • SoNo Baking Company
  • Fort Hill Farm
  • Beltane Farm
  • Arogya
  • Woodland Farm
  • Kaia Cafe
  • Silvermine Apiary
  • Boxcar Cantina
  • Sport Hill Farm
  • Ox Hollow Farm
  • Huckleberry Artisan Pastries
  • Du Soleil Fine Foods
  • Raus Coffee Company
  • Saugatuck Craft Butchery
  • Sport Hill Farm
  • Muddy Feet Farmer

Here are some of the farms and products that will be on a rotating schedule:

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The grocery store to end all grocery stores – Fairway Market, Stamford

7 Nov

We were a little hesitant to review Fairway Market after our first visit, simply for that fact that it was such a massive sensory overload, there was absolutely no way we absorbed everything in that first trip. Well, that, and it was so freakin’ busy I’m pretty sure I now know what cattle feel like when being herded through a gate.

That said, we agreed that like many Stamfordites, our first impression really would either make or break Fairway Market as our grocery store of choice.  So, for all intents and purposes, we’re just going to ignore that part about the massive crowds since that’s sure to die down in a week or two.

From the moment we walked in we were incredibly impressed by the ginormous fresh area, which you’re forced to walk through first. This unique layout reinforces their whole fresh, healthier positioning by keeping you out of the middle aisles from the start.  In the fresh area you can find every fruit or veggie you can imagine, from the average onion to the more exotic cactus pears and persimmons. Then over to their RIDICULOUS artisanal cheese selection (AKA my personal heaven), then to the fresh pastas, sauces, soups, salsas, salads, pickles, olives, hummus… holy crap! And the olive oil and vinegar section? We didn’t even know olive oil was produced in so many regions, but we darn well sampled them all at their sample bar, which led us to buy the most DELICIOUS bottle of syrupy sweet balsamic vinegar (just like it was in Italy) privately labeled for Fairway as super premium. YUM!

To add to the list of highlights was a full deli, meat market, fresh seafood counter, and bakery with fresh baked breads and sweet, sweet homemade goodies! Now, sure, all our area grocery stores have a mix of two to three of these, but NEVER all four done to the extent Fairway Market’s is! Anything you could need from any of these sections is available at your fingertips.

And, if you find yourself buying everything in site because you’re so hungry, you can stop by the intense cafe area for everything from pizza and paninis, to indian and chinese, to burgers, dogs and fries. Of course we had to get a little sometin’ sometin’ to tide us over, so we indulged in the balsamic chicken sandwich with roasted red peppers, olive oil, mozzarella, and broccoli rabe on their amazingly oooey gooey fresh baked bread.  DE-LISH!

Once we were done exploring the utopia that is the outer perimeter, we ventured into the inner aisles, for a satisfactory, but less impressive experience with the exception of these highlights:

– COFFEE PARADISE – barrels and barrels of deliciously aromatic coffee beans from all over the world armed with eager employees ready to help you choose, grind, and bag, as well as well-written signs to describe each beans’ characteristics.

– A ton of organic / natural choices in all categories, including personal care and home care.

– Fresh granola, nuts, candies, peanut butter, snack mixes, etc. ready for your bagging.

On the flip side, the layout of the inner aisles was confusing, with awkward placing of organic from traditional groceries, and the same types of food being spread out in two, sometimes three different aisles.  Assuming we can get past this strange layout with a view visits, we’re still left challenged with these three pitfalls:

– While all their fresh made and privately labeled food looks phenominal, none of it, not one thing, had the nutritional information on it. For a couple that tries to count calories (emphasis on tries) during the weekdays, this is a huge issue.

– Their selection of pet food and frozen food was very limited, which basically means we need to go to a second grocery store to finish our trip. How much is it to ask to have a ONE-STOP grocery store that has everything you need so you don’t need to waste your weekends grocery store hopping?

– And last, but not least, price. We thought Fairway Market was suppose to be significantly more affordable than Whole Foods, but, sadly it was marginally less expensive. Our bill came to $208, which is about $20 – $25 less than Whole Foods, and about $20 – $35 more than Stop & Shop.

After weighing out the good with the bad, we’re pretty sure Fairway Market makes the cut as our grocery store of choice… mainly because of the fantastic fresh areas and varieties. For this, we’re willing to pay somewhere in between fancy and traditional prices. We’ll be sure to update our blog once we’ve had a few trips under our carts… err, hats.

Address:  699 Canal St.
Stamford, CT 06902
Phone:  203.388.9815
Hours:  8AM-10PM
Site:  http://www.fairwaymarket.com/stamford.html

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