Summertime is a great time to take advantage of creating farm to table eating. Whether you have your own vegetable garden (home or community) or visit your local farm stand, there is nothing like the taste of freshly picked food. Simsbury, CT, my home town, is brimming with options for fresh local produce without getting dirty.
When I was working in West Hartford, Rosedale Farms & Vineyards (located on E. Weatogue Street) was on my driving commute home. It really cheered me to buy fresh tomatoes, corn, and on occasion a bouquet of pretty flowers. They are known for their fresh corn — I can attest to its excellence!
Tulmeadow Farm in West Simsbury has fresh produce, bakery items (many from their own kitchens) and ICE CREAM. I had to capitalize it because honestly, it is the best ice cream I’ve ever tasted. If you are looking for a ‘country outing’ drive over and get an ice cream cone from the ice cream window. Heaven. We also happen to buy our Christmas tree there every year.
Another favorite is The George Hall Farm.
Founded in 1969 it became a certified organic farm in 1979. It is clear it didn’t just jump on the recent organic food bandwagon!
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Flamig Farm — home of the backwards EGGS sign. Flamig Farm is a child’s wonderland with a petting zoo, summer camp, hayrides and more. They also sell fresh eggs which are so superior to grocery store eggs you won’t believe the difference until you taste them.
Of course if you want an easy way to sample all sorts of local goods, visit the Simsbury Farmers Market every Thursday 3-6 pm. It is held in a shopping area called “Simsmore Square” and is at 540 Hopmeadow Street. Last day for this season: October 2, 2014. If Simsbury isn’t convenient, visit the CT Department of Agriculture’s list of farmers markets to find one near you. If you are a distant reader (e.g. not from Connecticut) do what I did, simply google your state and farmers markets.
Enjoy the bounty while it lasts!
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