- Greg Ferro
Five Fun Finds at the Farmers’ Market
A bright vibe has settled into the market over the past few Saturdays. Folks have been strolling to the sounds of local musicians, exploring the offerings of a beautiful harvest, and laughing with friends in the sunshine. The market has simply become a fun place to be! This Saturday, in particular, is shaping up nicely. Our farmers and vendors are excited to share some new offerings with you. Take a gander at five of them below.
White Kernel Corn on the Cob: This season’s corn has been especially tasty - folks have been going out of their way to complement the kernels. The Clover Nook Farm crew is about to sweeten up the options with their homegrown white kernel corn. White corn adds unique flavor and color to any summer cookout. Lars recommends simply grilling it before serving it hot with a little butter and salt.
Watermelon: Both Vaiuso Farm and Clover Nook Farm expect to offer this summer favorite for the first time on Saturday. Thanks to little mileage from farm to market, you’ll find CT-grown watermelon to be a little sweeter than jet-lagged fruits. Pease don’t wait too long to give one a try – although just beginning, the local watermelon season will come to an end in a few short weeks.
Metechi Garlic: Folks have been raving about the beautiful bulbs of garlic at River Crest Farm for weeks. The family is about to spice things up even more by debuting Metechi Garlic. Known as “Great Blubs of Fire,” these purple-striped heirlooms are small but mighty. Sautee ‘em with some tomatoes and onions for a spicy summery sauce.
Infused Olive Oils: Habanero is just one of fifteen varieties offered by Dash n Drizzle. New to the market this season, folks have been raving about Jeff’s assortment of oils, vinegars, and spices. Basil, Sweet Butter, and Blood Orange are a few favorites.
Soap Flights: For years Reese has been dreaming up beer-scented soaps. The dream has finally become a reality. Reese will offer bars of black & tan, red stripe, honey citrus bock, and amber ale. Served up on a handcrafted wooden flight, they make a perfect gift that can’t be found anywhere else.
Saturday, August 22nd
Sun and clouds. Temperatures near 80. A light breeze.
Live Music: One Guitar, One Bum
Food Truck: Grateful Dog
Clover Nook Farm – Apples, peaches, watermelon, kale, carrots, homegrown corn, etc.
River Crest Farm – Garlic, onions, eggplant, beets, a variety of peppers, etc.
Vaiuso’s Farm – Five varieties of lettuce, squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, basil, cilantro, etc.
Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm – CT-raised beef, pork, turkey, chicken, fresh eggs, etc.
Dash n’ Drizzle – Oils and spices.
Oronoque Farms Bakery – Cookies, small pies, and large pies.
Wild Women Coffee – Cold brews, hot brews, fresh beans.
Renewal by Anderson
Home Goods and Gifts:
Blue Lily Cotton
Heather’s Usborne Books
Main Street Greenery – A variety of topiaries.
Ridge Runner Soaps
Bead by Bead