- Greg Ferro
Take a Family Stroll at the Market
Ahhhhhh...scary kale” I exclaimed as I attacked my friend’s godson with a bundle of Lacinato kale. An entrancing dark green, Lacinato kale is not only fun to cook with, it’s fun to play with, too! Michael loved the “game” so much - he’s still talking about it a week later. He’s been snacking on quite a bit from the market, too.
It seems like the kids have been out of school forever. As an endless summer strolls on, many of us are struggling to keep the kids entertained, let alone educated. A farmers’ market stroll is an easy way to teach a few lessons and share a few laughs in the sun. There’s just so much to explore.
Kids will discover many unique and healthy veggies. “Scary kale” is just the beginning! Talking with the farmers about kohlrabi, squash flowers, and broccoli rabe can intrigue both kids’ minds and taste buds. Pick up a few for home and spend time cooking as a family. An evening of healthy chopping, talking, and tasting awaits.
Alongside the veggies are many fun tents for kids to explore. Heather’s Usborne Books offers a bright selection of titles for ages up through middle school. Michael had so much fun perusing books about dinosaurs, trucks, and cities. He settled on a book about ambulances. Ridge Runner Soaps has a lot of fun scents to sniff. Michael was all for the lavender soaps. He loved the colorful bath bombs, too. And, of course, there are always a few treats to be uncovered at the market. The apple cider donuts at Oronoque Farms Bakery are a favorite.
This Saturday is going to be a beautiful one at the market. All three of our produce farms will be back following last week’s storm hiatus. Lars from Clover Nook Farm will offer his own homegrown corn. The River Crest Farm family will return with their delicious beets. Chris and the crew will have tables filled with their juicy tomatoes. This summer has brought a delicious harvest to Connecticut. The farmers are excited to share it with you and your family.
Saturday, August 15th
Plenty of sunshine. 70s...dry...a comfortable breeze.
Live Music: Ed Accardi
Food Truck: Grateful Dog
Clover Nook Farm – Blueberries, green beans, onions, tomatoes, homegrown corn, etc.
River Crest Farm – Peppers, garlic, beets, eggplant, flowers and plants, etc.
Vaiuso’s Farm – Lettuce, kale, chard, cucumbers, squash, cherry tomatoes, etc.
Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm – CT-raised beef, pork, turkey, chicken, fresh eggs, etc.
Dash n’ Drizzle – Oils and spices.
Oronoque Farms Bakery – Cookies, cider donuts, and a variety of pies.
Wild Women Coffee – Cold brew, several hot brews, and fresh beans.
Renewal by Anderson
Home Goods and Gifts:
Blue Lily Cotton
Heather’s Usborne Books
Ridge Runner Soaps
Sue Glennon’s Daisy Blue
Bead by Bead