When trying to eat healthfully and sustainable it is important to know where your food comes from. I’ll admit it that I don’t always pay great attention to this, but the more I learn about the resources around me I am more keen to this. Over the past two summers I have been amazed at the number of local farmer’s markets and enjoyed volunteering at them and talking to the farmers about their products. This past weekend the local year round farm stand down the street from my house, CCC Farm Stand, held “Meet the Producers Day”. When I learned about this event where you could talk to the producers and sample their products I jumped right on this opportunity along with my friend Kristin.
We started our day talking to Andy from Hemlock Knoll located in North Granby, CT. He was cooking up some breakfast sausage and bacon sourced from their pigs, it was honestly the most delicious breakfast sausage we had ever tasted. Later on we looped back around to try his fresh veal meatballs, also to die for. You can check out Hemlock Knoll at http://www.hemlockknoll.com
Next, we headed inside to further tickle our taste buds. Our sampling started with delightful pumpkin fudge from Cupola Hollow Farm located in West Suffield, CT. We then moved on to try raw milk from Buttercup Farm from Sterling, CT. While tasting, “milk maid” Megan told us about her milk and how we could use it to make 30 minute mozzarella and ricotta cheese. George Gee’s “World’s Best BBQ Sauce” was the next sample adventure. We tried every flavor he was offering; original, mild, spicy hot and mangolicious (my favorite). They were all delicious, complex, and fresh. They had a great texture and lacked that undesirable super sweet, stickiness you find in commercially produced BBQ sauces.
On our way out we stopped to sample ground lamb sliders and lamb stew from Nat’s Little Bit Farm, both were delicious. While snacking we learned some tricks for preparing lamb and took a few recipes home to try sometime.
Overall, we had a great time sampling everything, talking to the producers and learning about their products, and checking out all the other goodies in the farm store. I highly encourage you to check out your local farm stands/stores/markets and learn about your food and where it comes from. If you’re in the Hartford area, you can check out the next “Meet the Producer Day” at the CCC Farm Stand in Manchester on December 7th 9am-3pm.