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Is My Farmers’ Market Open?

By |April 23rd, 2015|

For local food fans, these first sunny, warm weekend mornings have brought one thought… “Is my farmers’ market open today?” We’re ready for the foods of spring: tender spears of asparagus, bunches of foraged ramps, chevre, and duck eggs. While Connecticut hosts more than 100 markets in summertime, only a handful are operating now. The […]

Farmers’ Tried and True Favorite Seed Varieties

By |April 15th, 2015|

Increase your chance at gardening success this year! Opt for the vegetable varieties Connecticut farmers choose themselves for disease resistance, bountiful harvest, and flavor.

No need to worry about starting seeds inside… some of the easiest veggies to grow have seed that can be sown directly into garden soil in the spring. The earliest planting time […]

Connecticut’s Fifth Season: Mud & Maple Sugaring

By |April 2nd, 2015|

Between the good, old-fashioned, deep freeze of a winter we’ve had, and the gentle warm days of spring still ahead, lies our less-than-elegant Fifth Season: MUD. On Connecticut farms, winter boots have been traded for high-topped rubber muck boots and with the mud the glorious tradition of maple sugaring has begun.

Maple sugaring here usually runs […]

SEA CHANGE ~ An exclusive look at the Mystic Cheese Company’s newest release!

By |August 23rd, 2014|

Change is upon us! The days have already grown noticeably shorter. The bright greens of the summer leaves are becoming muted and we are waking to cool mornings as the summer season breathes its last slow breaths in the final week of August.

While most families are on vacation at the beautiful beaches and countryside camps […]

Boozy Strawberry Ice Cream

By |June 27th, 2014|

Strawberries + Booze + Ice Cream… what’s not to love?  In developing this recipe, Chef Carrie Cowles opted for Grand Marnier, an orange-flavored cognac liqueur, but you could substitute Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur or Amaretto for an almond flavoring. Strawberry season was late to arrive and is progressing quickly… seize the day!


1 quart fresh strawberries, washed, stemmed and quartered
1 cup granulated […]

PODCAST: Herbal Magic, Summer Solstice, and Gardening by the Moon

By |June 24th, 2014|

Show topic: Join us for our first on-location show! We’re at the Coventry Regional Farmer’s Market Summer Solstice Faire talking herbal magic, Celtic solstice celebrations, and gardening by the moon with Ms. Faith McCann of Enchantments.

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Show hosts: Winter Caplanson, Executive Director, Coventry Regional Farmers’ Market

Karen Gilbransen, Marketing Director, Willimantic Brewing Company

Brian […]

Wheat Berry Salad with Grilled Garlic Scapes and Spring Vegetables

By |June 16th, 2014|

Did you know you can grill garlic scapes? It’s easy to do and, tossed with olive oil and salt, with a little char on them, they are tender and sweet like roasted garlic. In this hearty salad, we combine grilled baby Zephyr squash and garlic scapes with wheat berries and sauteed kale. Not familiar with […]

PODCAST: The Connecticut Farmers’ Market Trail

By |May 31st, 2014|

Show topic: The Farmers’ Market Trail links 15 of Connecticut’s premier destination farmers’ markets… special places across Connecticut well stocked with farm-fresh foods and those made with passion using local produce, where one will meet people who enjoy creating things that matter. ​On the Farmers’ Market Trail you’ll also find the region’s best farm-to-table restaurants, hiking trails, […]

PODCAST: Container Gardening (No Yard? No Problem! Get Growing!)

By |May 24th, 2014|

Show topic ~ Container Gardening is one of the fastest growing segments of gardening. Containers can be grown where traditional gardens can’t: apartment balconies, small courtyards, decks, patios, and areas with poor soil. You can grow food or flowers, or an appealing mix of both! On the most popular weekend of the year for planting… no yard, no problem! Get […]

PODCAST: From Concept to Execution ~ Creating a Successful Food-Based Event

By |May 14th, 2014|

Show topic: Have you ever thought about organizing a food-based event? Pumpkin Festival? Chili Cook-off? Farmers’ Market? Community Supper? Craft Beer Tasting? Like that! On today’s Connecticut Food & Farm show, we talk with experienced organizers in Connecticut and beyond about how to move from concept to execution to create a successful food-based event!