Friday, September 18, 2009

New Milford's Fort Hill Farm

Oh goodness — Summer is almost over! That means that those fresh crops won't be as available any more. What a shame! Be sure to get on the waiting list for next year's Fort Hill Farm if you live in the New Milford, CT area.

New Milford’s Fort Hill Farm, run by award-winning local farmer Paul Bucciaglia, is one of the finer examples of organic, tasty and feel-good farmer’s markets in the State. Fort Hill Farm offers a 21-week long Community Supported Agriculture program, or CSA, with options of boxed or “pick-your-own” shares (PYO shares offer a reduced cost). If you don’t live near the farm, you can have a boxed share delivered to drop sites in Candlewood Isle, Darien, Fairfield, New Canaan, New Fairfield, Sandy Hook, Southbury, West Redding, Westport or Woodbury.

There is an incredible variety of crops available, which vary slightly each year. I enjoy experimenting with new and unusual vegetables that I might not even notice in the grocery store. (Broccoli rabe has been my favorite atypical veggie thus far.)

Mr. Bucciaglia even offers a fun little newsletter each week for his shareholders, containing updates about the farm, what produce to expect in the upcoming week, and appetizing recipes featuring the fruits and vegetables in season at that time. It’s also quite nice that the recipes usually have a decidedly vegetarian slant!

Bucciaglia and his farm were featured in the 2008 film, "Working the Land, the Story of Connecticut Agriculture", a varied and detailed documentary narrated by Law and Order's Sam Waterston.

The waiting list closed for 2009, but could reopen as early as January 2010. Let's just say, this produce is worth the wait. If you need to experience it before then, Fort Hill Farm’s produce is available at the Westport Farmer’s Market and New Morning Country Store in Woodbury.

However, I warn you: once you get these strawberries, tomatoes, peppers and watermelons in your mouth, you may just be spoiled against grocery store produce forever!

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