Saturday morning. It’s the first day Rachel and I both have off in the apartment, and so of course we toast up a bagel and sit down to blog a bit.
This time last week we were getting off a train in Redding, CT, with plans to go apple picking, see my family, and secretly sneak in our oven fix by roasting a couple chickens!
The apples were great (from Blue Jay Orchards), and on the way home we stopped by John and Lynn Holbrook’s farm and market on Rte. 53 in Bethel. It’s an amazing farm that pops up as you come around a bend in the road, a sort of agricultural oasis among the residences lining the street. The market is their big draw, selling eggs, vegetables, fruit, bread and pastries, flowers and assorted items from other producers such as cured meats and honey. But the whole farm is really amazing.
Lynn and John are great people, the kind you picture when you think of farmers ‘doing it right’. They grow a wide variety of crops throughout the year, give their chickens plenty of sunlight and space, and run the market with such warmth that people come from all over to buy a half-dozen, pick up a pie, or just stop in to chat. I’ve been lucky to get to know them over the past couple years, and everyone I send there is just as impressed. Check it out.
Holbrook Farm. 45 Turkey Plain Rd (Rt 53 South), Bethel CT 06801. Tel (203).792.0561. Open Monday-Saturday 9a-6p. Closed Sunday. http://www.holbrookfarm.net/index.html