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Produce Near Bethel, CT

Jim Leff Jun 22, 2007 08:04 PM

Where's good for produce in the Bethel area? Willing to go to Danbury and other nearby villages. Prefer at least some organic. Interested in both small suppliers for this and that, and also one-stop venues. Special interest in corn and berries. Thanks!

  1. Jim Leff Jul 26, 2007 06:42 AM

    what's the deal with balduccis in Ridgefield? Any good?

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      amanda3571 Jul 26, 2007 06:49 AM

      Balducci's took over what used to be the wonderful Hay Day. IMHO, I think Balducci's is over priced and just not worth it. When it was Hay Day - it was a gem.

      1. re: amanda3571
        Jim Leff Jul 26, 2007 07:06 AM

        I was a huge Hay Day fan, too. Is there anywhere in CT or Putnam county to get the selection of heirloom produce they offered?

    2. TrishUntrapped Jun 24, 2007 06:32 PM

      I recently had some fresh picked strawberries from Jones' Farm in Monroe. Incredibly sweet and juicy. Like eating a bowl of sunshine.

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      1. re: TrishUntrapped
        Jim Leff Jun 25, 2007 06:32 AM

        Is this it, Trish?

        Jones Berry Pumpkin Farm
        266 Isreal Hill Rd
        (203) 929-8425
        Shelton, CT

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          mom2 Jun 25, 2007 08:35 AM

          not Trish, but yes, Jones Farm is in Shelton. Hurry for the strawberries. I went again this weekend, and they said the picking season is almost over. The blueberry season starts mid July.

          www.jonesfamilyfarm.com

          I forgot in my last post to mention Holbrook Farm, route 53 Bethel. The produce from their farm is organic and they try to sell other local organic produce, but not always. They have a nice grocery store with mostly Connecticut products.
          www.holbrookfarm.net

          1. re: mom2
            Jim Leff Jun 25, 2007 09:50 AM

            Thanks. How's Jones' wine?

            1. re: Jim Leff
              TrishUntrapped Jun 25, 2007 11:24 AM

              Yes that's the place, and indeed strawberries are almost done for. They were wonderful. No clue about the wine.

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        mom2 Jun 23, 2007 07:44 AM

        Shortts Farm in Sandy Hook is organic. You can try the Sandy Hook Organic Farmers Market, Tuesdays 2-6. There is also Stew Leonard's in Danbury and Carluzzi's in Bethel.

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          HunterJay Jun 23, 2007 08:22 AM

          I second Stew's (not to mention it's just fun). Trader Joes will have some produce, probably organic, but not too much selection last time I checked. As summer picks up there should be more roadside stands (Larson's Corn and New Milford Berry farm - though not positive due to construction).

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            Jim Leff Jun 23, 2007 02:52 PM

            Thanks, all. HunterJay, can you give me locating clues on Larson's and New Milford berry farm?

            Does stew's really have good produce? I do like their potato chips (here's an account of the first week of chip making at their Bethel store, complete with in-spanish interview with the fry guy): http://www.chow.com/tour/327

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              HunterJay Jun 23, 2007 05:19 PM

              Larsons usually sells up Rt 7 about a mile north of Costco (2 1/2 miles north of Stews). It would be at the light where there's a chuch on the right and a red barn & construction on the left. In September(ish) they have the Corn Maze there (where they surprisingly enough sell corn - though they may sell it earlier as well).
              New Milfor Berry farm is up Rt 7 near the Brookfield line (before NM high school but after the Faith Chuch). I saw them planting the other day, but I haven't seen them selling anything lately.
              Stews is pretty good on produce. They have a pretty large selection starting right after the deli (the singing dogs) and ending right before the meats (the singing poland spring tree). We've gotten some stuff there, never had any complaints (got some clams there last weekend, those were great).

              1. re: HunterJay
                Jim Leff Jun 23, 2007 06:49 PM

                Great stuff, Hunterjay, thanks. And thanks, mom2.

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