Lori Cochran Dougall, Westport Farmers’ Market Director
Contributed by Katy Morris
There are so many things to love about the Westport Farmers’ Market and with the summer market opening last Thursday we were lucky to snatch a little time with Lori Cochran Dougall, Market Director, so she could TELL US MORE about this thriving local shopping and dining experience.
We wanted to know why THIS market is so unique among farmers’ markets. Continue reading
I was at the Westport Farmers’ Market when I was offered a sample of bright orange baby food and I’ll admit that I did not eagerly reach for that puree. But when I learned that those sweet, bright carrots came from an organic farm less than an hour away, I wanted to know more. Local, seasonal, organic jarred baby food is the brainchild of Westporter, Marna Altman, founder and creative behind Garden Fresh Baby, and I was intrigued. Continue reading
Chef Cecily Gans was whirring up this bright, high protein pesto and sharing samples with hungry shoppers at the Westport Farmers’ Market last week. She touted the seasonal greens from CT. farms and the high protein value of hemp seeds. Continue reading
Giveaway is now CLOSED. BUT please keep on reading and find the scrumptious recipe at the end of this post.
Sometimes the mere suggestion of a twist on tradition is enough to get me going in the kitchen. And I wasn’t even thinking about Chanukah yet.
On the last day of the outdoor Westport Farmers’ Market in November, organic farmer, Patti Popp of Sport Hill Farm, beckoned me to come check out her pile of brussel sprouts still firmly attached to their stalks.
My focus shifted as I noticed the generous, fan shaped LEAVES fanning out at the tip of these nobby supportive stalks.
THE LEAVES? I had never given them a moment’s notice, and likely had never even seen them before. They were both dusty and vibrant and Patti encouraged me to experiment with these lovelies as wrappers for whatever filling I saw fit. Continue reading
Labor Day’s signal is loud and clear.
Like Pavlov’s dogs, we respond to the first Monday in September with a wave of sadness as the date proclaims that summer is over. Not so fast!
I’ll take this Labor Day to give thanks to those who advocate for fair wages, better working conditions, and fair trade. Now is a good time to re-state our commitment to honoring those who grow our food with concern for our environment and better nutrition for our families.
I’ve come closer to my food sources this year, through an all organic, GMO free, guaranteed local farmers’ market in my hometown, in Westport, CT. As a result of the persistent efforts and support of town leaders, a visionary and super smart (and strict) market manager and tireless volunteers, I can now turn to my local (within 120 miles) market for farm fresh deliciousness each and every week. Continue reading
Some days I’m pressed for time and speed shop through my farmers’ market, stopping only long enough to grab the goods and move on. On more leisurely days, I meander from farmer to chef, getting the juice on what’s growing and cooking. Continue reading