by Laura Graham
CT Food & Farm / Fall 2016
Photos by Jake Snyder of Red Skies Photography
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Published on Oct 8, 2016
Devon Point Farm Raw Cider Mill.
“Do you know a little old farmer who sells architectural salvage?”
“You must mean Rudy.” Rudy is Rudy Rzeznikiewicz, a former dairy farmer and owner of Brooklyn Restoration Supply. Brooklyn Restoration Supply specializes in 18th and 19th century architectural materials, or as Rudy says, “old house parts.”
As autumn arrived and the corn stalks dried to a golden brown, I realized that I was about to harvest a bumper crop. I decided on the name Podunk Popcorn out of respect for the Native American tribe that settled this area of Connecticut. With a 1920s corn sheller and a few high school buddies, we processed the cobs and packaged the kernels into glass mason jars. Within two months of selling it at the Ellington Winter Farmers Market, I sold out. Podunk Popcorn was about to become a real business.
The first thing you’ll notice about a sparkling
jar of Averill Farm Apple Jelly is that it, incontrast to its drab, tan supermarket cousin, is the color of pink grapefruit. The juice from reddest of their farm-grown apples bestows this charming blush-tone. Right now that’s Redfree, Paula Red, and Early Mac. Averill Farm preserves are made by hand, in small batches, the old-fashioned way. Want to try your hand at making apple jelly?
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Fig & Apple Fall Old Fashioned, Blueberry Lavender Pisco Sour, Strawberry Citrus Rickey, Lavender Dark n' Stormy...use your preserves to add a creative twist to classic fall cocktails.
Adventures in foraging with Chef Jesse Powers
These high-quality restaurants stay open on Mondays for the non-traditional crowd in search of a Belgian waffle (and bloody Mary or three).
Getting to know Chef Joel Viehland.