This Sunday, May 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., visit one of our most beautiful farms when the Coventry Regional Farmers Market goes on tour with our first-ever “Pop Up Market” at Topmost Herb Farm!
What to expect…
Drive down the dirt road leading to Topmost to find a gorgeous farm and more than 25 of our vendors offering gorgeous asparagus, rhubarb, greens and other spring produce, vegetable plants, eggs, meats, cheeses, artisan foods and more!
The Topmost greenhouse will be open for business and full to bursting with healthy heirloom tomato, herb, perennial and flower plants for your garden, all grown without chemicals.
The day will begin with a Handmade & Homegrown Swap, the Quiet Corner Fiddlers will perform and we will dance the Maypole.
George Hoffman of Silver Dragon Tai Chi and Qigong Studio will present a Tai Chi demo at 1 p.m. Tai Chi is especially beautiful when practiced outdoors!
Don’t miss this special day when the CRFM takes the show on the road to a farm you’ll remember always! (And mark your calendar for our huge May 26 Pop Up Market at Holmberg Orchards in Gales Ferry… the same day the wine tasting room opens for the season!)
How to get there…
The address is 244 North School Road, Coventry. If you’re relying on a GPS to get to Topmost, be sure to input the whole street name, North School Road, otherwise you might be sent to School Street in South Coventry. Also, Coventry homes are incorrectly numbered… look for #244 on the mailbox and the CRFM logo banner.
Royce, the resident collie will be wearing a green Topmost vest, and drivers please be aware that he often escorts vehicles up the driveway.
Why a Pop-Up?
The idea of a Pop-Up Tour came to us in the depths of winter. That’s not all we’ve been up to! We also launched Connecticut Food and Farm, a blog, Podcast and radio show.
This week’s program “Spring Garden Jumpstart!” features gardening information, heavy on the organics and heirlooms, with guests Carole Miller and Caroline Finnegan.
At Sunday’s Pop Up: Early Birds can scoop up a hot-off-the-press 2013 Friend of the Market pin for $25, and the first 500 guests will be treated to a free CRFM POP UP MARKET souvenir pin!
Mystic Cheese Company…
On Sunday, at long last, the Mystic Cheese Company debuts at the CRFM with Melville, the first of many American original cheeses to come from cheese maker Brian Civitello. Melville is a soft ripened square, aged in the ripening room a fleeting 7 days.
For lots of ideas for cooking with Melville, check out The Mystic Cheese Blog: “Slice. Spread. Melt.”
Every 20th Melville purchase will come with a free Mystic Cheese T Shirt!
At the market this Sunday…
Falls Creek Farm: Microgreens, lettuce, spinach, kale, spring turnips, scallions, baby carrots, fresh herb bouquets, a few summer squash, packages of freshly ground cayenne pepper, and canned picked beets, bread and butter pickles and salsa.
NoRA Cupcake: Irish Car Bombs, Red Velvet, Raspberry Lemonade, Snickers, and more! Plus vegan and gluten free options.
Terra Firma Farm: Chicken and Duck Eggs, Breakfast Sausage, Bacon, Rendered Lard, AND Baldwin Brook Raw Milk and Stonewall Apiary Honey and Honey Butter.
Grow Hartford: Spring garlic, Chinese leeks, lovage, sunflower shoots, and green and purple asparagus.
Farm to Hearth: Check out what’s available and prepay and preorder, if you’d like!
Sleepy Moon Soaps: French Lilac, Garden Goddess, Honeysuckle, and more spring-scented soaps; Whipped Sugar Scrubs; Sleepy Moon Soap Sampler Bags.
Fabyan Sugar Shack: A full line of maple products. Grade A & B Syrup, Maple Peanut Brittle, Maple Candy and Cream, Maple Peppers (Regular, Garlic, Garlic Hot), Maple Jelly, Maple Ice cream Topping, Maple Crunch Ice Cream, Maple Cotton Candy, and Maple Vinaigrette Salad Dressing.
18th Century Purity Farm: Asparagus, rhubarb, tomato plants (16 varieties), potted basil, dill, cilantro, nasturtiums, scarlet runners. Also, fresh horseradish roots, fingerling potatoes, Green Mountain white potatoes, russet baking potatoes, Baldwin and Granny Smith apples, dried heirloom apples, butternut squash, Swedish turnips, and onions.
Bethany Homecrafts: Spring cotton tunics, three styles of cotton skirts, new recycled cotton “string bags” that are excellent for carrying produce.
GourmAvian Farms: American and Italian Heritage Roaster Chickens, Breast/Leg-thigh two packs and assorted parts-livers, gizzards, hearts, feet and soup mix.
Dragon’s Blood Elixir: Unique Destiny Smokey Peach Rhubarb, relatively mild with the slightly sweet/ smoky /tangy that we love.
Sean Patrick’s Plants: Flowering hanging baskets, annuals, veggie plants, and perennials.
Carole Monnerat: Chocolate Truffles ~ Bourbon Pecan, Spicy Mayan, Just Dark, Raspberry, Ivory, Hazelnut Crunch, Maple Walnut, Blueberry; Belgian Chocolate Dipped Pretzels; Hot or ice Cold Brewed Coffee and Tea; Iced Lattes; Iced Mochas; and Iced Caramel Lattes; Ashlawn Farm Coffee; and Ball Canning Jar Travel Mugs.
Pinc Boutique: Locally handcrafted jewelry (Including Art Salad Studio) and pottery; Home Decor – vintage & new – and Baby items & Bags – also vintage & new
Wayne’s Organic Garden: Baby bok choy, spinach, kohlrabi, scallions, dried cayenne and hot Thai peppers. Kale, lettuce, scallion, parsley, and other vegetable plants, “La Ratte” and “Banana” fingerling potato seed, eggs, and Marilyn’s baskets.
Bakers Dozen Dog Treats: regular grain free, all natural dog treats, each with a main ingredient from a CT farm.
Ruth Baker: Luscious and sturdy macramé and vintage button bracelets.
Sixpence Pie Company: Hot pasties for your picnic lunch ~ BBQ Pulled Pork, Chicken Spinach Artichoke Blue Cheese, and Roasted Vegetable Pesto and Ricotta; cold Pasties and Pot Pies, Quiches, Sweet Pies, and mini sweets and mini quiche.
Merianos Bake Shoppe: Margarita cannoli to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, and traditional flavor, too; stuffed breads, Ciabatta breads, and baguettes. Fresh-from-the-oven breakfast items including apple cider doughnuts and almond croissants; Pasta in assorted varieties and new cardamom bread!
Highland Thistle Farm: Eggs, Chickens, Hamburger, Stew Beef, Steak, Pork Roast, Pork Chops, Hot or Mild Sausage, Ground Pork, Bacon, Lettuce, Ensalada, Kale, Swiss Chard, Beets, Carrots, Potatoes, and Radishes
Norm’s Best: Marinated mushrooms, barbecue sauce, nuts and jams.
Keifer’s: Kettle Korn, Italian Ice, fresh lemonade, and “Cool Dog” …a sponge cake bun with a vanilla hotdog shaped ice cream drizzled with chocolate, which, kids can top themselves with whipped cream, sprinkles and syrups.
Oxen Hill Farm: Kale bundles, Veggie starts, Flowering hanging baskets; and Wool.
La Petite France Bakery: Breads~ baguettes, cheese bread, sourdough, a new cranberries raisin batard and a multigrain baguette; Croissants ~ plain, chocolate, almond; Pastries~ fruit Danishes, cream cheese Danishes, apple tart, pear almond chocolate tart… and the Crepe Cart with crepes, both sweet and savory. The savory batter is made of buckwheat flour and is gluten free and dairy free.
Shayna B’s: Freshly baked Scones, Wheat Free Wendies, Vanilla Crumb Cake, and a few new “grain-free” confections.
Beltane Farm: Spring Kidding season has seen 140 new babies born to the farm. Spring milk makes an especially creamy Fresh Chevre. Beltane’s ripened soft goat cheese “Danse de la Lune” is available now… the perfect pairing with a glass of May Wine!
Cato Corner Farm
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