Category Archives: Food

National Farmer’s Market Week- Aug 4-10th

national farmer's market weekIt’s official! Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsak has released a proclamation stating that August 4th through 10th of 2013 will be National Farmers Market Week. – This is a great week to get out there and experience all the wonderful fresh fruits, vegetables and local grown products at your Farmer’s Market.  I personally have been going to one of our local Farmer’s Market for the last several years.  The amazing locally grown produce I am able to find is amazing.  This is also a chance for you to support your local farmers and small businesses. As many aspiring and established small businesses also setup at Farmer’s Markets displaying and selling their products.

There a variety of Farmer’s Markets throughout Connecticut.  Here is a list of Farmer’s Markets in Hartford and Tolland Counties and their dates. For a full listing of all Connecticut Farmer’s Markets go to www.ctnofa.org

HARTFORD COUNTY

Bloomfield*~
2013: Saturdays, 9 am – 12 noon
July 6 – October 26
Bloomfield Town Hall
800 Bloomfield Avenue

Bristol*~
2013: Saturdays, 10 am – 1 pm
Wednesdays, 3 pm – 6 pm
June 26 – October 26
Price Chopper Plaza
99 Farmington Avenue (Rte. 6)

Collinsville
2013: Sundays, 10 am – 1 pm
June 9 – October 20
Main Street, Town Hall Parking Lot
collinsvillefarmersmarket.org

East Granby 
2013: Wednesdays, 3 m – 6 pm
June 19 – September 25
The Center Shops, Corner Rtes. 20 & 187

East Hartford*~
2013: Fridays, 9 am – 1 pm
July 12 – October 25
Town Green, 1047 Main Street

East Hartford – Riverside~ 
2013: Tuesdays, 3 pm – 6 pm
July 9 – October 21
Goodwin College, One Riverside Drive

East Windsor~
2013: Sundays, 10 am – 1 pm
June 30 – October 6
149 North Road, Route 140

Enfield~
2013: Wednesdays, 3 pm – 6 pm
June 12 – October 16
Enfield Town Green, Town Hall, Rte. 5

Farmington – Hill-Stead Museum~
2013: Sundays 11 am – 2 pm
July 7 – October 20
35 Mountain Road
hillstead.org

Glastonbury*~
2013: Saturdays, 10 am – 1 pm
June 29 – October 26 (NO market 9/7)
Hubbard Green, Hubbard & Main Street
glastonburyfarmersmarket.com

Granby*~
2013: Tuesdays, 3 pm – 6:30 pm
June 25 – September 10
Farmington Valley YMCA

Hartford – Billings Forge*~+
2013: Thursdays, 11 am – 2 pm
June 6  – October 31
539 Broad Street, on the Green
hartfordfarmersmarket.org

Hartford – Capitol Ave.*~
2013: Mondays, 10 am – 1 pm
July 8 – October 28
First Presbyterian Church, 156 Capitol Avenue

Hartford – Homestead Market*~
2013: Wednesdays, 3 pm – 6pm
June 26 – October 28
Chrysalis Center Inc., 255 Homestead Avenue

Hartford – North End*~+
2013: Wednesdays, 10 am – 1 pm
June 26 – October 30
80 Coventry Street, North End Senior Center
hartfordfood.org

Hartford – Old State House*~+
2013: Tuesdays & Fridays, 10 am – 2 pm
June 11 – October 29
800 Main Street
ctoldstatehouse.org/farmersmkt.asp

Hartford – Park Street~
2013: Mondays, 9:30 am – 1 pm
July 8 – October 28
Walgreen’s parking lot
Corner of Park and Washington Streets

Hartford – West End*~+
2013: Tuesdays & Fridays, 4 pm – 7 pm
June 4 – October 29
United Methodist Church – back parking lot
571 Farmington Avenue
wefm.org

Manchester-Manchester Community College*~
2013: Wednesday, 1 pm – 5 pm
June 5 – October 16
MCC Band Shell

Manchester– Downtown*~
2013: Saturdays, 8 am – 12:30 pm
July 13 – October 26
Main & Forest Street, town parking lot

Marlborough*~+
2013: Sundays, 9:30 am – 1:30 pm
July 7 – October 27
44 North Main Street

New Britain*~
2013: Mondays, 2 pm – 4 pm
July 8 – October 28
St. Ann’s Church, 109 North Street

New Britain*~+
2013: Fri. 2-6 pm, Sat. 10-1, Open year round
Urban Oaks Market
225 Oak Street
blog.urbanoaks.org

Newington*~
2013: Thursdays, 3 pm – 6 pm,
Saturdays, 9 am – 1 pm
June 13 – October 31
100 Market Square, Rear of Market Square

Plainville*~
2013: Fridays, 3 pm – 6 pm,
June 28 – September 13
Plainville High School, Route 10

Simsbury
2013: Thursdays, 3 pm -6 pm
June 20 – October
540 Hopmeadow Street
On the Green in Simsmore Square
simsburyfarmersmarket.com

Simsbury – Community Farm of Simsbury
2013: Saturdays, 10 am – 1 pm
June 22 – October 5
73 Wolcott Road
communityfarmofsimsbury.org

South Windsor*~
2013: Saturdays, 10 am – 1 pm
June 29 – October 12
150 Nevers Road

Suffield*~
2013: Saturdays, 9 am – 12 noon
June – October
Town Green
North Main and High Streets
suffieldfarmersmarket.com

West Hartford*~
2013: Tuesdays & Saturdays, 9 am – 1 pm
Thursdays 11 am – 3 pm
May 4 – December 21
LaSalle Road public parking lot, intersection
of Arapahoe & LaSalle Roads

West Hartford*~
2013: Mondays, 3 pm – 6 pm
June 17 – October 28
Whole Foods Market
50 Raymond Road

Wethersfield*~
2013: Thursdays, 3 pm – 6 pm
May 16 – October 31
Solomon Welles House lawn
220 Hartford Avenue
wethersfieldfarmersmarket.com

Windsor~
2013: Thursdays, 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
June 20 – October 24
Corner of Maple Avenue & Broad Street

Windsor – Wilson Market*~
2013: Tuesdays, 3 pm – 6 pm
July 30 – October 29
CT Services for the Blind
184 Windsor Avenue

Windsor Locks 
2013: Fridays, 2 pm – 6 pm
June 28 – October 11
Dexter Plaza, Main Street

TOLLAND COUNTY

Coventry*~+
2013: Sundays, 11 am – 2 pm
Summer: June 2 – October 27
Nathan Hale Homestead
2299 South Street
Winter: November – February
Coventry High School
78 Ripley Hill Road
coventryfarmersmarket.com

Ellington~+
2013: Saturdays, 9 am – 12 pm
May 4 – October 19
Arbor Park, 35 Main Street
ellingtonfarmersmarket.com

Hebron*~
2013: Saturdays, 9 am – 12:30 pm
June 15- October 12
Church of Hope, 1 Main Street

Rockville~
2013: Thursdays, 10 am – 1 pm
May 16 – October 17
Court House Plaza

Somers~ 
2013: Saturdays, 10 am – 1 pm
May 4 – October 19
Corner of Main Street & Battle Street

Stafford Springs~
2013: Mondays & Thursdays, 10 am – 1 pm
July 8 – October 31
Mocko’s Lot, Junction Rtes. 32 & 190

Storrs*~
2013: May – November
Saturdays, 3 pm – 6 pm
Mansfield Town Hall Parking Lot
Accessed off Storrs Road (Rte. 195)
July – September
Wednesdays, 3 pm – 6 pm
Mansfield Community Center
10 S. Eagle Road (Rte 275)
Winter: December – April
2nd & 4th Saturdays, 3 pm – 5 pm
Mansfield Public Library
54 Warrenville Road (Rte 89)
facebook.com/storrsfarmersmarket

Tolland~
2013: Saturdays, 9 am – 12 noon
May 4 – November 23
Tolland Green

So head out this week and check out one of your local Farmer’s Markets.  You won’t be disappointed.

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Trick or Treat Safety Tips

 

Remember getting all dressed in your costume to go trick or treating? Pure spooky joy. To keep it fun, everyone needs to stay safe. Here are 13 helpful tips to make sure your kids have a healthy and happy Halloween.

 

 

  • Have adult supervision. Accompany your kids if you don’t think they’re old enough to trick-or-treat on their own.
  • There is safety in numbers. If they’re old enough to trick-or-treat without an adult, tell your kids to stay in a group.
  • Map out your plan. Designate a route before your kids begin trick-or-treating, and make sure they stick to it.
  • Take the long way ’round. Have your kids trick-or-treat in areas where there are a lot of people around. They should also avoid taking short-cuts through alleys and parking lots.
  • Try tick-or-treat-friendly homes. Ensure your kids only visit houses with lights on. And, you might also suggest the houses they visit have some sort of Halloween decoration on the porch.
  • Stay outside. Make sure your kids don’t go inside someone’s house. They can get their candy from the porch.
  • Remain visible. Dress your kids in a bright costume so others can see them. If their costume is dark, have your kids wear reflective strips or carry a glow stick or flashlight.
  • Remember, shorter = safer.Goes without saying but just in case you forget, ensure your kids’ costumes aren’t so long that they can trip over them.
  • Don’t cover the face. Instead of masks, have your kids wear make-up so they can see better.
  • Quality-check treats. Check your kids’ candy before they eat it. Throw out any candy that is not in its original wrapper or looks like it has been tampered with.
  • Say “no” to strangers.Tell your kids to never accept a ride or go anywhere with a stranger.
  • Obey the law. Encourage your kids to follow all the regular rules for walking around. That includes looking both ways before crossing, obeying all traffic laws and using cross walks and crossing lights where available.
  • Have a great time! Finally, make sure your kids have tons of fun and get lots and lots of candy.

Don’t forget to stop by Penny-Hanley & Howley for our costume contest and treats.

Happy Halloween

source information: http://holidays.kaboose.com/halloween/halloween-safety.html

Ultimate Guide to Eating Paleo

Remember the time before we had fast food restaurants and foods and vegetables weren’t high in starch? People were a lot healthier back then compared to now and that’s because of the food they ate. Not to worry, with this guide you can regain your health and live like our past ancestors used to; healthy.

Courtesy of Greatist

Drinking and Cooking. Good Idea?

In the culture we live in today, who doesn’t enjoy drinking. We do everything while drunk; drive, text, socialize, and apparently cook. But just like drinking and driving, drinking and cooking is dangerous and we’re not just saying it’s a bad idea because the food you cook while drunk might turn out to be a gross and ugly mess. No, it’s a bad idea because the reality is that a great number of house fires in the United States are caused by drunk home chefs.

Now, we’re not telling you not to drink and cook but if you must cook under the influence, you should first watch “My Drunk Kitchen“. It’s a popular YouTube video series by Hannah Hart, who bravely demonstrates for us all what happens when you try to cook while drunk. The results are never as pretty as a Food Network cooking show, but the process often turns out to be wildly funny. Just follow Hart’s advice and make sure you have a sober friend with you in the kitchen. Better yet, leave the cooking to the sober people…if they’re good at cooking.

Here are a few videos to enlighten you on what happens when you cook drunk:

Now that you’ve seen what happens when you cook under the influence, we have to legally inform you NOT TO TRY THIS AT HOME!!! You may think nothing will happen but things can go wrong at any time and it’s always better to be safe than sorry. If you still wish to try this at home, make sure you have a sober friend looking after you.

If you’ve got videos of drunken cooking (with supervision of course) share them with us. We love to post them on our blog!