As grocery stores struggle to keep their shelves stocked during the coronavirus pandemic, local farm stands are an increasingly appealing option to many. Not only does buying from them help preserve open space and local businesses, because you are buying from the source of your food, the number of hands that potentially touched it may be diminished (yes, these are the kind of things we think about these days). Below are just a tiny fraction of the many farms throughout the state currently offering their goods. You can find even more at the state Department of Agriculture’s directory of farm stands and farmers markets.
45 Turkey Hill Plain, Bethel
Hours: Online orders for scheduled pickup
Operated by the respective owners of nearby restaurants Taproot and The Redding Roadhouse, this normally seasonal farm and store is now open for online orders of eggs, kale, baby spinach and scallions. With “contactless” pickup and more items being added as they become available.
Stone Gardens Farm
83 Saw Mill City Road, Shelton
Hours: 10-5 p.m. daily
Corned beef, brisket and other locally raised fresh and frozen meats are offered here, as well as produce, eggs and fresh breakfast, lunch and dinner items. Dry-aged ribeyes will also be available soon.
Barden Farm Market
510 Main St., New Hartford
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10-6 p.m., Sun. 10-5 p.m.
The market offers local meats, eggs, breads, plus milk and scratch-made granola and soup. Other items include maple syrup and specials such as housemade shepherd's pie.
822 Bantam Road, Bantam (Litchfield)
Hours: Sun.-Thu.,10-6 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 10-8 p.m.
The retail dairy shop of this famous farm remains open. You can stock up on its award-winning ice cream, cheese, yogurt, milk, butter, yogurt and egg nog, and ice cream — oh wait, we mentioned that already.
209 Prospect St., East Woodstock
Hours: Friday 4-6 p.m. or by appointment
Farm, grass-fed and finished beef, and chicken and duck eggs are available for preorder and pickup Fridays. Options include ground beef, sirloin steak tips, ribeye steak, short ribs and many other cuts.
Horse Listeners Orchard
317 Bebbington Road, Ashford
Hours: Sat. & Sun. 10-4 p.m.
The farm store is fully stocked at this orchard and farm. Available items include apples, veggies, maple syrup, honey, eggs, butter, cheese, fresh-cut lettuce, kale and more.
NEW LONDON COUNTY
96 Button Road, North Stonington
Hours: Tue.-Sat. 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Orders can also be made by phone or text (via the number above). You can also order by emailing email@example.com
This certified humane farm offers heritage Randall beef and veal; Mulefoot pork; several breeds of chicken, including heritage breeds; turkeys; and duck eggs. They ship their meat directly to customers via UPS.
Sweet Grass Creamery
51 Mattern Road, Preston
Hours: Daily 9-6 p.m.
This dairy farm is fully stocked with Jersey creamline milk, yogurt, cheese and ice cream. It also offers local beef, pork, chicken, eggs, baked goods and more. According to the farm’s Facebook page, new batches of yogurt are being made daily.
199 Town Farm Road, Farmington
Hours: Daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Planted on the Farmington/Avon line, Sub Edge grows organic vegetables for local restaurants in addition to its farm shop. Sub Edge also has eggs, lots of pork, honey and other local products like cheese and pickles.
46 Bailey Road, Enfield
Hours: Sat. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
This pick-your-own farm is open one day a week in the winter for fresh produce including fresh-cut baby kale mix and spinach, cabbage, carrots, potatoes, onions, frozen blueberries and raspberries, and lots of apples.
483 Browns Road, Storrs
Hours: Tue.-Thu. 3-5 p.m., Fri-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Stearns family has owned and operated this land for nearly 250 years. Nowadays the Stearns Farm Stand is stocked with fresh Mountain Dairy milk, eggs, pies and homemade ice cream.
558 Buckley Hwy, Union
Hours: Sat. & Sun. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. or by appointment
This family farm not too far from I-84 in the Quiet Corner raises chicken, beef and pork and offers fresh eggs and handmade soaps.
51 Ames Hollow Road, Portland
Hours: Sat. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Penfield Farm raises free-range, grass-fed meats without hormones and antibiotics, including aged black Angus beef, Berkshire pork, lamb, chicken, duck and emu.
32 Reeds Gap Road, Middlefield
Hours: Daily 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Lyman Orchards’ Apple Barrel Farm Market recently opened for the season and is stocked with fresh produce, made-on-premises bakery goods, dairy products, frozen entrées and specialty food items. The deli is also open for sandwiches and salads, both prepared to order and for grab-and-go.
NEW HAVEN COUNTY
2577 Boston Post Road, Guilford
Hours: Self-serve (cash or check, call ahead for credit cards)
Olympia Farm on Route 1 has the meats covered with goat, sheep, cows and chicken. They also have eggs, veggies, goat soap and even wool.
1355 Boston Post Road, Guilford
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
Bishop’s bakes, prepares and stocks fresh food on a daily basis all year long based on seasonal and home-grown produce. If you just want the ingredients, Bishop’s has fruits, veggies, dairy, beef, pork, chicken, ham, turkey and lamb, plus a large selection of frozen foods for stocking up.