Summer has come to a close, but another delightful season is upon us and farmers’ markets that bring the season’s bounty are front and center.
Garlic-lovers will want to stop by the stand at Matthew and Jen Huddleston’s house. 2 High Street, Middlefield. They grow and sell organic Long Neck garlic.
Then hop on over to J.C. Farm and Greenhouses, 385 Route 68, Durham, for an assortment of vegetables, fruits, mums, and pumpkins.
Just a little further down the road, at 477 Route 68, Durham, is Midway Farms farm stand owned by Steve Grozinsky. He’ll close shop on Oct. 31, but until then you can fulfill many of your shopping needs. He’s got a wide assortment of fruits and vegetables, as well as maple syrup, applesauce, honey, mums, and pies. The stand and farm are named after the battle at Midway during World War II. The family has owned the property since 1880 with the running since 1990. Prior to that, it was a poultry farm for many years.
Stop by Deerfield Farm, 337 Parmelee Hill Road, Durham, to find raw milk (due to regulations, the flavored milk is not raw), handcrafted milk soap, cheese, yogurt, eggs, and meat. The owner, Melynda Naples, raises the animals, and makes the cheese and yogurt. The store is self-serve, open every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., year-round. In the winter, due to slow milk production of the cows, it’s a good idea to call ahead and reserve an order of milk.
When shopping at Main Street Feed, 58 Main St., Durham, you might want to grab a dozen eggs. The owner, Brenda Eddy, sells eggs laid by her 22 free range hens, as well as eggs from other local chicken coops.
If you’ve got a yen for organic peppers, tomatoes, and eggplants, keep in mind that Naples Farm,167 Bear Rock Road, Durham is planning something new for next season. Their roadside stand is in the process of being moved to a spot near the barn, and the plan is to have it up and running next year. It will be self-serve, open 24-hours a day.
Meanwhile, until around Oct. 1, you can go to their house to get those fresh veggies, so this option for fresh produce may have to wait until another year.