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5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND

 

1. READ

Foodies of New England, Winter 2015 Issue. Turn to page 81 to find the Stonington Village Farmers Market featured as one of of the “Best in Farmers Markets”. Read the full article and the rest of the magazine here.

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Highlight: Summer, Stonington Scallops // Winter, Homemade Soup
Time: Summer Market (May-October) Stonington Town Docks Saturdays 9am-12pm // Winter Market moves to the Velvet Mill, 22 Bayview Ave

2. HARVEST

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It’s time to bring ‘em in and we would love to have you join us!

We invite you to join us at Saltwater Farm Vineyard beginning Sunday, October 26th  for what is expected to be one of our biggest harvests to date. Drop in anytime during the day. Harvesting will continue on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. In fact, help would be particularly appreciated on those days. Clippers are provided, but please BYOG (Bring Your Own Gloves).

Highlight: Picking grapes, enjoying the outdoors, and of course, WINE!
Time: Begins Sunday, continues Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Tasting room will be open as scheduled on Sunday, 11am to 3pm.

3. EAT

A couple of our favorite restaurants, Engine Room and Oyster Club, are starting their Sunday Dinner series featuring themed dinners held on the last Sunday of every month through May 2015. From the owners,

In addition to enjoying world class farm and sea to table dishes, we invite you to dine with our purveyors and farmers, learn from talented chefs and mixologists, and support our specialized culinary community. Meet and dine with the wonderful people behind some of the certified organic produce that we work with, including Valchris Farm, Hunt’s Brook, Hidden Brook Gardens, and Provider Farm. Enjoy five courses with drink pairing featuring produce from these local farms. 

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photo credit: Oyster Club

Highlight: Learning about your local farmers
Time: The last Sunday of every month through May 2015

Note: Reservations are required.

 

4. SHOP

It’s officially boot season, and I have the boutique to get that perfect pair. You know, the kicks you reach for over and over again because of their comfort, style, quality and great smelling leather. Visit Clad in Stonington at 152 Water Street.

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Highlight: Get a pair of Pikolinos, you won’t regret it. Visit their outlet in Westerly!
Time: 10am-6pm Mon through Saturday // 11am-5pm Sunday

 

5. SPOOK

Looking for something festive to do with the family? Denison Pequotsepos’ Spooky Nature Trail opens tonight. Explore haunted woods while you sip cider and get up-close visits with the Nature Center’s frogs, turtles and more. Find more information here.

photo credit: Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center

photo credit: Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center

Highlight: Getting into the Holloween spirit
Time: The trail is open 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Friday Oct. 24 and Saturday Oct. 25

Cheers to the harvest and a great Fall weekend,
KP

SARAH SEVEN TRUNK SHOW

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If you remember our post about Everthine Bridal Boutique, you will recognize designer Sarah Seven and her gorgeous, bohemian inspired gowns. If you are in the market to find your perfect wedding dress, this is the time! Meet the designer and see her new line.

Below are a few snaps from Teresa’s wedding day in August wearing Sarah Seven. I remember the day we shared at Everthine, me tearing up as I watched my best friend twirl in front of the mirror in each dress (of course it needed to be tested for the dance floor)… it was so special to see the entire look come to life.

 

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Cheers to inspired designers,
KP

STAFF PICNIC

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picnic1Saltwater has become a place of celebration over the last five seasons. Whether it’s a newly engaged couple, a marriage, an anniversary, new baby or birthday, we see it all. We are truly lucky to share in what has become a place of joy; it’s a privilege. With so many celebrations (to include Saltwater couples, the Palmers, Williams and Roberts, all toasting to a third year of marriage), it made perfect sense for the Saltwater Farm Vineyard staff to celebrate “us” with an end of summer soirée. Admittedly, this all came about because Lori and I simply wanted to make cheese. It took a couple of seasons to realize it, but Lori and I are kindred spirits and I kind of, sort of, adore her.

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We had decided earlier in the summer that when tomato season came around we were going to make burrata, from scratch. If you’ve had it, I don’t have to say another word. We spoke of utilizing the kitchen in the bridal loft and sourcing local dairy for our production. Then, as with all families, word spread. Others wanted to join in, and who could blame them? The conversation evolved and suddenly we were planning a picnic that would bring us all together. With Merrily and Michael happily on board, Lori and I went into party planning mode. Evenings were spent together, slurping oysters, sipping wine and working out the details. Finally, a menu was born and we would not only celebrate the hard work of those that make Saltwater the success it is today, but the local farms and businesses that we have come to love so much.

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Stonyledge Farm — Ed and Belinda Learned — North Stonington,CT
Meats, including the pork shoulder, homemade relishes, tomatoes, garlic, peppers and various other veggies

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Davis Farm — Pawcatuck, CT
Corn and potatoes
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Beltane Farm — Lebanon, CT
Goat cheeses
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Seawell Seafood — Mystic / Pawcatuck
Clams, Scallops
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Zest – Stonington, CT
Rolls and yummy desserts
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Capizzano — Pawcatuck, CT
oils and vinegars

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…and of course, Trillium Beer!

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It was a labor of love and appreciation for a solid 2014 season of hard work.

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Thank you to Michael and Merrily for your continued support and encouragement, to Lori and Kevin for opening up your home, to Gui and Mark for their stellar kitchen prep skills, and to the staff for always putting in 110%.

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Cheers to keeping it local,
KR