Let it Rain?
One of the many beautiful things about living in the Northwest Corner is that no two seasons are ever alike, especially from year to year!
Spring began late, got hot, and stayed dry for so long that everyone was begging for a little bit of rain. It seems that we have gotten our wish, but that the spigot has stuck in the on position. I had a conversation with a farmer not too long ago, and he said that you can always add water, in the event of a prolonged dry spell, but you could never take it away. That message has seemed prophetic, as farmers everywhere are working to alleviate the effects of too much rain on their newly-planted fields. Stay tuned...
The Smithy has moved to its Summer hours, and is now open six days per week, closed Tuesdays. We open at 10 AM, and close at 5:30 PM. The shelves continue to fill with new products and produce. We are featuring varied lettuces grown hydroponically at Gresczyk Farm in New Hartford, and are beginning to add to that the early-season offerings from Sullivan Farm in New Milford. Linda Ajello's locally-grown rhubarb continues to find a growing audience, and Linda Mazza has been using some to flavor her strawberry rhubarb pies. Linda is constantly adding new flavors to her wonderful assortment of pies, and has introduced a new Lemon Tart that has people lining up! Anne Gallagher prepares lunch for The Smithy, and her tasty, fresh, and healthy menu is complemented nicely by the kitchens of FarmCountrySoup. Jackie Berman has just moved FarmCountrySoup to its new home in Kent, where Stroebel's and the Millstone Bakery were located. Please stop by to visit her store!
We are very excited to continue building our unique assortment of local products and vendors, and share information about them with you. We recognize that none of this would be possible without the support and encouragement of our community, however, and thank you for shopping with us. Please do not hesitate to let Carol, Jane, and Sarah, our newest team member, know how we can continue to improve your experience. If there is a product that you like but can't find in the store, that is made, grown, or raised within a 70-mile radius of New Preston, please let us know, and we will try to bring it in. Thank you for allowing us to serve you!