From Husk Till Dawn: A Firsthand Account of POCO Festival

by Emily Patton | Aug 12, 2016 8:00 am

The line for parking stretched far down Foxon Road as it neared North Branford’s Augur Farm. It was here that I, your loyal Eagle reporter, began my first foray into the world of the North Branford Potato and Corn Festival (fondly nicknamed the “POCO festival”), which promised to “elevate the two starchy staples to extraordinary heights.”

Emily Patton Photo The festival, which ran from Friday Aug. 5, to Sunday, Aug. 7, is now celebrating its 15th year. It boasts not only hearty helpings of potatoes and corn, but also several non-edible attractions including carnival rides, festival games, crafts, music, prizes and more.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Emily Patton | Aug 11, 2016 12:17 pm

If there’s one thing we know about the shoreline, it’s that we have excellent taste. Luckily, the next few weeks are filled with opportunities to indulge this taste, whether it’s with a relaxing dinner at Burberry Hill Farm or an afternoon of wine at Bishops Orchards.

With Permission For non-edible entertainment, check out the dense lineup of local music festivals (including Woofstock on the Green!). Tonight’s “Saxtet” on the Green has been cancelled because of weather concerns. It is expected to be rescheduled. Or go nature’s way with events from the Branford Land Trust and the Hammonasset Nature Center.

Thursday, August 11

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Emily Patton | Aug 5, 2016 9:46 am

File Photo Lots of Dunkin coming up as in Dunk-a-Cop for the Special Olympics and Dunk- a- Cop and perhaps others at Woofstock next weekend.  Need exercise? Try a potato sack race or a scenic walk at Red Hill Woods or get back into the swing of things at the East Haven Rotary Club’s annual golf tournament in a couple of weeks.  Enjoy!

Friday, August 5 to Sunday, August 7

Shakespeare on the Shoreline: The Two Gentlemen of Verona

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Chef of the Week: G-Zen’s Mark Shadle

by Emily Patton | Jul 22, 2016 7:59 am

“I’m coming from the farm right now, and I’m prepping for an event,” said chef Mark Shadle, prefacing his interview with a disclaimer.  “So I’m going to be kind of bouncing back and forth.”

Shadle’s G-Universe, which he manages alongside his wife and co-chef, Ami Beach Shadle, is an elaborate system of moving, growing, organically fueled parts—not the least of which is Shadle himself. At 10:30 a.m., the internationally acclaimed vegan chef was already firing on all pistons.

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Alps Farmers Market Welcomes 2nd Season

by Sally E. Bahner | Jul 6, 2016 8:28 am

Sally E. Bahner Photo Longing for tomatoes … and corn?

Not so fast.

Tomatoes are on their way, but not for another couple of weeks. That’s if you talk to Peter Rothenburg of Northfordy Farm. However, strolling down the aisle under the Branford Alps Farmers Market’s big yellow and white tent, you can find the coveted red globes at Medlyn Farm’s space – along with the last of the strawberries.

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Branford Festival Attracts Thousands to Green

by Bill O'Brien | Jun 22, 2016 12:23 pm

Bill O'Brien Photo The 32nd annual Branford Festival brought thousands of residents and out-of-town guests to the Branford Green this past weekend to hear the music, feast on delicious food and shop, shop, shop among the scores of vendors displaying their wares on Saturday. No question, the perfect weather also had a lot to do with the large crowds.

Dennis Nardella, who served as festival chairman for the third consecutive year, said, “When you’re planning a three-day weekend like this we hope for perfect weather and we couldn’t have been happier with the way it turned out.” Last year rain cancelled Friday’s schedule.

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The Branford Festival: The Coolest Event Ever

by marcia chambers | Jun 17, 2016 7:00 am

Mary Johnson Photo There is only ONE Cool Event this weekend and that is the Branford Festival, now in its 32nd year. This weekend is expected to be wall-to-wall sunshine.

Sally E. Bahner Photo Dennis Nardella, the 2016 Festival Chair, says this weekend celebrates the town’s service clubs, clubs that are the backbone of the Festival, the Rotary Club, the Exchange Club and the Lions Club, which celebrates 65 years of service to Branford this year. They came together, he said, pooling their resources instead of having separate fairs on the green. And that is how the Branford Festival “as we have come to know it was born.” Read about the Festival, its history and events here.

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Cool Events This Weekend, Here & Beyond

by Sally E. Bahner | May 13, 2016 8:00 am

With Permission A couple of tough choices for nature lovers this weekend – explore the Stony Creek Quarry or Killam’s Point. The weather is supposed to be perfect so flip a coin and head outdoors. Later on, rub elbows with Branford authors, catch some fine music, and drop by Walsh Intermediate School to support American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

Restaurant of the Week: Café Fiore

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Branford Alps Farmers Market Wraps Up Inaugural Season

by Sally E. Bahner | Nov 11, 2015 10:31 am

Sally E. Bahner Photo The Branford Alps Farmers Market recently closed up their tent after their first successful season of selling local produce, baked goods and various delicacies to townspeople. As the growing season progressed, leafy greens of late spring were replaced by potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, acorn squash and other hearty root veggies of the summer and early fall.

Market Manager Martha Maguire was enthusiastic about the market’s inaugural season. “We’re like a family,” she said. “It was a great experience for the community.”

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New Farm Market Up and Running

by Sally E. Bahner | Jun 30, 2015 7:10 am

Sally E. Bahner Photo All you need are your pots and pans, and a good knife.

When you stop by the new Branford Alps Farm Market, you can come away with the fixings for the perfect gourmet, organic meal. And then some.

Keep in mind that these are local farmers, who are not growing the year-round crops of the factory farms in California. As a result, the produce they’re offering is seasonal to Connecticut, and yes, the prices are higher. You’re just not going to find Connecticut-grown blueberries and zucchini in June.

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