Sustainable Stamford and Stamford Downtown Special Services District (DSSD) are partnering with local farms and restaurants to establish a Local Harvest themed Summer Restaurant Week in Stamford, Connecticut.
The 2013 Summer Restaurant Weeks, are from Monday, August 19th through Monday, September 2nd and will showcase an exciting new component this year – participating restaurants are offering locally grown Stamford farm produce.
Stamford’s growth of micro agriculture in the urban environment demonstrates a commitment to innovation, conservation, education and food production.
The goal of the Sustainable Stamford-DSSD partnership is to match area farmers with area restaurants, creating relationships and demand for locally grown produce.
This initiative was spearheaded by Christina Stanton, a Sustainable Stamford participant. For more information, please email her at email@example.com.
The following Stamford-based farms are participating:
- Green Up Group
- Hubbard Heights Farm
- Stamford Museum & Nature Center
83 Lockwood Ave, Stamford, CT 06902
The Trafigura Farm at Domus consists of an organic garden as well as a hydroponic greenhouse. The farm aims to provide healthy, sustainably-grown food options for the community, and to provide a unique educational experience for participants. The youth involved with Trafigura’s Farm to Table business center learn valuable lessons about the relationships among nutrition, sustainability, and community development through hands-on experience. The structure at Trafigura Farm enables young people to explore the dynamics of food and farming, and to learn about and experience tolerance, self-respect, community, and responsibility. The Farm’s organic produce includes a variety of fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Salad greens, basil, mint, and kale are some of Trafigura Farm’s specialties. Growers at the Farm embrace a variety of sustainable farming and cultivation techniques and do not use chemical pesticides and herbicides.
82 Myrtle Ave, Stamford, CT 06902
Green Up Group is a family-owned business that sources the globe’s most innovative plant-based designs, resources and technologies. Our value is delivered to our clients through our CT Roots store and our Green Up design center.
Green Up grows vegetables and herbs for the local community either in soil or hydroponically. We grow lettuces, microgreens, juiceables, herbs and a variety of Heirloom Tomatoes, Peppers and Eggplant in our greenhouses and raised beds. Everything we grow or sell is organically grown, non-GMO and pesticide-free.
202 Hubbard Ave
Stamford, CT 06902
Hubbard Heights Farm opened in 2012 on a plot of land in the Hubbard Heights neighborhood. Once farmed by early settlers, the land existed for the past century as a residential neighborhood. Today, the growers of Hubbard Heights Farm are committed to helping the return to local, sustainable food production by once again working the land to feed the community. The Farm aims to provide fresh and local produce without the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Natural growing practices, such as the use of molasses, seaweed, and fish emulsion to improve soil health, are employed. Some of the Farm’s specialties are tomato varieties, pumpkins, and winter squash.
39 Scofieldtown Rd
Stamford, CT 06903
Heckscher Farm is an educational farm that is open to the public year round. Established in 1955, the 10-acre farm has a wide variety of livestock including chickens, goats, sheep, pigs, and oxen. Seasonal specialties range from maple syrup produced in the sugar house to organic beets and garlic grown in the large vegetable garden.
Citizens have responded enthusiastically to the Local Harvest Restaurant Weeks and the event has received significant press coverage:
Summer Restaurant Weeks Return (Video coverage from It's Relevant)
Harvest Restaurant Week Features Locally Grown Produce (Fairfield Green Food Guide)
Stamford Restaurant Week Grows Greener (Stamford Magazine)
Stamford Restaurant Week Brings Locally-Grown Goods to the Table (Stamford Patch)
Stamford Summer Restaurant Weeks Go Local & Sustainable (CT Bites)