Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Detour Worthy

The stretch of I-95 between Old Lyme and New Haven is quintessential Connecticut shoreline. The stuff of legends. It is there that you'll find one of the state's great gems nestled just off of Exit 57.
Family owned since 1871, Bishops Orchards has grown from a roadside farm stand to a full blown market which is open year round. Local produce and an impressive selection of artisan cheeses and award winning house-made wines are just the beginning. When you first walk in, you are greeted by an abundance of apples {!}, presumably what the place is known for. You'll find every variety imaginable - from their own gala and macintosh to organic red delicious. As you wander further through the produce section you'll find everything from leeks, fingerling potatoes, and 6 kinds of fresh mushrooms to house made wasabi peas and organic dried cranberries. And what is more charming while choosing your lettuce for tonight's salad than a vintage model train running on a track overhead?
Not much.

From the highway billboard one might think it was simply another orchard - after all, there are more than a few in the Nutmeg State. But a quick trip through will show that Bishops Orchards is all that and more. Whether or not we are in the midst of 'pick-your-own' season you'll find the market full of gorgeous farm fresh proteins, freshly baked breads, and even house made fudge. They carry that little bit of everything that you're looking for when you run into the store on your way home from work. So, next time you find yourself stuck in that awful New Haven traffic and wondering what's for dinner, pull off at Exit 57 - well worth the detour, for sure.

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