Stonyledge Farm, North Stonington, Connecticut
Stonyledge Farm is where I had my CSA subscription when I lived in Rhode Island. The 103-acre farm is located right along the Rhode Island – Connecticut border with the land located entirely in Connecticut, though only accessible via Rhode Island. About 25 acres of the farm are cleared, supporting vegetable fields, gardens, fruit trees, cow pastures, and more. And its gorgeous land. They currently have about 20 cows, both Hereford and Holstein, a few pigs, and bunches of chickens. The latter are always sure to greet you as they saunter around the property but trouble with foxes over the previous few days meant they were temporarily confined to chicken tractors. I made sure to visit them before I left to say hi.
I may be biased but I happen to think Belinda and Ed grow some of the tastiest veggies I’ve ever eaten and recalling my days before being vegan, I can say without reservation that their beef is out of this world delicious. Oh, and their eggs… I’ve never had better. I spent an afternoon at Stonyledge helping to harvest cucumbers, yellow squash, zucchini, and tomatoes as well as help affix the wandering tomato plants using tomato clips – which I have to say might be the best invention ever. I had the pleasure of working with Belinda, Sarah, and her daughter-in-law Taylor, who was working along with baby Gus in the ergo, and I just really enjoyed myself. Belinda, Ed, and everyone are seriously the nicest people and it was wonderful to be able to catch up while hearing about updates on the farm. They’re always so generous too: I got sent off with a huge amount of vegetables and a quart of blueberries that literally disappeared before I made it back to the main road. Belinda had just made batches of pepper relish and blueberry jam as well and I got a jar of each of these too; I haven’t tried the blueberry jam yet but the pepper relish is AMAZING. I repeat, AMAZING.
Because I had my hands full for most of the afternoon I didn’t take many photos in the fields and gardens so most of my pictures are more like my standard landscape shots that I took while walking around the farm while Belinda was handing out shares. As you’ll see, their property is just beautiful.