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Foodie Alert! Long-Standing Bethel Farm Gets New Owners

 

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BETHEL, CT — Foodies take note! Redding and Bethel business owners have joined forces to take over running Holbrook Farm from the Holbrook family, according to MSN. Local foodies will recognize the names of the new owners— Jeff Taibe and  Stephanie Sweeney, owners of Taproot Restaurant in Bethel and Sean and Erin Reilly, owners of the Redding Roadhouse in Redding — have partnered to revamp the business.

For decades John and Lynn Holbrook, owners of Holbrook Farm, have offered fresh, locally grown produce, hosted Farm to Table dinners and provided the community with healthy, natural food choices. The Holbrooks retired in 2012 the lessee at the time, Jessica Wong, took over running the farm from 2012-2018.

John and Lynn Holbrook purchased 12 acres of land in Bethel, with only two acres in production. While the farm is not certified organic, they do use compost and natural leaf mulch to aid in fertilization and weed suppression. They do not use pesticides.

“Holbrook Farm has been clean of pesticides and herbicides for at least the last 40 years that we have owned the land. We don’t spray with pesticides, we try to use beneficial insects and companion plants and we don’t use herbicides. Weeds have a place in the ecological mix as long as they are controlled,” John Holbrook said.

Holbrook Farm is located at 45 Turkey Plain Rd. in Bethel, Connecticut. For more information, visit their website.

Redding to Kick Off 2 Outdoor Summer Concert Series

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REDDING, CT — The Town of Redding is gearing up for two summer-long outdoor concert series at Topstone Park and the Redding Town Center gazebo.

The Town Green series kicks off on Sunday, June 17 with Yipee Coyote. The Topstone Park series starts on Monday, June 18 with Mexican Night.

Topstone Park Schedule

Monday, June 18, 7:00 p.m. – Topstone
  • Mexican Night  by Rancho Alegre – $12 in advance or $15 at the park
Thursday, July 5, 7:00 p.m. – Topstone
Friday, July 13, 7:00 p.m.  – Topstone
  • Gallows Hill Horns, Brass Sextet, free admission
Friday, July 26, 7:00 p.m.   – Topstone
Thursday, August 9, 7:00 p.m. – Topstone
Wednesday, August 22, 7:00 p.m.  – Topstone
  • *Tentative, Yale A-Cappella: The Society of Orpheus and Bacchus, $10 in advance, $12 at the park

Concert on the Green Schedule

6/17 Yippee Coyote Rock ‘n Roots Band
6/24 Bone Dry Jam Band with a Groove
7/1 Brian Q. Torff & New Duke A special concert in memory of Sally White
7/8 Tracy DeLucia Adult Contemporary Country
7/15 River of Dreams Billy Joel Tribute
7/22 Peter Calo Heroes gone but not forgotten
7/29 Silver Steel Band Steel Drum Band
8/5 Fab Forward Solo Beatle Tribute
8/12 The Currys Americana Trio
8/19 The Mighty Ploughboy Celtic Rock
8/26 Sony Carroll Orchestra Big Band

To purchase tickets for Topstone Park concerts, call (203) 938-5036,  Ext.3. If there is inclement weather, call to find out if the concert will be held indoors.

Photo via Flickr, credit: Diogo A. Figueira

Best Brunch in the Redding Area

 

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REDDING, CT — Eggs Benedict, Spinach Frittatas, Country Farm Pancakes…. is your mouth watering yet? Looking for a great spot to take the family for Easter Brunch or Passover? Here are the top spots in the Redding area, as ranked by Trip Advisor and Yelp users.

Yelp’s Top 3 Redding Area Brunch Spots 

  1. Bailey’s Backyard, 23 Bailey Ave., Ridgefield
  2.  The Spinning Wheel, 109 Blackrock Tpke., Redding
  3.  The Redding Roadhouse, 406 Redding Rd., Redding

Trip Advisor’s Top 3 Redding Area Brunch Spots

  1. Wire Mill, 12 Old Mill Rd., Redding
  2.  The Spinning Wheel, 109 Blackrock Tpke., Redding
  3. Black Cat Grille, 58 Redding Rd., Redding

What do you think of their picks? Tell us in the comments.

We wish you a very Happy Passover season and a Happy Easter to you and yours!

Photo Credit: Vegan Feast Catering via Flickr Creative Commons

4th Nor’Easter Set to Pack a Punch

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DANBURY, CT — The first day of spring is on Tuesday, but spring weather is staying at bay, at least for now, as a fourth Nor’Easter in one month threatens our area. The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook now through Sunday which “will likely bring accumulating snow from late Tuesday night into Wednesday evening.”

NECN’s meteorologist said this could be enough to bring “plowable snow” and “cause delays and cancellations for Thursday morning.”

WFSB meteorologist Bruce DePrest stated that  light snow will begin early in the morning on Wednesday and then snow will become heavy at times, with strong winds. Snow is expected to end before dawn on Thursday. Depending on the track of the storm, some areas may receive significant snowfall of 6 inches or more, according to the NWS.

“We are forecasting 6-12 inches for much of the state,” DePrest said.

If area students have a snow day, many will be getting out in late June as snow day totals approach nearly two dozen for some schools.

Photo credit: Wendy Ann Mitchell

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