This morning’s “06880” post — the story immediately below this one — sent scores of produce-lovers to the Double L Farm Stand, located on the Post Road a few yards over the town line in Southport.
Simultaneously, owner Lloyd Allen sent this urgent email to customers:
The city of Fairfield has decided once again to close us down. In the meantime, we are going to quietly sell off our inventory while we make alternate plans to stay in business. Tomorrow and Sunday we will be open and selling our wonderful peaches, tomatoes, corn and much more. We hope you will come in and give us a helping hand. See you soon and spread the word.
“The building is not up to code,” Lloyd admitted this afternoon, as shoppers — some of whom had gotten the message, others who had not — thronged the shop.
“But it’s an open-air farm stand,” he continued. “We’re being treated with the same mind-set as Stop & Shop.”
Lloyd called the Fairfield zoning action “a little bump in the road. We may be out of commission this week. But stuff is still coming out of the field. We can’t stop farmers from growing.”
He pointed to enormous cucumbers. “Those came in 30 minutes ago, from Redding Road.”
Lloyd advises customers to call (256-9994) next week to find out what’s happening. If “06880” hears anything, we’ll let you know.