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Double L Farm Stand Comes Home

The 3rd time’s the charm.

After 12 years on King’s Highway North, and 2 more in Southport, the Double L Farm Stand is ready to open at a 3rd location.  For the 1st time, all the produce will have 4 walls, and a roof over its head.

And — also new — Double L will be a year-round operation.

The new site is 730 Post Road East — next to Calise’s, just down from Cumberland Farms.  The storefront has been vacant for a while, after housing a salon.

Lloyd Allen (left) and Michael Van Haaften take a brief break from preparing their new digs.

A nice tile floor remains — but that’s the only remnant of the previous tenant.  The rest will be pure Double L.  Lloyd is recycling everything from Southport:  tables, skids, bricks, and “whatever else was laying around.”

Opening day is Friday, May 28 — “come hell or high water, painted or not,” Lloyd says.  “A produce place has to be ready by Memorial Day.

“It’s great to be back in Westport,” he adds, joking that “this is like moving to Beverly Hills.”

Lloyd’s many loyal customers will welcome him back with open arms — and bulging tote bags.

“We’ll continue to focus on ‘local’ and ‘organic,'” he promises.  “I just got back from Amish country, and we’ve got the same peach grower as last year.  We won’t get too fancy.”

Just good — no, great — produce.  Selected, displayed and sold the Lloyd Allen Double L way — with llots of llove.

Meet The Farmers

The average piece of food travels 1,500 miles to your refrigerator.

A group of Westporters wants to cut that to 100.

Last year, the Unitarian Church sponsored a Community Supported Agriculture program.  Over 40 families bought full ($600) or half ($300) shares.  On a rotating basis, from early June through the end of October, each family drove to Stone Gardens Farm in Shelton. They returned with enough food for 8 families.

The bounty was enormous:  sweet corn, plump tomatoes, kale, peas, beets, Swiss chard, squash, pickles, onions, peppers, eggplants, peaches, plums, apples, potatoes, spinach, squash and much more.  Most weeks there were tasty eggs; sometimes chicken, even grass-fed beef.

The families got a great deal on fantastic food.  They shared recipes, and a harvest feast at season’s end.

The farmers — Fred and Stacia Monahan — appreciated knowing there would be a constant demand for whatever they grew.

This year, organizers are expanding the idea.  A hundred families have already signed up — and it’s likely there will be a co-op drop-off spot in Westport, eliminating the Shelton run.

Tomorrow from 12:30 to 2 p.m., the Unitarian Church is hosting a lunch.  Interested residents can meet Fred, Stacia and CSA members, and enjoy fresh, homemade soup.

Crumbs, beware!

(For more information, contact Rebecca Howe: heres-howe@mindspring.com)

Checking out the goods last year in Shelton

Checking out the goods last year in Shelton