Litchfield County: Happening in the Hills

To My Eye: Jessica Jane on Art in the Hills

Jessica Jane Russell is an engaged member of the arts community here in the Hills. She works and shows guest artists out of her studio at The Switch Factory Studio, 931 Bantam Road, in Bantam. For more on Jessica Jane, please visit www.jess-jane.com.

Joel Viehland’s Faves

Joel Viehland has worked at award-winning restaurants such as New York’s Gramercy Tavern, Noma in Copenhagen, Herbsaint and Bayona in New Orleans, before becoming opening chef at @communitytablect where he was nominated for three James Beard Awards and named Best Small Town Chef in America by Cooking Light. In 2017 Joel opened @swyftct in Kent. When the pandemic hit, Joel decided to sell Swyft opting to focus on special events for private clients.⁠
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What are your favorite local farmers markets?⁠
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I’ve been going to the Litchfield Farmers’ Market since I moved here in 2010. It’s always been the largest and most consistent in our little area but recently I’m also impressed with the Washington Farmers’ Market in the Depot. It has an incredible selection of great quality stuff for its size. I typically look for really nice berries or heirloom tomatoes. I love white currants so if they have them I’m definitely buying them.⁠
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Where do you like to pick up fresh bread? ⁠
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When I’m not making my own bread, Bantam Bread makes a solid loaf, especially their olive bread. Whitney, formerly of 9 Main, makes a great country loaf under the name Farmers & Cooks.⁠
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Where do you like to get local tomatoes? ⁠
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If the weather isn’t optimal for tomatoes to ripen sufficiently or if there is too much rain and blite sets in, then I’ll usually seek out a farm that uses green houses or a hoop house to grow them. So for this I will go to Megan Haney at Marble Valley Farm in Kent or March Farm in Bethlehem. If the season is great weather wise there are several great options: Helmstead Farm, Waldingfield Farm, Rock Cobble Farm, and Vibrant Farm all grow superb tomatoes.⁠
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New Owners and a New Beginning for The Pantry

By Joseph Montebello

A big smile, cozy atmosphere, good food, unique merchandise. These are a few of the things one can always rely on at The Pantry in Washington Depot. Michael Ackerman, who supplied those big smiles, has been the face of The Pantry since he and his wife Nancy purchased it in 1986.

“It was founded by Audrey and Jim Patterson in 1977,” explains Ackerman. “They had developed the concept. It was what people knew, and except for expanding the catering and adding new resources to the retail shop, we have kept it intact. The selections we offered grew as the food business evolved. In the ‘80s you could go to a specialty store like ours for many things you can now find in an upscale grocery store. As the food world evolved we needed something special. I have fantastic memories of traveling to the West Coast and to Europe finding things we could offer in the shop.”

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CT’s new chef aims high⁠
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By Charles Dubow @charlesdubow⁠
Photographer: Rana Faure @ranafaurefiberphoto⁠
@chefchristianhunter @communitytablect 
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Christian Hunter is not shy about his ambitions. “I want to win a James Beard Award,” he says. No argument here. Since arriving as the new chef at Community Table in New Preston last May he has been cooking the kind of inventive—and delicious—food that the prestigious foundation is famous for recognizing.⁠
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“Every plate I put on the table I want to tell a story,” says Hunter. “I want people to sit back and say ‘Wow. This is the best thing I’ve ever eaten.’” What makes his cooking sing is the combination of experience and tastes that has informed his palette. A native of Lexington, Kentucky, he earned a culinary degree from Paul Smith's College in upstate New York and cooked at Relais & Châteaux’s Lake Placid Lodge and The Weekapaug Inn in Rhode Island. It was when he moved to South Carolina that his cooking really took off. “I had technical proficiency but the restaurant scene in Charleston is incredibly exciting, and it introduced me to all kinds of new ingredients and ideas.”⁠
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It’s strawberry season! 🍓And @thefarmwoodburyct has tons of local juicy strawberries available in quarts! They go great with strawberry shortcake, ice cream, you name it. 

@thefarmwoodburyct Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10 - 5pm. 

@forthillorganicfarm and @ellsworth_farm offer strawberry picking. Visit their pages for more information. 

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