Archive for September, 2010

Visiting O’Live A Little Bakery, Noank, Conn.

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

O'Live A Little Bakery, Noank, Conn. (photo by Eric H.)

Figures that Olive Oil would hang out in a Navy town.

Now to explain that random Popeye reference… O’Live A Little Bakery and Gourmet, located in the Navy community of Groton, Conn. (specifically, the beautiful coastal Noank neighborhood), features an amazing array of olive oils and vinegars from around the world, “on tap to taste and take!”  The front-to-back of the store olive oil and vinegar presentation along with display cases of delectable baked goods, cheeses, olives and sausages certainly make O’Live A Little a most unusual but memorable little store. We tried the chocolate cinnamon cookies and macaroons, both delicious — and wanting us to try the rest of the baked goods. With all the characteristics of a classic neighborhood bakery, the warm personalities and foods lingered on our minds days after our visit, thus suggesting a return soon!

O’Live A Little Bakery
19 Pearl St.
Noank, CT
Tel. (860) 572-0646

The Fantastic Locally-Owned Idylwilde Farms, Acton, Mass.

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Idylwilde Farms in Acton, Mass., is one of my favorite local farms for in season, locally-grown fruits and vegetables. Huge in size, the 2001 addition with a bakery, deli and kitchen made this tour-de-force of a classic farm stand even that much better.

I used to shop here solely for the most delicious berries, apples, and various greens (as well as pumpkins for the fall), but found myself gravitating more and more towards the homemade breads, gourmet cheeses, sandwiches, salads, main dishes (including Asian-inspired dishes), desserts (especially the pies and cakes)! Idylwilde also has a large greenhouse with an excellent variety of green and flowering plants, plant gift baskets, and pottery.

Idlylwilde also offers freshly squeezed juice, local dairy products, pastas, salad dressings and various snacks. While it doesn’t have the variety that you’d find in a supermarket, the products sold here are all of high quality. To us, food always taste best from the local farm; Idylwilde has those locally-grown foods in ample supply while showing taste in selling other quality products that you won’t always find at the supersized food stores. Love this place!

Idylwilde Farms
366 Central St.
Acton, MA
Tel.  (978) 263-5943.
Closed Tuesdays