I was recently invited to an intimate event at Sport Hill Farm in Easton created to bring together members of the food community - writers, photographers, bloggers, influencers, chefs and restauranteurs. It was an evening of celebration, information, great bites, drinks, conversation, and laughter. Patti Popp, owner of Sport Hill Farm is a self-taught farmer who is passionate about her vocation, and eager to share the importance of eating sustainably with others.
Once a small neighborhood farm with just one acre, Sport Hill Farm now occupies over 30 acres throughout Easton and supplies numerous restaurants in Fairfield County including: The Whelk, Artisan Restaurant, Match, Nom-Eez, L'Escale, Kawa Ni, Jessup Hall and The Redding Roadhouse.
Patti is a regular at both the Westport and Black Rock Farmers Market. At the shop on her farm, in addition to her produce and eggs, one can find bread from The Fairfield Bread Company, assorted dairy products from Arethusa Farms in Litchfield, CT, Dave's Honey and a slew of other local items including popcorn and jarred marinara sauces from the farm.
Sport Hill Farm regularly hosts events, field trips and, every summer, a highly sought after summer farm camp. Patti welcomes everyone, especially children, stating the importance of understanding where their food comes from. She's passionate about educating people about the significance of buying directly from the source, as opposed to the grocery store. During the summertime, and well into the fall the farm is truly spectacular, bursting with the most vibrant colors from wide variety of produce.
I recently came across this article I wrote way back in 2010 when sustainable, local and organic weren't yet a part of our vernacular! What a long way the farm has come!
Strawberry Cornbread with Honey Butter
Genee Habansky, owner of Herbaceous Catering Company was kind enough to share this recipe with me, to share with you.
This cornbread is so decadently melt-in-your-mouth delicious that you will want to make it over and over and over again.
3 cups cornmeal
1 cup flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 1/4 cup butter, divided & softened
1 1/2 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup strawberries, thinly sliced
1/4 cup honey
2 tsp flaked sea salt
Preheat oven to 350, grease a 9 by 10 baking dish with cooking spray or butter
In a large bowl combine all dry ingredients & mix
Then take 1 cup of softened butter and knead into flour mixture. You want it to be fully incorporated, it will resemble of small course crumbles
Then add your butter milk & milk, stir until combined. Pour into your prepared baking dish & top with strawberries
Bake in the oven for 40 minutes- rotating half way through
While it is baking, take the remaining butter & honey and melt together in a small sauce pan over medium heat until they are melted together.
Brush the finished cornbread with honey butter & sprinkle with sea salt!
The ingredients matter! Genee uses cornmeal from Old Saybrook, milk, butter & honey from all from Connecticut.
Sport Hill Farm is located at 596 Sport Hill Road in Easton, CT
The Shop/Farm is closed on Mondays and open Tuesday - Friday from 9:00 am - 6:00 pm,
Saturday from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm and Sunday 11:00 am - 6 pm
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