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!