In 2003, my nine-month-old and I spent a pleasant afternoon visiting the Tulmeadow Farm Store, where I managed to limit my shopping spree to three ears of sweet corn, a bag of Tulmeadow Farm Store Kettle Corn and a package of Sundried Tomato Basil Chicken Bacon Sausage from Nodine's Smokehouse in Torrington, Connecticut.
The farm store features a variety of seasonal produce grown right at Tulmeadow Farm, along with an eclectic selection of locally produced gourmet food items including cakes by Bloomfield-based David Glass; maple syrup and sugar from Lamothe's Sugarhouse in Burlington, Connecticut; pot pies, gravies, chicken tenders and other poultry products from Otis Poultry Farm in Otis, Massachusetts; jams from Rose's Berry Farm in Glastonbury, Connecticut; and a selection of local honeys, spices, teas, cheeses, pies and more.
The Tulmeadow Farm Store also sells vegetable, flower and herb plants during the spring and summer; pumpkins and cider in the fall and Christmas Trees during the holiday season.
The best treat, though, was a child-size dish of homemade peach ice cream, made right at the farm. Peach wouldn't normally be my choice, but baby loves peaches, and the flavor of the creamy, rich and dense ice cream was subtle and delicious. It was obvious from her toothless grins that baby agreed, even though her stingy mama only allowed her to share a few melted driblets of the sweet ice cream as we sat on a wooden bench, enjoying the bucolic farm scene. In season, the farm serves ice cream cones, dishes and sundaes in farm-fresh flavors ranging from banana to coconut to blueberry cheesecake. Tulmeadow Farm ice cream is also available by the pint or quart in the farm store.
If you're going...
Location: Tulmeadow Farm is located at 255 Farms Village Road in West Simsbury, Connecticut, which is also Connecticut Route 309. Use MapQuest or a similar mapping site for directions from your location, as you'll need to make a few turns on country roads no matter where you're coming from.
Hours as of 2009: In season, the Tulmeadow Farm Store and ice cream window are open daily from 9 a.m. until 9:30 p.m.
For More Information: Call 860-658-1430. You may especially want to call ahead to check the availability of seasonal fruits and vegetables.