The greenhouse at Provider Farm is filled with burgeoning seedlings. In the warmth of the hothouse, 50,000 tiny plants flourish: onion, leek, scallion, celery, celeriac, radicchio, beet, chard, tomato and fennel. Max and Kerry Taylor lease their land from three different owners and on 12 acres grow 50 varieties of vegetables and melons.Their farm in Salem, Conn., is aptly named; the Taylors see themselves as “Providers” for their community. “Our goal is to run this farm for the rest of our lives … [Read more...] about Provider Farm Feeds Community Through CSA
Originally published in Connecticut Magazine, Vol. 75 No.4, April 2012 As America’s first hospice nears its 40th year, the art of comforting the dying continues to evolve. Although Gladys’ hair is white, her skin is youthful, her blue eyes clear and direct. Her voice lilts with a gentle Scottish accent. When I compliment her carnation-pink nails, she quickly folds them into her palms with a laugh of embarrassment and pleasure, explaining, “I was going to hide them because it’s the first time … [Read more...] about Journey’s End: As America’s first hospice nears its 40th year, the art of comforting the dying continues to evolve.
On a hill above the western bank of the Connecticut River, down past the charming brick and brownstone buildings of Middletown’s historic Main Street, sits an incongruous shiny silver-and-glass building, with an old-fashioned neon sign overhead proclaiming “O’Rourke’s Diner.” This eatery has been a town institution since 1941, when John J. O’Rourke purchased the building. During the 1960s, John’s nephew Brian joined the fold, learning to grill eggs by his uncle’s side. In 1977, he took over. … [Read more...] about New England’s Best Breakfasts: O’Rourke’s Diner
It’s a water-view breakfast spot out of central casting: a gray-clapboard building facing the marshy coast of the Warren River. In warm weather, customers linger at outdoor tables on a long dock bordered by colorful flowerboxes. Inside, it’s all white wainscoting and ceilings and endless windows. Read Full Article … [Read more...] about New England’s Best Breakfasts: The Sunnyside Diner