Pezzello Brothers Fruit & Produce, rife with fresh fruits, crisp vegetables, and a diverse selection of cheeses, cultivates a healthy spread of eats along with a familial staff of knowledgeable personnel. Juicy bits of banana ($.59/lb.), tomatoes ($.99/lb.), or native green and yellow squash ($.89/lb.) can garnish salads or act as a rapt audience during kitchen performances of Titus. Jumbo white eggs ($1.79/lb.) provide the ideal foundation for omelets and the edible suns of a solar system panorama; quarts of half-and-half ($1.89) add creamy strokes to cups of joe. Sandwich stackers can load hoagies and subs with the sharp pungency of several cheeses, including italian, provolone, and imported pecorino romano ($6.99/lb.). Slice a two-pound log of goat cheese ($15.99) into cracker-topping squares, or dig into a three-pound tub of mozzarella balls ($14.99) for bite-size appetizers or afternoon snacks.
The Bridge Market serves up classic American fare, including deli wraps, soups. and wood-fired pizza. Customers can dress their pizzas with red or white sauce and a variety of Italian-inspired toppings. Homemade meatball and tuna salad are some of the hot and cold grinder choices, and a priced-per-pound salad bar allows customers to create their own meals and finally figure out how much a solitary crouton weighs. On Friday, the scent of seafood fills the air from fried fish 'n' chips to fish sandwiches.
The café at Landmark Natural Foods & Cafe is nestled between aisles of fresh, organic produce, spices, and canned goods. Each item at the café is also 100% organic from the breakfast burritos served in multigrain wraps to vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free tomato basil soup.
Bishop's Orchards was established in 1871, when the first of six Bishop generations began filling shoreline bellies with fresh-from-the-farm fruits and vegetables. Today, having withstood 140 years worth of technology changes and weather disasters, the orchard continues to thrive, currently growing crops on more than 320 total acres—313 of which are family-owned. In 2005, the orchard stretched its homegrown empire into potable territories with the birth of a winery, which produces more than 15 wines using the farm's fruit. Not to be outdone, the orchard's market is still a year-round source for fresh produce more than a century after it sprouted into a humble roadside stand from a single appleseed.
At Curds & Whey, gourmet gurus who specialize in hard-to-find European cheeses lead guests through artisanal and imported treats, dishing out samples in the ivory-hued tasting room. Aged manchego ($24/lb.) and vintage gouda ($17.50) complete wine-pairing parties or dairy sculptures of King George, and splashes of olive oil infused with sun-dried tomato, parmesan, and garlic ($18) accent favorite Italian dishes. For a tangy taste, vinegars such as the traditional 18-year-old balsamic ($18) pour over salads. An assortment of crackers ($5.95–$8.95) and fresh breads ($4–$6.50) delivered daily wait eagerly to host sumptuous toppings, and holiday shoppers can purchase wooden boxes stuffed with an assortment of cheeses for their best friends or favorite mirror reflections.
Savory Thymes is a personal catering service that delivers non-processed, health-conscious meals consisting of an entrée and choice of side. Current menu items include cranberry sauced turkey meatballs ($10.95), zippy baked ziti ($16.95), and roasted root vegetables ($5.95). Head Chef Ruth L'Hommedieu will deliver to residences and offices in the Greater Hartford area and orders must be placed by Friday. Unlike fiery stacks of magazines, dishes are delivered cold and will be safe in the refrigerator for up to four days before you follow the heating instructions to bring the flavors to life. Upon request, meals can be created to accommodate dietary considerations.