By Margaret Leonard
NORTH STONINGTON – Feeling that cabin fever and need to get out of the house?
You say you want to shop locally and support North Stonington business?
Well, here’s your chance.
As you enter the historical village of North Stonington, check for the chickens on the lawn of the library. Watch out for pedestrians and find a parking spot near the former-village-hardware-store-turned-brewery. Carl Johnston, owner of Shunock River Brewery, is the epitome of “can-do” spirit while promoting a sense of community every chance he gets.
When approached by the chairman of the Economic Development Committee, Brett Mastroianni, to host local products in his café, he wanted to say yes. There were just a lot of logistics to work out. His landlord, Ron Lewis, bought a new freezer and Brett reached out to farmers to get their products into the shop.
“It’s really neat to see these farmers sharing a freezer,” Mastroianni mentioned when speaking of the logistical challenges.
“I am happy to announce the Village Co-Op will open within the Shunock River Brewery,” Mr. Mastroianni wrote in a social media post, “carrying North Stonington beef, pork, veal, chicken, eggs, milk, honey and more.
“The Village General Store & Cafe/Shunock River Brewery will still be offering take out breakfast and lunch as well as growlers of their beer. The Village Co-Op will open this Saturday March 28th from 7am- 6pm and Sunday March 29th from 8am-6pm. Starting next week, the hours will be Friday-Saturday 7am-6pm and Sunday 8am-6pm.”
So, when you are out on your next restock adventure, pick up some milk and yogurt from Terra Firma Farm; pork and lamb from the Zichichi family farm; eggs from Ed and Belinda Learned at Stony Ledge Farm; and maybe even a loose chicken from the front lawn of the library! (Kidding! Sort of...?)
The local honey will do wonders to tamp down your flaring allergies. We are all a little on edge playing the allergies vs. COVID-19 symptom game. You’ll find the honey between the tissues and TOILET PAPER! Don’t forget a growler of some fine local ale.
As for safety considerations, given the current outbreak concerns, they seem to have thought of everything. Only five patrons may shop at any one time. Others must practice social distancing while waiting outside. Customers will enter through the front and leave through the back exit.
Let’s come together, right now. Over there. Six feet away.
It’s gonna be alright (and it already is).