turtle shell fund
The Mary A. Schmecker Turtle Shell Fund is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) public charity which seeks to promote the education of young people in art, music, theater, skilled craft and other creative pursuits in order to create a rich cultural heritage for tomorrow.

As a start, the Turtle Shell Fund has worked with schools in the Lower Naugatuck Valley and surrounding areas of CT to hold an annual art competition which is proudly exhibited at our annual SOUPSTOCK festival.  They have recently made a $3,000 donation to the Lower Naugatuck Valley Boys and Girls Club to fund programs in art, photography and robotics, which we are anxious to see come to fruition.


Where you get to read what falls out of my brain

Get out the Kleenex, this one’s a gusher

What is Family?  What does it mean to you?  One of my fondest family memories is from a holiday party when my Uncle Lou showed us a dice game he … READ MORE


julia jane studios


A local photographer from Fairfield County.



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We are a family operated farm where you can purchase Connecticut home grown vegetable’s, meat and poultry.We are one of Fairfield County’s largest Vegetable Growers! Farming the way it should be! Our stand is open each day from May to Thanksgiving.  Stand hours are 10am to 6pm December Stand Hours Tuesday and Friday 10am to 6pm Or by appointment, just email us!

For other locations we sell at please visit our Farmer’s Market page





Bring the fun back to fitness! Nicole Heriot and Jackie Ribalaigua started by making custom hula hoops and the business rapidly grew to include fitness, entertainment, wellness and education. Live. Hoop. Laugh.




recipe of success

The Recipe of Success ® is a restaurant and foodservice consulting company specializing in fine dining, full service, QSR, fast casual and kiosk operations with extensive experience in concept development, start up operations, day to day operations, guest service, training and procurement. Creativity, attention to detail and out of the box thinking with a firm understanding of basic principles and detailed support programs makes us truly distinctive.



jones family farm


This 400 acre farm in Shelton, CT has been in the Jones family for over 150 years offering pick-your-own experience from strawberries to pumpkins to Christmas trees. Each generation has brought something new to the farm some of which include: the Christmas tree farm in the ’40s, strawberries and blueberries in the ’60s and Jones Winery in 2004.