Glass Art by Jerry

Jerry Ward got started in stained glass when he quit smoking cigarettes as a hobby to keep busy and quickly started a passion for glass making .
He was soon interested in Flame worked Glass and pursued finding ways to further his knowledge. Jerry took a class with his mentor (Paul Stankard) online to further his knowledge and studied other artists. After making his first Rose he received a call from his mentor congratulating him on making “The best Rose he had seen in 50 years”.
Jerry uses an oxygen propane torch to make my roses and anneals them in a kiln.



Jerry sells his roses online through Etsy and through his Facebook shop.


The Planted Feather

The Planted Feather is both a small farm and a bakery and offers both baked goods as well as produce, meat and canned products all made with fruits and veggies from local growers. They have hours for farm visits where you can visit the farm in person, check their website for times when they have farm visits. The farm is located in Colebrook CT. The planted feather also has an online shop.

The Planted Feather
368 Colebrook River Road
Route 8 North
Colebrook, Connecticut

Phone number: (860) -379-8664

Baked Goods

  • Handmade artisan pies
  • Cakes
  • Pastries
  • Cookies
  • Scones
  • Breads

Meats, Produce, Canned products

  • Home-grown pork raised on-site
  • Farm fresh eggs
  • Produce grown on their farm
  • Sugar-free Hunny Jams
  • Salsa’s
  • Salad Dressings
  • Pickles

Here are some of their offerings

White Gate Farm

White Gate Farm
83 Upper Pattagansett Road
East Lyme, CT 06333
website here

White Gate Farm is located in Southeastern Connecticut. They sell organic produce, poultry, eggs, bread at their farm stand, its also a pleasant area to walk and visit the chickens, baby chicks, turkeys and sheep. The family can enjoy feeding the baby turkeys carrot tops provided by the owner of the farm. It’s a friendly atmosphere. White Gate farm also offers cooking classes, pies, guided tours, organic flowers. See their website more more information.


Candles by Laura

Candles By Laura LLC
Bolton CT

Phone number: (860) 324-9217

Candles by Laura, LLC started in 2007 out of a love for quality, scented candles.  They offer unique fragrances you’re not likely to find everywhere else!

Each candle is individually hand-poured using a custom blend of paraffin and soy (parasoy) wax.  What’s created is a brighter flame with stronger scent throw, in  a long-lasting, clean-burning candle.

Every ingredient that goes into making our products comes from the USA.

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Locally made Gift Basket

I’m hard to buy for. Whenever Christmas or my birthday comes around nobody knows what to get, and if asked I’m usually not much help with providing ideas. However, I do enjoy locally made and/or unique items.

Sugar Maple Farms
779 Exeter Road
Lebanon CT 06249

This Christmas, my wife had a cool idea and put together a locally made gift basket with a number of locally made food items.  I wish I took a picture of the basket when it was put together, but creating a blog was not on my mind at the time. One of the items in the basket was a jug of maple syrup from Sugar Maple Farms in Lebanon Connecticut. I’m enjoying this syrup, including a pint of this in a locally made gift basket would not disappoint.

Their website has an online shopping cart.