This article first ran on Sunday Diners, a kid's guide to the best diners and breakfast joints in Fairfield County, Connecticut and beyond. Written by 4th Grader Alex (with a bit of help from his dad).
Usually, at this time of the year, many people make resolutions to eat healthier or not eat junk food all of the time. One of the ways that you can do this is by eating more organic foods which are healthier for you. Today, we went to Greenleaf Organic Bakery and Café, in Wilton, where everything is organic, fresh and TASTY!
The first thing I noticed when I walked in were the displays of amazing pastries, croissants, cupcakes, tarts and the BIGGEST chocolate chip cookies I have ever seen. The second thing you notice, is how good it smells! The walls are decorated with photos of food and fruit, and it is a good place for kids and adults too.
I looked at the menu before we left the house and already knew what I wanted — The Fruit Explosion - Fresh organic cream, layered with organic strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, yogurt, granola, all topped off with chocolate hazelnut spread. It was beyond good and… healthy at the same time. It was also BIG! Do you know what else was BIG? The Organic Hot Chocolate – which is made with real melted organic chocolate and whipped cream – it was GIANT! Bigger than our cereal bowls at home – now that’s BIG!
After breakfast, we tried something that was new to the menu – a Fresh Fruit Tart made with strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and vanilla custard with a delicious crust. I hope this stays on the menu.
I spoke with Bola Osakwe, whose husband Paul, owns Greenleaf with Robyn Marvin and asked, “For those who don’t know, what does Organic mean?”
She told me that,”Organic foods are foods that are grown naturally, with no chemicals, or pesticides.“
I asked “Do any of the ingredients came from local farms?”
Mrs. Osakawe told me that “We get our ingredients from many local farms likeAmbler Farm which is right here in Wilton.”
I also met the Osakawe kids, Azikawe, Anyaora, and Anyanna and asked Azikawe who is five what he likes to have at Greenleaf. He told me that he likes everything at Greenleaf except for the croissants with the green stuff inside! Here’s a picture of the spinach croissants he was talking about – they look pretty good to me!
Our Server, Peter Bazinet told me that his favorite baked item at Greenleaf is
“The French Donut stuffed with Vanilla Whipped Cream inside, you should come back for that in about a month when we make them again… usually when people start giving up their New Year’s resolutions!”
Eating Organic is a good, and tasty step to having a healthier New Year.
The Sunday Diner Rating (Out of Five)
FOOD * * * * * (FIVE)
SERVICE * * * * * (FIVE)
LOOKS * * * * * (FIVE)
BATHROOM * * * * * (FIVE)
PS: The Greenleaf, has possibly the cleanest bathroom we’ve ever seen!
Greenleaf Organic Bakery and Café, 126 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton CT