Easton Farm Tour Celebrates Locally Grown

Last year Sal Gilbertie of Gilbertie's Herb Gardens lead guests on a tour of their greenhouses, which grow hundreds of organic herbs and vegetable seedlings. Their plants are sold at their Westport retail store and distributed to retailers throughout the Eastern half of the country.

Citizens for Easton (CFE) will be holding the third annual Easton Farm Tour on Saturday, August 13, from 10am to 2pm.  This free, self-guided tour of Easton farms begins at the Easton Firehouse Green, One Center Road, Easton, where visitors will sign in and receive a  map and pass to guide you to the participating farms.  This year’s participants are Aspetuck Valley Apple Barn, Buttonwood Farm, Gilbertie’s Herb Gardens, Gray Friesian Farm, J&L Orchids, Lion Hill Farm, Maple Row Growers, Maple Row Tree Farm, Pee-Wee Horse Farm, Sherwood Farm, Silverman’s Farm, and Sport Hill Farm.

Bring your coolers to load up at the farms!

Sport Hill Farm will be holding a blowout sale of their sweet corn. Do you buy corn in the winter? Cut the kernels off these fresh cobs instead and freeze them yourself. It’s an easy way to eat local all year long and support our farms. It’s Tomatopalooza at the farm too and you know what that means- tomato sauce, tomato jam, grilled tomatoes, frozen tomatoes for the winter. Enjoy complimentary tastings of Peace Tree Desserts Cajeta Caramel sauces made with CT goat’s milk plus gluten free cookies and watermelon mango soup from GreenGourmettoGo. While you shop, your kids can be kept busy learning how to harvest seeds from sunflower seed heads.

A beautiful Monarch butterfly in one of Gilbertie's greenhouses during last year's tour.

To highlight this community collaboration, Citizens For Easton will be joined by other Easton organizations with informational booths on the Green where guests can enjoy a photographed history of Easton’s barns and learn what farming was like 100 years from the Easton Historical Society; visit with members of the Easton Garden Club, creators of the Easton Farm Map – “Easton is a Farmers’ Market”; and learn how the Aspetuck Land Trust is a friend to agriculture and devoted to preserving open space and natural resources in Easton, Fairfield, Weston and Westport.

Aspetuck Valley Orchards is a good stop along the Farm Tour for purchasing apples.
A wide variety of apples can be found at Aspetuck Valley Orchards, plus some apple cider donuts and other specialty foods.

Last year we enjoyed food and entertainment on the Green, provided by mobile wood-fired caterer by Skinny Pines and The Easton Banjo Society. They’ll be back this year and I encourage you to try one of the pizzas made with topping from local farms. The “Sport Hill Farm” pizza was a winner last year.

Jean Puchalski, co-chair of the Easton Farm Tour said  “This is truly a community event in celebration of Easton farms. Come have lunch, listen to music and learn where your food comes from.”

For more information please visit http://citizensforeaston.wordpress.com/the-2011-easton-farm-tour/ or contact Jean Puchalski or Lori Cochran at farmtour@personalcyberspace.com or loricochran@hotmail.com

Citizens for Easton (CFE) vigorously pursues, supports, and encourages efforts that preserve Easton’s scenic, rural, agrarian and small town characteristics.

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