Discover Easton’s Farms at the 4th Annual Farm Tour

Citizens For Easton (CFE) has announced the 4th annual Easton Farm Tour, a self-guided tour of Easton farms.

Sal Gilbertie of Gilbertie's Herb Gardens leading a tour of his greenhouses where he grown certified organic herbs and vegetables.

This free event will be held on August 11 from 10am to 3pm and begins at the Easton Firehouse Green, One Center Road, Easton, CT 06612. At this location, visitors will receive a copy of the road map, passes to events and incentives offered by farmers and community organizations at the different locations throughout day. On the Green you can enjoy food, music and family entertainment. Skinny Pines, an Easton-based purveyor of wood-fired pizzas featuring local ingredients, will be on site with their mobile oven. Dan Tressler’s String Fingers band — one of our most talented Easton musicians — will be performing live music, and the Easton Community Center will be on hand with some old time fun and games for the entire family.

Enjoy the many farming delights that Easton has to offer as you visit the family farms that grow our local food. Enjoy food tastings, antique farm tools, pony rides, a petting zoo, greenhouse tours, fruits and vegetables from the farms and pick your own.

Participating farms and local landmarks will include Aspetuck Valley Apple Barn, Buttonwood Farm, Dave’s Honey, Gilbertie’s Herb Gardens, Historic Bradley Hubbell House Barn and Gardens, J&L Orchids, Lion Hill Farm, Sherwood Farm, Silverman’s Farm, and Sport Hill Farm. More participants are to be announced.

“This tour is truly a community event in celebration of farming in Easton – past, present, and future.” said Jean Stetz Puchalski, co-chair of the Easton Farm Tour.   Farmers have been a part of Easton’s character and culture for nearly three hundred years and our tour celebrates this unique heritage, supports local farming, and teaches our next generation about the importance and meaning of local agriculture.”

A wide variety of apples can be purchased at Aspetuck Valley Orchards, plus fresh apple cider donuts and other specialty foods.

Lori Cochran Dougall, co-chair added, “CFE launched this tour four years ago to celebrate a remarkable part of our town heritage, but it also serves our local farmers. We have long envisioned this as both a celebration and educational event, primarily with a focus on how sustainable farming very much remains a vital part of our heritage as well as a core part of our food source. Our local farmers provide the food on our tables, or the trees we use to celebrate holidays and many other services. Our tour celebrates this rich heritage. Please meet us at the green, have lunch, listen to music and get back to your roots.”

Farmer Patti Popp of Sport Hill Farm, a great stop for just-picked organic corn, tomatoes, eggplant, squash, and more.

Citizens For Easton (CFE) will be joined by other Easton organizations with informational booths on the Green. Learn what farming was like 100 years ago from the Easton Historical Society, tour the Historic Bradley-Hubbell House Barn and antique tool exhibit, visit with the Easton Garden Club, creators of the Easton Farm Map “Easton is a Farmers’ Market”, explore “growing your own” at the Master Gardener booth,  an 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. Easton Agricultural Commission’s will highlight the farming project at Samuel Staples Elementary School. Visit The Easton Community Center and Easton Public Library to learn about upcoming programs.

For more information please visit http://citizensforeaston.org/the-easton-farm-tour/ or contact Jean Stetz Puchalski or Lori Cochran Dougall at farmtour@citizensforeaston.org or by phone at 203-541-5515.

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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