5th Annual Easton Farm Tour

5th Annual Easton Farm Tour

August 10 from 10am to 3pm

Begins at Easton Firehouse Green, One Center Road, Easton

Enjoy food, music and family entertainment at the Green

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

Citizens For Easton (CFE) is pleased to announce the 5th annual Easton Farm Tour.  This celebration of Easton, a local farming community within Fairfield County, CT, is a self-guided tour of Easton farms.

Easton Farm Tour 2013 will be held August 10 from 10am to 3pm.  This homegrown event 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.

Please enjoy the many farming delights that Easton has to offer while you and your family learn where your food comes from. Enjoy food tastings, educational 18th and 19th century farm house living and cooking demonstrations, old-time fun and games, pony rides, hay ride, a petting zoo, greenhouse tours, fruits and vegetables from the farm and pick your own.

Participating farms and local landmarks will include Aspetuck Valley Apple Barn, Blue Button Farm, Dave’s Honey, Historic Bradley Hubbell House Farm, O’Kane Tree Farm, Sherwood Farm, Silverman’s Farm, and Sport Hill Farm.

Sal Gilbertie of Gilbertie's Herb Gardens leads guests on a tour of their greenhouses which grow hundreds of organic herbs and vegetable seedlings for sale at their Westport locations and distrubution to retailers throughout the Easter half of the country.

“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 the importance of Easton agriculture and benefit of access to locally grown food and agricultural services to current and future generations.”

Lori Cochran Dougall, co-chair said, “For the past five years through the Farm Tour, Easton has celebrated a remarkable part of our town’s heritage, but it also serves our local farmers. We view this day as both a celebration and educational event, 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 celebrate a quintessential New England town.”

Consider the Easton Firehouse Green your home base throughout your tour. On the Green you can enjoy food, music and family entertainment. Skinny Pines – an Easton-based purveyor of wood-fired pizzas –will be on site with their mobile wood-fired oven selling pizza, Dan Tressler’s String Fingers band — one of our most talented Easton musicians — performing live music, and the Easton Community Center will be on hand with some old time fun and games for the entire family. “This day will capture the essence of days long gone with the simple enjoyment of a small town, a few farms and wholesome family time” said Cochran-Dougall.

Citizens For Easton (CFE) will be joined by other Easton organizations with informational booths on the Green and at locations throughout town. Learn about garden to table storing of your farm fresh fruits and veggies and topics such as “growing your own” at the Master Gardener booth.  Visit with the Easton Public Library and pick up your copy of the Easton Farm Tour reading list. Learn about the farming initiatives on town land from the Easton Agricultural Commission. Learn how The Aspetuck Land Trust will share information about preserving open space and natural resources in Easton, Fairfield, Weston and Westport and the 34-acre Randall’s Farm Nature Preserve, once a dairy farm, now open in Easton. Experience living history at the Easton Historical Society’s Bradley Hubbell House Farm with Revolutionary War period outdoor cooking demonstrations from docents in period clothing teaching about women’s roles of the time particularly as it relates to food, flax and wool weaving, and other chores for a 18th and 19th century farm woman.

For more information please visit http://citizensforeaston.org/the-easton-farm-tour/ or contact Lori Cochran Dougall  or Jean Stetz Puchalski 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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