Fall Fun-Last Hurrah

As October winds down, take a “last chance” opportunity to have some outdoor fall fun before the long winter season sets in.

The following autumn events are hosted by CT NOFA (Northeast Organic Farming Association) members, a nonprofit community of farmers and gardeners who are dedicated to strengthening ecologically sound practices. A further NOFA objective is preservation of existing farmland in the state and teaching sustainability through an abundant supply of organic and locally grown food for Connecticut residents.

So have some fun, buy some farm-grown food, learn something new, and feel good about your support all at once!

Ambler Farm

A 200 year-old working farm on over 18 acres, Ambler is dedicated to celebrating the community’s agrarian roots through hands-on learning programs, sustainable agriculture, responsible land stewardship, and historic preservation.

Ambler Farm’s Fright Night is Friday, October 25th (SOLD OUT) and Saturday, October 26th from 6:00-8:00pm

Drop off the kids (grades 3-5) for haunted activities and frightful (and not so frightful) storytelling. Past attendees still talk about the ghost dog who frequents the Farm! Creepy sights and mysterious sounds abound when the moon rises at Ambler Farm. Refreshments included.

Activities include a Moonlight Hay Ride, a Guessing jar to win the Farm’s largest pumpkin, and Games, if you dare play….

Enrollment limited, advance registration required. Click here to register. Spaces still remain for Saturday, October 26th but are going quickly!

257 Hurlbutt Street in Wilton, CT

Warrup’s Farm

An authentic homestead farm located on a dirt road, Warrup’s is perfect for a fall outing. Choose a pumpkin and take a ride on an antique tractor-drawn hayride which runs throughout the day. Apples, apple cider and Indian corn, winter squash and cornstalks and their own maple syrup and maple candy are also available. You may also visit during the week, but there are no hayrides.

Open weekends in October 10:00am-5:00pm. Cash or checks only accepted.

11 John Read Road, Redding, CT

The Hickories

The Hickories, a certified organic farm, invites guests to their Pumpkin Patch and for Hayrides weekends in October in celebration of the autumn harvest. Their patch has moved this year (crops rotate, so be prepared to follow signs!) and a hayride is a great way to experience the farm, visit with the animals, and learn about sustainable agriculture. The pumpkin patch Farm Store will feature wool products from their sheep (just in!), vegetables from the fields, apples, and preserves.

If you ever wanted to learn more about local farming or get an inside view of The Hickories, this is your chance! Open Saturdays and Sundays 10:00am-5:00pm.

Bring the whole family. The hayride is designed for young and old alike! Purchasing locally grown pumpkins from working land in our region is an added way to show your support for local farms!

136 Lounsbury Road, Ridgefield, CT

Garden of Ideas

Eight acres of marsh, woodland, meadow and vegetable plots form the Garden of Ideas. Come enjoy an arboretum-like collection of plants (trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, vegetables, tropicals) amidst a unique array of original garden art. The Garden was conceived and is maintained to create beautiful garden spaces, grow interesting plants well, minimize unnecessary landscape maintenance, provide animal habitats, and produce an abundance of nutrient dense food crops.

Last Tuesdays are winding down for the season. A casual guided walk/tour of the Garden of Ideas is offered free of charge with content  tailored to the attendees. Topics could cover history of the gardens, what’s blooming, current and future projects. Sign up through this link .

The very “Last Tuesday” will be October 29th; 10:30am.

653 North Salem Road, Ridgefield, CT

Lake Avenue Farm

The Garden Education Center is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to promoting horticulture, conservation and the arts through educational programs, outreach activities and special events.

Putting Your Garden to Bed, is a hands-on workshop geared to preparing your vegetable and perennial garden for a long winters’ sleep. Workshop includes a tour through the gardens of the Montgomery Pinetum, along with a talk about what needs to be done now for a healthy garden in the spring. Bring a notebook and proper footwear for walking in the garden.

Members Free; Non-Members $15.00

Thursday, November 14th 10:00am to 12:00pm. Register here

Farm Fest Dinner is an evening of farm-to-table food and conversation, featuring key-note speaker Jim Gooch of the Connecticut Farmland Trust. Come learn about the CFT and their mission to preserve working lands for future generations. Locally sourced wine, beer, cheese and a farm-style dinner will be served.

November 14th 6:30 p.m. $150.00 through the GEC site.

130 Bible Street, Cos Cob, CT


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