It’s August already and time to think about how you want to spend your last weeks of summer. Have you gotten through your summer bucket list? If you don’t have one, or have already completed it, here are five things to do before the summer ends that will maximize your enjoyment of the local harvest and beautiful weather. This is the time of year when farms are bursting with corn, tomatoes, eggplant, summer squash, beans, cucumbers, peppers and more.
The Hickories’ farmers will host Farm and Animal Tours on April 26th, May 17th, and May 31st featuring lambs, goat kids, and piglets, to share the joys of spring on the farm. Sign up on the website (www.thehickories.org) for a guided tour and for more information about the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program. Space is limited. Farm and Animal Tours are free to CSA members, but general admission is $10 per person.
I rarely indulge in shameless self promotion, but I’m making an exception for Morris Media’ Group’s 2014 Green Awards. I’d love to win a Green Award in recognition of the contributions the Fairfield Green Food Guide (FGFG) has made to create a more sustainable community in Fairfield County. It’s readers like you that can make that happen.
had planned to go apple picking with my family at High Hill Orchard in Meriden, Connecticut for a few weeks, and finally headed up on an overcast and lightly rainy Saturday. Picking apples is one of the fall family outings we most look forward to and this year we agreed to travel an hour for the most eco-friendly pick-your-own apples available in the state.
Teacher assignments, open houses, orientations, school supply lists – it’s all suddenly upon us. So are the last crops we’ll harvest before putting our gardens to bed for the winter. Make the most of the last fleeting weeks of summer by doing a few special, and memorable, green food activities before summer’s end. Here’s to building our fortitude to make it through another New England winter.
Squash Hollow Farm raises Cornish X and heritage breed chickens for meat and is holding a Raising Meat Chickens course at the farm on April 27 at 10 am.This is not for the meek or faint of heart: as part of the course you will be processing your own chicken and taking it home for dinner. It’s for the burgeoning number of farmsteaders who want to learn to be more self reliant.