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.
Farm dinners are all the rage, and with good reason. They provide guests with a unique opportunity to feast on multi-course meals right at the source, outdoors, with a community of likeminded people. Many dinners include a farm tour led by the farmer, a great way to learn the story of the family growing your food that evening. Grab a few friends and set a date to spend a magical evening together at a local farm. Tickets go fast so please reserve your seats early.
Now is the time to plan an outing to a local sugar house to learn about the ancient art of making syrup from the sap of maple trees. Since maple syrup is produced only in northeastern North America, I consider it to be one of the most special agricultural products made in Connecticut. If you’ve never seen sap collected from sugar maples and cooked down until it’s syrup, make it your mission to attend one of the events below
After growing garlic for the first time last year, I can understand why Ambler Farm thought it would be fun for families to harvest their own from the farm on July 14. Put one clove in the ground in the late fall (or early winter), watch the greens come up in the spring, then start to wilt, and when just the right number have wilted, it’s time to harvest a head.
Gently lifting the heads of hard neck garlic from the earth with the help of a gardening fork was like unearthing buried treasure for me and my children.
The following farm stands are located on family or community farms that are either certified organic or are committed to using organic growing practices. Each spring and summer they open their farm stands to the public to enjoy the healthy vegetables and fruits they’ve grown for the community. Quite a few are open through late fall.
save the date nine.ten.eleven 4pm – 7pm The field Ambler Farm. local + organic. The farmer Our own Ben Saunders. The fork Local + organic harvest fare prepared by local, award-winning chef Tim LaBant of The Schoolhouse Restaurant in Wilton, … Read more