Join us for the 6th Annual Easton Farm Tour on Saturday, August 16, 2014!
This celebration of Easton, a local farming community within Fairfield County CT, is a self-guided tour of Easton farms. The event begins at the Easton Firehouse Green, One Center Road, Easton, Connecticut. Here visitors check in and pick up the event map & pass to events and incentives offered by farmers and community organizations at the different locations throughout day.
Fun for the whole family! Visitors enjoy the many farming delights that Easton has to offer and learn about where food comes from. Visitors enjoy tastings, pony rides, Historical Society activities highlighting what it was like to work the land, grow and cook food, and maintain the farm in the 18th and 19th century, old-time fun and games by the ECC; petting zoo, Greenhouse tours, Easton grown and harvested veggies and fruit fresh from the farm , and pick your own activities.
Over 10 Easton farm and farm stand locations participate in the tour. Visitors discover opportunities to explore Easton and learn about sourcing seasonal agricultural and horticultural products and services, including fresh veggies, fruit, honey, eggs, mulch, herbs, meat, flowers, rare and unusual orchids, Christmas trees, horseback riding, educational events, or classes on animal husbandry and healthy eating. Visitors to the Easton Historical Society’s Historic Bradley-Hubbell House Farmstead experience Revolutionary War period outdoor cooking demonstrations from docents in period clothing and learned about women’s roles of the time particularly as it relates to food, flax and wool weaving, another chores for a 18th and 19th century farm woman.
The Easton Firehouse Green serves as home base throughout the tour. Food, music, and family entertainment meet visitors as they sign in to take the tour. Easton organizations supporting our Easton farmers and farmland preservation have a presence on the green. Skinny Pines – an Easton-based purveyor of wood-fired pizzas – is on site with their mobile wood-fired oven selling pizza, Dan Tressler’s — one of our most talented Easton musicians — will perform live music, and the Easton Community Center will have the green in full play with some old time fun and games for the entire family — tug of war and the giant life size game of checkers are some of the favorites. “This day captures the essence of days long gone with the simple enjoyment of a small town, a few farms and wholesome family time” says Lori Cochran-Dougall, co-chair of the Easton Farm Tour.
Visitors learn about preserving and storing the produce from local farms and help with growing and maintaining their gardens at the UConn Master Gardener booth. The Easton Public Library publish an “Easton Farm Tour Reading list” brochure which delighted visitors. Members of the Ag Commission are on hand to discuss the farming initiative in front of Samuel Staples Elementary School and support for our Easton Farmers. The Aspetuck Land Trust 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.
“This tour is truly a community event in celebration of Easton – past, present, and future.” said Jean Stetz Puchalski, co-chair of the Easton Farm Tour. Agriculture has been a part of Easton’s character and culture for nearly three hundred years and our tour celebrates this unique heritage, supports today’s local farming, and shines a light on the importance of planning for farmland preservation and open space to Easton’s future.”
So, come on down for on Saturday, August 16, 2014. Look forward to seeing you on the green and visiting for a while! Please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about the tour, CFE and our Easton farmers.