Thanks for attending the 5th Annual Easton Farm Tour!
This celebration of Easton, a local farming community within Fairfield County CT, was a self-guided tour of Easton farms. The event began at the Easton Firehouse Green, One Center Road, Easton, Connecticut. Here visitors checked in and picked 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 enjoyed the many farming delights that Easton has to offer and learned about where food comes from. Visitors enjoyed 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 14 Easton farm and farm stand locations participated in the tour, including Aspetuck Valley Apple Barn, Blue Button Farm, Buttonwood Farm, Gilbertie’s Herb Gardens, Gray Friesian Farm, Historic Bradley-Hubbell House Farmstead, J & L Orchids, Lion Hill Farm, Maple Row Tree Farm, O’kane Tree Farm, Sherwood Farm, Silverman’s Farm, Sport Hill Farm.
Visitors discovered opportunities to shop in Easton year-round for 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 experienced 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 served as home base throughout the tour. Food, music, and family entertainment met visitors as they signed in to take the tour. Easton organizations supporting our Easton farmers and farmland preservation had a presence on the green. Skinny Pines – an Easton-based purveyor of wood-fired pizzas – was on site with their mobile wood-fired oven selling pizza, Dan Tressler’s “Cricket Tell The Weather” – one of our most talented Easton musicians — performed live music, and the Easton Community Center had 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 learned 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 prepared an “Easton Farm Tour Reading list” brochure which delighted visitors. Members of the Ag Commission were on hand to discuss the farming initiative in front of Samuel Staples Elementary School and support for our Easton Farmers. The Aspetuck Land Trust shared 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 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 and meaning of local agriculture and benefit of access to locally grown food.”
So, thanks for stopping by. Look forward to seeing you on the green for next year’s Easton Farm Tour. Please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about the tour, CFE and our Easton farmers.