7th Annual Easton Farm Tour — Great fun had by all!
The annual self-guided tour of Easton farms took place on August 22, 2015 and was a celebration of Easton, a local farming community within Fairfield County CT, 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 and agricultural educational opportunities Easton has to offer. Visitors enjoyed tastings, pony rides, Easton 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 Easton Community Center (ECC); petting zoo, greenhouse tours, weaving and spinning workshops, how to access Easton grown and harvested veggies and fruit fresh from the farm, arts and crafts, and pick your own activities.
Aspetuck Apple Barn & Farm Stand, Blue Button Farm, Buttonwood Farm, Gilbertie’s Certified Organic, Sherwood Farm, Silverman’s Farm, Sport Hill Farm participated as well as the Easton Historical Society’s Historic Bradley-Hubbell House Homestead and the Easton Library. Visitors discovered 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. In addition, many locations featured educational activities for kids and families — information on animal husbandry, healthy eating, living history and farming in the 18th and 19th century. Something for everybody at the Easton Farm Tour!
The Easton Historical Society’s Historic Bradley-Hubbell House Homestead, a National Register of Historic Places site located on Black Rock Turnpike, engaged visitors with kid-friendly demonstrations and hands on workshops. The 1816 historic house was open for tours and docents were on hand to answer questions. The 1860 barn featured 18th and 19th century farm tools. Easton Historical Society volunteers share the richness of Easton’s history with all of us by making history come alive during the tour. Great opportunities for kids and adults alike!
The Easton Public Library, features books on the Easton Farm Tour reading list and tour activities. The Easton Firehouse Green serves as home base throughout the tour. Food, live music, and family entertainment met visitors as they signed in to take the tour. Skinny Pines – an Easton-based purveyor of wood-fired pizzas – on site with their mobile wood-fired oven selling pizza, and organizations supporting our Easton farmers and farmland preservation will have a presence on the green. The Connecticut Farmland Trust joined us this year to highlight efforts and opportunities to preserve farmland. Easton Community Center had the green in full play with some old time fun and games for the entire family — tug of war, egg toss, watermelon eating contest were 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.
Citizens For Easton, event sponsor, invited participants into their CFE booth for a “big red basket raffle” and to educate folks about the CFE mission to preserve Easton’s rural qualities and open space. To learn more about the CFE mission visit http://citizensforeaston.org/about/.
People visited farms and came back to the green throughout the afternoon to enjoy food and entertainment and visit with some of the Easton organizations who support our Easton farmers and farmland preservation. Visitors learned about preserving and storing the produce from local farms, growing, and maintaining their gardens at the UConn Master Gardener booth. Friends of the Library were there to support the Easton Public Library who published an “Easton Farm Tour Reading list” and brochure which delights visitors — pick up your copy at the Easton Library and browse the many books pulled for the event. If you should see Bernadette or Vivian-Lea thank them for all they do to support our town! Members of the Easton Agricultural Commission were on hand to discuss the farming initiative in front of Samuel Staples Elementary School and support for our Easton Farmers.
“This annual tour is truly a collaborative 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.”
So, thanks to our Easton farmers, farm stands, and growers, to Citizens For Easton (CFE) for sponsoring the event, The Easton Volunteer Fire Company for graciously lending us the use of the Firehouse Green, The Easton Public Library, The Easton Historical Society, The Easton Community Center , The UCONN Master Gardeners, The Easton Arts Council, Skinny Pines Pizza, The Easton Banjo Society, Joe Puchalski for lending us his Easton map for our event pass and his computer expertise, and to all the volunteers, including Nate Dougall, who will made this year’s tour a success!
— Lori Cochran-Dougall and Jean Stetz-Puchalski, Co-Chairs, 7th Annual Easton Farm Tour.