Join us for the 7th Annual Easton Farm Tour — Saturday, August 22, 2015 10 am to 3pm
In celebration of the 7th Annual Easton Farm Tour on August 22, Citizens for Easton will be raffling a “Big Red Basket” on the Firehouse Green to promote local farms, businesses and artists. The goal is to encourage visitors to return to our area more frequently to enjoy our harvest and other attractions.
The raffle tickets will be free, one per family, and the winner will be notified after the farm tour via E-Mail.
The basket will contain jars of local honey, pickles, preserves, gift items, books by local authors, small, framed photographs and artwork, crafts, and non-perishable treats. CFE will include literature about Easton; maps, farm directory, and latest issue of the Easton Courier.
Don’t pass up a chance to take home some of Easton’s best goodies!
This annual self-guided tour of Easton farms takes place on August 22, 2015 and is a celebration of Easton, a local farming community within Fairfield County CT, The event begins at the Easton Firehouse Green, One Center Road, Easton, Connecticut. Here visitors check 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 enjoy the many farming delights and agricultural educational opportunities Easton has to offer. Visitors enjoy 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.
Many Easton farms will be participating in the tour 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, will engage visitors with kid-friendly demonstrations and hands on workshops. The 1816 historic house is open for tours and docents are on hand to answer questions. The 1860 barn featured 18th and 19th century farm tools and flax harvesting and preparation was demonstrated throughout the day. 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 meet visitors as they sign 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 Easton Community Center will have 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, invite participants 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 will learn about preserving and storing the produce from local farms, growing, and maintaining their gardens at the UConn Master Gardener booth. The Easton Public Library published an “Easton Farm Tour Reading list” 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 are 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 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 make this year’s tour a success!
— Lori Cochran-Dougall and Jean Stetz-Puchalski, Co-Chairs, 7th Annual Easton Farm Tour.