Farm Tour – Rain or Shine at New Venue @ Samuel Staples Elementary School

Join us for the 9th Annual CFE Easton Farm Tour – Saturday, August 12, from 10am to 2pm. This celebration of Easton, a local farming community within Fairfield County CT, is a self-guided tour of Easton farms. This year we have moved our home base to Samuel Staples Elementary School Pavilion, 515 Morehouse Road, Easton, Connecticut. Here visitors check in to pick up a map, enjoy old timey games, get a bite to eat while getting the details on which farms are doing what when. Why move? We are growing and the SSES Pavilion provides a home with more parking, room for food trucks, a field for games and the perfect space for a Community Picnic to follow the Farm Tour.

Fun for the whole family! Come and enjoy the many year-round farming delights that Easton offers. Enjoy tastings, pony rides, antique farm tool exhibit, hayrides, old-time fun and games, petting zoo, greenhouse tours, Easton grown and harvested veggies and fruit fresh from the farm, and pick your own activities.

Visit the Easton participating farms to discover the opportunities to shop year-round seasonal food, gifts, agricultural products and services. Easton provides fresh veggies, fruit, honey, eggs, mulch, herbs, meat, flowers, Christmas trees, horseback riding, educational events, classes on growing, pollinating, animal husbandry, bee keeping, and healthy eating. Learn what farming was like for children and adults 100 years from the Easton Historical Society at the Historic Bradley-Hubbell House Farm and antique tool demonstration.

Citizens For Easton (CFE), event sponsor, invites you to come on back to the green throughout the afternoon to enjoy food and entertainment on the green and visit with some of the Easton organizations who support our Easton farmers and farmland preservation. Visit their booth for an opportunity to enter “big red basket raffle” and learn about the CFE mission to preserve Easton’s rural qualities and open space. To learn more about the  CFE mission visit https://citizensforeaston.org/about/.

Skinny Pines – an Easton-based purveyor of wood-fired pizza – will be on site with their mobile wood-fired oven selling pizzas along with Edison’s Famous Ice Cream and Rise Brewing Company, Dan Tressler & Friends will be performing live music, and the Easton Community Center will engage you in some old-time fun and games. Easton Garden Club will run a workshop for kids on planting Sunflowers. Learn about “growing your own” and composting at the Master Gardener and Master Composter booth. Learn about farming in front of Samuel Staples Elementary School from the Easton Agricultural Commission. Learn how The Aspetuck Land Trust is a friend to agriculture and devoted to preserving open space and natural resources in Easton, Fairfield, Weston and Westport and learn about the 34-acre Randall’s Farm Nature Preserve, once a dairy farm, now open in Easton.

Directly after the Farm Tour, you are invited to the 1st Annual Community Picnic to be held from 2:30 – 4:30 at the Pavilion. Skinny Pines – an Easton-based purveyor of wood-fired pizza – will be on site with their mobile wood-fired oven selling pizzas along with Edison’s Famous Ice Cream and Rise Brewing Company. Dan Tressler & Friends will be performing live music, and there will be a family kickball game for all to enjoy. We will open a community table for your favorite dish to share or enjoy the food trucks and kick back with tunes from Dan. Bring your chairs, blankets, BYOE (Bring Your Own Eats) and willingness to have a good time to the SSES Pavilion on Saturday, Aug 12 from 2:30 – 4:30.

“This annual tour is truly a collaborative community event in celebration of Easton – past, present, and future.” said co-chairs Jean Stetz-Puchalski and Lori Cochran-Dougall 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.”

Thank you to Citizens For Easton for sponsoring this annual event! See you at the Farm Tour on Saturday, August 12! Rain or shine!

— Lori Cochran-Dougall and Jean Stetz-Puchalski, Co-Chairs, 9th Annual Easton Farm Tour.

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