Category Archives: Agricultural events

CFE Farm Tour Draws Enthusiastic Crowds

PUBLISHED ON by Jane Paley and photos by Tomas Koeck

The weather was iffy as volunteers set up at the Morehouse Park pavilion on the Samuel Staples Elementary School campus Saturday morning. But the skies cleared in time for an estimated 300 arriving families to enjoy the 12th annual Citizens for Easton Farm Tour.

Before setting off on self-guided tours of the participating farms and historical sites, many families lingered to watch the fun and games and sip the lemonade that Joel Silkoff and his Easton Community Center staff had arranged for the younger set. Families also enjoyed snapping photos of their little ones atop the Haller family’s vintage tractor and beside the hay bales provided by Pond View Farm.

Master gardener Carol Hamilton and master composter Alpheus “Alph” Winter were on hand to answer questions and do demonstrations for more than 50 curious visitors. Members of the Easton Garden Club treated 80 young people to mini-lessons on how to grow sunflowers, and each received a potted sunflower to grow at home. The seedlings were donated by Sal Gilbertie. To help beat the heat, Adrienne Burke, owner of Greiser’s Coffee and Market, donated watermelon wedges.

Farm Tour visitors picked up maps and vied for prizes in CFE’s free drawing.

There was a free prize drawing and the lucky winners received gift certificates for farm goodies and one winner, a hand-blown glass heart paperweight created and donated by Jason Curtis.

Brittany Conover, who manages Shaggy Coos Farm said, “It was so great to see so many new and old faces and share our passion for agriculture. We love working with other local businesses and had a great time with Veracious Brewery. Looking forward to future farm tours!”

Corn hole contests and other games for kids were organized by Joel Silkoff and his ECC staff.

The honey at the Golden Pond Apiary, including mead for the grownups, went fast. Owner Howland Blackiston engaged in conversations with the many visitors who came for tastings and a chance to see his bees in action.

The Caprese salad sandwiches were a big favorite at Sherwood Farm: heirloom tomatoes and fresh basil on country bread with a splash of olive oil.

The Haller family tractor is a traditional spot for photo ops at the CFE Annual Farm Tour.

The Farm Tour is hosted every year by Citizens for Easton, an organization devoted to local preservation and conservation efforts and committed to promoting agricultural and farm-friendly activities.

All photos: Tomas Koeck

Get Ready for Citizens for Easton’s Annual Farm Tour!

PUBLISHED ON by Jane Paley

Free Self-Guided Tour Begins at SSES Pavilion Saturday, Aug. 14 at 10 a.m.

The 12th Annual Farm Tour hosted by Citizens for Easton is expected to draw lots of visitors to celebrate Easton’s farms and farmers. The event highlights Easton’s agricultural traditions and celebrates local farmers’ valuable contributions to the community.

A map of participating farms and sites will be distributed on Saturday, Aug. 14 at the Samuel Staples Elementary School pavilion, 515 Morehouse Road, Easton, Conn. Map holders will receive free treats at many of the venues.

Photo ops abound at the 12th Annual CFE Farm Tour on Saturday, Aug. 12.

Activities for visitors of all ages will be held at the pavilion beginning at 10 a.m. From 10 until noon, children’s games will be led by Easton Community Center’s facility director Joel Silkoff and the ECC staff.

Also at the pavilion, the Easton Garden Club will provide a flower-planting event for amateur gardeners of all ages, who will be able to pot sunflower seedlings and take them home to grow. Master Gardeners & Composters and the Easton Courier will also host the events there.

Abby LePage (right), a longtime Garden Club member, will share sunflower-growing tips at the CFE farm tour again this year. The seeds are donated by Sal Gilbertie.

The Farm Tour free prize drawings, a relatively new addition to the event, will include gift certificates from local farms and businesses.

In addition to the farms, the Adams Schoolhouse will be open to the public. For times, consult map. Free goodies at Greiser’s Coffee and Market will be offered to map holders.

This year the self-guided tour includes 14 stops at both farms and sites of historical interest. Maps will include the times of special events and tours at each location.

Free samples of produce, cooking tips, tours and activities for children will be offered throughout the tour.

The farm tour provides young and old a chance to have good, old-fashioned fun. Visitors can sample Easton’s bounteous agricultural products and at the same time support those who work hard to provide them.

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Mark your calendars….Our ever-popular Farm Tour coming soon…..

12th annual farm tour lawn sign with date

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CFE COOKBOOK HITS THE SHELVES!

2019 Radio Interview

Citizens for Easton’s Vice-President William Kupinse and Lucas  Carreno – Co-owner of J&L Orchids were interviewed on the award-winning ‘For the People’, produced by John Voket!

Thank you John and all participating radio stations for the feature/mention!

Make sure to mark your calendars for the CFE Farm Tour Aug 10th 10am-2pm!

Please click on the link below to hear the interview.

http://www.wplr.com/for-the-people/

Interview regarding the farm tour concludes at time stamp 21:35

 

11th Annual Citizens for Easton Farm Tour

FARM TOUR IS SATURDAY AUGUST 10TH!!!

This year’s celebration of Easton’s farms will take place on Saturday, August 10, from 10am to 2pm. The self-guided tour of Easton farms will begin at Samuel Staples Elementary School Pavilion, 515 Morehouse Road, Easton, Connecticut,  to receive a map –  the map serves as your event pass, which lists all participating farms,  and activity locations.

The farm tour is free, but you need the map to obtain entrance to certain events and be eligible to receive free goodies.

At the Pavilion we will have food trucks, a field for games orchestrated by our very own Joel from the ECC, Dunk a Cop, Master Gardeners, Master Composters, a free prize drawing which includes many donations from Easton’s farms and businesses. There will also be representatives from the Pollinator Pathway Project, who will provide informational materials regarding the pathway from the Hudson to the Housatonic and how to have your property become a part of it!

The day will include many family-oriented activities including tastings, Easton Garden Club and Easton Historical Society events, antique farm tool exhibits, and games. Families can visit a petting zoo and tour greenhouses.  Easton Garden Club volunteers will provide lessons and fun for children.  Everyone will be able to sample Easton grown and harvested veggies and fresh fruits and learn about beekeeping, gardening and composting. Throughout the day there will be food and entertainment and old-time fun and games.  Opportunities to learn about “growing your own” and composting will be at the Master Gardener and Master Composter booths.  

The Adams Schoolhouse will be open from 10-2 with information on the history of the 1850 schoolhouse and early American schooling in Easton’s farming community.  On display will be a 1963- 35-star flag from the HSE flag collection. The Bradley-Hubbell Barn will also be open from 10-2, with Harry Audley’s farm tool collection; hands on demonstrations of several tools will be available.  

 “Mabel”, Dick Grieser’s 1953 Allis-Chalmers tractor,  was repainted in 2017 as a HSE project. Mabel sits at the intersection of Center Road and Route 136, a reminder to all of our farming heritage.

Citizens for Easton, is dedicated to the preservation and conservation of Easton’s land, air, water and rural character. For more information check out: www.citizensforeaston.org

 

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2018 CITIZENS FOR EASTON FARM TOUR HORSING AROUND AT GOLD RUSH FARM

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2018 Citizens For Easton Farm Tour Was Fun for All

Despite a forecast of heavy rains and flash floods in Fairfield County, many brave souls came out to the 2018 Easton Farm Tour. It was wet, but the rain was mild and the spirits were high!

We are thankful for the farmers who opened their doors (and greenhouses) to embrace the community.

Additionally, we thank the The Easton Garden ClubHistorical Society of Easton, CT, the Master Composters, the Falcon Cheerleaders, and everyone who contributed to make this event a success.

Special thanks for the  unique and fun prizes generously donated by:

Aspetuck Apple Barn                     J & L Orchids                   Old Bluebird Garage

Sherwood Farm                             Sport Hill Farm LLC        Easton Village Store

Easton Community Center          Shaggy Coos Farm            Robert Danuszar

Gilbertie’s Herb Farm                   Sabia Tree Farm               Silverman’s Farm

JCL Farm                                         Gold Rush Farm

Photos by Katie Henry, Copyright of M3Media Productions