Last year’s 2016 annual Citizens for Easton Farm Tour was a great end of the summer activity that allowed families and friends to seal the bond from the summer season and enjoy the many farming delights and agricultural educational opportunities Easton has to offer. This celebration of Easton, the first farming community north of Manhattan, was a self-guided tour of Easton farms. The event began at the Easton Firehouse Green, One Center Road, Easton, Connecticut. Visitors checked in to pick up a the event pass and map to activities and incentives offered by farmers and community organizations at the different locations throughout day.
This annual event was fun for the whole family! Visitors enjoyed tastings, greenhouse and Barn Tours tours, pony rides, Easton Historical Society activities highlighting what it was like to work the land, attend school, 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, how to access Easton grown and harvested veggies and fruit fresh from the farm, arts and crafts, and pick your own activities.
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 https://citizensforeaston.org/about/.
People visited farms and came back to the green throughout the afternoon to enjoy food and entertainment (Kwame Henry Jones rocked the green with some live music!) and visit with some of the Easton organizations who support our Easton farmers and farmland preservation.
Visitors learned about gardening, growing and storing the produce from Advanced Master Gardener Margot Abrams at the UConn Master Gardener booth. 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.
Many stopped by the Easton Public Library to visit with Bernadette, Lynn and the crew and to pick their copy of the “Easton Farm Tour Reading list” and brochure which delighted visitors .
“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.”
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, Crepes Food Truck, 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 contribute to the tours success!
— Lori Cochran-Dougall and Jean Stetz-Puchalski, Co-Chairs, 8th Annual Easton Farm Tour.