Self-guided farm tours start at Easton Firehouse Green

Gilbertie’s Wholesale Farm at 65 Adams Road is one of many local farms where visitors can take a self-guided tour on Saturday, Aug. 20,from 10 am to 3 p.m.

The event is a celebration of Easton, a local farming community in Fairfield County. Food tastings, pony rides, petting zoo, greenhouse tours, weaving and spinning workshops, how to access Easton-grown and harvested veggies and fruit, arts and crafts,  and pick-your-own activities are among the family-friendly offerings.

Self-guided tours start at the Easton Firehouse Green, One Center Road, Easton, Conn.  Visitors check in and pick up the event map and pass to events offered by farmers and community organizations at different locations throughout day.

People can visit farms and come back to the green throughout the afternoon for food and entertainment and to visit the Easton organizations who support Easton farmers and farmland preservation.

Visitors can learn about  preserving and storing the produce from local farms, growing, and maintaining their gardens at the UConn Master Gardener booth. Friends of the Library will be there to support the Easton Public Library  which published an “Easton Farm Tour Reading list” and  brochure. Visitors may pick up a copy and browse the many books pulled for the event at the Easton Public Library. 

Members of the Easton Agricultural Commission will be on hand in front of Samuel Staples Elementary School to discuss the local farming initiative and support for Easton farmers.

Citizens For Easton, event sponsor, invites participants to its booth to enter a “big red basket raffle” and learn about its mission to preserve Easton’s rural qualities and open space. To learn more about the CFE mission visit citizensforeaston.org/about.

Easton Historical Society activities will highlight what it was like to work the land, grow and cook  food, and maintain the farm in the 18th and 19th century. Easton Community Center (ECC) will offer old-time fun and games on the green.

Lori Cochran-Dougall and Jean Stetz-Puchalski are co-chairs of the eighth annual Easton Farm Tour.  Other contributors are the Easton Volunteer Fire Company, which has lent the use of the Firehouse Green for the occasion, the Easton Arts Council and Skinny Pines Pizza. Easton residents Joe Puchalski and Nate Dougall are among the many volunteers who have been working hard to make the day a successful event.

Gilbertie’s Wholesale Farm at 65 Adams Road has a huge field of sunflowers on its property just in time for the eighth annual Easton Farm Tour on Saturday.

Gilbertie’s Wholesale Farm at 65 Adams Road has a huge field of sunflowers on its property just in time for the eighth annual Easton Farm Tour on Saturday.

 

 

 

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