FARM TO TABLE ABOUNDS IN FAIRFIELD COUNTY, CONNECTICUT
By: L.J. Wilks, Licensed, Associate Real Estate Broker, Halstead Property Westport Office.
Fairfield County, Connecticut is bursting with Farmers’ Markets. Locally grown food has superior quality, pretty much guaranteed freshness and is good for you! And while you’re feeling good about what you’re eating, you’re supporting local business, smaller-scale farmers and might even learn about how our food is grown! Here is an introduction to a sample of local farms and farmers’ markets:
Ambler Farm, Wilton – Ambler Farm is a year round working farm with Farm Stands, Historic Buildings, Animals and Facility Rentals and dates back to 1794 when Josiah Raymond and his son purchased 300 acres. In 1999, with taxpayers support this working farm was purchased by the Town of Wilton. Two of their most popular events of the year are:
Ambler Farm Day 2014 - Sunday, September 28th, 12:00-4:00pm. This is an iconic fall festival! Enjoy the Apple Slingshot, Farm Animals, Make-Your-Own-Scarecrow, Hay Rides, Trebuchet (aka “Punkin’ Chucker”), and Children’s Crafts, Pumpkin Patch + more!
Fright Night - Friday, October 24th and Saturday, October 25th from 6-8pm. Drop off the kids (grades 3-5) for haunted activities and frightful (and not so frightful) storytelling. Past attendees still talk about the ghost dog that frequents the Farm! Additional activities include a Moonlight Hay Ride, Guessing jar to win the Farm’s largest pumpkin, and games, if you dare to play. For more info, click here.
Wakeman Town Farm, Westport - The Wakeman Town Farm Sustainability Center is an organic demonstration homestead open to the public. Activities include educational workshops, student internships, hosting after school environmental clubs, children’s summer camp programs, growing fruits and vegetables, animal husbandry, providing a farm stand and CSA pickup location. Special Events include:
Fall Harvest Dinner & Fundraiser –Saturday on September 13, 2014, Sukkot onSunday, October 5, 2014, Holiday Tree Lighting and Tree Sale on Saturday, December 6, 2014.
Millstone Farm, Wilton - This working farm uses sustainable agriculture to cultivate local, regional and global communities. The Millstone Experience includes Farm-to-Fork onSeptember 7, 2014 – 7 pm. Workshops held at Millstone Farm include:
Canning & Preserving Tomatoes on September 27, 2014, Family Day/Farm Sunday on September 28, 2014, and Pickles and Preserving on October 18, 2014.
Silverman’s Farm, Easton – Silverman’s Farm was founded by Ben Silverman in the early 1920’s. Throughout the years, Silverman’s farm has grown into a fruit farm featuring ” A Widespread Orchard, Scenic Tractor Rides and a Petting Farm with Farm Animals” and hosts many events throughout the year such as pick your own pumpkin from September through Thanksgiving where you can enjoy the decorated pumpkin patch full of twenty different varieties of colorful squashes, gourds, straw bales, cornstalks, scarecrows for all your decorating need and weekend tractor rides through the orchards in October where you can enjoy the beautiful New England view and you can even see Long Island Sound on a clear day. The winter Holiday season from November through December features Hot cider, Fresh precut Christmas Trees, poinsettias, wreaths and gifts.
Darien Farmers Market -Wednesdays, 11am-4pm until Christmas 2014.
Fairfield- Greenfield Hill Farmers Market, May 17- End of October on Saturdays from 11 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Greenwich Farmers Market - Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. through the Saturday before Thanksgiving.
Old Greenwich Farmers’ Market - Wednesdays from 2:30-6 pm.
New Canaan Farmers’ Market - Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. through November 22, 2014.
Stamford Farmers’ Market (French Market) - Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. – through October 25, 2014.
Stamford Museum & Nature Center Farmers Market - Sunday from 10-2 pm through October 5, 2014.
Westport Farmers’ Market – Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – through November 6, 2014.
Wilton Farmers’ Market - Wednesdays, 12:30-5:00 – through October 1, 2014.
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Thoughts and opinions presented in this post are those of LJ Wilks and do not reflect the official opinions of Halstead Property, LLC.