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Easton To Host Eighth Annual Farm Tour

Area farms will take part in the eighth annual Easton Farm Tour.
Area farms will take part in the eighth annual Easton Farm Tour. Photo Credit: Contributed

EASTON, Conn. -- Easton’s Eighth Annual Farm Tour is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This celebration of Easton is a self-guided tour beginning at the Easton Firehouse Green at One Center Road in Easton. Here visitors check in and pick up a map and pass to events and incentives offered by farmers and community organizations at the different locations throughout day. 

Visitors will get tastings, pony rides, Easton Historical Society activities highlighting what it was like to work the land, grow and cook food, and maintain the farm in the 18th and 19th century, old-time fun and games by the Easton Community Center, a petting zoo, greenhouse tours, how to access Easton grown and harvested veggies and fruit fresh from the farm, arts and crafts, and other activities.

Citizens For Easton invites participants into its booth for a “big red basket raffle” and to educate folks about the group's mission to preserve Easton’s rural qualities and open space. To learn more about the group's mission visit this link.

People visit farms and come back to the green throughout the afternoon to enjoy food and entertainment and visit with some of the Easton organizations who support Easton farmers and farmland preservation. 

Visitors 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, in support of the Easton Public Library, will publish an “Easton Farm Tour Reading list” and brochure for visitors — pick up a copy at the Easton Library and browse the books pulled for the event. 

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

“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.”

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