Please enjoy one of these events coming up at Massaro Community Farm:
FREE Family Movie Night: Join us once again on the farm lawn, Friday, September 2, when we’ll gather to watch Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. Come early, help us put the goats and chickens to bed for the night, take a walk around the farm and enjoy a picnic. Doors open at 6:30pm. Movie screening will begin at dusk, ~7:30pm.
Dinner on the Farm Returns: Get your tickets now for this farm-to-table set out among the fields and flowers at Massaro Farm, Saturday, September 10 at 4:30pm. We’re excited to announce that Seasonal Catering will prepare this year’s meal featuring the farm’s organic vegetables. Proceeds directly support our donations of produce to food security, which is approximately 8,000 pounds annually. Ticket price includes appetizers, a multi-course meal (vegetarian options), dessert, coffee/tea and open bar. Live music, a farm tour and silent auction are also part of the evening’s program. $125/pp.
Final Beekeeping Workshops of the Season: The final adult beekeeping workshop of the season will focus on caring for your hive over the coming winter months, Saturday, September 17 at 9:00am. All levels are welcome. Please wear long sleeves, long pants and closed toed shoes. Veils and gloves are available for use. Suggested donation $10/pp. Led by Ted Jones of Jones Apiaries and former president of CT Beekeeper’s Association.
Final junior beekeeping class of the season on Saturday, September 24 at 10:00am will also focus on over wintering a hive. Intended for ages 10-14. Please wear long sleeves, long pants and closed toed shoes. Youth are given a veil, gloves and a beekeeping journal. $20/pp.
Music on the Farm: The Jolly Beggars return for what has become an annual performance on Saturday, September 17. Doors open at 6:00; performance begins at 7:00pm. The Beggars bring the rich tradition of Celtic folk music and storytelling to modern day audiences, telling traditional stories from Irish folklore, interwoven with jigs and reels. Even if you’re not an Irish music fan, The Beggars will have you up on your feet. This event typically sells out; advance purchase is strongly encouraged. General seating on the lawn; chairs recommended. $13/pp.
Tickets for all above events can be purchased on www.Eventbrite.com.
Summer Camp and Summer Youth Crew Draw to a Close. Over 200 campers came through the farm gates this summer. For six weeks throughout July and August, campers harvested produce from the Learning Garden, fed and watered the goats and chickens daily, exchanged notes with the farm fairies, and sampled edible weeds. We tasted cold cucumber soup, beet and strawberry smoothies and grilled French bread pizza. We held daily dance parties and hula hooped our way through the hot afternoons. We made oodles of friendship bracelets, butterfly prints and bug houses. Best of all, we saw friendships develop we hope will last for years to come.
We want to express a special debt of gratitude to all the families who entrusted their youngsters to us and the instructors, guests and assistants who kept us going, even when the heat index approached 100 degrees including director Jim Matheson, (instructors) Ashley Antoine, Olivia Bonaventura, Meredith Fucci, Rose Hatt, Matt Nappe, Sophia Otero, (assistants) Rondell Burnham, Jake Gueddes, Eleni Kyriakides, Ansley Matheson, (volunteers) Lisa McManus, Ana Henriques, Diane King, and Jen Shuart.
We also just bid a fond farewell to our summer youth crew of 2022. From late June to mid-August, teens Alex, Aliah, Bobby, Bella, Faith, Morgan and Steven spent four mornings a week working alongside farm staff. During their time here they had primary responsibility for the u-pick field adjacent to the Learning Garden, abundant with cherry tomatoes, green beans, herbs and flowers. They also picked thousands of pounds of summer squash for our CSA subscribers. In spite of this year’s heat, this crew said this was a one-of-a-kind experience they’d highly recommend to others. Special thanks to crew leaders Cass Darrow and Mary Claire Whelan and to The Werth Family Foundation for their financial support of this program.
Buy a Brick: Bricks are now on sale to support the upcoming construction of a post-and-beam pavilion in the Learning Garden by students of Emmet O’Brien Technical School. The pavilion will provide valuable shade and be a gathering space for the many educational programs taking place at the farm. Your brick commemorates you or a loved one and becomes the foundation for the pavilion. Bricks come in two sizes and can be purchased through the farm’s website or using the following link: https://brickmarkerusa.com/donors/massaro.html. 4” x 8” – $100; 8” x 8” – $250.
Massaro Community Farm is a non-profit, certified organic community farm on 57 acres of land whose mission is to keep farming, feed people, and build community. In addition to growing vegetables for seasonal subscribers, the farm donates thousands of pounds each year to hunger relief. The farm serves as a hub of education for all ages and shares its space with the community. The farm’s nature trail is open to the public 365 days a year. For more information, visit our website at www.MassaroFarm.org or contact Executive Director Caty Poole at 203-736-8618 or at email@example.com.