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News & Notes From Massaro Community Farm

Special offer from our online store:  Friday night take-out made with Massaro produce

Order now for our third and final Friday dinner, this week prepared by Seasonal Catering.  The meal will include freshly harvested organic vegetables from Massaro Farm’s fields.  Order online by Tuesday, August 11 for pickup at the farm on Friday afternoon, August 14.  Prices are $60 to serve two and $100 for four.  Our store also features Massaro produce, tomato sauce, honey, and other quality products from local farms.  Massarofarm.square.site.

Annual Gala – Dinner on the Farm becomes Dinner from the Farm

Join us as we celebrate Food for Good, an evening when we’ll honor the farm’s commitment to making food available for all, together with those who work to grow it.  Tickets go on sale August 1 for our annual farm-to-table dinner, Saturday, September 5, 2020.  This year’s take-home version of our seasonal meal will include multiple courses featuring fresh Massaro Farm vegetables and an elderberry syrup you can use to make your own cocktail or ‘mocktail’ at home.  Food will be prepared by the chefs at Olmo, The Farm Belly, Seasonal Catering and Small Kitchen Big Taste.  Purchased meals will be available for pick up at the farm on Friday, September 4.  On Saturday, September 5 we will gather online for a program including recorded music by Grammy-award winning musician Paul Winter and Theresa Thomason. $100/pp. www.BrownPaperTickets.com.

Adult Workshop – Natural Dyeing

Learn how to create beautiful naturally-dyed fabrics with this virtual workshop on Saturday, August 8 from 10:00am-12:00pm.  Pick up a workshop kit at the farm, and you’ll use ingredients found in your home to transform a silk scarf into a colorful work of art.  $10/pp.  Register at Eventbrite.com.

Farm Activity Kits for Youth Ages 6-10

You can encourage your children to explore the outdoors with our farm-themed activity kits.  Education Director Corey Thomas will offer online instruction for each kit on Saturday mornings.  Kits range from $8-$15 and can be purchased through the online store Monday through Wednesday of each week, with pickup available on Friday afternoons between 1:30-6:30pm.  Massarofarm.square.site.

Thanks to a grant from the Valley Community Foundation, the farm is making a limited number of kits available each week to families adversely affected by a loss of income or loss of childcare during the Covid-19 pandemic.  To receive the discount code, please contact Education Director Corey Thomas by calling 203-736-8618 or by emailing education@massarofarm.org.

Hunger Relief Support

Many thanks to all who volunteered to help maintain the 13 community gardens across the Lower Naugatuck Valley.  All gardens have been planted and are flourishing.  We are harvesting garden produce and distributing it among the five food pantries serving Ansonia, Derby, Seymour, Shelton and Oxford.  However, the farm welcomes additional volunteers to help deliver produce from the farm and gardens to these pantries.  Delivery typically occurs on Monday and Wednesday mornings, with some flexibility.  A couple of the pantries could also use additional hands to assist with no-contact food distribution on select weekday mornings.  Those interested are asked to contact Caty Poole in the farm office at (203) 736-8618.

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.


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