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Natural Awakenings Fairfield Cty/Housatonic Valley, CT

Celebrate the Harvest Season with CT NOFA

Oct 01, 2015 10:05PM

On October 4, the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut (CT NOFA) will host the Organic Harvest Jamboree at Washington’s Waldingfield Farm, one of the largest organic vegetable farms in the state. Located high in the Litchfield Hills, this homestead will open its gates so the public may explore its historic farmstead, sample freshly picked vegetables and enjoy scenic views of fall foliage.

Organic Harvest Jamboree-goers will feast on a farm-to-festival lunch prepared by Chef Meg Fama, a culinary expert and owner of The Farm Belly food truck. All of the meat, dairy and produce served from The Farm Belly comes from Connecticut farms. While nearly all of the ingredients for this event will come from Waldingfield Farm, Fama will also source from other organic farms such as George Hall Farm and Gentle Giant Farm. The menu may include roasted corn and honey bread, macaroni and cheese, pesto eggplant, roasted beet salad and more. For dessert, she will serve a maple apple crisp and a caramelized pumpkin bread pudding. Black Hog Brewing Company has donated cold adult beverages and Averill Farm – just one hill over – will press a fresh batch of apple cider.

In addition to the local meal, attendees can enjoy live bluegrass by Wires & Wood and Five in the Chamber, meet farm animals, take pony rides, get faces painted and play farm-themed games. Adults may also opt for food preservation classes, tour the veggie fields, or try to win in the tea cup raffle.

Advance tickets are recommended. All proceeds will benefit CT NOFA (CTNOFA.org) and farm attire is recommended. Blankets and BYOB are welcome.

Admission includes farm-to-plate lunches and beverages, farm tours, animal rides, music, games and more. Kids 12 and under are free. Those under 21, current students and farmers are $20. Adult tickets purchased in advance are $35 or $40 at the gate.

The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut (CT NOFA) is a growing community of farmers, gardeners, land care professionals, businesses and consumers dedicated to strengthening the practices of ecologically sound farming and gardening and to the development of local sustainable agriculture.

For more information and to reserve/purchase tickets, visit CTNOFA.org/2015_Organic_Harvest_Jamboree.html or call 203-308-2584.