With August in full swing, farmers across Connecticut are preparing for one of the most important times of year; harvest season. On September 13th, 2015 Connecticut Farmland Trust will be celebrating the bounty of the harvest at The Hickories farm in Ridgefield, Connecticut.
Please join other local food enthusiasts from 3:00 to 7:00 PM for a locally grown dinner prepared by Chef Tim LaBant of The Schoolhouse at Cannondale. Chef LaBant will be preparing hors d’oeuvres, a family style dinner, and dessert from farms across the state featuring produce from The Hickories farm and Sport Hill Farm, meat from Stuart Family Farm, ice cream from the Farmer’s Cow, and cheese from Beltane Farm and Cato Corner Farm. (Ticket info here)
Wine and local beer will also be served at the event, however, attendees are also encouraged to bring their favorite beverages. Bluegrass music will be provided by Dick Neal and Friends.
Prior to dinner, there will also be the opportunity to tour The Hickories farm from 3:00 to 4:00 PM and learn more about their certified organic operation that raises fruits, vegetables, pastured meat, and wool. Dina Brewster, owner of The Hickories farm, strives to produce products that are safe and nutritious and grown with respect for the soil, animals, and humans.
All proceeds from the event will support Connecticut Farmland Trust, a non-profit organization whose sole mission is to protect Connecticut’s working farmland. Since its founding in 2002, Connecticut Farmland Trust has permanently protected over 2,690 acres of our state’s most valuable farmland.
Recently, Connecticut Farmland Trust worked with the Connecticut Department of Agriculture and the Town of Lebanon to protect the 22-acre Beltane Farm in Lebanon, Connecticut that is well known for its award-winning goat cheese. The farm is one of 32 family farms that Connecticut Farmland Trust has protected.
“The most rewarding part of our work is helping farm families protect their land. We’re always thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase produce from these and other family farms. We’re looking forward to sharing a fun evening of great local food, music, and wine on a beautiful farm”, said Elisabeth Moore, Connecticut Farmland Trust’s Executive Director.
Tickets for the event cost $200 per person and there are a number of sponsorship options available. For more information about the event or to purchase tickets, please visit our website at ctfarmland.org or contact April Moon at 860.247.0202 extension 223.