Founded in 1982, the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut, commonly known as CT NOFA is an organization composed of farmers, gardeners and land care professionals in Connecticut that promote the growth of natural and organic foods in in a sustainable and ecologically sound way. They also promote the preservation of farm land in Connecticut and are an advocacy group for the agricultural industry.
One way to educate the public about the importance of organic farming, NOFA has organized an Organic Harvest Jamboree on October 4 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Waldingfield Farm, located in the bucolic town of Washington Connecticut. Waldingfield Farm is one of the largest organic farms in the state that has been certified by Baystate Organic Certifiers. They grow many exotic heirloom varieties on twenty acres of land. Their farm stand, located on East Street is open Thursday and Fridays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
On October 4, Waldingfield Farm is opening this gorgeous property up to the public and inviting them to explore their historic farmstead, sample freshly picked vegetables, and enjoy scenic views of the leaves changing color. This festival promises to be unique because Chef Meg Fama, a culinary expert and owner of The Farm Belly food truck will be preparing a special lunch for festival goers. Chef Fama’s is well known on the food scene for creating meals from local ingredients using meat, dairy and produce from Connecticut farms. To prepare for this event, Chef Fama will be keeping her eye on the fresh produce ripening in the fields at Waldingfield Farm in order to incorporate these farm fresh ingredients in her menu for this special day. Items that could be on the menu according to Chef Fama include: roasted corn and honey bread, macaroni and cheese, pesto eggplant, roasted beet salad and much more. For dessert, a fresh maple apple crisp and a caramelized pumpkin bread pudding will be available.
To accompany these fine foods, Black Hog Brewing Company has donated cold ‘adult’ beverages. Averill Farm, one of the oldest apple orchards in the state of Connecticut, set high in the hills near Lake Waramaug will press a fresh batch of apple cider just a few days before the event.
To add to the festivities, families 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 big in the tea cup raffle.
Admission includes farm-to-plate lunches and beverages, farm tours, animal rides, music, games & more! Kids 12 and under FREE! Under 21, current students and farmers, just $20. Adult tickets: $35 (in advance) or $40 (at the gate). Buy online or call the office (203-308-2584) to reserve tickets today! http://ctnofa.org/2015_Organic_Harvest_Jamboree.html.
For more event information on what to see and do in Litchfield Hills visit their website.