Dinners from
the Farm
For all our loyal fans out there, we are preparing for a modified version of Dinner on the Farm this September.
In the meantime, we’re partnering with local caterers to provide take-home meals on three Friday evenings this summer: July 17, July 31 and August 14. The meals will come from Seasonal Catering, Small Kitchen Big Taste, and The Farm Belly, all of which specialize in cooking with locally grown seasonal ingredients. The meals will include freshly harvested vegetables from Massaro. Order online by Tuesdays each of the weeks for pickup at the farm on Friday afternoons. Prices are $60 to serve two and $100 for four.
Ordering online will begin July 6 at MassaroFarm.square.site.
Summer Camp in a Box July 21 – August 21
The farm is offering four weeks of virtual camp, July 27 through August 21. Each week, parents will pick up a kit containing supplies, and campers will also have access to online enrichment. The interactive portion will run Monday through Friday from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm and will include several online modules. Camp will include activities, crafts and games around food, farming, and ecosystems and encourage exploration around the home, yard or public spaces. The fee is $60 per student per week. Kits will be available for pickup at the farm in advance of each week.
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 find out more, please contact Education Director Corey Thomas by calling 203-736-8618 or by emailing education@massarofarm.org.
Garden Helpers Welcome
Massaro Farm has begun a new collaboration with Valley United Way under which the farm will help oversee 13 community gardens in five Valley towns. Nine of the 13 gardens have been planted with seeds and seedlings donated by the farm; the remainder will be planted in the coming weeks. Produce harvested from the gardens will go to neighbors and to one of the five Valley food pantries. In 2019, community members shared approximately 1,000 pounds of produce harvested from the gardens. A few of the gardens could benefit from additional volunteers. Those interested may call Corey Thomas in the farm office 203-736-8618 or use the link below to schedule an orientation.
Upcoming Virtual Workshops
Harvest Wild Edibles with The 3 Foragers
Saturday, July 11
9:30am
The 3 Foragers will walk the farm and teach you how to identify wild edibles in your own landscape. They will also suggest how to use your harvest in the kitchen. The fee is $5/per person. Register online no later than 5:00pm on Friday, July 10, to receive a Zoom link to join the workshop.
Beekeeping: Preparing Your Hive for the Fall
Saturday, July 18
9:30am
Beekeepers can learn how to prepare their hives for fall in an online presentation on Saturday, July 18, at 9:30 am. Ted Jones of Jones Apiaries will lead both novice and veteran beekeepers through the steps recommended to monitor and manage your hive in advance of cooler weather. Tune in live to get your beekeeping questions answered or listen to the recorded version at your leisure. Register online no later than 5:00pm on Friday, July 17, to receive a Zoom link to join. Please consider making a donation to the CT Beekeeper’s Association (ctbees.org) to support their series.
Online Store Remains Open
The farm continues to offer products from the following farms for weekly purchase through our online store:
Before & After Farms – kielbasa, sausage and charcuterie
Five Acre Farms – Limited edition Chocolate Milk! Milk, buttermilk and eggs
Jones Apiaries – local honey
Olmo – cheese
Seacoast Mushrooms – a selection of four or eight ounce mushroom mixes
Massaro Community Farm – marinara sauce (sorry, our salsa and crushed tomatoes are sold out!)
Items may be picked up with your CSA share on either Tuesday or Friday afternoons.
With Gratitude
It’s with gratitude in our hearts that we express sincere appreciation for the recent grant awards made to the farm:
Valley United Way community garden grant – $8,500
Community Foundation of Greater New Haven/Valley Community Foundation general operating support grant – $10,000
New Alliance Foundation hunger relief support grant – $2,500
Valley Community Foundation Covid-19 response grant – $1,800
Special thanks to the following supporters for their generosity in 2020
The Werth Family Foundation
Valley Community Foundation
Community Foundation of Greater New Haven
CGM Resources LLC
William Graustein
Keith Colburn
MFUNd
The Joyce and Irving Goldman Family Foundation
Jill and Glenn MacInnes
Diane King
Greg Melville