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Fall is a busy time at Massaro Community Farm!


Thank you to all who attended Dinner on the Farm!
   

Many thanks to everybody who purchased event tickets, volunteered, donated items for the silent auction and raffle, or took part in this fundraising event in some capacity! With your support, we were able to raise nearly $40,000 for the farm education and food donation programs. You allow us to “Keep Farming, Feed People, and Build Community.”

 
Once again, thank you to the wonderful event sponsors:
Lock, Stock, and Barrel | UPS Store Woodbridge | Fair Winds Farm
Southern Connecticut State University
Buckley, Wynne, and Parese Law Firm
The Kayne Family
Real Living/Wareck D’Ostillio Real Estate
BIC Corporation | Coldwell Banker Real Estate | Shaefer Inspection Services
A-1 Toyota | Ciola Excavation LLC | Jacobi Case & Speranzini PC
Hocon Gas Inc. | Joyce Printers | Ryan & Tyma, LLP
Marcus Insurance | Mt. Carmel Wine and Spirits Co. | Peter Schioppo, Chiropractor
Walker Studios LLC | Wines & More
The wonderful evening and meal would not have been possible without Denise Appel & Donna Curran and Zinc Modern American Food, as well as:
Appleberry Farm | Chabaso Bakery | Copp’s Island Oysters
Garden Club of Woodbridge | Greg Packham | East Rock Coffee
HB Communications | Koffee? Katering | Litchfield Distillery
Liuzzi Angeloni Cheese Co. | Mr. Tent Party Rentals
New England Beverage Co. | New England Brewing Co.
Olmo (formerly Caseus Fromagerie and Bistro) | RIPE Juice Bar
Seasonal Catering | Shoprite | SoNo Baking Co. | Stop & Shop
Walnut Beach Creamery | Worldwide Wines | Yale Sustainable Food Program

Charlotte’s Web is Coming to the Farm!
Performed by the Valley Shakespeare Festival
When: Saturday, October 6th 11am & 2pm and Sunday, October 7th 2pm
WhereMassaro Community Farm, 41 Ford Road, Woodbridge
Tickets: $10 Adults, $5 Children and Seniors, Under 5 – Free!
Limited amount of tickets on sale now!Weather-permitting, the performances will take place outside. Additional tickets will be released the week of the event. Join us before Saturday’s performance at noon for pumpkin painting and Sunday at 1pm for a scarecrow building contest!

Now Enrolling
Kids Dig Farms! After School Program
When? Thursdays from 3:30-5:50pm through November 8
For 6-11 year olds | $130 per child
Transportation available from Beecher Road School
Call or email the farm to enroll

Valley Day at the Zoo – Saturday, September 15
9:00am-4:00pm
  
Come find our table and say hello at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo this Saturday, September 15, for Valley Day at the Zoo! Residents of Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Derby, Oxford, Seymour, Shelton, and Naugatuck receive $5 admission. Make seed bombs with us and see the amazing new animals, ride the carousel and enjoy the entertainment. Sponsored by The Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Upcoming Workshops on the Farm
 

Beekeeping Workshop – Winter  

Hive Preparation

Saturday, September 15 at 9am and 11:30am
Hosted by the farm and conducted by Ted Jones (Jones Apiary, Farmington) and the Connecticut Beekeeper’s Association. Advanced registration is not required for these hands-on sessions in the farm’s apiary. Beekeeping workshops generally run 75-90 minutes and have a suggested donation of $10/pp. Only steady rain cancels, and don’t forget closed toed shoes and long sleeves & pants.  In the mean time, you may want to check out Bill Hesbach’s Bee Talks, discussion groups held on the 2nd Thursday of every month to talk about everything related to beekeeping.
 
Bartender’s Garden: 
Thursday, September 20 at 7:00pm
Learn how to make cocktails and
mixers from your garden! Local bartender and herbalist, Krissi Listorti, goes through the process of making bitters, simple syrups, and mixed drinks from herbs that you can find in your garden or even growing wild. Must be 21+ for this event. Email operations@massarofarm.org to be added to the waitlist, as the event is now full.Suggested donation $12.
Full Moon Walk
Friday, October 26 at 7:00pm
Celebrate fall and the spooky season of Halloween by joining us for a full moon walk around the fields and woods of the farm. Swap campfire stories and enjoy a s’more or two by the fire afterward. Only steady rain cancels. Email operations@massarofarm.org to be added to the waitlist, as the event is now full.  FREE.
 

Tot Shabbat Happening on the Farm
with PJ Library and Friends
  
When: Alternate Friday Mornings, 9:30-10:30AM
WhereMassaro Community Farm, 41 Ford Road, Woodbridge
Who: 2-5 year olds and their grown ups!
What: Sing, dig, and explore to learn about the Jewish values connected to nature and animals. Dress to get dirty and have fun! Story and snacks provided. Only steady rain cancels! 
Friday, September 21: Shabbat and the Food We Grow (rain date Sept 28)
Friday, October 5: Shabbat and Taking Care of the Earth and Planet (rain date Oct 12th)
$5 Suggested Donation
RSVP to Stacey at pjlibrary@jewishnewhaven.org

Fall Field Trips Booking Now
Field Trips:  We’re now taking bookings for farm-based educational field trips
September through November. Call the farm office (203-736-8618) or email our educational director to reserve a day for your class to visit the farm. Fees based on sliding scale.

CSA Week #14

Currently in Season:
Our Harvest: Spaghetti Squash, Beets, Sweet Potato Greens, Tomatoes, Lettuce, Basil, Cucumber, Chard or Dandelion Greens
U-Pick: Basil, Tulsi, Flowering Dill, Flowering Cilantro
Fruit Option: ‘Sugar Baby’ or ‘Crimson Sweet’ Watermelon

The farm thanks its event & program supporters.   
Community Foundation of Greater New Haven
Valley Community Foundation
The MFUNd * William & Jeannie Graustein
The La Tronica Family
(Fair Winds Farm, Lock Stock & Barrel & The UPS Store)
The Crippled Children’s Fund
PepsiCo
Paul & Judith DeCoster * Southern CT State University
Buckley, Wynne & Parese *
 Laticrete International  * Griffin Hospital
Real Living-Wareck D’Ostillio 
* Joyce Printers * The Kayne Family
BIC Corporation * Coldwell Banker Real Estate
Hocon Gas, Inc. * Schaefer Inspection Services
A-1 Toyota * Ciola Excavation LLC * 

Jacobi, Case & Speranzini PC 
Marcus Insurance * Stop & Shop
Special thanks to the anonymous donor who recently donated $10,000 to the farm’s efforts. We recognize and appreciate this wonderful gift!