New Web Layout, Summer Youth Employment, and Dinner on the Farm

Special Announcement:
Every website needs a face lift over time, and ours was about due.  Over the past couple of months we have been working to improve your experience on staying abreast of farm happenings, signing up for workshops and paying for your CSA.  We are pleased to bring you a better organized site, highlighting upcoming events, and opportunities for engagement. Now, farm supporters will find it much easier to volunteerget our newsletter, or donate.
Though we typically don’t take on this kind of system improvement during our busiest time of the year, it became apparent to that it was needed. We always strive to provide up-to-date information to the community, and this upgrade (thanks to a grant from the Valley Community Foundation) accomplishes that. Suggestions for further improvement can be sent to [email protected].  We hope you enjoy the improved layout.

Dinner on the Farm
Sunday, September 2, 2018
Get your tickets now  for Massaro Community Farm’s annual farm-to-table gathering set among the flowers and fields of our historic farm. Don’t miss this once-a-year opportunity to enjoy the farm at the peak of production AND support the farm’s education and food donation programs. This year’s menu includes:
Copps Island Blue Point Oysters
Caseus cheese & charcuterie
Slow roasted beef brisket with arugula pesto
Quinoa salad with summer squashes, scallion pesto, and caramelized onions
Roasted corn and giant Lima bean succotash
Pepperonata of fire roasted peppers, capers, and basil
Eggplant caponata, capers, olives, and tomatoes
Mixed heirloom tamota salad with fresh Liuzzi ricotta, EVOO, and charcoal salt
Chilled red beet salad with dill, red onion, and creme fraiche dressing
Mixed field greens with herb-Dijon vinaigrette
Pickled cucumbers with dill
Farm strawberry sorbet/ice cream from Walnut Beach Creamery
Dessert bars from Koffee? and Sono Baking Company
Delight in the beauty of this resurrected 57-acre gem, and partake in an exquisite meal prepared by Zinc owner and chef, Denise Appel.

Employing Teens at the Farm

Supervisor, Becca Toms, with Zadie, Bella, Brianna, Kevin, Caty Poole, DJ and volunteer Tim Drozdz at the Ansonia Salvation Army food distribution site.
This summer we are piloting a new program providing employment to area youth. The goals of this program were to
  • provide continuity for farm engagement
    Youth workers cleaning produce

    between elementary-age education and adult employment or board service;

  • offer self-sufficiency in surrounding communities that are already benefiting from the farm by receiving donations of produce or in-school nutrition education from our FoodCorps service member; and
  • provide mentorship and job skills training.
We are excited to have this crew through August 17th. Even though it’s the first paying job for each of them, these teens have hung in there through the heat and humidity with the rest of our farm crew, including representing the farm at the Salvation Army food pantry and farmer’s markets. They especially like harvesting carrots, garlic and purslane!

Film Screening at the Farm, Beekeeping &
Garden Bartender Workshop
Journey of the Universe Outdoor Film Screening on the Massaro Community Farm Lawn
Thursday, August 16 (Rain Date August 17)
7:00pm Picnic Dinner, 8:00pm Film Screening
Bring your blankets, folding chairs, and picnic dinner for a screening of Journey of the Universe, an Emmy award winning film shown on PBS and produced by Woodbridge residents Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim. The film describes man’s connection to the universe and why the protection of our fragile environment is so vital. With arresting images and music, it evokes awe and wonder at our shared cosmic story. Screening followed by stargazing with members of the Astronomical Society of New Haven. FREE. Please RSVP so we know how many to expect.
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. 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 7pm
Learn how to make cocktails and mixers from your garden! Local bartender and herbalist, Krissi Listorti, goes through the process of what it takes to make bitters, simple syrups, and mixed drinks from herbs that you can find in your garden, or perhaps even growing wild. Must be 21+ for this event. Sign up hereSuggested donation $12.
Full Moon Trail Walk
Friday, October 26 from 7:00-10:00pm
Come experience the Full Hunter’s Moon this October with an exploration of the field and woods by moon light.  Finish the walk with ghost stories and delicious s’mores at the farm’s fire pit. For kids and adults ages 10 and up. 24 people max, so make sure you register to reserve your spotSuggested donation $5 at the event. 

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
Paul & Judith DeCoster * Southern CT State University
Buckley, Wynne & Parese *
 Laticrete International  * Griffin Hospital
Real Living-Wareck D’Ostillio 
* Joyce Printers * The Kayne Family
The Valley Community Foundation * Stihl
BIC Corporation * 
Coldwell Banker Real Estate
Hocon Gas, Inc. * Schaefer Inspection Services
Wells Fargo 

A-1 Toyota * Ciola Excavation LLC * Guido & Anne Calibrese * Nancy Daoud
Encon * Jacobi, Case & Speranzini PC * Serv-Pro of Milford-Orange-Sratford
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!