Newsletter – July 29, 2022

Your neighborhood certified organic farm
Sunny and 85 for
Nature Journaling & Drawing this Sunday
July 31, Aug 7 & 14
4 – 6 pm
Last week we kicked off a series of connecting with the natural world through journaling and drawing. You’re invited to join us this week for the second installment of this series with senior Peabody instructor, Linda Miller.
We will focus on contouring drawing and writing prompts. We’ll take advantage of the great weather to explore the farm. If you missed last week you’re still welcome to join this series at any time. Bring your own portable stool or use a folding farm chair.
Class fee includes sketch book, sketching pencils and eraser. Only cancels if there is steady rain. Wear closed toed shoes for walking around the farm. $15-$35/pp.
Adult Beekeeping
Sat, August 20
How are your hives faring in this period of drought? Just like humans, bees get very thirsty and it’s important to check on them, test for mite count, treat if necessary, and ensure they have a source of water nearby. A shallow water trough with some stones in it will give them the water they need and keep them from drowning.
Join us for the upcoming installment of caring for your bee hives, where we’ll focus on maintaining the health of your hive and taking steps necessary now to prepare it for the coming cooler weather.
Led by Ted Jones of Jones Apiaries. RSVP to let us know you are coming. Suggested donation of $10/pp at the event to support apiary management and beekeeping education at the farm. Veils available for your use. Wear a bee suit or long sleeves, long pants and closed-toed shoes for beekeeping workshops.
Addeo’s Fire & Ice
Aug 2
2:30 – 6:30pm
This coming Tuesday, we’ll welcome Addeo’s Fire & Ice Truck featuring seasonal flavors of Italian ice.
Each 2022 CSA subscriber will get a ticket for a FREE Italian ice. However, the truck will be open to the public and anyone is welcome to stop by and enjoy this refreshing treat.
Massaro Farm Summer Camp – SOLD OUT!
No more spots available for the remainder of this year’s sessions
Fall after school and weekend programs to be announced
Free Family Movie Night
Friday, August 12
Doors Open 7pm
Family movie night returns in two weeks with the screening of Camp Nowhere. Pack a picnic and come early to visit with farm chickens and goats. Explore one of the two new trails we’ve marked around the farm. Then stop under the canopy for a simple craft. Remember that evenings on the farm cool off. Bring a blanket or low chair to sit on.
Dinner on the Farm Returns
Saturday, September 10 ~ 4:30pm
Our renowned farm-to-table dinner returns for its twelfth year! We’re excited to announce the return of this seasonal farm-to-table meal, featuring the farm’s organic vegetables and other locally produced meats, cheeses and libations. Proceeds directly support our food security efforts.
Each year Massaro donates between 6,000-10,000 pounds of organic produce – the equivalent of 5,000-8,300 meals – to local hunger relief agencies.
Includes appetizers, multi-course meal (catered by Seasonal Catering), dessert, coffee & tea. Open bar. The day’s activities include a farm tour, live music and silent auction. $125/pp. Limited seating.
Summer Youth Crew 2022
Our Summer Youth Crew (Alex, Aliah, Bella, Bobby, Faith, Morrigan, Steven plus volunteer, Halvor) has been working hard and reached the half way point in this year’s program. We checked in with our crew leaders, Cass Darrow and Mary Claire Whelan, to see how things are going, especially in view of recent hot days.
Cass and MC report an incredibly positive outlook from the crew on their experience thus far. The crew enjoys learning about new vegetables and have taken home produce to cook for their families to enjoy. The youth crew typically comes on board at the end of June, just when harvest and general chores really ramp up for the rest of the farm staff. Youth Crew is responsible for maintaining the u-pick field, filled with herbs, flowers and cherry tomatoes. They have also been harvesting most of the summer squash crop, and have picked thousands of pounds to fulfill our CSA subscribers shares!
Take the 5-minute Program Survey:
Win a jar of tomato sauce!
Have your say in the future of farm programming
Most of the educational programming that’s offered on the farm comes about simply because you’ve asked for it.
Here’s your chance to have a say! Take a few minutes to complete our survey on the type and format of classes and offerings you’d like to see at the farm.
Since we draw visitors from all over the state, feel free to share this link with friends, families or colleagues. The more feedback, the better! Please respond by August 12, 2022.
Big Y Community Bag Program
Big Y grocery stores have selected the farm as a recipient of its community bag give-back program during the month of August.
Each time a shopper purchases a $2.50 reusable bag, $1 of that purchase will support Massaro Farm (unless the shopper designates otherwise).
Support Massaro Farm’s educational and food security programs by shopping there and purchasing your reusable bag during the month of August, 2022!
Thank you to all of our 2022 sponsors:
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Retina Systems
LeClaire Heating and HVAC
The Glass Source
Jimmie’s Place
KES Tree Service
Shake This
Allen’s Plumbing Supply
Little Bit Farm
Ciola Excavation
JNP Landscaping
Kristy Laydon, Realtor
(203) 736-8618
41 Ford Road, Woodbridge, CT