Newsletter – September 30, 2022

Your neighborhood certified organic farm
Nature Journaling & drawing for the Novice
Sunday, October 9, 16 & 23
3:00 – 5:00pm
Nature Journaling and Drawing for the Novice returns with Peabody instructor Linda Miller. Take in the fall colors and changing seasons with this continuation of the series we offered over the summer. Class is for all levels but particularly geared to novice artists & writers or those simply looking to connect with the natural world on a new level. Instruction will cover writing, sketching and introduction to watercolors. Sundays from 3:00-5:00pm, October 9, 16 and 23. We’ll send a materials list upon registration. Rain or shine; dress for outdoor weather. $50-$60/pp.
School Vacation Days Return
Monday, October 10
8:30am -3:30pm
Massaro Farm offers a full day of activities and outdoor adventures exploring the farms fields and woods for children aged 6-11 on Monday, October 10, 8:30am-3:30pm. Children should bring a reusable water bottle, lunch, and weather-appropriate clothing. Snack will be provided during programming. Program runs rain or shine. Space is very limited. $60/per child.
Note: FYI, we are using a new sign up platform for this registration that reduces the fees paid by the farm and our customers. In the registration you choose the level of fees paid. Please call the farm office at 203-736-8618 if you experience any issues with this new platform.
Family Fun Day!
Sat, October 15
4 – 8 pm
Enjoy a magical evening on the farm Saturday, October 15 beginning at 4:00pm, that will culminate in the screening of the Halloween classic, Hocus Pocus. Complete a spooky craft with Seymour’s Pretty Little Witchcraft. Sit in on a reading of Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods by local children’s book author, Hal Johnson. Books available for purchase. Bring a picnic and your blanket or chairs and join us for the movie screening on the farm lawn. Entrance is FREE. Only steady rain cancels.
International Harvest Fest
Sat, October 22
1 – 4 pm
Celebrate the gift of harvest in spectacular and diverse ways by coming out for International Harvest Fest on Saturday October 22 from 1:00-4:00pm. Co-hosted by EcoWorks and Global Local Gourmet, this event will feature cooking demos, a harvest mandala, eco-friendly arts & crafts, a wellness tent, food tastings, farm games and a scavenger hunt. Rain or shine (with tented areas for inclement weather). Purchase your tickets online in advance; $15/pp or $35/per family.
Fall Farm CSA
On Sale Now
Our 6-week fall CSA is now available for purchase. Sign up at our GrownBy page and pay online or bring in payment; $180 for on-farm pickup, $200 for District pickup. The fall CSA begins in November, immediately following the end of our summer CSA, and continues in to December after a Thanksgiving break. Pickup will be available on Wednesdays at District in New Haven, and Fridays at the farm. There will be no Tuesday pickup at the farm. Space is limited!
Celebrating the CT Farm to School Connection
October is Connecticut’s Farm to School month. This year, Massaro Farm elected to process some of its tomato harvest into gallon-sized containers that could be made available to local schools for use in cafeterias. We’re grateful for the partnership with Gracie’s Kitchen that allowed us to process our organic tomatoes into these convenient sizes for larger-scale food production and for districts like Branford working to incorporate more locally produced items into school food service. If you know of a district that would be interested, please have them call the farm office so we can plan for next year.
Sip & Sign
Sat, November 17
6:30 pm
Sip on some wine while painting a sign! Join us for a night of fun in the barn as we partner with Happily Ever Farmhouse to offer our first ever Sip and Sign. All participants must register by November 3 so that the wooden signs can be created. Please reach out with any questions and we look forward to seeing you!
Where are the farm goats?
We want to send out a special acknowledgement to all the individuals and families who have been caring for farm goats and chickens over the last 3 years. Chickens, bees and worms remain on the farm. However, we’ve decided to re-home our goats for the coming winter months while we make adjustments to our farm animal protocols.
Build a Farm Pavilion:
Buy a Brick
For years, we’ve been dreaming of a sturdy structure that can host the increasing number of farm visitors. Now, thanks to partnerships with Haynes Group and Emmett O’Brien Technical School, the farm will erect a 20′ x 32′ post-and-beam pavilion in September. If you visit the farm this summer, you’ll likely see the foundation and lumber staged for this project.
This new structure, located in the farm’s Learning Garden adjacent to our new parking area, will provide year-round gathering space for 75-100 guests and expand our sustainability footprint with two composting toilets.
Etch your place in farm history by purchasing a brick that will form the foundation of the pavilion! Revenue raised through the sale of bricks will provide matching funds already received for this project from The Crippled Children’s Fund and Paul and Judy DeCoster.

4″ x 8″ Brick – $100

8″ x 8″ Brick – $250

Thank you to all of our 2022 sponsors:
Southern CT State University
Frank and Mary D’Ostilio
Explorers Learning Center
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
The Farm wishes to acknowledge the Katharine Matthies Foundation for its recent grant of $7,500 in support of our food security efforts across the Lower Naugatuck Valley.
(203) 736-8618
41 Ford Road, Woodbridge, CT
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