Another Successful Community Farmers’ Market

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Jul 092015

20150709_155121Each week the Orange Community Farmers’ Market becomes more popular.

At 3:30 p.m. when it opened, people immediately lined up at the first table on the right as they entered the Pavilion — Grassy Hill Farm. The farm had the largest inventory of fresh picked vegetables and that drew plenty of attention from fresh seekers.

Shamrock Farm was selling radishes, greens and eggs as it had in past weeks and                                                              Christian told customers that the beets 20150709_160021would be ready next week.

Buttermilk Lane had many vases of beautiful bouquets of flowers.

The new kid on the grounds, Zuppardi’s Pizza Truck also was a popular attraction with dozens of people coming up for single slices and ordering whole pies to bring home for dinner.

To say that the event is a success is an understatement, everyone is looking forward to the midsummer veggies and fall fruits to arrive.


Impromptu Practice Session Provides Entertainment At Farmer’s Market (video)

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Jun 292015

Screen Shot 2015-06-29 at 12.24.05 PMLast Thursday, the Orange Farmer’s Market at the Orange Fairgrounds attracted fairly steady traffic in the Pavillion.

Shoppers walked away with baked goods from Julia’s Bakery, natural soaps, plants, flowers, handmade wool objects, herbs, eggs, greens and vegetables and information about fresh meats from local farms.

In the meantime, the gentle breeze wafted the sound of music to our ears and many searched for the source.

Down by the farm buildings, just past the gazebo three men were playing bag pipes.

The trio, all are members of the New Haven County Firefighters Emerald Society Pipes and Drums: Glenn (light blue shirt) from Orange, Alex (dark blue shirt) of Milford and the last (no name given — tall man in the medium blue shirt) from Lady Lake, Fla. who was there to work with the men on their craft. “They’re so good, it’s like shining a diamond,” he said.

The first Farmer’s Market went well, and the next one will be even better as more crops will be available to harvest and sell.



Orange Farmers’ Market Premiers on Thursday, June 25

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Jun 252015

IMG_9983The Town of Orange will be hosting the Annual Orange Community Farmers’ Market at the High Plains Community Center Pavilion, 525 Orange Center Road, every Thursday from June 25 to October 29, from 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The Market is open to the public.

Spread the word to all your friends, family, and co-workers.

Visit the many stands displaying certified Connecticut grown products!

Indulge in an array of all-natural products including but not limited to milk, eggs, flowers, plants, in-season vegetables, dairy, meats, and crafts all grown and made by local farms such as Buttermilk Lane Farm, Cedar Hill Farm, Grassy Hill Farm, Maple View Farm and Shamrock Farm.

Call the Orange Economic Development Corporation office at 203-891-1045 for more information or visit the farmers’ market website at https://www.facebook.com/OrangeCTFarmersMarket.

Originally Published on: Jun 22, 2015 @ 10:19

Opinion — What Is A Farm? Part 1: Grassy Hill Farm

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Aug 072012

In my opinion a farm is an agricultural establishment that produces at least 85% of the items it sells: raising chickens for the eggs it sells, having dairy cows for the ice cream it produces, putting in the time and sweat to grow the vegetables and plants it sells. Raising sheep for their wool. Growing trees and trimming the branches for fresh wreaths if that’s your niche.
Orange has plenty of farms.

The vegetable plants at Grassy Hill Farm are thriving.

In 2009 a group of local farmers came together and opened up their farms to the public for Open Farms Day.
The event was well-received and people were able to wander through fields of corn or see how squash, eggplant, pumpkins and other vegetables were grown.
This year there is no Open Farms Day, but, the real farmers are still working the fields and hoping that Mother Nature smiles upon them.
Orange Live is touring the real working farms in Orange to show you what hard work will get you, and bring to light the phrase “No Farms, No Food.”
We’ll start with Grassy Hill Farm, 970 Grassy Hill Road, an unassuming little farm stand with a big sign out front advertising corn.
Once you come down the driveway you will be greeted with a smile by Joe Moncheski’s Family and a bounty of beautiful fresh picked vegetables that were grown right there on Grassy Hill Road or less than 1/2 a mile away on the land that he rents from the town for his corn fields.
The farm has been in Joe’s family for nearly 100 years, and he is passing the passion for farming on to the next generation.
During our visit, 11-year-old Joe jr. gave us a tour of the fields, proudly showing off the various varieties of peppers, squash, tomatoes, and more. He pointed out the lovely licorice smell of the fresh leafy fennel plant and explained the differences between the white, purple, italian and black eggplant. The super fresh corn travels 5 minutes from field to farm stand every day, a few times a day.
It was nice seeing a young man with this much pride in and knowledge of such an important family business.
Stop by Grassy Hill Farm Monday – Friday: 10 am – 7 pm; Saturday & Sunday: 9 am – 7 pm

(203) 627-1491

Support your local farms.