Final Farmers’ Market of The Year Today

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Sep 282017

Don’t forget that today, Thursday, Sept. 28 is the final day to enjoy the 2017 edition of the Orange Farmers’ Market.

The Orange Community Farmers’ Market is open today from 3:30 to 7 p.m. at the Pavilion at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road in Orange. 

Come and get your farm fresh produce and all of the other things you’ve grown to love this year.

Buy a slice of pizza for dinner and think about buying a few holiday gifts from the Mapleview Farm table.

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

PHOTOS: A Great Day For The Strawberry Festival

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Jun 132015

The Orange Congregational Church hosted its annual Strawberry Festival on the Orange Fairgrounds Saturday, June 13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The lines for the Strawberry Shortcake and such were long and steady all day long. The fresh baked Strawberry Rhubarb pies (still warm) were flying off the table, and vendors sold their wares in under tents on the field.

Shamrock Farm brought truckloads of potted and hanging plants for sale which made for a colorful backdrop at the event.

Here are some photos from the Festival:



Opinion — What Is A Farm? Part 2: Shamrock Farm

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Aug 082012

Shamrock Farm, a real working farm on Lambert Road.

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.

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.”

This series started with Grassy Hill Farm, today it’s Shamrock Farm, 621 Lambert Road, Orange

The Shamrock Farm business is a spin-off of the Andrew-Ewen family farm established in 1830, according to a profile for the Open Farms site.

the town’s current first selectman, Jim Zeoli was a child, he remembers the family selling pumpkins and vegetables under an apple tree in the yard on Lambert Road.  The farmers peddled milk, seed corn and other products to consumers in New Haven and area towns.

James Ewen, Sr. taught young Jim how to make wreaths and after Mr. Ewen passed away, Jim took over the farm and expanded it.  In 1980, he started with one greenhouse to grow vegetable plants for his own use, and people began coming from miles around because they wanted to buy the same plants that the farmers used, believing they were better than those from a big box store.

In the spring, Jim sells vegetable plants, hanging flower baskets, herbs and flats of flowering plants.  From July to October, he sells vegetables that he grows on the farm and in the fall he sells squash, pumpkins and gourds.  For the holidays in December, he makes wreaths and greens for customers.  He also raises beef cattle and sheep and gets eggs from his hens.
One of the farm hands is raising his own calf on the farm too. She is 8 weeks old today.

If you ask Jim or his young farm hands where his corn is grown they will tell you straight up.

“When the town bought a portion of the property I stopped using the fields for my crops. Another Orange farmer grows his corn here. My corn comes from a friend’s farm in Northford,” he said. “I don’t grow it myself and don’t pretend to. It’s picked, packed, loaded in my truck and on the farm stand in 20 minutes from harvest.”

He has three Orange natives with a passion for agriculture working on the farm, they weed the fields, plant seedlings, feed the cows, tend to the sheep, geese and chickens, cut flowers and make bouquets and pitch marketing ideas.

One of the boys came up with tomatoes to go. After popping a small, ripe tomato in his mouth in the field he suggested packaging a half pound of the small varieties in containers so people could enjoy them at lunchtime or on the go.

Jim went to Eastern Bag and bought plastic containers and the side business was born. You can find tomatoes to go at the farm stand. Fresh picked and unbelievably delicious.

At Shamrock, when one crop is done and the plants die out, they are plowed under and another crop is planted. The winter varieties will go in after the summer items, including flowers and tomatoes are done.

Hours of Operation: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm daily

Support your local farms.