First Annual HOOTENANNY AND POTLUCK
When: November 22, 6-9PM
(yes, it’s two days before Thanksgiving! We want to to take an evening to pause, and celebrate our local farmers while getting food to those who need it, more on that below)
How much? $50 donation/adult, $10 donation/child*
*bring 2 dishes and kids attend for free! And we absolutely want kids to come and have fun. These are probably the most important guests as we want them to develop a passion for agriculture and make a positive impact on our food system and making it accessible for all.
WAIT! WE HAVE TO BRING FOOD?!
Yes. We want to cultivate our relationships with our local farms and farmers. But we’re going to help you do this. If you scroll down you will find a list of some local farms and markets that sell products grown or raised near our farm. Not only is it good for the environment, and our bodies, it is good for our local economies and will keep farmers doing what they do best as well as support a system where young farmers can have a bright future. So please take a moment out of your busy holiday preparations to do some of your purchasing at these or other nearby farms.
And where does the money go?
All donations will be going to Daily Bread Food Pantry (DBFP) in Danbury. Gleaners Indiana Food Bank reported in 2012 that there were now 50 million Americans struggling with food insecurity (about 1 in 6), with the number of individuals seeking help increasing by 46%. DBFP serves about 500 – 600 families per month with Monday and Friday distributions from 10 am to 11:30 am. A scan of towns we serve shows Danbury, Bethel, Sandy Hook, Brookfield, New Fairfield, Ridgefield, New Milford and Waterbury. Identification is required with proof of address. DBFP does not require any income verification. No one in need is ever turned away without food.
DETAILS ON THE EVENING
With your entry you will get 5 tickets for you to enter in our fun assortment of raffle prizes. We will announce the winners after the talks.
We will also be taking any food donations for the pantry that you would like to make that evening. Here is a link to the donations the pantry needs.
6pm– food and live music in the historic 1725 barn, outdoor games, farm demos
6:30pm Plant-based Cooking Demo
7:15pm speakers (these will be short and sweet yet informative; prepare to get inspired!) including Susan Moran from Daily Bread Food Pantry and Ashley Kenney, Garden Manager & Sustainability Coordinator for Grace Farms in New Canaan
Winners of raffles announced
8-9pm Plant-based Cooking Demo, more music, food and fun on the farm!
You may dress however makes you feel most festive and happy. Please dress warmly as the event is equally outdoors as indoors (farm life is always like that and we truly want to welcome you into the farm). However, for the ladies, ‘sensible’ shoes would be suggested as it is a working farm outside (and we KNOW you’ll all want to stroll around and explore!).
FARMS AND FARM STANDS TO VISIT FOR YOUR DISHES
A Great starting point is the CTNOFA Farm and Food Guide
The Hickories (range of products), Ridgefield
Farmers Market Co-op, Ridgefield
Apple Ridge Farm (grass-fed beef), Ridgefield
Holbrook Farm (range of products) Bethel
Snow Hill Farm (lamb, beef, pork), North Salem, NY
Buy your tickets, pick a dish (if you happen to know what you’re making we’d love an email to keep track!), visit a farm (maybe even a new one!), invite some friends, get EXCITED and come on out to the HOOTENANNY!