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Two Simple Ways to Help Wakeman Town Farm Win Grant Money

14 Apr

Up to $25k up for grabs for WTF!

Wakeman Town Farm in Westport is a farm, sure, and they grow crops and have plenty of cute chickens, but it’s way more than just fruits and veggies. One of the most important aspects of WTF is that they are, truly, a community organization. They invite people to the farm to check it out, learn how things work, and more. And, one of the greatest aspects is that they are working hard to connect younger people to the farm and farming through classes, workshops, and even summer camp sessions. Continue reading

WTF Harvest Fest Party + Dinner Features 9 Stellar Restaurants + Vendors

24 Aug

A night with food, drinks, and good company all under the summer sky. Photo courtesy of Wakemen Town Farm

Wakeman Town Farm in Westport is hosting their 4th Annual Harvest Fest at 6 pm on 9/12. . . and, oh, you’ll want to get a piece of it. Well, lots of pieces, actually. That’s because there will be a smorgasbord of hors d’oeuvre and drinks in the form of cocktails, wines, and craft beer during the cocktail party. Then, things will soon shift focus to a dinner. Just look at this lineup of restaurants and vendors who will be making this night awesome:  The Spread, Artisan, Blue Lemon, Fairfield Cheese Co., Fleisher’s Craft Butchery, AMG Catering, Olivette, Wave Hill Breads, and Saugatuck Sweets.

In addition to all of that awesomeness above, there will be live music and an auction that features smaller prizes and bigger items like a stay at a private house in Big Sur, a four-course dinner party at Sugar & Olives and Barcelona, a family getaway, and a mysterious surprise vacation. Tickets for this event are $150 each and are on sale starting today. Click here to get ’em while the getting’s good (this event does sell out pretty quickly, btw). 

Soup’s on at Wakeman Town Farm with Chef Craig Charlton!

25 Sep

Wakeman Town Farm Soup Workshop

Is there anything better on a crisp fall or cold winter day than a bowl of soup and a nice hunk of yummy bread to go with it?  No, not really.  And we all have our favorite soups, too:  NE Clam Chowder (you’re banned from here if you like Manhattan Clam Chowder, btw), Italian Wedding Soup, French Onion, Tomato, and of course Minestrone.  

Speaking of Minestrone, that’s what you’ll learn to make at a special Soup & Bread Workshop at Wakeman Town Farm on 10/6 from 10 to noon.  Chef Craig Charlton, who is a Westport native and has nearly 30 years of restaurant experience, will lead you through the steps in creating an amazing soup that’s sure to warm your heart and soul. He’ll also show you how to make a killer herbed flatbread, too, because what’s a soup without some bread to dip into it?

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Getting clucky with it: Westport Chicken Coop Tour @ WTF

17 May

Postponed to June 1!

Buk buk bagockkkk!
Ah, such finer sounds are hard to find at the farm, but would you expect to hear chickens at people’s homes in Westport?  We’re asking this question to you, so you must expect that we’ll begin to share that there are actually lots of homes in Westport that have coops in their backyards.  Guess what?  There are lots of people in Westport who are raising chickens in their very own backyards…and Wakeman Town Farm is highlighting these coops with their 2nd Annual The Westport Chicken Coop Tour.

Can it! Learn how to preserve and can your food. Wakeman Town Farm – Westport, CT

30 Aug

We were at The Christmas Tree Shop (Dan’s nemesis, his holy water, his silver bullet) recently and saw giant cases of mason jars.  That got us to thinking how amazing it would be to can our own veggies or make our own jam and sauces.  Then we got to more thinking and were scared because we didn’t know how to do it properly.  Then we kind of gave up.

You could make something as awesome as this! From Wakeman Town Farms page.

But, we don’t have to give up anymore.  Wakeman Town Farm is actually holding a special workshop on September 8 from 9 am to 12 pm.  You’ll learn how to can, make jams, and even blend together a nice tomato sauce.  The class costs $35 when you register online or is $40 at the door.  There isn’t much space, so make sure that you get your spot online before anything begins.  Oh, you’ll also come home with some nice treats…a few jars of your own goodness that you can store away for fall or the cold days of winter. Continue reading

Wakeman Town Farm Holds First Farm to Table Event Featuring CT’s Best Chefs!

24 Jul

“Grassroots” is an event not to be missed.  It’s the kind of thing that if you miss it, you realize that you’re not one of the cool kids anymore.  It’s the kind of event that when you go, you realize how awesome food is and how wicked good it feels to keep it local.  Although the “Grassroots” farm to table dinner won’t be going on until September 15, we felt that we had to tell you about it now because tickets go on sale this Friday, August 3 and are $150 each.  Make sure that you’re following Wakeman Town Farm by e-mail newsletter if you’re a member…that’s where you’ll find the invitation.  It will also be up on their site with a link to purchase tickets via PayPal.

Here are some of the best chefs that CT has who are locavores, ready to transform local seasonal veggies (from nearby farms) into meals of yumminess:

Gnocchi from Artisan in Southport

Jason Sobocinski of Caseus, New Haven
John Naughright of LeFarm, Westport
Frederic Kieffer of Artisan, Southport
John Barricelli, SoNo Baking Company, Norwalk & Westport

The dinner will also help Wakeman Town Farm to raise money for their farm.  Their plans?  Spruce up the place, give away scholarships, create high school and college internships, and install animal shelters for their children’s program.  Another way to help Wakeman Town Farm is by becoming a member.  Here are some of the ways to help out along with the benefits:

$100 Harvester
  • Gift Certificate for 2 Wakeman Town Farm T-shirts
  • Discount on special events
  • Receive regular updates of the Wakeman Town Farm E-Newsletter
  • Early registration to special events
$50 Family
  • Receive regular updates of the Wakeman Town Farm E-Newsletter
  • Early registration for immediate family to special events
$35 Individual
  • Receive regular updates of the Wakeman Town Farm E-Newsletter
  • Early registration to special events

When we get more details such as the menu, we’ll update this.  So, help support local farmers, local chefs, and Wakeman Town Farm.  Think local, buy local, live local.

Wakeman Town Farm

134 Cross Highway

Westport, CT 06880

Wakeman Town Farm Hosting Family Fun Day w/ Games, Food Trucks, MYO Sundaes, a Pie Contest, and More!

23 Jun

Need somewhere to take the kiddos on Saturday, July 14?  Or, maybe you’re just a kid at heart and want to enjoy some local food trucks, check out a pie contest, or just want to pet some animals?  Either way, you’ll have to stop by at Wakeman Town Farm at 134 Cross Highway in Westport on 7/14 from 12-4 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults, and just $5 for kids.  The food trucks are eat as you go, though, so bring some extra dinero.  If you’re planning on going, make sure that you register by writing The Wakeman Town Farm at wakemantownfarm@gmail.com.

Here’s a full list of all the great things going on:

• Local food trucks (Steaz Ice Teaz, J&J Kettle Korn, Christie’s Country Store, and an unidentified ice cream truck!)

• Games

• Farm Olympics

• Make your own sundaes

• Picnic (BYO blanket)

• Kid’s auction (you can win classes, workshops, and hoard-worthy items)

• Face painting

• Garden Tours

• Petting zoo

• Pony rides

• Pie contest (yes please)

• Fire truck (dalmatian not included)

• Not listed:  helping support local farmers!

Jason Sobocinski + John Barricelli Book Signing and Tasting for The Wakeman Town Farm, 5/6

29 Apr

Behold the awesomeness!

Yes, after a successful swag run that included white shoes at $20 at Marshall’s Shoes in Westport, I snuck into Barnes & Noble while Kristien oohed and aahed over the vast array of shoes.  Barnes & Noble, my oasis, my escape from the monotony of shoe shopping…how I love you.  Well, wouldn’t you know what we found when Kristien made her way in?

Click through to purchase/look at book at B&N

A double dose of culinary and cheeseuary awesomeness in the form of a book signing!  Yes, so just stop in at the Barnes & Noble in Westport on 5/6/12 from noon-2 pm and you’ll be able to meet Jason Sobocinski from Caseus Fromagerie and Bistro and John Barricelli from The SoNo Baking Company.  Their books will be for sale, and you’ll be able to get them signed all in support of a bookfair for the Wakeman Town Farm education center in Westport.  We checked and you’ll be able to bring in your own copies, oh intrepid foodicionados.  This is for a fundraiser, though, so consider buying both books to be signed.  Oh, but wait, did you catch that other word on the sign?  Yes, TASTING.  Muahahahaha!  You’d be absolutely dumb not to attend.  Think ahead, too…wouldn’t this be a perfect gift for your lovely wife or your mother on that special day that comes only once a year?  Or, think of your favorite bloggers named Dan and Kristien Del Ferraro…

You are probably familiar with both Jason and John, because they seem to be everywhere these days.  Jason is well known for his awesome restaurant, food truck, and store Caseus in New Haven and also for hosting The Big Cheese on The Food Network.  Also, John has received countless kudos from the media and fans for his food and baked goods (especially our ode to the stuffed french toast) and  hosts his own show called Everyday Baking on PBS.

In addition, please also consider coming in earlier than the book signing to support Wakeman Town Farm.  Starting at 10 am, there will be lots of fun events and green activities that celebrate how amazing farms are and why we love spring.  This will be a great place to take your kids, hint hint wink wink nod nod.

Barnes & Noble

5/6/12 from noon – 2 pm

Address:  Post Plaza Shopping Center

1076 Post Road East

Westport, CT 06880

Phone:  (203) 221-7955

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