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Sustainability, Local, Organic: CT NOFA Winter Conference This Weekend w/ Workshops, Vendors + Local Lunch

27 Feb

CT NOFA Winter Conference 2014

CT NOFA, The Connecticut Chapter of Northeast Organic Farming Association, is “a growing community of farmers, gardeners, land care professionals, and consumers that encourages a healthy relationship to the natural world.”  They’ve been changing Connecticut one shovel, plant, farm, consumer, and restaurant at a time since 1982 and they are going stronger than ever.

From time to time, CT NOFA has events and meetings and this weekend is their 32nd Annual Winter Conference.  On March 1, from 8:30-5 pm, at the Midtown Campus (meet at Berkshire Hall) of Western CT State University, you’ll have a chance to attend workshops, listen to the keynote speech, bid on raffles, buy CT products, and have lunch from local restaurants and purveyors that put good, healthy, local and sustainable food first.  Tickets are $35 for students and farm interns/apprentices or $60 for all others and will help to fund CT NOFA’s mission of making Connecticut better.

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Fun on Tap at SM+NC: Maple Sugar Workshop for the Grown Ups

13 Feb
Where maple sugar comes from...and, no, not the stork

Where maple sugar comes from…and, no, not the stork

There’s nothing quite more New Englandy than maple syrup.  Just think about how versatile it is:  put it on your favorite breakfast food, mix it into cocktails, use it for baking, or just free-base the stuff to get it right into your blood stream.  What it comes down to is this:  we purely and wholeheartedly love us some maple syrup.  And, if you’re truly a New Englander and Nutmegger at the core then you love it as much as we do.

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How do you run a successful restaurant? Find out at the Ferguson Library!

21 Nov


If owning your own restaurant has been a dream of yours, why not take that next step to making your dream a reality?  The first task is as simple as attending the Running a Successful Restaurant seminar at the Ferguson Library in Stamford on 12/11.  Registration for the seminar begins at 5:30 and the presentation starts at 6 in the third floor auditorium.

During the talk, you’ll learn all about the restaurant biz…from the good, to the bad, and to the ugly.  You’ll also get help figuring your way through how to position your restaurant and your unique culinary perspective.  And, of course, you’ll get some advice about how to market your restaurant.

This event at the Ferguson is co-sponsored by SCORE (provides help for small businesses and start-ups) of Fairfield County and the Community Economic Development Fund (provides financial and technical assistance to small businesses and supports community economic development).

The Ferguson Library
96 Broad Street
Stamford, CT 06904

Pig Carving, Gardening, Foraging, Beekeeping, and Chicken Raising Workshops @ Millstone Farm in Wilton

28 Feb
Ready to fly the coop?  Photo provided by Millstone Farm.

Ready to fly the coop? Photo provided by Millstone Farm.

Slowly but surely, winter is fading away and spring is getting ready to, well, spring.  And, with spring time on its way (thanks Punxsutawney Phil) we can look forward to more farmers’ markets and events at farms.  Some events that you’ll definitely want to hit up in the coming weeks are happening at Millstone Farm in Wilton.  Oh, and these aren’t your typical kind of events…these are awesome workshops that are unique, fun, and will help transform you into a farming and culinary genius.  Here are the deets:

1) Pig Carving 101 with Tim LaBant of The Schoolhouse at Cannondale

Saturday, March 23:  12pm – 3pm

Cost: $50, RSVP to f2f@schoolhouseatcannondale.com

“Back by popular demand! Join us for a hearty lunch and an up close and personal workshop on how to carve a whole pig, lead by Chef Tim LaBant of The Schoolhouse at Cannondale. Tim will demonstrate his techniques while explaining each step and answering your questions along the way.  Please note, payment must be made to The Schoolhouse prior to the event and tickets are non-refundable.”

2) Raising Backyard Chickens

Saturday, April 6:  1pm – 4pm

$30 per person.  RSVP to katie@millstonefarm.org and send a check to them to reserve your spot. 

“Millstone’s Farmer, Annie Farrell, covers the steps and skills required to raise happy, healthy chickens in your own backyard. From incubating to egg collecting, you’ll be well prepared to care for your brood. The workshop includes a look at our state of the art mobile chicken coops and a tour of the farm.”

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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

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