It’s not too late to participate in summer CSA
A few CSA summer shares remain available and can be purchased at holcombfarm.org/join-our-csa/. Enjoy a full summer’s worth of Holcomb Farm produce, grown locally, without chemicals, by a farmer you know. The season starts June 11, which is also the annual opening of the Farm Store. Whether you are a CSA member or not, you can purchase Holcomb Farm produce at the Farm Store. You also can shop for meat, cheese, and other goodies sourced from a wide variety of local farms and vendors. The store is at the newly renovated (thanks to FOHF grants and volunteers) CSA Barn at 111 Simsbury Road, and will be open daily through the summer and into fall, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Chris Prosperi cooking demo
Metro Bis Executive Chef Chris Prosperi will conduct a cooking demonstration at the Farm on Saturday, June 29, at 2 p.m.. You’ve probably seen Chris on TV—a magician in the kitchen, he also is an excellent teacher and an all-around great guy, and he’s a wonderful friend to Holcomb Farm. Don’t miss this opportunity to see him whip-up some magic using Holcomb Farm produce.
Tree Trail Hike for CT Trails Day
As part of the annual Connecticut Trails Day, Saturday, June 1, the Friends of the Holcomb Farm will host a family-friendly hike in the fields and woods of the Town-owned Holcomb Farm. The hike starts at 10 a.m. and will cover four to five miles at a leisurely pace, beginning at the parking lot at the main campus (113 Simsbury Road, West Granby). You are welcome to visit throughout the summer; well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome. The trails are well-marked, and maps are available at holcombfarm.org.
The June 1 hike will feature a scavenger hunt to identify several varieties of trees throughout the eastern section of the farm in rolling fields and forest. Recently several new trees, funded through a grant received by the Friends of Holcomb Farm, have been planted by volunteers, and these as well as mature trees in the existing woodlands have been tagged with labels. For the scavenger hunt, teams of all ages will be tasked with finding as many trees as possible from a list and map.
Plant and Seedling Sale a Big Success
A big, heartfelt thank you to everyone who came to the CSA Barn for Farmer Joe’s Mothers Day Plant and Seedling Sale of healthy, thriving flowers, vegetables and herbs. Proceeds support the nonprofit farm and participating helps with community building. Joe reports, “The event was an exciting culmination of months of work and preparations, as we grow everything from seed, right here in our greenhouse in Granby. We started in February by planning things out and ordering seeds. In March, we fired up the heat in the propagation greenhouse and started seeding. After that, it’s watering, transplanting, potting up, moving things to fit more plants. Farming is a labor of love and we very much appreciate all of our wonderful customers and CSA members who love what we do here!”
The event included a Pop-Up Farmer’s Market, where products from Lost Acres Vineyard, Sweet Harvest Farm, and Sweet Wind Farm were available for purchase; and the Institute of Sustainable Nutrition and the Bionutrient Food Association was on-hand giving presentations.
The Friends of Holcomb Farm are grateful to Joe and his crew for all their hard work and creativity that contributed to the success of this event and we wish them all a healthy and fruitful farming season ahead.
Support the Friends of Holcomb Farm
When hiking our trails or stocking up at the Farm Store, don’t miss the general beauty of the place, always being enhanced by the many volunteers. Just south of the big barn and farmhouse, an old silo base was rescued from invasive overgrowth last year, and replanted, enhancing the view as you pass by on Simsbury Road.
The Friends of Holcomb Farm is a volunteer, non-profit, membership association that works hand-in hand with the Town of Granby to “preserve, promote and utilize this historic New England Farm.” We are grateful to our members, and we welcome any and all interested in becoming members. All it takes is a $25 annual contribution, and an interest in this town treasure.