It’s October in Granby, and that means our agricultural roots are in their glory. (See what I did there?) It’s not just a nice history lesson, however. Agriculture is alive and well in Granby, and the Friends of Holcomb Farm take this opportunity to thank the Agricultural Commission for all it does to keep this way of life—and way of making a living—alive and well in our special town. As this month’s update from Holcomb Farm is written, we are basking in the glow of a fabulous Open Farm Day. As is surely profiled throughout this month’s Drummer, 13 of our farms welcomed hundreds of visitors in, showcasing everything from apples to agroforestry, and from horses to hostas.
At Holcomb Farm, children picked flowers and raspberries, and a group of about 20 hikers enjoyed a guided hike of the ever-developing Tree Trail and learned about what is growing there. Thank you, Eric Lukingbeal, for leading that hike. Chef Chris Prosperi of Metro Bis restaurant in Simsbury, who uses our produce in his menus all year long, once again volunteered to demonstrate how to turn our produce into delicious dishes, cooking up a delightful and refreshing gazpacho, accompanied by a summer vegetable hash that took its inspiration from a classic French ratatouille.
The Open Farm Day visitors were ecstatic about Holcomb Farm’s diverse offering of vegetables. Some were so impressed that they joined the Winter CSA, causing it to sell out. (But fear not, read on for opportunities to purchase Holcomb Farm produce this winter.)