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2008 news

October
Saturday, October 18th
3rd annual Pumpkinpalooza

Orange Fairgrounds, 3-8 pm
Don't miss this fun family event, and in particular, Scarecrow Alley. Treat Farm is busy working on its entry for this year's contest, which is sure to be exciting! For more information,
click here.

Treat Farm reusable cotton
Tote Bags are here!

Many of you have been bringing your own reusable shopping bags to the farm, and we thank you, as this reduces the number of paper and plastic bags we need to purchase and use. We now have a limited number of embroidered cotton tote bags for sale, perfect for holding your fresh vegetable purchases. The bags are $15, and include a dozen free ears of corn. Get yours while they last!

Some useful Links:
For a link to the State of Connecticut Department of Agriculture 2008 Farm Stand and Stores brochure (New Haven County), click here.

September

Saturday Sept. 20th -
Sunday Sept. 21st
The Orange Country Fair



Don't miss the 34th annual Orange Country Fair, held at the Fairgrounds on Orange Center Road. Jeff proudly exhibits many of his vegetables in the Fair each year. Copies of the fairbook are now available at the stand. To get more information about the Fair, visit its new website, www.orangectfair.com.

August

Saturday August 23rd -
Sunday August 24th


11am-12 pm and 1-2 pm
Visit from "Colonel the Corn", one of the CT Department of Agriculture's mascots. Bring the kids and your camera!


Treat Farm on News Channel 8
On Wednesday, August 6th, we were paid a visit by Desiree Fontaine, Gil Simmons and Sonia Baghdady from the News Channel 8 Good Morning Connecticut team. They spent the afternoon touring the farm, picking some corn, and sampling our vegetables in the stand. We all had a great time, and appreciated their visit. To see what Desiree wrote about us in her online blog, click here.

July

Treat Farm featured on the front page of the Orange Bulletin!
July 25th, 2008 click here for article.

June
In early June 2008, we received some exciting news from the CT Trust for Historic Preservation -- Treat Farm was one of the recipients of the Trust's first ever barn grant. The grant funds will allow us to obtain a conditions assessment of the white dairy barn that is the centerpiece of our farm, and give us some professional guidance on how we might restore it and use it as part of current our farming operations, while carefully preserving its historical significance. For more information on the Trust and its barn project, visit
www.connecticutbarns.org


Bingo at the Orange Senior Center on Thursday, June 19th, 2008 from 1-3 pm. A fun afternoon was enjoyed by all! We provided light refreshments, as well as the final prize of the day.

May
In May 2008, Heather had the opportunity to visit with several of the second grade classes at Peck Place School and many third graders at Race Brook School to read The Tree Farmer by Chuck Leavell. Through an agricultural literacy event sponsored by the Connecticut Agricultural Education Foundation (CTAEF), Heather was able to present a new copy of the book to each school, and to provide written resources and materials about Connecticut agriculture to the schools' libraries. She enjoyed spending time reading to the children, and answering their many questions about farming, Christmas trees, and Treat Farm! Many thanks to Miss Abbott at Peck Place and Mrs. Johnson at Race Brook for helping to schedule the visits.


The 8th Annual Hopkins Golf Tournament was held on Monday, May 19th, 2008 at the Orange Hills Country Club. We were happy to be a sponsor again this year, as this tournament raises funds for student scholarships at Hopkins. For more information, visit
the Hopkins school website or contact Shelby, who is a member of the Golf Committee.


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