Thursday, July 30, 2015

Goshen Farm Tour 2015- Great Way to Spend The Weekend

Join us for a celebration and a Free Tour of Goshen's great farms during the
4th Annual Open Farm Tour
 August 1st & 2nd 
Saturday & Sunday -  10:00 am - 4:00 pm 
Please Note: some farms have special hours and demonstrations... see below for details.
 
 

The Connecticut 4-H Fair will be in session during this weekend at the Goshen Fairgrounds.

Information and maps ( click here for an online map) will be available at each farm or you may visit the main information booth at The Gazebo building located on the Goshen Fair Grounds. Farm tour representatives will be there to answer questions and assist with directions to the farms.
Launch point for the tour is at The Gazebo:
Goshen Fairgrounds  (Rte 63) 116 Old Middle Street, Goshen, CT. 06756 
Contact: Clint - 860-307-6244
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Farm Tour T-Shirts will be available at the Gazebo at the Fairgrounds or by email at: goshenagcouncil@gmail.com
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**** The Participating Farms are... ****
          
 1. Ivy Mountain Farm -
        Specializing in the sale of Dairy Goats to  individual families who desire to produce fresh goat milk, ice cream, soap,
cheese, and butter.
           1-860-491-1498   marytracy7@gmail.com
         203 Ivy Mountain Rd., Goshen, Connecticut 06756 
Ivy Moutain Farm will be open both Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm with demonstrations by request on animal husbandry (eg.) hoof care, milking, assessing for health issues.    
 
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Goshen Open Farm Tour 2015

 
Join us for a celebration and a Free Tour of Goshen's great farms during the
4th Annual Open Farm Tour
 August 1st & 2nd 
Saturday & Sunday -  10:00 am - 4:00 pm 
Please Note: some farms have special hours and demonstrations... see below for details.
 
 

The Connecticut 4-H Fair will be in session during this weekend at the Goshen Fairgrounds.

Information and maps ( click here for an online map) will be available at each farm or you may visit the main information booth at The Gazebo building located on the Goshen Fair Grounds. Farm tour representatives will be there to answer questions and assist with directions to the farms.
Launch point for the tour is at The Gazebo:
Goshen Fairgrounds  (Rte 63) 116 Old Middle Street, Goshen, CT. 06756 
Contact: Clint - 860-307-6244
_____________
 
Farm Tour T-Shirts will be available at the Gazebo at the Fairgrounds or by email at: goshenagcouncil@gmail.com
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**** The Participating Farms are... ****
          
 1. Ivy Mountain Farm -
        Specializing in the sale of Dairy Goats to  individual families who desire to produce fresh goat milk, ice cream, soap,
cheese, and butter.
           1-860-491-1498   marytracy7@gmail.com
         203 Ivy Mountain Rd., Goshen, Connecticut 06756 
Ivy Moutain Farm will be open both Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm with demonstrations by request on animal husbandry (eg.) hoof care, milking, assessing for health issues.        


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2. Miranda Vineyard - 
Open: Sat. 12-6 & Sun. 12-5
            860-491-9906
            42 Ives Rd., Goshen, Connecticut 06756 
 ** Featuring a  special wine demonstration on
Sunday at 2:00 PM
 
3. Goshen Farmers Market -(located at Miranda Vineyard)
Where:  Miranda Vineyard, 42 Ives Road, Goshen, CT. 06756
When: Saturday, August 1st, from  10:00 am - 1:00 pm  
The Goshen Farmers Market will be open on Saturday, August 1st from 10 am to 1 pm. We are located again this year at Miranda Vineyard and have an extensive list of local vendors. We also have the GFM On line ordering where customers can order their fresh meats and seafood and pick them up at the Market.
 
  4. Mohawk Bison - 
             The Farm Store will be open and we will be offering hayrides to get an upclose look at the Bison.
Contact info:
Mohawk Bison, LLC
PeterFay
47 Allyn Rd., Goshen, Connecticut 06756   
                        860-601-0206                      
 
** Note: Mohawk Bison is open Saturday and Sunday
from 12:00 - 4:00 pm
 ** Offering Hayrides throughout the weekend
 
5. Old Barn Farm - 
"Voted Best Blueberry Farm in CT.  
by Yankee Magazine"
May/June issue 
Offering 15 different varities of Blueberries
            860-491-0017         carl@oldbarnfarmct.com    www.oldbarnfarmct.com 
300 Bartholomew Hill Rd., Goshen, Connecticut 06756
 
6. Pie Hill Farm-  
Quality Horse Boarding & Training in Litchfield County
   860-480-0249  
                      piehillfarm.com                    
71 Pie Hill Road, Goshen, Connecticut
 
 
  7. Serenity Farm - * New on the Farm Tour*
Contact:
Sharon Lauglin
213 East Street North, Goshen, CT. 06756
203-554-3524
Come and see a "farm-to-be" that is already off-grid. The farm will be a self sustained, organic farm growing fruits, vegetables, herbs and many flowers. It will be the home to 4 alpacas, many chickens and at least 2 bee hives next spring. Explore the beginnings of a farm, what goes into the planning and thoughts of a "farm to be".
 
8. Sunset Meadow Vineyards - 
            599 Old Middle St., Goshen, Connecticut 06756 
860-201-4654      
**Note: Our Winery will be open from 11:00 - 6:00 on Saturday and 11:00 - 5:00 on Sunday.
Events for Open Farm Tour: 
Saturday at 2:00 & 4:00 pm  & Sunday at 3:00 pm :  Meet our Winemaker and join him for a vineyard and wine production tour/and educational session.
Highlights of our Farm:   Sunset Meadow Vineyards is a family owned and operated farm and winery located on Route 63 in Goshen.  The land which is now vineyard has always been dedicated to farmland. Having been a horse farm, dairy farm, beef cattle and hay and now vineyard.  There are over 50 acres of intensely planted grapevines throughout our vineyards here at Sunset Meadow.  We are extremely dedicated to practicing sustainable farming methods. (Some of which you will learn on the tour).  Sunset Meadow Vineyards has been proudly awarded  the "Certified CT Grown” distinction for our wines and has won “Best of CT” two years running.  Join us for a tour, a tasting, or take home a bottle!
 
 
9.Thorncrest Farm & Milk House Chocolates - 
           Specilaizing in our "Signautre Single Cow Origin Chocolates and Caramels" made with our own cream, butter and milk.
Highlights of the tour:
1. Pasteurized creamline Vanilla Milk and Whole Milk
2. Cabot Cheese Tasting -  sample award winning cheeses from Cabot 
Contact:
Clint: 860-307-6244  - Farm & Cows
Kimberly : 860-309-2545 - Chocolates and Creamery
280 Town Hill Road, Goshen, Connecticut 06756     
 
10. West Street Farm- 
Sustainably- Grown Vegetables & Raw Honey
 Contact:
Lauri Szpak & Dexter Kinsella
                 103 West Street, Goshen, Connecticut 06756
860-491-3364          

 
 
 

Litchfeild County 4-H Fair at The Goshen Fairgrounds

The Litchfield County 4-H fair will be held August 1-2nd at the Goshen Fairgrounds.

Come out for a great day of fair fun!






for more information
 
 

Litchfield County 4-H Fair
Goshen Fair Grounds
            
            Contact: Laura Marek
at 860-626-6240
laura.marek@uconn.edu

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Litchfield Night Out!

Music, food & fashion on the Litchfield Green from 5-8 pm on July 30, 2015.

Join family and friends for a great night out in Litchfield.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Gosehn Library Talk

 Kennan and Containment

Monday, July 27 ~ 4 p.m.

George Kennan was one of our more astute foreign policy gurus and historians.  

His Long Telegram from Moscow in 1946 and his 1947 article in Foreign Affairs on

Containment, were the foundation to US Policy to what became known as the Cold War.  

This talk will describe Containment over the duration of the Cold War
 
Presented by
 

Mark Albertson, a historical research editor at Army Aviation magazine
in Monroe, has authored several books and is at work on another.  
He is an adjunct professor and has spoken in many varied venues.

Friday, July 24, 2015

How To Clean Your Grill

From Apartment Therapy

There is still a lot of summer left. Hopefully you have had the time to use your outdoor gas grill a lot. Using the grill a lot also means it could use a good cleaning.  this great post from Apartment Therapy can help you clean your grill in no time for many more months of use.

How To Clean a Gas Grill


What You Need


Gloves (optional)
Grill brush or other cleaning brush
Cleaning rags or paper towels
Bristle brush or putty knife
Soap and water

Instructions


  1. Gather your cleaning supplies: You'll need gloves (optional), grill brush or other cleaning brush, cleaning rags or paper towels, bristle brush or putty knife, and soap and water.
  2. Turn off the gas supply: Make sure the gas supply is turned off, or you can also detach the gas tank from the grill.
  3. Clean the grill grates: Remove the grill grates and clean them with a grill brush or other coarse cleaning brush.
  4. Clean anything covering the burners: Remove any V-shaped metal bars, ceramic briquettes, or lava stones that cover the burners, and brush them clean.
  5. Clean the burner tubes: Lightly brush the burner tubes and make sure all the gas ports are clean and open.
  6. Clean the bottom of the grill and the lid: Brush or wipe any debris out of the bottom of the grill. If there is peeling black paint on the grill lid or bottom, use a bristle brush or putty knife to scrape off the carbon flakes.
  7. Clean the grease collection tray: Clean the grease collection tray with soap and water, or replace any disposable pans as needed.
  8. Wipe down the outside of the grill: Wipe down the outside of the grill and any side tables with soap and water.
  9. Put the grill back together: Put all the parts of the grill back together; now you're ready to grill!

Important Notes on Maintaining Your Gas Grill

  • Check your grease collection tray: Every time you grill, make sure the tray is not full, since that can lead to a dangerous grease fire.
  • Brush the grill grates before grilling: After you preheat the grill, brush the grate with a grill brush or wadded piece of foil to remove the burnt bits of food from the last grilling session. It's easier to loosen the bits when the grates are hot.
  • Oil the grate: Oil the hot grates before grilling so food doesn't stick.
  • Brush the grates after grilling: If you have time, brush the grates one more time after grilling.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Litchfield Jazz Festival-Save the Date August 7th-9th

The 20th Anniversary of The Litchfield Jazz Festival will be held at the Goshen Fairgrounds on August 7th-9th.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
For more information, go to
 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The Goshen Fair 2015

A Goshen Tradition Continues!
 
September 4th, 5th and 6th- Always Labor Day Weekend

The 103rd Goshen Fair will feature Soul Sound Revue, King Kountry, A-Ray of Elvis, Apricot Brandy, Fireworks, and the Muttville Comix.
  • New additions for 2015 are Nature Nick’s Animal Adventures and Magic of Christopher on the Children’s Stage, and The Zolla Boys on the Main Stage.

  • The Giant Pumpkin Department is growing pumpkins again this year near the north side of the Antique Barn. Please check our facebook page for updates!

  • Due to lack of participation, the Draft Horse Show has been cancelled.

  • The Adult Spelling Bee will return on Monday.
  • Hay Bale Toss
  • Skillet Toss
  • Frozen Tee Shirt Contest
  • Pie Eating Contest     

Hours: Saturday and Sunday 8am - 9pm, and Monday 8am - 6pm.

No ALCOHOLIC Beverages Brought In
 
For more information, please go to
 

Connecticut Wine Festival July 25th to 27th

Annual CT Wine Festival at Goshen Fairgrounds


July 25th & 26th, 2015
Taste the best of Connecticut’s wineries. Sample locally produced specialty foods. Enjoy live music. Browse for handicrafts. And more. It’s all happening at the Connecticut Wine Festival!

Hours: Saturday, July 25th from 12pm-7pm and Sunday, July 26th from 12pm-6pm.

Location: The Goshen Fairgrounds are located approximately 1/2 mile south of Goshen center on Route 63. For directions visit: www.goshenfair.org/directions.

Tickets: Tickets will be for sale online and at participating wineries soon. Check back frequently for additional information.

Admission includes a commemorative festival wine glass (tasting ticket only) and tote bag, specialty food samples, entertainment and the opportunity to purchase bottles/cases of wine, food and artisan crafts.

Festival FAQ:
• CT Wine Festival has a page in the 2015 Passport to Connecticut Farm Wineries. Please bring your Passport so you can get it stamped!
• Wineries will NOT be stamping their individual pages at the festival.
• No pets are allowed at the fairgrounds.
• No outside food or beverages are allowed.
• Be sure to BRING YOUR ID!