Henry Gets a Check-up

Henry, Dave Barney’s donkey, is something of a celebrity in our neighborhood. Visible from the road, walkers know him by name and it’s not unusual for cars to slow down and watch him for a minute or two. This is Easton after all and we appreciate many forms of local animal life.

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‘Tis The Season–Easton Tree Farms Opening Soon

Christmas is fast approaching and, for those who are new to town, you may not know that Easton is the Christmas Tree Capital of Connecticut. There are several farms throughout Easton that are listed below for families to hand pick the tree of their choice. Many are opening to the Continue reading “‘Tis The Season–Easton Tree Farms Opening Soon”

Easton Farmers Eligible for Drought Relief

Easton farmers can seek assistance to help offset crop losses they experienced from the summer drought. Governor Ned Lamont announced on Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved his request to expand a natural disaster declaration to all eight of the state’s counties.

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Easton Unplugged

native to this valley, will spread over it
like a grove, and memory will grow
into legend, legend into song, song
into sacrament.” – Wendell Berry

In 1966, when I was five, my parents bought a piece of land on the Fairfield-Easton town line on the corner of North and Old Continue reading “Easton Unplugged”

Back Yard Beekeepers Dip into Honey’s History

Do you think you know all there is to know about honey? Well … maybe not. Back Yard Beekeepers Association members Marina Marchese and Howland Blackiston will co-present, “Honey, I Love You” at the Sept. 27 BYBA meeting from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The hybrid meeting will take place at Continue reading “Back Yard Beekeepers Dip into Honey’s History”

Letter: Thank You for Sunflowers

To the Editor:

Our grandchildren, Lexi and Paul, had gone home to Boston, but our house seemed unwilling to release them. Their colorful paintings of a parrot and the Ukrainian flag remained on the kitchen counter where they left them. Mini-plastic Fischer-Price people littered Continue reading “Letter: Thank You for Sunflowers”

Here a Flower, There a Flower, Everywhere a Sunflower

Come with me
into the field of sunflowers.
Their faces are burnished disks,
their dry spines creak like ship masts,
their green leaves,
so heavy and many,
fill all day with the sticky
sugars of the sun.
Come with me
to visit the sunflowers … 

The Farmer & the Race Car

It’s an early morning in August and Michael Sabia is tending to his Christmas tree farm. He’s pulling weeds around an infant Christmas tree he planted. The tiny spruce tree will take several years to grow big enough to decorate a family’s home for the holidays. That’s the nature Continue reading “The Farmer & the Race Car”

Take a Sunflower Home for Ukraine

The bright yellow sunflowers covering a field at Samuel Staples Elementary School are free for the taking.

Irving “Irv” Silverman with Silverman’s Farm planted 200 pounds of sunflower seeds in May – that’s 4 acres worth- to show solidarity for the Ukrainian people following the Continue reading “Take a Sunflower Home for Ukraine”

The 13th CFE Farm Tour Brought Good Luck

Thirteen is a lucky number. Following an extended period of hot weather, cool breezes wafted through the Samuel Staples pavilion making conditions ideal for the nine local farms to create special events and to share their wares. There were animals to see, products to sample and special Continue reading “The 13th CFE Farm Tour Brought Good Luck”