Some people are drawn to garden beds and sweeping vines naturally. Without a thought as to why they dig their hands into the dark unknown and turn the soil through their fingers. Some people are thrust into this life by their mothers, hahah. Like us. After years of watching her pull the weeds in the front yard lining the broken asphalt road and terrorizing the lush green grass adjacent to it, we naturally have an eye for what belongs and what doesn’t. After years of volunteering under her command at Hammonnasset Beach, Brooksvale Park, and many other Hamden sites, we have a feel for how to entertain, educate, and feed a multitude of people at the same time. Just now we are beginning our own gardens of veggies and flowers (and rocks from my two year old) and it all makes sense.
As humans I believe we have this natural draw to the things of nature, and this natural pull to see plants thrive. This is my greatest joy when visiting a farm…to see so many species of plants just doing their thing. Growing through the rains of spring and the heat of summer, and most miraculously hiding out over the long chilly nights of winter. Each spring the sun comes back with a vigor, full of warmth we thought we’d never feel again. Tiny buds begin to form and before you know it, life has re-awoken everywhere! It’s amazing. Truly a miracle.
Late last summer we were invited by some friends of ours to volunteer our cameras and our time at Massaro Farms in exchange for some oh-so tasty food, created AT the farm with their own farm fresh veggies, by some talented Chefs from Zinc New Haven. “Dinner on the Farm” was one of those experiences we hope to have again and again forever. The staff at this farm is truly in love with what they do. The knowledge behind the gardens is amazing. I was able to take a farm tour with some of the guests and it was enlightening, gorgeous, and quite earthy, heehee. ALSO, I got to learn even more about honeybees (which is slowly becoming something I really want to do…to be the mother of bees.)
There were so many amazing vendors that donated time, products, raffle prizes and more to Massaro Farms. You have to attend one of these to really understand what I’m talking about…but everywhere you turned there was something amazing to drink, eat, or someone quite intriguing to talk to. This was the 8th Annual Dinner on the Farm. If you’re even remotely interested in this fundraiser that does more than just fill your belly, but also fills your heart, please visit their website to learn more about the farm and what they do with those excellent veggies. —> www.massarofarm.org
Interested in what other events they’re hosting?
The next event in their lineup is the Celebrate Spring weekend! After today you should be thinking how to fill your calendars with more outdoorsy time to better fill your soul with sunshine. 😉 I definitely urge you to read through this event and spend a little of your time at the farm…you won’t regret it.
Until next time…I’ll just be dreaming of tomatoes so juicy they taste like candy.
With love, fruits and veggies,