Jun 292008

East Thetford – The farmers at Cedar Circle Farm & Education Center invite you to join in at the 6th Annual Strawberry Festival Sun. June 29, 10 am—5 pm, rain or shine, on the farm at 225 Pavillion Road, just off of Route 5.

Celebrate Vermont strawberries and local organic agriculture while enjoying a host of free activities: horse-drawn wagon rides to and from the strawberry patch (10 am-4 pm); 11 am informational tour through the fields and greenhouses to learn about organic farming, 2 pm draft horse cultivation and planting demonstration, 1 – 3 pm live music under a tent, and new this year, watch a “Garden Variety” puppet show by GabrielQ (12-1 pm). Kids can meet the Strawberry Queen, paint and plant clay pots, have their faces painted, or play in the sandbox. Food concession opens at 11 am to serve homemade strawberry shortcake, grilled local sausages, veggie burgers, farm-fresh salads, and Strafford Organic Creamery ice cream.

Cedar Circle Farm’s manager Kate Duesterberg reflects on the popularity of the event, saying, “The festival has really grown over the years. I think it’s a sign that people recognize the value of learning where their food comes from and why it’s important to understand how it’s grown. Lots of folks come and spend the day, starting with picking berries and then taking time to enjoy the good food, festive atmosphere, and opportunity to visit with their neighbors.”
According to husband and co-manager Will Allen, “Knowing where your food comes from is so important. With all the recent recalls of meat, spinach, etc., more and more people are realizing that local, organic farms are the surest way to a safe food supply. And the added benefit is that farm fresh, organic food is really delicious!”
During strawberry season, the certified organic strawberry patch opens for picking at 7 am and remains open until picked over. Pickers are urged to call ahead for availability.
Cedar Circle Farm & Education Center is a fifty-acre certified organic farm dedicated to growing for a sustainable future through the production of certified organic vegetables and berries and quality flowers and herbs. CCF offers a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, and educational programs and workshops for new farmers and the local community. Conserved in 1990 with the Vermont Land Trust, CCF is a proud member of Farms Not Arms, the Organic Consumers Association, Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA—VT), Rural Vermont, Slow Food USA, Valley Food & Farm, Vermont Farms! and the Vermont Fresh Network, as well as supporters of the Upper Valley Localvores.

For more information call Cedar Circle Farm & Education Center at 802-785-4737 or visit CedarCircleFarm.org

Contact Information:
Kate Duesterberg or Pam Knights

802-785-4737 or 802-485-7274
kduester@igc.org, pkcommunications@tds.net