Another wet weekend on the farm. Unfortunately conditions are still too muddy for hayrides and our corn maze. Trust us, these activities are much more fun on nice, sunny autumn days. Please keep checking our weather reports for an update on farm conditions. The farm stand is still open with plenty of veggies, fruits, baked goods, and more!
We wanted to take a quick moment and let everyone know that we are open. Members can pick up their items as usual. We also have plenty of corn including butter, sugar and super sweet yellow. And don't forget about our heirloom tomatoes! We'll see you all at the farm.
Thank you everyone for your continued support,
Marshall & Lynn Epstein and the Rosedale Crew
The premier fundraising effort for the Clinical Trials Program at Connecticut Children's Medical Center, vie for the kids promises to be an amazing event for an excellent cause. The day features a Trail Run/Walk and a Barbecue Under the Stars Reception, and much more!
In 2010, more than 500 runners and 300 dinner guests helped to raise $120,000 for Connecticut Children's. This year the event will be held on October 1, 2011. For more information please visit our Events page.
There’s been a lot of buzz about the advantages of “local food” in the past few years, but as with other sustainability initiatives it can be difficult to see how to implement it in your own life, or how it could benefit you and your family – especially when the produce at your local farm stand is sometimes pricier than at the supermarket. But the practice of eating local is just as valuable to the consumer as it is to the world as a whole. It is a practice of sustainability, an idea that has become increasingly foreign to the human race since the Industrial Revolution. Only recently has our society begun to recognize the value of such a lifestyle, or more accurately the necessity. The reality that in America our food travels an average of 1500 miles before reaching our plate is alarming; the harmful carbon emissions involved with the shipping process as well as the cost for such distribution make it wasteful and unsustainable to transport food such distances when fresh produce is available in our backyards. Fortunately, more people across the country are beginning to understand the flaws in the current food system and realize the benefits to both society and the environment that a local food system brings. The local food movement is gaining popular appeal at a time when we desperately need the change.
As defined by food systems analyst Gail Feenstra, the local food movement is a “collaborative effort to build more locally based, self-reliant food economies- one in which sustainable food production, processing, distribution, and consumption is integrated to enhance the economic, environmental, and social health of a particular place.” Although there is no concrete definition of what makes food “local,” it is understood to be based on regional distribution marketing channels as opposed to long distance distribution. Striving to buy as much locally grown food as possible is a move toward sustainable living, requiring as little energy as possible from farm to table. It also puts capital into local economies, providing support to members of one’s own community. Best of all, it doesn’t take long to appreciate how much better fresh food tastes!
Here at Rosedale’s, we have been providing fresh local produce to the community for over 90 years. Known for our sweet corn and plump tomatoes, and more recently our flavorful wines, Rosedale Farms is a Simsbury institution that has been satisfying its devoted consumers year in and year out. From our street-side farm stand to the handful of local restaurants that rely on our fresh veggies, it is clear that our community is really embracing the benefits in buying local. It may seem easier just to pick up a few ears of corn when you’re at the supermarket, but if you stop to consider the ecological costs of growing it on a massive farm in the Midwest or California, transporting it thousands of miles, and adding unnatural preservatives, it’s easy to see why some Rosedale’s customers drop by every day in the summer for fresh corn – not to mention how delicious it is. Our farm and wine memberships have become more popular within the community each year. So if you haven’t already, stop by the farm and check out the fresh local produce to find out for yourself how sweet it is.
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Now through August 15th Fall Memberships are available for $200. After August 15th the cost will be $229. You can purchase your memberships right here on our website. As always, memberships go fast, so act quickly. And thank you to everyone who purchased a Summer Membership.
100 Days of Corn
Our “100 days of corn” is coming to a close but with good reason. We thought we would take our corn lovers through the farm to plate process. The first step involves plowing or turning the soil. A harrow or device that is dragged over the land is used to pulverize clods of earth and level the soil. The harrow can also be helpful in uprooting weeds. The soil is pre-fertilized and the seeds were ready for planting on April 16th.
The corn is then covered with “row covers” for various reasons. These covers provide the corn with protection from the cold and wind and keep the soil and plants from overheating. They also protect our precious corn against our seasonal nemesis, the crow. The corn will be fertilized again once or twice. On June 10th the “row covers” were taken off. This started the official countdown to our sweet corn it’s so close I can almost taste it!
Corny Joke: Why is it not wise to tell secrets in a cornfield?