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RED FIRE FARM TOMATO FESTIVAL

Saturday, August 22, 2015

7 Carver Street, Granby, MA

Rain or shine!

Every year, we have an unbelievable selection of amazing and often award-winning tomatoes for you to taste. It's a great day at the farm, with everything from a 5K Tomato Trot field race to wagon rides to cooking demonstrations to live music to crafters and a smorgasbord of local fare from area producers. Come and visit!

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Many details about this year below!

The 2015 Tomato Trot 5K! tomato trot 5k race

Online Preregistration now closed. Day-of registration opens at 9 am. Come register there or print this form to fill out and bring:

Download Trot 5K Form to Print and Bring

About the Race...
A great fun run through the fields! Runners and walkers wind their way through our organic fields and meadows to the finish line. An array of fresh organic produce from our fields awaits the winners.

Check out Older Race Photos on Facebook.

Festival Schedule and Details for 2015

10:30 AM - Tomato Trot 5K starts. Day-of registration and sign in opens at 9 am.

Main Festival opens 12-6. Admission is $5, kids under 10 get in free. CSA and Farmstand Members get two free entries per share/membership.

In the GUEST CHEF TENT
12:30 PM - Make Your Own Salsa - For Kids! Food educator Dane Kuttler will lead kids through a simple salsa making workshop. Participants will get a chance to assemble their own salsa with farm fresh ingredients -- and snack on their finished product with chips. Kids are welcome to drop-in anytime between 12:30 and 1:30pm.
2:00 PM - How to Cook for Picky Eaters - a workshop for parents with lots of ideas for how to get beautiful vegetables into meals that even picky kids will like. Free childcare will be provided -- experienced child educators will lead children in a farm-based activity during this hour.
4:00 PM - Fried Green Tomatoes, plus Oven Roasted Cherry Tomatoes for the Free Harvest Supper - Mary Nelen, aka the Valley Locavore, will teach the recipes and then lead the group in preparing lots of cherry tomatoes to roast for a donation to the Free Harvest Supper, an amazing event in Greenfield MA.

WORKSHOPS in the barn tomato tasting(and outside)
1:00 and 3:00 PM - Wild Edibles and Medicinals Walk with Jade Alicandro Mace from Milk and Honey Herbs
1:00 PM - Homemade Sauerkraut & Lactofermentation Workshop with Maddie Elling from Hosta Hill
2:30 PM - Medicinal Uses for Culinary Herbs - a walk through the farm herb patch with Violet Bertelsen
3:30 PM- Tomato Preservation Workshop - learn to can your own tomatoes farmer-style with Sarah Voiland
- Read below for more details on each

On the MUSIC STAGE
12:00 PM - Larry Dulong and Random Sightings
1:30 PM - Below the Gaff
2:30 PM - The Rambling Kind
4:30 PM - Erin McKeown And Her Fine Parade

Kids Activities
12-5 All kinds of free fun events for all ages. See the schedule the day of.

Flower Crowns
All day get Made-to-Order Flower Crowns by our farm Flower Grower, with fresh organic flowers.

Artisan and Food Vendors
From Wood-Fired Pizza to Ice Cream, from pottery to handmade jewelry, there will be fun things to eat and peruse.

Pick Your Own - Open to the Public for One Day Only - Organic
Fresh flowers, herbs for drying, cherry tomatoes, husk cherries, hot peppers, and more.

And the Famous Tomato Tasting
12-6 All afternoon in the Tasting Tent
Over 100 varieties of cherry, slicing, saucing and heirloom tomatoes to try!

Please tag us in your photos, @redfirefarm on Instagram and Twitter, and Red Fire Farm on Facebook! If you want a common tag to check stuff out at, use #redfirefarm, where lots of people post things. See you out in the ethers!

BANDS PLAYING LIVE

Some great music to enjoy in the open air on the farm.
Please click on the photo to go find out more about each band and hear some of their music.

ERIN MCKEOWN
& HER FINE PARADE

"Her operative mood is effortless grace "
LA Weekly

"Voice, dynamic subtlety, and sheer songwriting ability - Erin McKeown is in a class of her own"
Sunday Times (UK)

Don't miss her show!!

(click image for website and music samples!)

Erin McKeown

The
RAMBLING KIND

Fiddlin' Country and Bluegrass

(click image for website and music samples!)

Rambling Kind

LARRY DULONG & RANDOM SIGHTING

Sounds like "a cross between the Prairie Home Companion
Band and Springsteen's E Street Band. " Thirty years of performing - a great local artist.

(click image for website and music samples!)

Larry Dulong

BELOW THE GAFF

Sea shanties and old celtic songs with a pirate twist!
"Below the Gaff's piratical-themed comedy and salty sea songs inspire
audiences to cast aside their seats in favor of heartfelt, invigorating dancing."

(click image for website and music samples!)

Below the Gaff

Workshops & cooking Demonstrations

Come to the festival to learn some great techniques and skills from folks who know.

DANE KUTTLER

How to Cook for Picky Eaters
and
For Kids: Make Your Own Salsa

Dane has been teaching people to cook for over six years. She teaches workshops at Red Fire Farm and runs Julia Poppins School for Cooking, helping kids, adults, and CSA members learn how to cook great food at home. Come learn How to Cook for Picky Eaters, a workshop for parents - there will be 1 hour of childcare available during this workshop so you can attend! And bring your kids to Make Your Own Salsa, where they can build their own to eat!

Dane Kuttler

MADDIE ELLING

Lactofermentation at Home

Sauerkraut master Maddie Elling is co-owner and founder of Hosta Hill, an artisan producer of fermented foods in the Berkshires. Learn to transform and preserve raw vegetables using fermentation and get great tips for building the best flavors from one who knows.

Maddie Elling

SARAH VOILAND

Tomato Preservation Farmer-style!

As co-owner of Red Fire Farm, Sarah has lots of tomatoes on her hands. Over the past few years she has refined the process of preserving them quickly for winter. Learn how to put by tomatoes farmer-style! Includes plans for big batch canning and a few other favorite methods.

Sarah Voiland

VIOLET BERTELSEN

Medicinal Uses for Culinary Herbs

A self-described "wingnut herbalist," Violet will lead participants on a walk and teach a few simple techniques for making medicinal remedies for home use from herbs that we commonly have at the farm, and that you can find in stores. She has pursued her passion for herbs through books and exploration, as well as at Sawmill Farm. Stay tuned for a workshop series from her in the fall as well.

Violet Bertelson

JADE ALICANDRO

Wild Edibles and Medicinals Walk

Get outside and learn how to identify and use wild edible and medicinal plants in the hedgerows and wilder parts of the farm! Jade Alicandro, owner and seasoned teacher from Milk and Honey Herbs, will lead the way.

Jade Alicandro

MARY NELEN

Fried Green Tomatoes, plus Oven Roasted Tomatoes for the Free Harvest Supper

Mary Nelen, aka the Valley Locavore, will teach the recipes and then lead the group in preparing lots of cherry tomatoes to roast for a donation to the Free Harvest Supper, an amazing event in Greenfield MA.

Mary Nelen

VENDORS - feeding us delicious preparations


LAUGHING TOMATO
Wood Fired Pizza

Fresh hot pizza from the wood-fired oven!

http://www.thelaughingtomato.com/

laughing tomato pizza

BEETS & BARLEY

Vegetarian foods with local produce! Basil pesto pasta with cherry tomatoes and shaved parmesan, Raw kale salad, Peach cobbler with whipped cream, assorted cookies and iced herbal teas.

http://www.beetsandbarley.com/

beets and barley

BARTS HOMEMADE ICECREAM

Get some local scoops of all kinds of Barts Icecream to cool off!

http://www.bartshomemade.com/

barts icecream

RED FIRE FARM

Roasted Corn and Grilled Potatoes with fixin's, Local Sausages with toppings. Farm fresh ingredients, of course!

juice

BLAKE ORCHARD JUICERY

Handcrafted raw juices, and nut mylks. Made with 100% organic ingredients - sourced locally whenever possible. Unpasterized, cold-pressed, and bottled in sustainable glass bottles.

www.blakeorchardjuicery.com

juice

ELLIE'S OILS

Taste many flavors of olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and find specialty sea salts and pastas.

http://elliesoils.com/

baby with oil

RELISH THE HARVEST

Sweet and hot relishes made with local ingredients.

http://relishtheharvest.com/index.html

relish the harvest

TOM'S WILDFLOWER HONEY

Kettle Corn and Delicious local honey from Ludlow, MA.

 

REAL PICKLES

Real Pickles will be sampling their locally sourced, locally made raw fermented pickles, krauts, and more. Real Pickles makes naturally fermented vegetables, including dill pickles, garlic dill pickles, sauerkraut, kimchi, red cabbage, ginger carrots, tomatillo hot sauce, garlic kraut and beets. All of our products are raw, organic and made using a traditional natural fermentation process that has been used for centuries all over the world.
http://www.realpickles.com/

real pickles

ARTISANS with beautiful things to sell

Rag Hill Farm

Fiber art with a function. Handspun and hand-dyed yarn, unique quilted potholders, market bags and cat toys from upcycled wool. All handmade and one of a kind.

http://raghillfarm.com/

yarn

Get a Grip

One-hand salad servers made from local wood. Spoons, toaster tongs, spreaders and more. Hand-made in Templeton, MA.

http://saladserver.com/

spoons and salad servers

Broken Barn

Charming paintings on reclaimed barn wood.

www.brokenbarnstudio.wordpress.com

art

Sage Meadow Farm

All natural goat milk soap. And beautiful works from Kaleidoscope Pottery.

http://www.sagemeadowfarm.com/

soap

Bling It On

Crystal & gemstone sun catchers, trees, bookmarks, and assorted other accessories. Tree of life pendants & earrings in crystal and sterling silver.

www.blingiton.thedesertinde.com

copper

Emerald and Grace

Handcrafted containers with plants. Hanging hemp macrame holders with air plants, Terrariums with blue whales and sea shells, and more.

www.emeraldandgrace.etsy.com

plant holders

Free Ramblin' Kids

Children's toys and footwear handmade from upcycled, felted wool sweaters. Products include wearable bug wings, felt crowns, magic wands, play watches, slippers, booties and rattles.

www.etsy.com/shop/FreeRamblinFolk

owl toy

James K. Lindley Photography

Original photographs.

www.jamesklindleyphotography.com

apron

Ali Herrmann

Recycled/upcycled materials and traditional sterling and stone pieces. Original oil paintings, acrylic and inks, encaustics and mixed media art.

http://www.aliherrmann.com

earrings

Sam's Wooden Bowls

Wooden bowls hand-made from local woods, including maple, ash, beech, birch, cherry, oak and more.

samswoodenbowls.wordpress.com/

bowls

Hathaway Ceramics

Individually hand-crafted and functional ceramics. Art you can use in your home.

www.hathawayceramics.com

plate

Little Aud Person Creations

Unique handmade belt buckles for men and women. Textile arts including fun unique aprons for adults and children.

www.etsy.com/shop/littleaud

apron


Little Cat Metals

Handmade silver jewelry.
http://www.littlecatmetals.com/

silver jewelry

unWINEd

Wine bottles repurposed into beautiful and unique hand made items such as lamps, lanterns, incense bottles, garden art and more.

http://www.unwinedbottles.net/

bottles

Mountain to Seas Knits

http://www.mountaintoseas.com/

hats and scarves

Whimsy and Tea

Handwoven ktichen towels, napkins, and table-runners from Marilyn Webster in Conway, MA.

http://www.whimsyandtea.com/

napkins

 

Zucchini Fish

The artwork of Stefanie Valovic and Carey Marden. Stationery is the core of our company, but we also sell journals, luggage tags, prints, t-shirts and more.

http://www.zucchinifish.com/

bottles

 

Photos from the 2014 Festival:

Check out photos from the festival! If you have any you'd like to share with us, please send them to recipes@redfirefarm.com.

Tomato Festival Photos on Facebook
5K Tomato Trot Photos on Facebook

 

Vendor application link - vendors must be pre-approved by Events Organizer before filling out the form.

Thank you for reading, and we hope to see you there!