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RED FIRE FARM TOMATO FESTIVAL

Saturday, August 27, 2016

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 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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2016 Festival TICKETS

In Advance:
$10 for adults, $5 kids (8-17yrs), kids under 8 get in free!
CSA and Farmstand Members get two free entries per share/membership - please sign up online to reserve free tickets!

At the Door:
$14 for adults, $7 kids (8-17yrs), kids under 8 get in free!

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Festival Schedule and Details

Festival open 12-6 PM.

We aren't holding our Tomato Trot 5K this year, though you could still come do a field run in the morning if you like :)

GUEST CHEFS & WORKSHOPS in the barn!
12:00 PM - Smoothies with Local Ingredients - Learn some great recipes that you can take home with you and taste samples of fresh smoothies!
1:00 PM - Home Food Preservation: Making Your Own Kimchi, Sauerkraut & More - Make your own kimchi and sauerkraut demo, and Q&A about other food preservation methods!
2:00 PM - How to Make Fresh Ricotta to go with your Tomato Salad, plus Tomatillo Salsa - Mary Nelen, aka the Valley Locavore, will teach the recipes and give out samples!
3:00 PM - Red Tomato Preserves Canning Workshop - a favorite recipe by Cathie Cappa of Auntie Cathie's Kitchen, plus how to can for preserving the harvest!
4:00 PM - Shakshuka: An Isreali Stewed Tomato Dish with many variations - Chef and Edible Pioneer Valley editor in chief Mary Reilly will teach us how to make this scrumptious dish in many ways.
5:00 PM - Making Fresh Whole Grain Bread with Cool Control Techniques - Ben Lester from Pioneer Valley Heritage Grain shows how to make scrumptious home-made bread with whole grains.

- Read below for more details on each

WILD EDIBLES WALKS
1:30 and 3:30 PM - Wild Edibles Walk with Jean Bergstrom of Plant Spirit Medicine
Tour the wild parts of the farm to find what you can eat!

MUSIC & PERFORMANCE STAGE (Times TBD)
12:00 PM - Will Kindler
1:15 PM - Violet Maeve
2:30 PM - The Party Band
4:10 PM - A2Z Yo-Yo Team - a show of amazing tricks with yo-yos
5:00 PM - Larry Dulong and Random Sightings

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

Vegetable Freak Show
12-6 PM - See the vegetables that never make it to the supermarket...

Artisan and Food Vendors
From Local Pulled-Pork Tacos 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, saucing tomatoes, husk cherries, hot peppers, and more.

And the FAMOUS TOMATO TASTING
12-6 All afternoon in the Tasting Pavillion
Over 75 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!

Thanks to our 2017 Festival Sponsors! Please check these guys out and thank them for sponsoring our local festival: PV Squared Solar, Fedco Seeds, Polish National Credit Union, and Johnny's Selected Seeds. See more about them below.

BANDS PLAYING LIVE & Performances

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.

THE PARTY BAND

A wild many-piece Brass Band from Lowell, MA! They always bring booty shaking music and set off a party. Come and rock out with them - it's going to be spectacular!!

(click image for website and music samples!)

The Party Band

VIOLET MAEVE'S
Carolyn Walker and Christine Horn

Singer-songwriters with an acoustic Americana sound. A new rendition of the band known as Taking Back Eden.

"I feel like Carolyn Walker is already famous. She sounds that good."
-CD Baby Review

(click image for website and music samples!)

Violet Maeve

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

WILL KINDLER

New Hampshire multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter plays a fusion of Rock a' Billy, folk and indie music.

"Incredibly talented and the best singer-songwriter in the state." - Brian Coombes, Rocking Horse Studio

(click image for website and music samples!)

Will Kindler

A2Z MODERN YO-YO TEAM

Join Team A2Z as we showcase amazing tricks by some of the best yo-yo players in the Northeast. Learn the basics of how to throw and why yo-yos can spin for such incredible lengths of time thanks to modern technology.

Presented by A2Z Science & Learning Store!

(click image for website and music samples!)

Eric Koloski of A2Z

Workshops & cooking Demonstrations

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

MARY REILLY

Shakshuka: An Isreali Stewed Tomato Dish with many variations

Mary Reilly runs the local food magazine Edible Pioneer Valley and led the beloved restuarant Enzo in Newburyport.

Learn how to make one of her favorite simple tomato dishes, the Israeli Shakshuka. Stewed tomatoes and peppers with poached eggs - or fish, or tofu, or... Come find out!

Mary Reilly

DEBORAH WINICKI

Smoothies with Local Ingredients

Try some tasty smoothies with local ingredients and take home recipes!

 

Maddie Elling

CATHIE CAPPA

Red Tomato Preserves Canning Workshop

Learn how to can with a favorite tomato recipe from MassLive TV chef and Auntie Cathie's Kitchen restauranteur Cathie Cappa. Includes tips and methods for home canning and the recipe to take home!

Cathie Cappa

MARGARET CHRISTIE

Home Food Preservation:
Make Your Own Kimchi & Sauerkraut and More

Margaret Christie from CISA, our area's wonderful local agriculture support organization, will teach everyone how to make your own kimchi and sauerkraut, and open Q&A about other food preservation methods: canning, drying, freezing. Kimchi is a traditional Korean side dish, lacto-fermented and full of probiotics.

Margaret stocks her own household with a year's worth of local food each year, so she has much to teach!

 

Margaret Christie

JEAN BERGSTROM

Wild Edibles Walks

Experienced outdoor guide and herbalist from Leverett, MA, Jean will guide us through the wilder parts of the farm to uncover the tasty edibles that grow on their own.

She shares her skills and knowledge through Her Wild Roots, which offers workshops for women in nature. Come on this adventure with her!

Jean Bergstrom

MARY NELEN

How to Make Fresh Ricotta to go with your Tomat Salad, plus Tomatillo Salsa Making

Mary Nelen, aka the Valley Locavore, will teach the recipes and give samples! Home-made ricotta is wonderful.

Mary Nelen

VENDORS - feeding us delicious preparations


BARNLIGHT

Tacos made with local ingredients, pulled pork, chicken, vegetarian.

These guys did our Strawberry Soiree, and I can just say, y'all should be excited for this food!

http://www.barnlightevents.com/

barnlight

BEETS & BARLEY

Vegetarian foods with local produce! Gluten free food, baked goods and iced 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 with toppings. Farm fresh ingredients, of course!

corn

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

TOM'S WILDFLOWER HONEY & KETTLE CORN

Kettle Corn and Delicious local honey from Ludlow, MA.

Just imagine it...

HUNGRY GHOST BREAD

Wonderful sourdough breads made with local flour. And more.
http://www.hungryghostbread.com/

hungry ghost bread

VENDORS with beautiful things to sell

Art Bug Illustrations

Original watercolor illustrations for kids and adults. Greeting cards, matted prints, and hand painted wooden blocks.

http://artbugillustrations.etsy.com/

blocks

PV SQUARED

The solar company that built our solar array at the Granby farm! Come learn more about solar energy for your home or business.

http://www.pvsquared.coop/

FESTIVAL SPONSOR!

PV Squared

Sage Meadow Farm

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

http://www.sagemeadowfarm.com/

soap

Revival Homestead Supply

Revival Homestead Supply offers a variety of goods for food preservation, backyard agriculture and handmade products for body & home. Tools, books, cultures, vessels, kits and more.

www.revivalhomesteadsupply.com

revival logo

Sawmill Herb Farm

Handcrafted herbal medicines and teas.

http://www.sawmill-farm.com/

herbal medicine


Cinderloop

Handmade clothing, designed and sewn by Antoinette Indge, features innovative, versatile designs in jersey knits for women. Each piece is sewn at Antoinette's studio in Lowell, MA.
http://www.cinderloop.com/

shirts

Hathaway Ceramics

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

www.hathawayceramics.com

plate


Little Cat Metals

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

silver jewelry

2016 FESTIVAL SPONSORS:

Harvest Star Sponsor

PV SQUARED SOLAR

They built our solar array at the Granby Farm - thanks for sponsoring the festival!

PV Squared designs and builds the best possible solar project for each client they work with. Worker-owned and mission-driven.


PV Squared Solar

Festival Friend Sponsor

POLISH NATIONAL CREDIT UNION

Thanks to our bank, Polish National Credit Union, for sponsoring the festival!

PNCU’s Mission Statement: “To Grow Lasting Relationships To Improve People’s Lives”


Polish National Credit Union

Festival Friend Sponsor

FEDCO SEEDS

One of our favorite long-time seed suppliers, Fedco Seeds Inc. is a cooperative seed and garden supply company. Check out their great diversity of tomato varieties :)

Thanks for sponsoring the Festival, Fedco!


Fedco Seeds

Festival Friend Sponsor

JOHNNY'S SELECTED SEEDS

Another of our favorite long-time seed suppliers, Johnny's Selected Seeds is an employee-owned seed and supply company. Check out their catalog for excellent tomato varieties! Thanks for sponsoring the Festival, Johnny's!


Johnnys Selected Seeds

 

Photos from the 2015 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

 

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!