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Celebrate the harvest at the 9th annual
Taste! Organic Connecticut
sponsored by CT NOFA to be held
Sunday, September 20, 2009 
at Manchester Community College
from 10 am to 4 pm

Experience the only
LOCAL & ORGANIC festival in Connecticut

offering a farmer's market, fresh prepared food, live music,
sustainable vendors, artisans, free workshops and free kids activities!

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Scroll down for details and descriptions of events


CT NOFA has been promoting local, organic agriculture through education and advocacy since 1982.
CT NOFA, the non-profit Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut,
is a growing community of farmers, gardeners, land care professionals, businesses and
consumers that encourages a healthy relationship to the natural world.

Check back to this website soon for the event schedule,
workshops and descriptions.


Online registration is now closed, but you can still take the preregistration discount
by calling the office at 203-888-5146 and pay by credit card

For a printer-friendly form to mail in, click here.

Door price: $10 for non-members and $8 for members

MCC Students and Faculty enter at the Member price!

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Special thanks to our event sponsors for their generous support:

Premiere Taste Sponsors:

premiere sponsors

Gold Taste Sponsors:

gold sponsors

Silver Taste Sponsors:

silver sponsors natural awakenings logo

Supporting Taste Sponsor:

supporting sponsor

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Farmers and Vendors  I   Prepared Food  I  Music  I  Workshops  I   Kids Events


Farmers & Craft Vendors

Beltane Farm ~ Fresh goat milk cheese, ripened goat milk cheese, raw milk, goats milk yogurt, raw-aged goat milk cheese

Bitterweet Ridge ~ Vegetable based handcrafted soaps, moisturizing cream, handspun yarn, fiber, felting needles, plants, market baskets, cut & dried herbs

Brown Farm ~ Goat meat, chicken, certified vegetables, yarn, roving, garlic

Four Fields Farm ~ Hot peppers, sweet peppers, tomatillos, beets, kale, chard, collards, carrots, winter squash, onions, turnips, broccoli

KDCrop Farms ~ Vegetables, sunflowers, basil, pickled products, jams, jellies

Northfordy Farm ~ Vegetables - many kinds & varieties, maple syrup, flowers

Stone’s Throw Farm ~ Garlic, fingerling potatoes, Asian greens, squash, onions, shallots, lettuce, other greens

Stony Ledge Farm/Studio Farm Products ~ Heirloom tomatoes, melons, cukes, peppers, squash, potatoes, leeks, onions, garlic, cert. organic jams, eggs, honey, beeswax hand cream & lip balm

Swift Farm ~ Honey & beeswax candles

Wayne's Organic Garden ~ Certified organic vegetables & garlic braids.  Possibly some handmade baskets

Wrenhaven Farm ~ Organic produce & herbs, wool blankets, yarn, goat’s milk soap

Another Real Treasure ~ Hand thrown pottery & garden sculptures.  Metal smithed jewelry

Bean & Leaf, LLC ~ Hot coffee, iced coffee, iced tea, bags of whole bean & fresh roasted coffee

Bethany Homecrafts ~ Needlefelted wool sculptures and wall hangings; clothing and kitchen items made from recycled wool sweaters; cashmere hats, mittens and wrist warmers; upcycled wool jackets with felted wool embellishments; braided rugs

Clothworks ~ Clothing, hats & bags, handmade, had dyed, of hemp and organic cotton

Go Organic, LLC ~ Display organic lawn & landcare service

Hale Hill Farm Biofuels ~ Educational booth, renewable fuels – biodiesel

Helyn’s Clean Solutions ~ All natural cleaning solutions

Rainbow Kids ~ Tie dyed clothing for babies, children and adults, including shirts, socks, onesies, pants, hats and underwear

Shayna B’s & The Pickle ~ Organic vegan wheat-free, gluten-free baked goods

Silver Birds Jewelry ~ Handcrafted jewelry of silver, semiprecious & unusual stones, beads and other natural materials, some 14k gold pieces. Necklaces, earrings, bracelets

Snootyfood, LLC ~ Pickles, chutney, dips, garlic butter

Sunlight Solar Energy ~ Promoting clean energy & energy efficiency - we design & install electricity producing solar systems & solar hot water systems

Three Sisters Farms ~ CNG honeys, natural soaps, skin creams, lip balms, beeswax candles, soap dishes, bath salts, eye pillows, handcrafted jewelry (small # of earings/necklaces made by us!)

Thyme Traveler Herbals & Creations ~ An eclectic mix of herbal products, ladies hanky sachets, mulling spices, chai mix, sneaker sachets, Victorian rose balls, lavender pillow spray, etc.

Twisted River Clayworks, LLC ~ We create functional stoneware pottery for utilitarian use. Pottery includes mugs, bowls, quiche plates, slab trays, fish plates and many more forms in a variety of colors


Prepared Foods

CT NOFA & Health in a Hurry – fruit smoothies, healthy burgers, Spicy Moroccan Veggies,
Lemon Curry Rice Salad, Raw Thai Slaw
Bean & Leaf - hot coffee, iced, iced tea, bags of whole bean, fresh roasted coffee.
Farm to Hearth - organic flatbread style pizza
Stonyfield Farm Inc. - yogurt


Live Music

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C Minus                                   Echo Uganda                           Cosmic Jibaros

10:00-11:00am -ART FARM

11:30-12:00 pm -C-Minus

12:30 -1:15pm -Echo Uganda ~ Gideon Ampeire, born and raised in Uganda, is the teacher and director of Echo Uganda. With an unending youthful energy, Gideon shares the music and dance of his homeland with any and all who will listen, appreciate, and participate.

1:45 - 2:30pm -Cosmic Jibaros ~ Cosmic Jibaros build from Latin and Caribbean rhythms and have somehow added incredible guitars and accordion flourishes for a sound that’s both cross-cultural and highly danceable

3:00-4:00pm -Alternate Routes ~ Their sound - a hybrid vibe of Rock n' Roll grit and ghostly, meaningful balladry -provides the kind of wide-ranging sonic experience that leaves crowds feeling they got more than they bargained for.

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Alternate Routes



10:30 11:30 ~ Family Meals on the Farm with Chef and Registered Dietician Maraiah Popeliski

10:30 11:30 ~ How we Grow Garlic at Wayne's Organic Garden with Wayne Hansen of Wayne’s Organic Garden

10:30-11:30 ~ Community Gardens with Bettylou Sandy of Bettylou's Gardening

10:30-11:30 ~ Weed walk with Pam Quayle, The Herb Gatherer

11:45-1:00 ~ Honey Bee Lesson from an Accidental Beekeeper with Marina Marchese. Book signing and workshop

12:00-1:00 ~Raising Lean Green Children: How to help your children eat healthy with Chef and Registered Dietician Maraiah Popeliski

12:00-1:00 ~Extend your Growing Season with Cold Crops with Bryan O'Hara of Tobacco Road Farm

Time TBA Composting Made Easy at Home or School with Paul Muska, Great Path Academy, Deanne Barnes and Kaymel Shippley GPA students

1:30-2:30 ~ Organic Beer Making with Mike Stefanowicz

1:30-2:30 ~ To Grow a Revolution Youth And Organic Agriculture with Allyson Makuch, Young Farmer and advocate for Youth Agriculture

1:30-2:30 ~ Discover Volunteer Vegetables with Pam Brundage

1:30-2:30 ~ Family Meals on the Farm with Chef and Registered Dietician Maraiah Popeliski

3:00-4:00 ~Saving the Sweet tastes of Summer through Jams and Jellies withMaster Preservers, Belinda Learned of Stonyledge Farm, and her parents, Dot & Dick Wingate of Studio Farm

3:00-4:00 ~Breaking the Rules: New Tips for Old Standards, Recipes for Tried and True Vegetables with Jane Maher CEO of Snootyfood LLC

3:00-4:00 Our Friendly Earthworms: Composting with Critters with Ann Harrington-Debella


Kids' Events

10:00-11:00am ~ A performance of 'Circus for a Fragile Planet' by Art Farm

11:00 ~ Corn Husk Dolls
12:00 ~ plant seeds and draw pictures of what plants look like
1:00 ~ Play-Doh sculpting
2:00 ~ leaf rubbings
3:00 ~ spoon egg race, ice cream making, bean & seed
musical instruments, peanut in haystack, butter dance


Bring your refillable water bottle to save $ and cups!

Directions to Manchester Community College

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phone: (203) 888-5146 • fax: (203) 888-9280