On Tuesday we went to Millstone Farm, in Wilton CT. It was a long bus ride, but the journey went by a lot faster because Ms. A brought us donuts! Before we left, we picked our first red tomato from the garden. It was delicious.
The farm was absolutely beautiful, and we went on a big tour to see everything they grow. We saw the potatoes and pumpkins, which are grown in raised beds, and even got to dig some out of the ground. To ensure that they can extend the planting season further, Millstone Farm has built their own greenhouse covers that roll back in the warmer months. It was amazing to see all the things they were growing, including a very successful worm farm!
We saw the chickens and were able to help collect the eggs they had laid, and we learned that there are different eggs for laying and for eating. Josh was nearly injured by an aggressive rooster. Just kidding. But the bird did flap pretty hard. The garden had a very diverse landscape, and we were able to walk through some (very dry) wetlands hoping to see a frog. Annie, a very good gardener and our guide for the day, told us that the lack of water had really affected some of their crops. Our rain dance must have worked, because the next day it stormed!
We had a great lunch (thanks Millstone farm!) and had a good opportunity to ask questions about our garden, and farming in general. We held baby turkeys, saw the sheep and the llama that was protecting them, drank fresh water from their underground reserves, ate our body weight in raspberries, saw (and smelled) the pigs, and took home garlic and potatoes for our garden.
Thanks so much to Millstone farm for an amazing day!!