Sunday, September 8 – American Conifer Society Northeast Region Rendevous and Open Farm Day

John O’Brien of O’Brien Nurserymen and Display Gardens has volunteered to host a Rendezvous to benefit the American Conifer Society, Northeast Region.  The fun starts at 10 a.m. We plan to include verbal & silent plant auctions and a raffle to benefit ACS. An annual event called ‘Granby Farm Days’ coincides with this date. John currently has commitments from Bethlehem Nursery, Perran Nursery and others who will provide plants. Please indicate your interest and ideas by contacting Suzanne Mahoney:

 Open Farm Day ( offers a glimpse behind the scenes at about a dozen farms in Granby, Connecticut: See the fields where your food grows and the facilities where milk turns into cheese. Watch a horse-training clinic and a sheep-shearing demonstration. Take a wagon ride, taste a new wine or the first apples of the season, try out spinning some wool, or take your photo on a tractor.

Experience the variety of agriculture in Granby, with stops that showcase veggie farms, horse farms, orchards, a landscape nursery, and a vineyard, plus a cattle farm and a dairy.

Catch exhibits, demonstrations, tastings, and tours of areas of the farms not usually open to the public. Special events are scheduled all day; there is truly something for everyone.

Participating Farms include:

Briarwoods Farm – will have a display at Shinder Family Farm
Clark Farm – the store will be open, apple picking
Fiddlehead Farm – Free pony rides, farm tours, feed the chickens, participate in the Perennial Swap
Hemlock Knoll, LLC – visit us at House of Hayes
Holcomb Farm – Holcomb Farm produce will be available in our Farm Store from 9-4. Chef Chris Prosperi of Metro Bis will give a cooking demonstration at 10 AM, The Granby Horse Council will give a drill demonstration at 11, our Farmer tour will run at 11:15, and you can also join us for a guided hike at 2PM.
Horse Central Stables – will have farm tours all day, with Western Riding Games at 11AM and 2PM
Lost Acres Orchard – come have lunch on our porch and visit the farm store
Lost Acres Vineyard – Come sample our newest wine, take a self-guided vineyard tour or hike. At 10AM, you can meet the winemaker and take a tour of the wine cellar.
Maple View Farm – Farm tours with storytime, meet Jellybean the Pony and learn how to groom him, watch our Open Ride demonstration, and be there at 3 for the Haybale Throwing Contest! Winners receive a gift certificate to the Maple View Farm Store.
O’Brien Nurserymen – Hosta dividing demonstrations at 10:30 and 1:30, plus a tour of the display gardens at 3. Test your plant knowledge in our ID Quiz (and yes, there will be prizes!)
Old Beech Farm – Walking tours of the pasture, view the cows and calves as well as our modern and antique tractors! Joan Palmer of Real Food Matters will also be with us.
Schoolhouse Farm – spinning demonstrations from 10-12
Sepe Farm – We’ll be at Lost Acres Vineyard for Open Farm Day! Come watch a sheep shearing demonstration at 11, 1, and 3. All day, we’ll have a kids’ demo where you can make your own felt necklace.
Shinder Family Farm – Meet Mario the bull and watch our firewood processor make quick work of the winter’s heating fuel.
Sweet Pea Cheese at House of Hayes – Farm tours at 11, 12, 1, and 2 – come meet the goats and cows and sample our cheese, milk, and yogurt. Plus, the corn maze will be open – come get lost!
The Garlic Farm – Join us for a farm tour or demonstration each hour: 50 Ways to Stuff a Pepper, Make a Garlic Braid in 15 Minutes or Less, Tips on Growing Your Own Garlic
The Granby 4-H Clubs – will have displays of the year’s projects at Holcomb Farm all day. Come see quilting, knitting, sewing, baking, as well as watch our cooking demonstrations in the beehive oven. There will also be rabbits, chickens, goats to visit.
The Granby Horse Council – watch our drill demonstration at Holcomb Farm (11 AM)
plus the historic Granby Grange – will host its Annual Agricultural Fair (all day). Come tour the cooperative garden project shared with the North Congregational Church.