This month’s CRAFT (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training) meeting was held at Maple Bank Farm in Roxbury, CT. The farm is owned by Cathy and Howie Bronson and has been in the family since 1730. Cathy is the 8th generation to farm here.
The farm has a very nice farmstand where they sell their produce. They also participate in a Farmers Market. The farmstand is well stocked with veggies during the summer, and with apples and pumpkins in the fall. The farm offers pick-your-own blueberries during the late summer as well. The apples are not offered as pick-your-own because of their distance from the farmstand and the lack of an easy way for customers to access the orchard.
Cathy and Howie are very knowledgeable in agriculture, and are happy to share that knowledge with others. They gave a very in-depth tour of their farm, explaining the workings of their farmstand, the cons of having their vegetable fields where the customers cannot see them, how the blueberry bushes are pruned and protected from predators, and how apple trees are cared for and pruned.
The apple season is here, so the apple trees were loaded with beautiful fruit, which we were able to sample and enjoy. I loved the variety of colors in the orchard, with the red, yellow, and pink fruits.
Maple Bank Farm is a very well-run farm with great produce and people. It was a very enjoyable tour.