The Nature Conservancy in conjunction with American Wanderer, C&NN and The Norfield Grange host Earth Day 2012 Sunday April 22 at the Katherine Ordway Preserve, 165 Good Hill Rd. Weston, CT. Join us and set a World Record for the largest multi-venue picnic in a 24-hour period! The Earth is an amazing planet, so let's take it out for lunch! Pack a picnic and join us for some outdoor fun, hike the trails, play badminton, frisbee or just enjoy the fresh air.
Picnic for the Planet is connecting people around the world through the food they love. American Wanderer connects kids with the National Parks and their surroundings, opening their eyes to the wonders all around. Let’s G.O.! is a youth-inspired, youth-led Children & Nature Network initiative that encourages intergenerational groups of people to get outside together to be active, have fun, and connect with nature. This year, we’ll take another giant step toward creating healthy communities! Participate and spread the word! The Norfield Grange, American Values, Hometown Roots, supports local agriculture, business, community service and family values since 1896.
The Nature Conservancy launched Picnic for the Planet in 2011 to nurture people's connection to the planet and the food it provides. Last year’s Picnic was a great success with thousands of people joining more than 600 picnics in 61 countries on all seven continents.
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The weekly market, housed in the grange at 12 Good Hill Road in Weston, has been held every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. since November and will run through June 9. It's conducted annually rain, shine or snow and typically hosts 20 to 25 vendors -- farmers, specialty food producers, artisans and crafters.
To enliven the market for the Irish holiday, Butterfield Farm Co. brought two young goats, Ada Oklahoma and Cabo, for children to pet and feed.
"We're regular vendors here," said Butterfield Farm co-owner Tara Bryson, "and today we're just having some fun educating the community about goats. People get to meet the animals that produce the goods at the farm. We make all goat-milk-based products including cheese, yogurt and bath and body items. Goat milk products have been shown to have many health benefits."
Butterfield's inventory is a good fit with other vendors' goods, said Lyn Kimberly, market master and a Norfield Grange officer. "Everything is handmade, homemade or homegrown."
As the gray morning skies cleared and the day grew warmer, visitors
wandered from table to table, set out on the grass and inside. Lilting
Irish music played from a sound system and the aromas from bubbling
soup, soda bread, seafood and garden greens mingled in the air making
this "winter" market a true spring fling.
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