2nd Annual Run for the Farm 5k/10k

Event Information

Help to protect rural character, agricultural heritage and environmental sustainability.

This year, the race will support a stipend for a farm intern next summer! This is a very exciting venture as it’ll allow the farmers to expand their CSA and program offerings. We can’t wait to see what they have in store. The first 30 registrants will get a beautiful tote bag with the Friends of Happy Acres logo.

The race will start and finish on Happy Acres Farm. Run the race for a PB or for fun then stay to shop the farmstand!

Bring a picnic and enjoy the farm after the race.

REGISTER HERE: Run for the Farm 5k/10k

Race Day Schedule:

  • Race-day registration Opens 8:15 am
  • Races start – 10:15 am

Entry Fees

  • 5K – $25 ($30 on race day)
  • 10K – $35 ($40 on race day)

Awards:

  • Awards given in ten year age group increments. We have some great prizes and raffles shaping up!
  • Stay tuned for more prizes as they roll in.

Parking:

  • Some parking is available at the farm up to a limit (about 50-70 cars). We strongly suggest that you park at Volunteer Park at approximately 61 Gaylordsville Road, Sherman, CT and car-pool if possible. The park is just 1 mile south of the farm. It would help everyone out! Parking is also OK along Edmonds Road and Route 39 along the farm property. Do not park on Taber Road or near the houses.

Course:

  • The course is an out and back that will start on the farm, turn right onto Taber Road, then left onto Spring Lake Road with a turn around on Spring Lake.
  • Follow the course back to the farm.
  • There will be water at each turn around spot.
  • If you’re doing the 10k, you’ll get to see all of Spring Lake Road which is stunning, especially in October.
  • The roads will not be closed so please exercise caution as there are several blind turns/hills.
  • We will have signs and volunteers and notices in the paper but it is up to you to use road sense!

Note: Happy Acres is a working farm, we like dogs but please leave them at home.

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1st Annual “Run for the Farm”

Mark your calendars!

The 1st Annual Run for the Farm

Run for the Farm logo

5k race will take place on April 23, 2016 at 10AM.

The race will start and finish on Happy Acres Farm.

Run the race for fun and exercise then stay to shop the farmstand! We ask that you please leave the pooches at home. Bring a picnic and enjoy the farm after the race. Happy Acres Farmers will be grilling up some premium hamburgers for sale! Trust me, they are delicious!

Register online here. Chip timing is provided by Greystone Racing. Registration is $25 after March 17. Online registration has a small processing fee.

Online registration extended to April 21!!

Race-day registration is from 8:30 to 9:30.

Prizes!

We have some great prizes and raffles shaping up!

Each age group winner will win a $5 gift certificates to the farm and the overall winners (male and female) will win a free two week membership to the New Milford Sports Club and a $50 gift certificate to Woodbridge Run Co!

Raffle prizes include a free print and frame from Visual Impact LLC, a special chocolate and wine tasting for 6 people at White Silo Winery including souvenir glasses, gift certificates from Sacred Grounds Coffee Roasters and treats from Happy Rainbows!

Parking
Some parking is available at the farm up to a limit (about 50-70 cars). We strongly suggest that you park at Volunteer Park at approximately 61 Gaylordsville Road, Sherman, CT and car-pool if possible. The park is just 1 mile south of the farm. It would help everyone out! Parking is also ‘ok’ along Edmonds Road and Route 39 (but only along the farm property!) Do not park on Taber Road or near the houses.
Course
The course is an out and back that will start on the farm, turn right onto Taber Road, then left onto Spring Lake Road with a turn around on Spring Lake. Follow the course back to the farm. There will be water at the turn around spot.
Sponsors
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Volunteers (We could really use your help!)
We’re using VolunteerSpot to organize our upcoming volunteers.

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our Sign-up on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/sieFo5
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact happyacresfarmct@gmail.com and I can sign you up manually.

 

Farm Succession Planning Workshop -New Milford CT 11-13-2015

Are you a farmer, part of a farming family, or know a farmer? If so, help plan for the farm’s future. Farming is a part of New England’s history. It’s our history. Farms are threatened everyday by market fluctuations, challenging regulations, and large-scale production. Please attend this free workshop (with free lunch from Freund’s Market) to learn how to lay the groundwork for your farm’s future. Whether your children take the reins or not, let’s protect farms for all of our children. Free but registration required by November 10.

Farm Succession Planning Workshop -New Milford CT 11-13-2015

Friends of Happy Acres has partnered with Connecticut Department of Agriculture, Land For Good, New Milford Farmland and Forest Preservation Committee, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Northeast Extension Risk Management Education, and the Working Lands Alliance for a:

Farm Succession Planning Workshop
New Milford, Connecticut
November 13, 2015
12:30 – 4:00pm

It’s never too early – or too late – to plan for your future and the future of your farm. Join us for this free workshop for information on how to transition your farm to the next generation or owner.Learn about estate planning, lease arrangements, preservation options, and more. Hear first-hand from a Western Connecticut farmer about their transfer planning efforts.

Space is limited! Established farmers and farmland owners of any age, as well as junior generation and beginning farmers are invited to attend. There will be time for individual assistance from professional advisors – and a free light lunch is provided. 

Come meet, eat & learn with your fellow farmers and farmland owners. Workshop is limited to 40 attendees. Registration is required by November 10 at www.landforgood.org/rsvp.

Co-sponsored by the Connecticut Department of Agriculture, Friends of Happy AcresLand For Good, New Milford Farmland and Forest Preservation Committee, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Northeast Extension Risk Management Education

Anatomy of a Roast Complete with A Fall Harvest Dinner: October 23

Welcome to Happy Acres Farm’s first event in partnership with The Silo Cooking School at Hunt Hill Farm in New Milford – “Anatomy of a Roast”.

On Friday, October 23 from 6:30-9:30, Sal “The Butcher” of Sherman will demystify rump roast, bottom round and top round along with other cuts of beef that make purchasing beef such a challenge. Silo Cooking School Director Sandy Daniels will complete the fall harvest dinner using seasonal produce from Finnegan’s Farm West.

Arrive just a little early to enjoy a meet and greet with the Happy Acres Crew from 6 to 6:30. All guests can take advantage of special prices for Happy Acres beef purchased at the class.

Speaking from experience, interactive meal demonstrations at The Silo Cooking School are informative, fun, and DELICIOUS! You really shouldn’t miss this.

Register at the Silo’s event website:

http://www.hunthillfarmtrust.org/index.php?%2Fsilo%2Fcooking

OCTOBER 25, 2015 — HAPPY ACRES FARM CHILI COOK OFF

The leaves are changing and the air is getting cooler. Time to bust out those cozy sweaters, warm beverages, and…CHILI! Happy Acres is hosting its first chili cook-off event on Sunday, October 25.

Several brave chili chefs have stepped forward to battle over the beef in a ruthless competition to be crowned CHILI CHAMPION. Attendees will get to vote for the chili master and victor may boast of their prowess. Well, at least until next year, when they will have to defend their glorious title.

Besides the chili, there is plenty to entertain, carnivore and herbivore alike. Wildcat Creek will be fiddling away some bluegrass tunes. Sherman the goat will prance with pride. And the kids can enjoy some pumpkin painting! Sounds like a perfect fall afternoon.

Tickets are a mere $10 if you buy online

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chili-cook-off-competition-tickets-18560626333

Or $15 at the door.

Chili cook off flyer

Happy Acres Herb Walk

Sunday, June 21, at 9:00am – 12:00pm

“Come join us on the first morning of summer to learn about wild edibles, meet some herbal allies, and harvest plants. We will start the morning with a walk in the beautiful and diverse upper pasture, as resident gardener and herbalist Sara Burns introduces us to the plants growing there and teaches us how to harvest some to take home. Then we will head over to the garden and learn about medicinal herbs. After that we will enjoy a wild-crafted salad and herbal tea, and learn how to make nourishing herbal infusions.

Barrie Sachs, herbalist and proprietor of Sherman’s very own Happy Rainbows (http://happyrainbows.webs.com/), will join Happy Acres for the walk.

This event will happen rain or shine! We recommend long pants, boots, bug repellent, gloves, scissors and a bag or basket for harvesting. The Happy Acres Farmstand will be open for those wishing to purchase grassfed beef and produce from the garden.

Cost is $25 per person or $40 for two. This event is designed for adults, although children 12 years and older can attend with an adult. Space is limited, so contact Happy Acres soon to reserve your spot by emailing Katherine at katherine@happyacres.farm.”

Keep watch on the event page (Herb Walk Facebook Event Page) for any news!

May 24, 2015 — Grand Opening of Happy Acres Farm under the management of Full Circle Farming

Ribbon Cutting by the Full Circle Farming, Happy Acres team Photo by Bill & Maureen McCann

On a nearly perfect day, 100s of people visited Happy Acres Farm to celebrate its “Grand Opening”. Sponsored by Friends of Happy Acres, the event featured local musicians (thank you Don Lowe!), a hay fort, and 400+ free burgers of Happy Acres beef!

Excited to try Happy Acres burgers Photo by Bill & Maureen McCann

Excited to try Happy Acres burgers
Photo by Bill & Maureen McCann

Everyone was excited to try burgers from Happy Acres beef. Even though the line was long, everyone seemed happy to be on the farm. Next time, we’re getting a bigger grill!

The Gorgeous Farmstand Photo by Joanna Wozniak-Brown

The Gorgeous Farmstand
Photo by Joanna Wozniak-Brown

The farmstand offers a variety of beef cuts (of course!) and farm-grown vegetables. Decorated with gorgeous Ferris Photography prints and historical farm photos, the room offers a true farmstand atmosphere filled with an intimate charm. Visit on Thursday & Friday 3-7pm and Saturday & Sunday 10am-4pm.

Best Day for a Picnic Photo by Bill & Maureen McCann

Best Day for a Picnic
Photo by Bill & Maureen McCann

Families and friends gathered throughout the lawn area. Sitting at tables or on hay bales, visitors enjoyed lemonade, burgers, and their home-made picnic lunches while enjoying the view. Children ran around playing lawn games, building a hay fort, and dancing to the music.

Friends of Happy Acres Table Photo by Bill & Maureen McCann

Friends of Happy Acres Table
Photo by Bill & Maureen McCann

Friends of Happy Acres, which sponsored the event, hosted a welcome table to meet and talk with the farm guests. A big thank you to those who offered donations to help us with the burger purchase!

 

Thank you for making it such a wonderful day. If you couldn’t make it that day, we are looking forward to meeting you soon! Keep your eyes open for a whole slate of exciting events coming up! In the meantime, stop by the farm stand to introduce yourself (or just enjoy the locally grown food).

Successful Opening Day at Happy Acres Farm