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Events: October 2012

Autumn Leaves Cheese Festival at Priam Vineyards

Saturday, October 6 | 11:00AM - 4:00PM | Colchester, CT | directions

The Autumn Leaves Cheese Festival 2012 (organized by CT's Artisan Made-Northeast since 2004) will be held at Priam Vineyards, 11 Shailor Hill Road in Colchester, CT on October 6, 2012 from 11 am to 4 pm. The festival will provide a window into a small working sustainable, solar powered winery and will highlight handcrafted, artisan made foods and wines - made in the northeast US.

Autumn Leaves Cheese Festival 2012 will feature locally made award winning cheeses, wines and specialty foods from Cato Corner Farm, Beltane Farm, Ladies of Lebanon, Artisan Made-Northeast, Woodcock Farm, Green Mountain Blue Cheese, Thistle Hill Farm, Champlain Valley Creamery, Winding Drive Jams & Jellies, Savor Cookies, Chow Chow Relish, Harbor Chocolates, The Farmer's Cow, Brookview Sugarhouse, Percy Thomson Meadows Farm, Priam Vineyards, KDKrop Farm, Mystic River Oysters, Bureau’s Sugarhouse, Farm To Hearth Breads and more. Guests will have the opportunity to sample a variety of cheeses, Priam Vineyard wines, handcrafted breads, meats, chocolates, jams, produce, flavored butters, sauces, honey, maple syrup and more.

Foods and wines will be available to sample and purchase.

Local foods and wines come together! Not only will there be a chef doing cooking demos but guests will receive a complimentary tasting menu with food and wine pairings. Wines from Priam Vineyards will be available for tasting and purchasing and winemaker Gary Crump will conduct tours of the vineyards to provide an insider’s view of a CT Winery. Sommelier Sally Camm will MC the cooking demo and will pair Priam Vinyard wines with festival foods. There will also be fun activities scheduled throughout the day including live music (Stacey Dyer and The Arrangement). Event takes place under tent so bring the whole family -come rain or shine!

Admission to the festival is $22 purchased on-line at (deadline for online admission is October 5, 2012). Children 11 and under accompanied by an adult are free. $25 admission at the gate the day of the festival. There is limited space so please purchase admission early to ensure a spot.

Priam Vineyards' IS THE FIRST WINERY IN NEW ENGLAND TO BECOME COMPLETELY SOLAR POWERED. Their 40-acre farm has 24 acres of grapes in production with a panoramic 35-mile view of the New England countryside. The Vineyard benefits from the unique microclimate of the hills of New London County, just 15 miles from Long Island Sound. Priam grows classic European varietals: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay, Riesling, Muscat and Merlot as well as French-American hybrids: Cayuga and St. Croix. They currently produce 14 hand crafted boutique wines. The climate at Priam is similar to the Alsace region of Northern France and Germany. The combination of climate along with the sloping hillside and constant breeze provides the amenable environment for grape growing.

As a lead in to the Autumn Leaves Cheese Festival, on Friday, October 5 at 6:30 pm, Priam Vineyards and Riverhouse Catering of Haddam, CT will host a “dinner on the farm.” The farm dinner will showcase local foods and wines and will present a selection of cheeses from the festival. Winemaker Gary Crump and local cheese makers will introduce their wines and cheeses. Limited seating is available for this fun, educational and delicious event. Call Priam Vineyards at 860 267-8520 to reserve a spot.

Please call Artisan Made-Northeast at 203 273-5821 for more information on the Autumn Leaves Cheese Festival 2012 at Priam Vineyards.

Support small farms and local small batch producers while enjoying the best in locally produced foods and beverages at the Autumn Leaves Cheese Festival, October 6, 2012 from 11 am to 4 pm at Priam Vineyards in Colchester, CT.

Regional Foods and wines come together at the Autumn Leaves Cheese Festival 2012!

Hosted by Priam Vineyards/Artisan Made-Northeast, LLC at the Priam Vineyards: 11 Shailor Hill Rd., Colchester, CT.

Contact Tom at (203) 273-5821 or by e-mail for more information.

Pig Roast

Saturday, October 6 | 4:00PM - 9:00PM | Miiddletown, RI | directions | website

A delicious meal will be prepared by Chef Guy of The Restaurant at AS220 Foo(d). An organically-raised pig from Simmons Farm will be served along with fresh, organic produce from RI farms. Live music.

This casual event is BYOC, bring your own chair.

Admission is $20 at the door. Capacity is limited; reservations are strongly recommended. To register or make a donation, contact Mike Roberts at or call 401-835-2346.

Simmons Farm is a 120-acre Certified Organic family farm in Middletown, RI specializing in growing traditional and heirloom produce for farmers markets, wholesale accounts and a CSA. The farm offers Certified Organic eggs, grass-fed beef, pastured pork and seasonal offerings of lamb, goat meat and Farmstead Cheese made daily with 100% Simmons Farm goat and cow milk. Visitors are welcome at the farm’s petting zoo and encouraged at local farmers markets.

The Restaurant at AS220 Foo(d) is an eclectic site with a regularly changing menu of affordable, delicious, local food complemented by great musical performances. Teens learn about the restaurant business through an on-site Youth Training Program. All meals are cooked to order in view of diners. Menu and chefs are Vegan and Veggie-friendly.

Rain date: October 7, 2 p.m.

This event is a fundraiser for NOFA/RI.

Hosted by Simmons Farm at the Simmons Farm: 1942 West Main Road, Miiddletown, RI.

Contact Mike Roberts at (401) 835-2346 or by e-mail for more information.

Eating with the Ecosystem 5: Gulf of Maine at Hourglass Brasserie

Tuesday, October 9 | 5:30PM - 7:30PM | Bristol, RI | directions | website

De la mer a la table...

The Gulf of Maine is a deep, coldwater ecosystem bounded by the shores of Massachusetts, Maine, and New Hampshire. Best known for the lobsters that flourish in the rocky crevices, the Gulf of Maine produces an astounding array of edible fish, shellfish and seaweeds.

At this dinner, Chef Rizwan Ahmed, a former marine biologist, will work his wonders with a sampling of species landed in the ports of Gloucester, MA, Searook, NH, Port Clyde, ME. Menu selections will feature a wide array of inshore and offsore species, and will span the length of the food chain, putting each dish in ecological context. Narration of the dinner will be provided by a guest scientist and a guest fisherman.

Menu: posted soon.

Tickets available from or by calling the restaurant at (401)396-9811

For more information about Eating with the Ecosystem, write to

Hosted by Eating with the Ecosystem and Hourglass Brasserie at the Hourglass Brasserie: 382 Thames Street, Bristol, RI.

Contact Sarah Schumann at (401) 297-6273 for more information.

FARM TOUR: Three Maples Farm

Saturday, October 13 | 10:00AM - 11:00AM | Great Barrington, MA | directions

Situated on four acres near the border of Massachusetts and New York, Three Maples Market Garden produces naturally grown greens, herbs and vegetables for the Berkshire County community. Farmers Cian and Amanda grow food with three goals in mind: to grow food on land that has laid fallow for decades; to produce high-quality, flavorful and nutritious vegetables; and to make that produce available and affordable for their friends and neighbors. For more information or to sign up call 413.528.9697

Hosted by Berkshire Coop Market at the Berkshire Coop Market: 42 Bridge St., Great Barrington, MA.

Contact Front Desk at (413) 528-9697 for more information.

Designing with Natives

Thursday, October 18 6:00PM - Friday, September 28 8:00PM | Kingston, RI | directions | website

Designing with natives for residential, municipal and habitat restoration projects

Hosted by URI Outreach Center at the URI Kingston Campus CBLS Auditorium: 120 Flagg Road, Kingston, RI.

Contact Vanessa Venturini at (401) 874-7142 or by e-mail for more information.

Field ID and Seed Collection

Saturday, October 20 9:00AM - Friday, September 28 12:00PM | Kingston, RI | directions | website

Native plant identification and seed collection methods

Hosted by URI Outreach Center at the URI Outreach Center: 3 East Alumni Ave, Kingston, RI.

Contact Vanessa Venturini at (401) 874-7142 or by e-mail for more information.

Preparing Your Chickens for Winter

Saturday, October 20 | 11:00AM - 12:00PM | Chelmsford, MA | directions | website

Come to Chelmsford Agway for a free seminar on how to prepare your chickens for winter by Terry Golson. She is an experienced backyard chicken keeper and maintains the popular website and blogs about chickens. Copies of her book Tillie Lays An Egg will be available for sale. Terry will be available for your questions after the seminar.

Hosted by Chelmsford Agway at the Chelmsford Agway: 24 Maple Road, Chelmsford, MA.

Contact Lisa Bougoulas at (978) 256-9991 or by e-mail for more information.

Propagation Methods

Wednesday, October 24 4:30PM - Friday, September 28 7:00PM | Wakefield, RI | directions | website

Hands-on methodologies including seed cleaning and stratification, stem cutting, growing mediums and practices

Hosted by URI Outreach Center at the Clark Farms: 2984 Comd. Oliver Hazard Perry Hwy, Wakefield, RI.

Contact Vanessa Venturini at (401) 874-7142 or by e-mail for more information.

Kids Can Cook! Halloween Special, Monster Mash Dip in a Homemade Cheddar Cup

Saturday, October 27 | 10:00AM - 11:00AM | Great Barrington, MA | directions

Celebrate Halloween and learn how to make Monster Mash Dip in a Cheddar Cup. Take the recipe home and use it at your Halloween party!
stop by the Front Desk or call 413.528.9697 to sign up.

Hosted by Berkshire Coop Market at the Berkshire Coop Market: 42 Bridge St., Great Barrington, MA.

Contact Front Desk at (413) 528-9697 for more information.

Arbor Dawn Fall Festival

Saturday, October 27 | 10:00AM - 10:00PM | Smithfield, RI | directions

Revive the Roots is a non-profit organization interested in permaculture and community building! On October 20th we will be hosting a fun-filled event for people of all ages who are interested in learning more about us and our cause!

There will be food, music, educational opportunities, activities, games, vendors, and more! Hope you can make it!

Hosted by Revive the Roots at the Mowry Gardens: 374 Farnum Pike, Smithfield, RI.

Contact Tia at (401) 855-1049 or by e-mail for more information.