Milford Autumn Garlic Festival is garden benefit
MILFORD >> The Recreation Department’s Benson-Crump Memorial Community Gardens Program is holding its annual Autumn Garlic Festival Fund Raiser 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Gazebo on the Green downtown.
Rain date is Sept. 25.
The event will include:
- Eight organic varieties, including Music, German Hardy, Siberian, Italian Red, Polish Jenn and Elephant, will be available for sale.
- A recipe section that contains more than 30 garlicky, free recipes. Also, Mr. Garlic, Bill Domeracki, will be in the Gazebo to answer questions on growing garlic organically and what varieties do best in this region.
- The Huge Gourmet Basket Drawing Canopy, which includes 12 themed-baskets such as Family Fun Movie Night, Wine and Cheese Lovers, All About Chocolate, Italian Pasta Delight, Gardening, Beauty and Relaxation, Jackpot Lottery, Tea and Coffee Lovers, Gluten Free Goodies, Boys and Girls Toys, Barbecue Lovers, and Everything Honey.
- Local beekeeper Ralph Harrison will be selling his honey and beeswax candles.
- Seasonal vegetables from Robert Treat Farm and Shamrock Farm and hot apple cider and coffee with muffins and doughnuts will be for sale, along with hand-decorated organic garlic braids. Local apples from Fawn Meadow Orchards or the chrysanthemums from Filanowski Farm.
- The Kids Korner will have candy, Halloween pencils and tattoos and a free balloon.
- At 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. canners Christine and Carolyn will be doing a talk and demontration of basic canning and preserving.
All proceeds will benefit the Benson-Crump Memorial Community Gardens Program, an organic garden in its 48th year. It encompasses 135 plots on the North Street side of Eisenhower Park and more than 250 participants, including several local community groups. It is the oldest community garden in Southern Connecticut and for seven years has been an active supporter of Connecticut’s Plant a Row for the Hungry Program, which works with the Connecticut Food Bank.
The Benson-Crump program maintains three active PAR plots with the help of volunteers. Each year it donates an average of 2,000 pounds of fresh vegetables to several local food pantries, including St. Gabriel’s Church, St. Ann’s, Home for the Brave, Milford Senior Center, Beth-El Shelter, New Haven Soup Kitchen and the Grace Baptist Church.
In 2013, 2014, and 2015, it received a certificate of appreciation from the Connecticut Food Bank for its support and dedication in the fight hunger.
Checks can be made out to the Milford Recreation Department with Benson-Crump Community Gardens Autumn Garlic Fest written on the memo, and mailed to the Milford Recreation Department, 70 W. River St. 06460, Attention: Linda Ball on the envelope.
For more information, call Ball at 203-214-3407.