What are the highlights of your farm?
We have a belief in the unity of life. We believe that we do to the land, we do to ourselves. We believe that life and sustainability of the planet will be achieved through an organic and ecological systems approach in food production. We are your neighbors in this community, and we give back to it, and we appreciate and value your generous support.
The highlights of our farm are all the beautiful fresh Italian heirloom produce and award-winning personalities. We have a small, but very efficient operation. The tour will cover under one acre, (imagine walking around the Open Harvest parking lot… twice) so this is a nice, easy stroll and has some shade available too. Our visitors can expect a harvest tour of the farm, where folks learn about the delicious samples demonstrated and prepared on-site. These are served with an accompaniment of Italian music and the cacophony of some chickens. Learn about the traditional skills in practice on the farm and even try them out yourself!
What will your tour be centered around?
Tours can easily be customized for any age or any interest in agriculture, such as, water, labor, marketing, organic pest control, and growing practices, (to list a few). Unless otherwise specified, each tour will include all of these subjects with a brief history of the farm and the vegetables.
Will it be a guided tour or will visitors be free to roam around?
Both opportunities are available. There are no lions, tigers or bears, but children should be tended so that there are no, “Oh My’s!”
Will you be doing any demonstrations?
Yes. The Caruso-Rozzano Farms Market Booth will be the site of the demonstrations located in between the Coliseum (Red Barn) and the Piazza San Marco (intersection of Barn, hoop house and well). Delectable delicacies are provided to sample while children and adults learn simple ways to incorporate fresh, farm-to-table eating at home. Demonstrations also include bug shepherding, outdoor pizza making, and bocce ball. NOTE: Not all demonstrations are edible, but they are fun. Many recipes demonstrated will be vegetarian, and some will be gluten-free and all will be peanut-free and boring-free.
Are public restrooms available?
Yes. There is a single stall restroom, so if you need extra time to fix your makeup or admire the reflection in the mirror, make sure that there is not a line forming outside the door.
Is your farm handicap accessible?
Accessibility is limited to the road surrounding the fields and the restroom will not accommodate a wheelchair.
Will you have food, beverages, or other products for sale?
Come with a cooler and your appetite. A variety of vegetables, herbs, and seedlings are available to sample or for sale.
Will there be water available?
There will be water available and the Dave Mathews Band will not be anywhere near the location.
Where should visitors park their vehicles?
Visitors should park vehicles in the parking lot. It is distinguishable by the cars parked on top of it.
Will there be any special activities or sights for children?
Yes. There will be a child-size vegetable stand where kids can enjoy buying and selling vegetables. Demonstrations that kids can take part in include; bug shepherding, outdoor pizza making, and bocce ball.
Kids will learn about Italian heirloom vegetables, how they are grown, as well as the history of pizza and pasta and other important Italian contributions.
Kids can learn about some of the traditional farm equipment and get to try it out. Don’t worry Mom and Dad-no one is getting the keys to the tractor!