Join us at The Brewery for Trivia Night on Friday nights.
We start Fridays with Happy Hour from 3-5pm where drinks are $1 off. Find a comfy spot and settle in for Trivia starting between 5:30-6pm. First place winners get a $30 gift card, Second place winners get a $20 gift card and Third place winners get a $10 gift card for future use at The Brewery.
Granby's Open Farm Day is September 18 from 10-4pm.
The Brewery will be open until 8pm and the back fields of the farm will be accessible until dusk. We'll be offering self-guided tours of the farm all day, Pony Rides from 1-3pm, Live music at 3pm, a new beer release in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Granby Road Race and a selection of vendors set up around our Brewery Lawn. We'll have Meet The Farmer talks, a Hay Bale Throwing Contest, and a new beer released in honor of the 50th Annual Granby Road Race also on September 18. Follow our social media for more details!
Friday afternoons on the farm are made more fun when it is Happy Hour! The Brewery at Maple View Farm has Happy Hour every Friday from 3-5pm (Happy 2-Hours anyone??). Get $1 any beer you buy during those hours. Sit outside with friends in our comfortable Adirondak chairs, or hang out inside around our big communal table. Having fun? Then stay for our weekly Trivia game from 6-8pm!
The Savage Brothers return to The Farm on .
Oct 9 from 3-6pm
$20 per carload
Come down to the farm for Pony Rides from 1-3pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
Kids 3-12 can ride one of our lesson horses or ponies. One ticket ($5) is good for one lap around the ring. Or purchase a wristband for $20 for unlimited rides from 1-3pm. No parents in the riding ring please. Purchase tickets/wristbands at The Brewery.
Join us for fun on the Farm for Father's Day weekend.
The Brewery will be open on Friday 3-8pm with Happy Hour ($1 off beers) from 3-5pm and then TRIVIA starting at 6pm. 1st 2nd and 3rd place winners will win gift cards for a return visit to The Brewery. The Z Catering food truck will be with us.
Saturday The Brewery is open from 1-8pm and we'll have LIVE MUSIC from J. Lamm and Finn at 3pm. We'll also have dad's favorite Bear's Barbeque Food Truck.
On Sunday we'll be open from 1-6pm with Hannah's Field playing at 3pm. Dolly's Dogs and Tots will be serving up delicious hot dogs and tater tots.
The Farms own Farm Picnic will be available for purchase any day The Brewery is open.
We are about to watch another cornfield in town get developed - houses, condos, roads and driveways. I’m sure the people who will live there would love our little farm town. But will it still be a farm town when they get here? What makes a farm town? Are you still a farm town if travelers through town don’t see any farming?
We are 3rd generation farmers. in 1950, my husband’s grandparents moved from their small plot in East Hartford, to a beautiful piece of land in just south of the center of town on Rt. 10 in Granby. They noted how flat it was and how the brook wandered through it, bisecting the 50 acres and therefore providing easy access to water - something coveted by farmers. But they didn’t start the farm. It was already a working dairy farm and the cows and tractors came with the land, written right on the deed registered in town hall. Our land that provides food for our family and our neighbors has been farmed back to Granby’s settlement in 1635, with the land along the southern part of Route 10 divided in long strips from the road down to the Salmon Brook.
Passing the farm through generations can be tough. Many "farm kids” don’t want to come back to the family land. Too much work. Not enough money. And this is reality for lots of family farms. But really, a family farm is a small business. In order for the family farm to survive, the small business has to thrive. Otherwise, the only option is to sell the land. When we patronize family farms, we’re not just supporting the current farmers, we’re encouraging the next generation as well. Thriving family businesses are more likely to be handed down generation to generation and therefore farmland is more likely to stay in farming.
Many farms are doing a great job diversifying, adding value added products and creating multiple income streams: veggie farms that use the produce they grow in their on-farm restaurant, goat farms offering soap, vineyards offering a space for weddings. Our farm just opened an on-farm brewery where we feed our spent brewer’s grains to our pigs.
By the time the developer is talking to the planning and zoning board it is too late. Some sort of development is under way. The time to save farmland is right now - so get out and stop at a local farm store, eat brunch or a slice of pie, have a beer, or a glass of wine. Our Farm Town depends on it.
You know it’s “cool” to eat local – to call yourself a locavore, wear a man-bun and grind your own fair trade coffee. You feel good about yourself because your banana farmer in South America is getting paid a fair wage and you know the names of your local farmer’s kids. But really – What’s in it for YOU to shop local? I mean, it’s expensive, it’s time consuming, right? Maybe not so much when you consider the whole picture.
So, that’s what’s in it for you: A lot. Hope to see you soon.
A blog about farming and food. Kate Bogli owns and operates Maple View Farm, raising livestock and growing veggies, with her husband Jason. The farm has been in his family for 65 years.