2014 Red Fire Farm Tomato Festival is a Tour De Force of Organic Farming Featuring Massachusetts Best Tomatoes..
In 2001, Ryan Voiland purchased the property from the Hatch/Lyman family.
As part of this sale the Commonwealth of Massachusetts purchased the development rights for the farmland, assuring that the property will forever be used as farm land. This also made it affordable for a young and landless farmer to purchase the property and get a start as a full time farmer.
As he started the business, Ryan needed a name. He looked into the history of the place and found that in 1922, a lightning strike fire burned the original barn and farmhouse structures to the ground.
Our current barn and farmhouse were rebuilt right after that at the end of the American Chestnut era. The main barn is an impressive structure originally built with dairy cows and hay storage in mind. The beams are made of chestnut and held together with wooden pegs.
When naming the farm, Ryan chose “Red Fire Farm” partly to remember that fire event, and also because ‘New Red Fire’ is the name of his favorite red leaf lettuce variety.
The 2014 Red Fire Farm Tomato Festival is held every year in August, the peak of the Massachusetts Tomato Season.
Following are the date, times and location of the 2014 Red Fire Farm Tomato Festival.
FESTIVAL DATE & TIMES: August, 23 12:00pm - 5:00pm
ADMISSION & SCHEDULE of EVENTS:
10:30 AM - Tomato Trot 5K starts. Day-of registration and sign in opens at 9 am.
Main Festival opens 12-5. Admission is $5, kids under 12 get in free. CSA and Farmstand Members get two free entries per share/membership.
In the GUEST CHEF TENT
12:00 PM - Alan Rifkin - outdoor cooking, demonstrating making tomato sauce and sun dried tomatoes
1:15 PM - JJ Gonson - chef and leader at Cuisine En Locale, Somerville, MA
3:45 PM - Lourdes Smith - How to Make Fresh Mozzarella by mozzarella cheesemaker and owner of Fiore di Nonno, Somerville
WORKSHOPS in the barn (and outside)
1:00, 2:00 and 3:00 PM - Wild Edibles Walk with Felix Lufkin
2:00 PM - Homemade Sauerkraut & Lactofermentation Workshop with Maddie Elling from Hosta Hill
3:00 PM- Tomato Canning Workshop - learn to can your own tomatoes farmer style with Sarah Voiland!
4:00 PM- Flower Arranging with Kiersten Wulff, Red Fire Farm's Flower Grower. Please BYO flowers from the PYO patch to arrange!
On the MUSIC STAGE
11:00 AM - Indian Classical Music with Sitar by Mike Jarjoura and Tabla by Max Armen
12:00 PM - Larry Dulong and Band
1:45 PM - The Ephemeral String Band
3:30 PM - Tim Eriksen and Trio du Pumpkinland
12-5 All kinds of free fun events for all ages. See the schedule the day of.
7 Carver Street, Granby, MA
Rain or shine!
For more information go to the Red Fire Farm Tomato Festival Website.
Drive there!, Fly there, Just get there!
The 2014 Red Fire Farm Tomato Festival is 22 min North/Northeast of Springfield MA. and about 1 1/2 hours away from Boston's Logan Airport.
Flying in? A rental car is necessary, but will open up the scope of your adventure.
No matter where you are coming from, there are quality Hotels, guest houses and B&B's everywhere. Staying in the Springfield / Granby area is the best choice for great accommodations.
Be sure to check the hotel map to assure best proximity to the Festival.
A trip in to the 2014 Red Fire Farm Tomato Festival opens up some interesting ideas for a weekender trip.
Go for a little American History in the New England area, to Boston if looking for a blend of Country life and City life.
Whatever you choose this is a great area for an end of Summer week long adventure
Enjoy this Year's great selection of Tomato Festivals