We have three sauce parties scheduled on the farm this year so you won't miss out. You can even come to all three!
Tomato Sauce Canning Party Dates:
Saturday, July 23rd - Sunday, July 24th
Saturday, August 6th - Sunday, August 7th
Saturday, August 20th - Sunday, August 21st
The Beginning of a Tradition:
9 years ago, Nigel and a group of local farmers were notified by the Secretary of Agriculture for the State of California that a rogue mediterranean fruit fly hitch-hiked from Hawaii to California on a mango somebody smuggled into the state. The flies were caught in a local trap and an immediate 3 mile quarantine area was created to prevent the fruit fly from moving to other farms. Eatwell Farm could not move any fresh produce off of the farm, which basically shut us down.
Lorraine had the brilliant idea to invite members to the farm to turn the beautifully ripe tomatoes into sauce, which the Department of Agriculture stated could then be taken off of the farm since it was cooked to a certain temperature.
Two hundred members showed up in support of the farm, turning terrible circumstances into a huge party!
Let's continue that party this year! Gather up your friends, family and neighbors, and head out to the farm to preserve the best tomatoes you've tasted. You'll spend the weekend making sauce, meeting other members, eating delicious food and exploring the farm. Don't worry if you don't know how to make tomato sauce. There will be plenty of experts on the farm with tips and tricks to help you out. By the time the weekend is over, you'll be one too.
Schedule of Events:
10 AM: Set up tents and camp-stoves
11 AM: Time to get cookin'
12 PM: Nigel demonstrates how to make the perfect Naked Sauce. (Believe me, this is something you don't want to miss.)
Lunchtime: Pack a picnic and enjoy your meal in the orchard, member's garden or another beautiful spot on the farm. There are plenty of options.
12 PM - 6 PM: Cook, wander, laugh and drink. Enjoy all the farm has to offer.
6:30 PM: Pot-luck dinner. Nigel and Lorraine will provide polenta which will pair perfectly with all of the tomato sauces simmering in your pots. Bring a pot-luck side dish to share with other members as this is a community meal.
Sunset: Campfire with s'mores (bring your own fixins)
6:30AM - 8 AM: Freshly brewed coffee in the farmhouse
8 AM: Breakfast in the farmhouse featuring Eatwell Farm's pasture raised eggs
9:30 AM: Meet Nigel in the member's garden to begin the farm walk
What To Bring For Making Sauce:
Camp Stove with extra fuel
Clean Jars and lids (bring as many as you want)
Wide- Mouthed Funnel (for pouring sauce into jars)
Garlic (We're not sure we have enough left on the farm)
Salt/Pepper and additional seasonings
Other Items To Bring:
Refillable Water bottle
Sturdy shoes for walking the farm
Swimsuit and towel
Side dish or dessert for the pot-luck dinner
Tent and sleeping bag
Fixin's for s'mores
Jacket for the evening and morning
Tasty beverages of the kid and adult variety
Bubbles and fun activities for the kids
Bags or totes for gathering produce
What We'll Provide:
Unlimited tomatoes (basil, onions, herbs and peppers for your sauce if available)
Polenta for Pot-luck dinner
Coffee and Breakfast in the farmhouse
Absolutely NO dogs or smoking allowed on the farm.
The farm has some rugged terrain, but many areas are wheelchair accessible.
We love your overwhelming excitement at visiting the farm and are thrilled this year to open these event days up to even more members, friends & family and you! Please invite your neighbors, co-workers and anybody you think would be excited about the farm, our wonderful CSA Program and those who may just enjoy a day out in the country.
Are you interested in joining the Eatwell Farm Event Crew? We need members of the community to help work these events in exchange for cash or CSA credit. Check out the Eatwell Farm Event Crew page for more details.