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Dave the oxen looking over fence
Photo by Janet Dudley.
News & Events

UPCOMING EVENTS
· Saturdays, December 6 and 13, 2014
Holiday Open House & Market at The Dudley Farm Museum
9 AM to 2 PM
The Dudley Farm Museum and Farmers’ Market invite you to celebrate the 2014 holiday season on two Saturdays in December. On December 6th and 13th, from 9 AM to 2 PM, the Museum will be open for their Holiday Open House and the Munger Barn will be open for the 19th annual Holiday Market. Tour the Farmhouse decorated for the holidays and enjoy complimentary mulled cider and cookies served in the dining room. Also featured in the Farmhouse are the annual cookie bake sale, to benefit the Museum, and drawings for the seasonal centerpieces on display. Each Saturday, visitors may enter a free drawing for a chance to win 1 of 3 holiday centerpieces made by Janet Dudley and Michael Russo.

Over 30 vendors will fill the Munger Barn both days with holiday treats and treasures. Featured this year are baked goods, eggs, fibers, fresh holiday greens, wreaths, trees and decorations, handmade art and crafts, honey, jams and jellies, maple syrup, naturally-raised meats, pickles, and soap. Contact the Museum at 203-457-0770 or the Market at 860-349-3917 for more information. No snow date for December 13th Event.

Six photos of wreath making demonstration.
Photos by Barbara Hanson.
· Sunday, Decemer 7, 2014
Wreath Making Party
2 to 4 PM at The Dudley Farm Munger Barn, lower level,
Join wreathmaker Janet Dudley to create your own special holiday wreath from fresh local evergreens.

Refreshments provided. Bring your family and friends. Children accompanied by an adult are welcome. Garden gloves and small garden clippers suggested, but not required.

Registration is needed for this event. Please call 203-457-0770 DFM, Janet Dudley 203-453-6760 or email DFM at info@dudleyfarm.com

Suggested $5.00 donation to The Dudley Farm Museum. $20.00 materials fee includes everything you need to make a 12" wreath - (wreath ring, bow, pinecones).

· Second Tuesday of each month at The Dudley Farm Munger Barn,
lower level, 7 to 8:30 PM

The Dudley Farm Garden Group
Next Meeting: December 9th This event has been postponed due to weather.
Starting on July 8th, 2014, The Dudley Farm Museum will sponsor a garden discussion group focused on growing organic edibles—vegetables, herbs and flowers. This will be an informal group allowing the participants to share knowledge and ideas about organic methods and successful plants for this area.

Possible discussion topics include insect and disease control, starting a fall and winter garden, soil improvement, encouraging beneficial insects and plants, good recipes, composting, etc.

The Dudley Farm Community Garden will provide an opportunity for participants to see firsthand some of the methods and results of organic gardening and to talk to some gardeners about their experiences there. We have many very knowledgeable gardeners including several Master Gardeners.

The group is open to the public and—like the Dudley Farm—not limited to Guilford residents. No prior gardening experience is necessary. Feel free to bring a brown bag dinner. There is no charge. For more information call the office 203-457-0770 and leave a message for Judy Stone, Dudley Farm Community Garden Coordinator.

· Show your support
The Big Barn Project (BBP)
The life and history of each farm revolves around its main barn. That’s where the animals are housed, the equipment is kept and the history of the farm is preserved. At the Dudley Farm Museum, the up to now, un-restored big gray barn, will now take on this important role.
Click here for more details.
Watch Connex Credit Union Video

· Available…
Voices from North Guilford
Over eight years in the making, the book Voices from North Guilford has been published and is available for purchase at The Dudley Farm Museum. Click here for details.


RECENT EVENTS
· Now on display…
Museum Exhibit for October
The Dudley Farm Museum display for October is “It’s Getting Cold: Coats, Cloaks, Capes and Carriage Robes from the 19th Century.” The Dudley Farm Museum is open Thursday through Saturday from 10 AM to 1 PM and Sunday afternoons from 1 to 4 PM. Adult admission is $3.00. The Dudley Farm — 2351 Durham Road, Guilford CT 06437 — phone 203–457–0770.

· Saturday, October 25, 2014
Last Farmers’ Market & Halloween Party
9 AM to 12:30 PM
Vendors in Halloween costumes.
  
Photo by Barbara Hanson.
Join us on Saturday, October 25, for the last day of the 2014 Summer Farmers’ Market at the Dudley Farm. From 9 AM to 12:30 PM, the Farmers’ Market will offer seasonal produce, mums and cut flowers, eggs, baked and canned goods, naturally-raised meats, honey and maple syrup, and handmade art and crafts. In addition, you are invited to celebrate the season’s end with a special self-guided Halloween Scavenger Hunt and Trick-or-Treat fun with our costumed vendors.

Children are encouraged to wear costumes and adults are welcome to join in the fun. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

The market is subject to cancellation due to inclement weather and there is no rain date for this event. Contact 860–349–3917 for more information.

· Saturdays, June through October 2014
The Dudley Farm Farmers’ Market
9 AM to 12:30 PM
Homegrown and Handmade
The Dudley Farm Summer Market takes place every Saturday through October from 9 AM to 12:30 PM. It is a family-oriented gathering place held on the picturesque grounds of the historic Dudley Farm Museum. The Market provides the opportunity to purchase local and organic seasonal produce and handmade arts and crafts, while enjoying the beauty and serenity of the Farm as it was in the year 1900. In addition to the wide variety of fruits and vegetables offered, also available are baked goods, eggs, fresh cut flowers, herbs and potted plants, honey and maple syrup, jams and jellies, naturally-raised meat, and pickles. Our handmade items include hand-spun yarn, paintings, photographs, cards, jewelry, soap, woodworking, pottery, sewing, quilting and more. The market is subject to cancellation due to inclement weather.

· Saturday, October 18, 2014
Rain date: October 25, 2014

Harvest Day at The Dudley Farm
9 AM to 2 PM
Join us on Saturday, October 18 for Harvest Day at The Dudley Farm. From 9 AM to 2 PM, the Dudley Farm Museum and the Farmers’ Market will celebrate the Harvest with family fun and autumnal delights. This year we invite you to join us for food, music, activities for children and demonstrations of early 19th century skills. Rain date is October 25.

At the Market
We offer seasonal produce, mums and cut flowers, eggs, baked and canned goods, naturally-raised meats, honey and maple syrup, handmade art and crafts. In addition, a number of Market vendors will demonstrate their specialties throughout the day and other presentations are scheduled as follows (times are approximate and subject to change):
10 AM – Soap making
11 AM – Raising meat naturally
12 PM – Beekeeping
1 PM – Canning

Around the Farm
The Dudley Farm Museum offers spinning and blacksmith demos, working the oxen, and brewing beer. There will be an art project for children using pokeweed ink and twigs; dyeing of wool with pumpkin and pokeweed; popcorn, corn shelling & grinding. “Treasures from the Dudley Farm Attic – Revisited” will have items for sale, including many from the 19th century. The Farmhouse will be open for tours, where “It’s Getting Cold: Coats, Cloaks, Capes and Carriage Robes from the 19th Century” will be displayed. Lunch from the grill will be available.

· Saturday, September 13, 2014
Special Event at the Farmers’ Market
9 AM to 12:30 PM
Two fairy houses
  
Photo by Barbara Hanson.
Join us for our first “Fairy Festival.”
Children, accompanied by adults, are invited to follow the Fairy Trail, build a Fairy House, decorate a wand, and/or create a crown with guest author Cheryl Kling.

Vendors can participate by creating a Fairy House or Garden to be displayed at their tables or along the Trail; gathering natural materials such as acorns, feathers, and pinecones for decorating the Fairy Houses. Contact vendors Cindy or Tricia if interested in helping with the event.

Spritely costumes are encouraged.

· Now on display…
Museum Exhibit for September
The Dudley Farm Museum display for September is “Plain and Fancy: 19th Century Chamber Pots.” The Dudley Farm Museum is open Thursday through Saturday from 10 AM to 1 PM and Sunday afternoons from 1 to 4 PM. Adult admission is $3.00. The Dudley Farm — 2351 Durham Road, Guilford CT 06437 — phone 203–457–0770.

· Saturday, August 16, 2014
Special Events at the Farmers’ Market
Enjoy 3 presentations by our local growers & beekeeper; times are approximate:
10:00 AM - Susan Willis - Organic Gardening
10:30 AM - Cathy Provencher - Sprouts
11:00 AM - Walter Pond - Beekeeping

· Saturday, August 16, 2014
The Dudley Farm Museum at the North Guilford
Congregational Church Fair

Join us in celebrating our local heritage at the North Guilford Congregational Church old-fashioned Fair on historic Meeting House Hill in North Guilford, 10 to 4 Saturday, August 16th.

The Dudley Farm Museum is a big part of the North Guilford community and joins the Churches in North Guilford this year with “Treasures from the Dudley Farm Attic.” There will be items for sale dating from the late 1800’s up to approximately 1960, including early canning jars, crockery, vintage suitcases, postcards, newspapers about the ’38 Hurricane, early military items, china—and much more. Proceeds will go to support the “Big Barn Project.” Take a look—and you just might find that vintage item you’ve been looking for. Additionally, selected quilts from the Dudley Farm collection will be included in the Church’s annual quilt exhibit held in the Sanctuary.

We are proud of our North Guilford roots, and each year the Fair features exhibits reflecting our heritage. So come stroll through the quilt exhibit, see a wool spinning demonstration, or tour the Church and Old North Cemetery grounds. And don’t forget to purchase some prized “Treasures from the Dudley Farm Attic!”

· Saturday, June 28, 2014, 11 AM to 4 PM
Sunday, June 29, 2014, 12 to 4 PM

Celebrate 375 years of Guilford History
Admission is $3.75 per museum for adults, children free.
Family program to highlight 375 years of Guilford History will feature special demonstrations and activities at each museum. The Dudley Farm Museum will highlight handspinning and fiber processing, candle making demonstration, household chores (laundry and butter making), gardening and farming activities and live oxen demonstration featuring Bob and Dave, The Dudley Farm Museum Brown Swiss oxen. Children (and families) encouraged to dress in period costume. The Dudley Farm Museum will also hold Farmers’ Market on Saturday as usual and encourage vendors to stay later if they wish.

· Saturday, April 26, 2014
Rain Date: Saturday, May 3, 2014

Please note this event has been rescheduled for May 3rd.
Community Tag Sale
8:30 AM to 2 PM
Spaces are $20 and you will need to bring your own tables and chairs.
Set-up on Saturday morning must be completed by 7 AM. Early set-up on Friday Evening is at 6 PM. Food & beverages, including coffee & baked goods, will be available.

Donations accepted for gently used items in good condition for the Dudley Farm Tag Sale Table. Please make an appointment to drop off donations. No clothing please. All proceeds from Farm Table benefit The Dudley Farm Museum. For more information or to reserve a space call Jerri Guadagno at 203–457–0770 or email info@dudleyfarm.com.

· Saturday, April 19, 2014
The Dudley Farm Museum Spring Clean-up Day
9 AM until finished.
It has been a hard Winter and Spring has arrived. It is now time to spruce up The Dudley Farm Museum grounds. Work will include cleaning up garden beds, raking leaves, picking up branches etc. Volunteers are needed to help with the clean-up.

Please bring your gloves, rakes and other handy tools. Coffee and donuts will be provided.

· First Saturday of the month, February through May 2014
February 1, March 1, April 5, May 3

Winter Market
9 AM to 12:30 PM
The Winter Market will be held in the Munger Barn and features baked goods, eggs, fibers, handmade art and crafts, honey, jams and jellies, maple syrup, naturally-raised meats, pickles, soap and seasonal vegetables. Craft vendors alternate months during the Winter Market. Subject to cancellation due to inclement weather; there are no snow dates.

For the last two Winter Markets, both the first and second floors of the Munger Barn will be utilized, weather-permitting. This will provide more space for more vendors and their homegrown and handmade goods.

The Summer Market begins on Saturday June 7th and runs through October.

· Saturdays, December 7 and 14, 2013
Holiday Open House & Market
9 AM to 2 PM
The Dudley Farm Museum and Farmers’ Market invite you to celebrate the 2013 holiday season on two Saturdays in December. On December 7th and 14th, from 9 AM to 2 PM, the Museum will be open for their Holiday Open House and the Munger Barn will be open for the 18th annual Holiday Market.
There is no snow date for December 14th.

Open House
Tour the Farmhouse decorated for the holidays and enjoy complimentary mulled cider and cookies served in the dining room. Also featured in the Farmhouse are the annual cookie bake sale, to benefit the Museum, and drawings for the seasonal centerpieces on display. Saturday, December 7th ONLY, visit with St. Nicholas, and listen to holiday music played on the bowed psaltery; also hand-dipped candles will be for sale that day.

Farmers’ Market
Over 30 vendors will fill the Munger Barn both days with holiday treats and treasures. Featured this year are baked goods, eggs, fibers, fresh holiday greens, wreaths, trees and decorations, handmade art and crafts, honey, jams and jellies, maple syrup, naturally-raised meats, pickles, and soap.

· Saturdays, June through October 2013
Saturday’s Gathering Place
9 AM to 12:30 PM
For man, autumn is a time of harvest, of gathering together. For nature, it is a time of sowing, of scattering abroad. –Edwin Way Teale

Gather together at the Farmers’ Market every Saturday through October to enjoy the bounty of the harvest. Between 9 AM and 12:30 PM, you can purchase local and organic produce, including squash, root crops, pumpkins and potted mums. The Market also offers cut flowers, baked and canned goods, eggs, honey & maple syrup, jams & jellies, locally-raised meats and handmade art & crafts.

Be sure to join us on Saturday, October 19 for Harvest Day. From 9 AM to 2 PM, the Dudley Farm and the Farmers' Market join together to celebrate the Harvest with family fun and autumnal delights. The rain date is Saturday, October 26.

October 26 is also the last day of the Summer Market and we will close the season with a “Boo.” From 9 AM to 12:30 PM, Market vendors are planning trick or treat surprises at our first Halloween Party.

· Saturdays, June through October 2013
Saturday’s Gathering Place
9 AM to 12:30 PM
Enjoy homegrown produce and handmade crafts at the Summer Farmers’ Market. The Market is a family-oriented gathering place held on the picturesque grounds of The Dudley Farm Museum every Saturday from 9 AM to 12:30 PM. We offer a wide variety of local and organic fruits and vegetables, such as beans, blueberries, corn, cucumbers, lettuce, peas, peaches, plums, shallots, sprouts, summer squash, tomatoes, and zucchini. We are proud to also feature baked goods, eggs, fresh cut flowers, handmade art & crafts, herbs & potted flowers, honey & maple syrup, jams & jellies, naturally-raised meat, pickles and more.

· Saturday, April 27, 2013
Rain Date: Saturday, May 11, 2013

Community Tag Sale
8:30 AM to 2 PM
Spaces are $20 and you will need to bring your own tables and chairs.
Set-up on Saturday morning must be completed by 7 AM. Early set-up on Friday Evening is at 6 PM. Food & beverages, including coffee & baked goods, will be available.
Donations accepted for gently used items in good condition for The Dudley Farm Tag Sale Table. Please make an appointment to drop off donations. No clothing please. All proceeds from Farm Table benefit The Dudley Farm Museum. For more information or to reserve a space call Jerri Guadagno at 203–457–0770 or email info@dudleyfarm.com.

· Saturday, April 20, 2013, 9 AM until finished.
Rain Date: Sunday, April 21, 2013, 11 AM until finished.

The Dudley Farm Spring Clean-up
It has been a hard Winter and Spring has arrived. It is now time to spruce up The Dudley Farm Museum grounds. Work will include cleaning up garden beds, raking leaves, picking up branches etc. Volunteers are needed to help with the clean-up.
Please bring your gloves, rakes and other handy tools. Pizza and beverages will be provided for volunteers at lunchtime.

· Tuesday, April 16, 2013
The Dudley Farm Community Garden “On The Fence” Meeting
7 PM in The Munger Barn
This meeting is a follow-up to the discussion that was started at The Dudley Farm Community Garden Annual Meeting/Potluck regarding the proposed Deer Fence to surround The Dudley Farm Community Garden. If time allows we will also discuss completing the Garden Shed and installing a compost system. Please bring your thoughts and ideas for the upcoming growing season.
Please Note: This event is only open to The Dudley Farm Community Garden Members and The Dudley Foundation Board Members.
For more information please call 203–457–0770 or email info@dudleyfarm.com.

· Thursday, April 4, 2013
The Dudley Farm Community Garden Annual Meeting/
Potluck Dinner

6:30 PM in The Munger Barn
Please bring your own place setting and a main dish, beverage or dessert to share. Following the supper there will be a seed exchange and a discussion that will include the deer fence, compost system and other garden projects. Please bring your ideas for the upcoming growing season.
Please Note: This event is only open to The Dudley Farm Community Garden Members and The Dudley Foundation Board Members.
Please RSVP by calling Judy Stone at 203–457–0770 or emailing info@dudleyfarm.com.

· Saturday, February 2, 2013
· Saturday, March 2, 2013
· Saturday, April 6, 2013
· Saturday, May 4, 2013
Winter Market 2013
9 AM to 12 PM
The Dudley Farm Museum Winter Market will be held the first Saturday of each month February through May, from 9AM to 12 PM in the Munger Barn. We offer baked goods, eggs, handmade crafts, jams and jellies, naturally-raised meats, pickles, winter vegetables and more.
Craft vendors alternate months during the Winter Market.
All Winter Markets are subject to cancellation due to inclement weather.

· Sunday, February 24, 2013
Book Signing: Voices from North Guilford
2 to 4 PM Breakwater Books, Guilford, CT

· Saturday, February 16, 2013 11 AM to 6 PM
· Sunday, February 17, 2013 11 AM to 4 PM
Book Sale: Voices from North Guilford
Hyland House Antique Show
Adams Middle School, Guilford, CT

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