Round the Bend shakes things up for Open Farm Day

Jun 17, 2019

Round the Bend farm welcomed a fresh crop of visitors with some fresh new ideas at their June Open Farm Day on Saturday.

For the first time, the South Dartmouth farm offered local wine and craft beer for purchase alongside their burgers and sandwiches.

Those who came also got the chance to learn all about worm composting at a workshop run by Benoit Azagoh-Kouadio, buy fresh local foodstuffs and produce, and take Father’s Day photos with a tractor.

“It’s a perfect day to enjoy the sun and spend some time with some animals,” said Marion resident and first-time visitor Gina Hermenegildo, who was watching her kids Preston, 3, and Sophia, 2, play corn hole. “It’s gorgeous. It’s a hidden jewel.”

Amy Pacheco came from New Bedford with her son Braden, who was munching on a fresh cucumber and playing with some new friends.

Pacheco was sipping some rosé from Carolyn’s Sakonnet vineyards in Little Compton, Rhode Island.

“The wine is very good. It’s light. It’s sweet, but not too sweet,” she said.

“It’s such a hit,” said Round the Bend social media liaison Hannah Wylie, who was running the beverage table. “In the summer, for a lot of the weddings, we always recommend that one. People love this wine.”

She said that the farm makes sure that the bottles are either re-used by the companies who sell them, or are upcycled by local artists.

Although the farm doesn’t normally sell alcohol on its Open Farm Days, Wylie added, they were testing it out in preparation for their Garlic and Art festival in September.

“This is kind of a trial ... It’s been good,” she said, adding with a laugh, “I think later in the day, we’ll probably have more [people] drinking.”