Wakeman Town Farm And Gilbertie’s Celebrate Strong Roots

90 years ago, Gilbertie’s Herb Gardens planted roots on Sylvan Lane.

Today they stretch all across town.

A few years ago, the Westport Farmers’ Market needed a winter home. Sal Gilbertie — the herb garden founder’s grandson — stepped up to the plate.

Sal Gilbertie

When Wakeman Town Farm needed to brighten its grounds for a Harvest Dinner fundraiser, Sal showed up with a truckload of over 100 fall mums. He dropped them in the yard without a word.

To show its appreciation — and demonstrate the importance of strong local roots — WTF is partnering with Gilbertie’s Herb Gardens for a 1-day Christmas tree and greenery sale. It’s next Saturday (December 1, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) at Wakeman Town Farm, 134 Cross Highway.

Sal will sell Fraser firs and undecorated wreaths, plus balsam wreaths festooned with pine, cedar, herbs and assorted natural decorations.

At 5 p.m. there’s the 1st-ever Wakeman Town Farm Christmas tree lighting, featuring hot chocolate and a bonfire.

True to its goal of supporting local farmers, growers and businesses — as well as its educational mission — WTF passes along this info:

Christmas tree farms stabilize soil, protect water supplies and provide refuge for wildlife, while also creating scenic green belts. For every real Christmas tree harvested, 3 seedlings are planted in its place. That, in turn, reduces global greenhouse gas effects.

Meaning — just like at Gilbertie’s Herb Gardens — strong roots continue to grow.

3 responses to “Wakeman Town Farm And Gilbertie’s Celebrate Strong Roots

  1. Every time you turn around…Sal Gilbertie’s name is name you here when it comes to helping others….quietly…. Thank you Sal for your continued support. By the way…the Christmas trees Giberties sells are tremendous!! We know first hand! Thanks Sal and thanks Dan for highlighting local businesses that go out of their way to help our community!

  2. Sal and his family are a treasure here in Westport. It’s vital to remember that local businesses like Gilbertie’s are what make our town distinctive and grounded. They are the heart of Westport. When shopping this season, keep it local!

  3. Gilbertie’s is awesome. Support the local and family run business’s in Westport, they depend on it. And, the x-mas trees are the best in town!