Lachat Lets Loose

Sure, you weren’t invited to Keith Richards’ daughter’s wedding.

Neither was I.

But us peons can still hang out there. Or at least at Lachat Town Farm, the site of the biggest event in Weston since, um, ever.

Lachat is a grassroots, volunteer-run initiative. It began when officials decided to tear down a 1770s homestead that had been deeded to the town by dairy farmer Leon Lachat.

But a group of citizens had a vision: turn the beautiful 40-acre site back into a farm.

Friends of Lachat raised enough money to restore the farmhouse. It opened in 2016.

Since then, Lachat Town Farm has become a local gathering place. A 50-plot community garden was built. A grant paid for a greenhouse. A large dairy barn was also restored.

Once a month in summer, an early evening farmer’s market with live music, children’s crafts and food trucks draws a crowd. Music in the Meadow concerts feature a variety of performances. In the winter, there’s a Fireside Concert series. Adult and children’s programs range from tai chi to pickle making.

Lachat Town Farm

It’s all done without tax dollars. The Farm is self-funded through programs, donations, grants and fundraisers.

Lachat’s major annual fundraiser is this Saturday (October 5, 4 to 8 p.m.). All ages are invited to a country barbecue and hoedown. Renowned square dance caller Eric Hollman will be accompanied by the Flying Fingers Jug Band.

The ticket price includes dinner from Odeen’s Barbecue of Ridgefield, plus wine and beer. There are no tickets at the door; click here for reservations.

NOTE: Keith Richards’ family donated $15,000 to Lachat, after the wedding. It was a great gift — but hardly enough to keep the farm operating.

Saturday’s event is great — and important.

Wild horses shouldn’t drag you away.

7 responses to “Lachat Lets Loose

  1. Dan: Thank you for the article on Lachet Farm. There is something magical about the farm. In addition to the Hoe Down please come to the last Farmer’s Market of the season on Friday October 25th from 4 pm to 8 pm. Music, food trucks, drinks and just a great family evening

  2. Where is it?

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      Address: 106 Godfrey Road West, Weston, CT 06883

    • Godfrey Road West
      Go North on Rt 57 (Georgetown Rd) take a right at Godfrey Rd W it will be on your left.
      Go North past Weston Center (Weston Rd) on Rt 53 (it turns into Newtown Tpke) take left Godfrey Rd W at the traffic light it will be on your immediate right. I recommend this is the best route.

    • Carol Baldwin

      Address is
      106 Godfrey Road West

  3. Kathy Hanrahan

    Nice! People do good things to keep beautiful places around. I’ll like to go this weekend! I’m turning Country! 😍

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