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Did you know you could rent the Fodor barn?

Why not plan your next function surrounded by gardens.  It’s a great place for small to medium sized parties, baby showers, cooking demonstrations and fundraisers.  It’s available all year long with A/C, a gas stove and French doors that shower the inside with natural light.  The fantastic kitchen is perfect for caterers and chefs and provides the centerpiece for this lovely venue.  Details and rental info are included below.  

Fodor Rental 

The Spring Fling Fundraiser was a delicious success.

Under the guidance of Chef Robert Herlihy with wine selections from Fountainhead Wines and Distillations, it was a culinary treat and a balanced tasting experience.  

Spring Fling Fundraiser

The room was a radiant blend of good will and the generosity of our guests.  The little community raised $4000 for the continued restoration of the main house and launched what we hope will be new opportunities for the barn itself.  In the candle lit open kitchen atmosphere it proved to be a little cozy, a little country chic and all good.  Check out the menu and wine pairings below.

All food and wines were donated. Thank you Fat Cat Pie Co. and Fountainhead.

Mayor Rilling was on hand to thank all involved.  He made special note of Director Mike Mocciae’s continuing tenacity and contributions to taking Norwalk Parks to the next level.



Progress on the homestead continues with porch construction commencing soon and nearing sheetrock on the inside.   

Yeah Spring.   Let the gardener’s commence.

Chef Bobby and the team.

More images from the Wine Trail Event
Wine Trail Photo mash up

Sold out Wine Trail Fundraiser was a great success.
Mike Mocciae acknowledged for efforts at Fodor Farm
Thanking Mike Mocciae, Director of Recreation and Parks, for his efforts at Fodor Farm


Proving that community involvement and support can work in concert with city projects, the Fodor Farm second annual fall event was good for the farm and the attendees.  We’d like to offer special thanks to the generosity of Fat Cat Pie Co, Fountainhead Wines and Distillations, Jay McKinney of Durty Jerk Sauce and Norwalk Preservation Trust for their help in making this a wonderful day.  The wine was exceptional and the food delicious.  If you thought you saw people actually crying at the event, you did!  They were the tears of joy from tasting the hottest peppers ever grown in the garden.  They sent a few folks across the lot toward the white wine station. 

We look forward to your continued support at we make this event a new “tradition” for Norwalk.

What's cooking at the Fodor Farm Barn?
Fordor Farm Kitchen

We're looking for a few good chefs. 
(Psst - Tell your favorite restaurateur about this place.)

The Fodor Barn Kitchen is ready and waiting to host your next foodie event.

This is a great demonstration space with twin cook-tops, sinks and refrigeration.  Granite counter tops and a rustic post and beam construction set a comfortable yet contemporary tone. 

The barn opens up with three double doors to give you great flexibility for medium to large events.  There's a partially covered deck that provides additional entertainment options and plenty of parking.  

Check with Recreation and Parks for availability and details.  203-854-7806


twin cook-tops and granite counters

Ford Barn entertaining space

Farm to Table Event
The First Farm to Table Was a Great Time!

The premiere Farm to Table event in October was a successful debut for the Fodor Farm facilities.  It was the first public event able to utilize the new barn.  Although to classify the post and beam structure as a “barn” is a bit of a misnomer.  It appears as a cupola topped barn on the outside, but open the doors and it welcomes you into a rustic, well-designed interior.  It’s actually a large working kitchen complete with refrigeration, twin stoves, a cooking island and some 20 feet of counter space.    Located adjacent to the old homestead and bordered by the upper and lower community gardens it serves as a great centerpiece for the entire farm, a perfect coordination of function and location. 

Demonstration kitchen
Recreation and Parks Director Mike Mocciae discusses the event with Coordinator Amy Phillips.

Sustainable gardens and a learning environment

With sustainable gardening setting the environmental stage at Fodor Farm, the new facilities now provide a home for the demonstration and hosting of events to promote healthy eating.  It really is a natural.  If you wander the grounds you’ll find 300 working gardens, an orchard, bee hives, green houses, tool sheds and currently in development, a new tree farm. 

The homestead continues its journey back with reconstruction of both the caretaker’s quarters and the main house.  Eventually it too will add to the historic enrichment and public service envisioned at the project's beginning. 

Fodor farm caretaker's quarters

The bounty prepared by Fat Cat Pie Co.
Fat Cat Pie Co. presented a garden inspired spread.

Chester Ludlow Jazz Trio

And one final note.  The inaugural event was a well-received success with proceeds going to the continued restoration.  A beautiful fall afternoon was provided by Mother Nature with food and fine donated by Fat Cat Pie Co. and Fountainhead wines.  (Fat Cat actually used ingredients from their own plot in the lower garden.) Norwalk Preservation Trust helped with reservations and tours, and music was brought to us by the Chester Ludlow Jazz Trio.  We hope to see you at the next one.  Thanks to all of you!  Dept. of Recreation and Parks.

A Landmark Preserved

At 328 Flax Hill Road lies one of Norwalk's significant agricultural landmarks, Fodor Farm.

Today it's the scene of an active restoration project surrounded by all-organic community gardens. Dating back to 1809 the Fodor homestead actually has ties to another famous Norwalk name - Lockwood.  Stop by and visit, you might be surprised by how far we've come.

Fodor farm wagon

A work in progress.
Fodor homestead architectural details

Interior preservation

original beam with bark

The new barn
Fodor barn

The gardens
Raised bed gardens

Fodor entrance sign

If you'd like to know more about the history of Fodor farm you can find it here,

Historic Fodor Farm.

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