Tastes of the Valley 2021

Thank you for supporting TLGV by celebrating local tastes and sips with us during this year's THIRSTdays Harvest Tour!

You made it possible for us to play a part sustaining the rich agricultural tapestry of the National Heritage Corridor in taking a “THIRSTdays Harvest Tour” of The Last Green Valley this Walktober season. Our newest iteration of Tastes of the Valley had you sample locally crafted sips while enjoying specially created tastes of fresh, farm-to-table foods each Thursday evening during Walktober (September 23 to October 28).

TLGV's first ever online auction was a success and you can still view the items and winning bids.

Please continue to support local even as this year's series has concluded and explore the websites of each tastes and sips provider to experience more of what they have to offer.

September 23, 4:30 - 7:30 pm - Westford Hill Distillers in Ashford with Creamery Brook Bison

Tastes: Osso Buco with Fresh Roasted Root Vegetables & Wild Barley Soup with Artisan Rolls.

Sips: Specially Crafted Cocktails.

September 30, 4:30 - 7:30 pm - Taylor Brooke Brewery & Winery in Woodstock with Azuluna Foods & Woodstock Sustainable Farms

Tastes: Homegrown triple tomato pie with herbed labneh, herb roasted chicken salad with greens and pickled winter squash tossed in honey and a smoked paprika vinaigrette, and flourless chocolate cake with toffee apple and skyr.

Sips: A Flight of Wine or a Flight of Beer.

October 7, 4:30 - 7:30 pm - Watercure Farm Distillery in Pomfret with Hungry Lion Food Truck

Tastes: One Buddha Bowl, one Southwest Bowl, and one Teriyaki Bowl.

Sips: One cocktail or one tasting flight with an etched Watercure glass of your own to keep.

October 14, 4:30 - 7:30 pm - Preston Ridge Vineyard in Preston with Uncle D's Blazin BBQ & Comfort Catering

Tastes: Beef Burgundy with Garlic Mashed Potatoes, BBQ Pork Sliders with Slaw and an Apple Crisp Tarte.

Sips: Two glasses of wine from a selection of 10 available at the vineyard.

October 21, 4:30 - 7:30 pm - Brimfield Winery & Cidery in Brimfield with Maddie's Dogs - please note the location for this date was changed due to unforeseen circumstances at the original host venue of Rapscallion Brewing

Tastes: Beef Chili, a Pulled Chicken Sandwich with Slaw and a Pumpkin Whoopie Pie.

Sips: One glass from a selection of wine, cider and beer.

October 28, 4:30 - 7:30 pm - Black Pond Brews in Killingly with NY Pizza Co.

Tastes: Up to 3 slices from a variety of pies - sausage and pepper pizza, eggplant parm pizza, margherita pizza and bacon pizza.

Sips: Two beers from a selection of eight choices on tap.


Our 2021 Sponsors

Rebecca M. Harvey
UNFI Helping Hands

Byrnes Insurance Agency
Keith and Elaine Knowlton
Laura and Scott Moorehead

Cornerstone Bank
Heath Drury Boote
Marjorie L. Hoskin
Putnam Bank, a division of Centreville Bank

Eastern CT Savings Bank
Gerardi Insurance Services, Inc.
Groton Open Space Association
Jewett City Savings Bank
Schott North America Inc.
Sturbridge Tourist Association
Village Electric

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Please contact Kyle Gregoire at 860-774-3300 or email Kyle@tlgv.org for more information.

TLGV's Tastes of the Valley Online Fundraising Auction has concluded, thank you for supporting our mission and programs! Our first ever online auction was a success and we could not have done it without the many generous donors and bidders involved. 

Items and winning bids are still available on the auction website with the information below being a preview of items described before the auction began:

A 1-Day Rental of The Barn at Roseland Park

Do you have a wedding/reunion/birthday or other party coming up? This is your opportunity to book the perfect party. Enjoy a one-day rental of The Barn at Roseland Park in Woodstock, CT complete with twelve round banquet tables, two rectangular banquet tables, fifty chairs, use of the catering room, Wi-Fi, cable, bistro patio, garbage disposal, parking, and non-exclusive use of the park. This rental has no cash value. Some alcohol restrictions may apply. Certificate expires 10/30/2022. Value: $2950

Join the Hale YMCA

Get your whole family into fitness! This one-year membership to the Hale YMCA in Putnam, CT is good for a whole family (2 adults and unlimited dependents under age 23). A YMCA membership sets you on the path to good health in spirit, mind and body, helping you enjoy a full and balanced life. Your membership provides quality programs for you and your whole family to enjoy! Value: $1,150

Vacation Rental of a Home for a Week in Wellfleet, MA

TLGV Board member Marty Nieski and his wife Catherine have graciously donated a week at their very private, country, post-and-beam home in Wellfleet, MA on a tidal estuary. Enjoy solitude and natural beauty on the Cape. This 2,600 square foot home is air conditioned and sleeps 8 people. It is available any week except July 4th week. Donated by Marty and Catherine Nieski. Value: $3,500

Have Fun at Mohegan Sun

Enjoy a 1-night, mid-week overnight stay at Mohegan Sun Hotel in Uncasville, CT. Spend the day shopping, dining at a great restaurant, or going to a show. Once your day is complete, you won’t have to drive home, you can relax at the hotel and enjoy all it has to offer. Reservations are required, subject to availability. Value: $300

Butterfly Bling from Enchanted Jewelry

You or a special someone can get their bling on with a beautiful Vitreous Enamel on Sterling Silver Butterfly Brooch-Pendant Blue from Enchanted Jewelry. It is set with Blue Sapphires, Moonstone, Rhodium Plated for easy care. A Tiffany & Co. reproduction. It would make a great gift for someone special or for yourself. Value $540

Premium Gin Basket

A lovely wooden crate containing Tanqueray London Dry Gin, Sipsmith London Dry Gin, Hendricks Gin, St. George Spirits Botanivore Gin (750 ml each), 4 bottles of tonic, a cocktail shaker, a dual sided Jigger, a Muddler and a hardcover "Sips: 100 gin and cocktails with just three ingredients" book. Donated by Wayde and Mary Beth Schmidt. Value $250

Gift certificates at Allen Hill Farm, Dexter Russell Factory Outlet, Hosmer Mountain Soda, The Courthouse Bar & Grille, Landon Tire, Brialee Family Campground, Booklovers’ Gourmet, Bill's Bread & Breakfast, Lebanon Green Vineyards, Samuel Slater Experience and Renee's Bistro & Working Girl Catering.

And much more:

An overnight stay at Captain Grants in Preston, CT with complementary wine and dessert plus a full country breakfast.

A family membership (2 adults and 2 children) to Old Sturbridge Village.

A septic tank, cesspool or holding tank cleaning within their service area by Jeff D. Helgerson Excavating, Inc.

An overnight stay at The Tree House at Underhill Hollow in North Grosvenordale, CT

A 25-ton load of sand stone, or topsoil delivered within 30 minutes radius of Rawson Materials plant.

A private tour for 4 people to the Governor Jonathan Trumbull House Museum with small private reception.

A zip line or climbing adventure for 3 people at The Adventure Park in Storrs, CT.

A 60-minute axe throwing session for up to 5 people at The Adventure Park in Storrs, CT.

A Tree House Brewing Company gift certificate and swag bag with open growler.

A tour of Clara Barton Birthplace Museum for a family (up to 5 people) with swag.

A Vitreous Enamel Sterling Silver Gray Owl Necklace from Enchanted Jewelry.

A Vitreous Enamel Sterling silver Campanula Necklace from Enchanted Jewelry.

A Plique-a-Jour Enamel Sterling Silver Dragonfly Brooch-Pendant from Enchanted Jewelry. A Tiffany & Co. reproduction.

A 10' Pelican NXT Trailblazer Kayak with paddle and life jacket donated by an anonymous member of TLGV.

A ticket voucher for 4 people to attend a Worcester Railers hockey game.

A certificate for 2 people to enjoy a 3-course meal at The Publick House Historic Inn.

A certificate for an overnight stay at Henrietta House Bed & Breakfast.

A pre-autographed lithograph poster of Daniel Jones from the New York Football Giants.

A handwoven 60” x 76” wool blanket with stripes representing the colors of The Last Green Valley from board member Myra Ambrogi.

Additional items will be added as they are received. Items are subject to be added or removed to/from the live auction list until the time of the auction.




Get Connected

Sign up for our e-newsletter

Please Support Us

The Last Green Valley, Inc. (TLGV) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit.

We rely on your membership contributions and donations to carry out our work. Together, we can care for it, enjoy it, and pass it on.

Become a member, make a donation