Wakeman Town Farm harvested a bumper crop Saturday.

Of compliments, that is.

“We love the farm,” said Dianna Walsh of Westport, one of the many fans of the town-owned farm who turned out for the annual Family Fun Day.

The event is planned to share old-fashioned fun with games, animals and agricultural advice, as well as to spread the farm’s mission to spread the word about the value of locally grown produce and sustainability.

“Emma does camp here and Reagan did the Mommy and Me program,” Walsh said of her two daughters. “They’ve both had great experiences here. We think it’s a great resource for the town.”

Many visitors came to the Cross Highway farm for the first time Saturday, and some appeared surprised by the local resource.

“It’s awesome,” said Kristine Lefebure of Fairfield. “We’ve never been here before.”

“It’s just an oasis in the middle of the town,” said Cathy Talmadge of Westport, who serves on the board. “It’s such a magical place.”

She said it also affords an opportunity for people to learn something about the agriculture lifestyle of the past. “This history that it brings to the town, just helping people get in touch with our agrarian roots,” she said.

“I’m so glad it’s not two lots with McMansions on them,” Talmadge said. “It’s so great that the town had a vision.”

Michael Aitkenhead, steward for the farm, said the event is an effective way to showcase the farm and its programs.

“This is just like one-time family fun,” he said before leading a group of kids in a game of Farmer Says. “There’s nothing high-tech … It’s just a great way to connect with the community and enjoy some time with the family.”

One of the attractions at this year’s event provided by the Westport Astronomical Society, situated nearby at the Rolnick Observatory on Bayberry Lane. Society members brought several telescopes that enabled people to safely look at the sun, complete with sunspots and flares.

“This is the first time that we’ve even participated in this event after all these years, even though we’re just three blocks away,” said Dan Wright, the astronomical society president. “It’s the easiest thing we’ve ever done for outreach, that’s for sure.”

“It’s pretty cool,” Ryan Couturas, 11, of Westport, said about the telescopes, and added there were a lot of other fun things to do.

“I think this is pretty neat,” said Mike Jones of Greenwich, who visits his children and grandchildren regularly in Westport. “I didn’t even know it existed and we’ve been up here lots of times.”

“I think it’s great that we have a working farm and a working garden,” said Trish Williams, a volunteer, “and we give the kids a chance to see where the vegetables come from and how they grow.”