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The Women's Leadership Committee of the Connecticut Farm Bureau welcome you to the
Farm Bureau Local Connecticut Farms at Work Tour
featuring three farm stops in Eastern Connecticut, a Connecticut-grown lunch and a Pig Roast dinner. Take the day to explore the back roads of Northeastern Connecticut and local farms to get a glimpse into the lifestyles of three farming families and their value-added agricultural operations.
Tour starts at 9:00 am, Saturday, August 9 and concludes in Somers at 5pm followed by dinner. Full day of three farm visits, lunch and dinner costs just $45 per person! Adults only, please.
Here's what the tour includes:
- Gather at 9:00 am at Pleasant View Cafe, 452 South Rd. (Rte. 83) (DIRECTIONS) in Somers and board the coach bus. Meet your guide Caroline Huff who will host and provide information about what you're seeing along the way in one of the richest areas of Connecticut's agriculture production.
- First stop is Devon Point Farm in Woodstock. Your hosts Patty and Erick Taylor operate a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), growing and marketing directly to consumers the beef, chicken and vegetables they raise. The Taylors are also devoted to education, hosting a farm camp for youth and mentoring apprentices on their farm.
- Next stop is Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm in Sterling and our hosts Elena and Ashley Hermanot. At this stop we focus on learning about raising and processing grass fed turkeys, the family’s specialty product. With a background in dairy farming,
the Hermanots chose to re-direct and diversify their farming operation. The Hermanots pride themselves on growing everything for the Thanksgiving Day table. You'll also enjoy a Connecticut-grown lunch topped off with ice cream produced right on the premises!
- Third stop is at Westford Hill Distillers in Ashford, a producer of spirits distilled from locally grown fruits, providing a slightly different perspective on agriculture. In 1998 Margaret and Louis Chatey launched one of the first craft spirits distillers in the country, and have been nationally recognized for their award-winning brandies. Processing more than a million pounds of fruit since it opened, Westford Hill Distillers' spirits production is an example of an historically significant “food way” that is making a resurgence.
- The final stop will return you back to Pleasant View Cafe in Somers about 5 pm. where you will be hosted for a dinner by the Connecticut Farm Bureau Young Farmers. This is their annual Pig Roast dinner, so you'll enjoy more great Connecticut-grown products, plus there will also be games, live music and dancing, and hay rides to enjoy.
(Your ticket is included in your price for the tour, but you're encouraged to have your friends and family meet you here--they can reserve tickets for just $20, $25 at the door, and children under 12 are free! ) Proceeds from the dinner support CFBA Young Farmers attending the National Leadership Conference next winter.
The Farm Bureau Local Connecticut Farms at Work Tour is made posible by the Connecticut at Work initiative of Connecticut Humanities in partnership with Connecticut Landmarks.
For questions, call the Connecticut Farm Bureau office at 860-768-1100.
Watch for details about our Farm Bureau Local Connecticut Farms at Work Tour on October 4 in Fairfield County including a boat trip to a shellfish farm, sheep farm and farm winery!