Sep 9, 2011
01:35 PM
Café Connecticut

Come One, Come All to a Celebration of Connecticut Farms



With all the talk about farm-to-table cuisine, let’s remember: First, you’ve got to have the farms! That’s what this Sunday’s 11th Annual Celebration of Farms is all about. The event is put on by the Connecticut Farmland Trust (CFT), whose sole purpose is the preservation of Connecticut working farmland—for farmers and for all of us to enjoy.

Cochairs of this year’s event are the prolific actress Christine Baranski (currently starring on “The Good Wife”), renowned chef Jacques Pépin and Faith Middleton of WNPR. The celebration takes place at 150-year-old Jones Family Farm, a 400-acre spread in Shelton that specializes in pick your own strawberries, blueberries, pumpkins and Christmas trees. And wine: Jones was named Best Wine in this magazine’s Best of Connecticut in 2010 and 2011. 

For many, the main event is the food and beverage tastings, from restaurants including the Mill at 2T and Metro Bis in Simsbury, Miya’s Sushi and Caseus in New Haven, La Tavola in Waterbury, Restaurant Bricco in West Hartford, Max Downtonw and On20 in Hartford, and many, many more, plus lots of local wineries, breweries and farms. 

Another big draw is the auction—bid on over 50 marvelous items including a script from “The Good Wife” autographed by Christine Baranski, a chef’s coat signed by Jacques Pépin, a truffle-making class for nine at Chocopologie in South Norwalk, an oil by Eric Forstmann, a country getaway retreat for two at The Spa at Norwich, even a week on the Maine Coast—and lots and lots of other goodies from local farms and purveyors. There’s also live music and dancing, a corn maze, and a farmer’s market, as well as farm and vineyard tours and hay-wagon rides.

All that on a beautiful September afternoon. You’re sure to end up wondering when you last had so much fun for such a good cause.

Tickets ($150) are going fast so it's best to get them in advance at, but if you arrive early you can buy them on-site at the Will Call tent.









Come One, Come All to a Celebration of Connecticut Farms

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