Family event to celebrate New Milford farms

Several local organizations will team up Sept. 12 to showcase the farms located in the Ridge Road area in New Milford.

A rain date of Sept. 13 is slated.

A family fun day, featuring a variety of activities including children’s games, a picnic supper and square dancing, will be held between 2 and 8 p.m. at Harris Hill Farm at 99 Ridge Road.

The event is sponsored by the New Milford Farmland Preservation Committee (NMFP) in partnership with Plow to Plate, Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust and the New Milford Youth Agency.

The NMFP’s mission is to assist the town in preserving and protecting farmland for future use.

A variety of offerings, including hayrides, a giant corn maze, a variety of animals to view, face painting, supervised activities for children, an exhibit of antique farm equipment and a handmade quilt display, will be available from 2 to 5 p.m.

A farm picnic supper consisting of pulled pork or chicken on a bun, corn-on-the-cob, baked beans, cole slaw and Plow to Plate’s vegetables and dessert will be held from 5 to 6 p.m.

Square dancing will follow from 6 to 8 p.m., with Allan Brozek as the caller.

Tickets for the dinner and square dance are $10 for adults and $5 for children aged 5 to 14.

In addition, volunteers from the Conservation Commission will be on hand throughout the event to show visitors where New Milford’s surviving working farms and conserved land are located.

The five Ridge Road area farms — the Chapin, Davenport, Harris, Kimberly and Reimer farms — comprise more than 1,000 acres.

Together they have one of the highest concentrations of prime agricultural soils and soils of agricultural importance in Litchfield County.

The State of Connecticut is reviewing Davenport Farm for purchase of development rights, which means it would remain undeveloped agricultural land in perpetuity.

For more information or to make reservations for the supper and square dance, call 860-355-3500 or email Residents are asked to leave their name, telephone number and the number of tickets requested by phone or email.

Checks for tickets should be made out to NMFP Fund, New Milford Charitable Trust, and mailed to New Milford Farmland Preservation Committee, Town Hall, 10 Main St., New Milford, CT 06776.

Supper and square dance tickets will be held at the door and can be picked up the day of the event.

A limited amount of tickets may be purchased the day of the event.

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