Stage is set for 'family farm day

A prime destination tomorrow (Saturday) for Greater New Milford-area families will be the Harris Hill Farm on Ridge Road.

Several local organizations will team up to showcase the farms located in the Ridge Road area in New Milford. Sunday would be the rain date.

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.

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

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

Volunteers from the Conservation Commission will be on hand 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 is reviewing Davenport Farm for purchase of development rights, which means it would remain undeveloped agricultural land in perpetuity.

Tomorrow's event will include 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.

A limited amount of tickets may be purchased Saturday.

For information or to make reservations for the supper and square dance, call 860-355-3500, e-mail info@weantinoge.org, or visit www.saveridgeroadfarms.org.

-- Deborah Rose