Groups to hold farm tour, supper
The all-volunteer Friends of New Milford Farms and the Harris family of Harris Hill Farm will offer a tour of six farms in New Milford and neighboring Sherman Sept. 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Families are invited to attend.
The event and a farm-related silent auction aim to raise funds to help make permanent a scholarship fund for New Milford students pursuing college studies in agriculture-related fields.
Children can obtain a personal “Passport to Our Farms!” at any of the farms; they will be stamped at each farm visited.
Each family that collects stamps from all six farms will be eligible to win a prize.
A different free souvenir gift will also be available at each farm for visitors on the tour.
A pulled pork and BBQ smoked chicken supper with all the fixings, hosted by both groups with the New Milford Hospital’s Plow-to-Plate, will be offered at Harris Hill Farm on Ridge Road from 5 to 7 p.m.
A rain date of Sept. 20 is planned.
Dessert will feature apple crisp made with locally grown apples from Averill Farm and famous Ferris Farm ice cream, with the crisps baked fresh by the New Milford Youth Agency, whose student interns market the produce they grow at Harris Hill Farm to local grocers.
Farm animals and a corn maze will be offered at the farm.
The farm tour is free. Tickets for the barn supper are $25 for people age 15 and older, $10 for youth ages 5 to 15 and free for kids under 5.
Reservations for the dinner are required by visiting www.harrishillfarm.ticketleap.com, mailing a check to the Harris Family Agricultural Scholarship Fund, 106 Ridge Road, New Milford, CT 06776 or by paying by check or with cash at The Nutmeg Olive Oil Company, 25 Main St.
Harris Hill Farm is one of four working farms in New Milford that have been preserved, partially or completely, in perpetuity over the last seven years with the help of Mayor Pat Murphy and the New Milford Town Council and the New Milford Farmland & Forest Preservation Committee.
Helping farming return as a vibrant economic force in our area is a goal that would have been applauded by the late Vivian Harris who, with her husband George, was a passionate, longtime advocate for farming prior to her passing in 2008.
Memorial gifts in her name made at that time have provided the initial capital that has been used to establish the agricultural scholarship fund under the auspices of the CT Community Foundation.
For more information, call 860-355-0000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org