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Celebrate America and the crops of summer while supporting the Spooner House charity on July 3rd

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On Friday July 3rd, 2009, Jones Family Farms will be hosting their first annual Red, White and Blue Festival. Guests are invited to the farms’ Homestead Courtyard to celebrate the colors of America as well as the berries of summer with an olde-fashioned ice-cream social, to benefit the ACT Spooner House / Valley Food Bank of Shelton.

Red strawberries, blueberries and ice cream will be on display for visitors to the farm. The farm’s harvest-your-own fields will be open for pickers and the courtyard will feature Red White and Blue ice-cream sundaes, games and crafts for children, special wine tastings at the Jones Winery, local entertainment, a lemonade stand, a mini farmer’s market, cooking demos from the farm’s Harvest Kitchen, information booths from many local organizations that focus on agriculture and family fun, and more.

“We’ve always loved how families would come out and enjoy our UNICEF Festival for kids in the autumn and we’re hoping we can offer up another fun family event to the community in the summer” said Keith Padin, Director of Marketing for Jones Family Farms. “When we have the ability to have some fun and give back to such a great organization as Spooner House at the same time, it’s a win-win situation.”

The Connecticut Agriculture Experimentation Station, Webb Mountain Discovery Zone, Shelton Land Conservation Trust, Center Stage Theater / Youth CONNection, Shelton History Center, and more will be on hand to discuss their summer offerings to guests at the festival. Fran Scarpa, owner and director of CenterStage and the Youth CONNection will be providing entertainment at the event and commented; “We’re so happy to be able to participate with the Joneses in this endeavor to benefit the Spooner House charity. Jones Family Farms and Spooner House are treasures in our community.”

Summer time is a traditionally difficult time for food banks and this festival hopes to help reverse that. The Jones family and Spooner House encourage everyone attending to bring non-perishable food items to help restock the nearly empty shelves at the ACT Valley Food Bank. For a list of suggested items please call 203-225-0453 or visit http://www.act-spooner.org

ACT Spooner House / Valley Food Bank provides food, shelter and support services to people in need in the Lower Valley. They are devoted to helping clients establish a self-sufficient living situation. Spooner House recognizes the dignity of their clients; giving them respect and delivering services without proselytizing.

Jones Family Farms welcomes guests to harvest their own berries that day from 8:00am till 5:30pm and the Red, White and Blue Festival will run from 10:00am till 4:00pm. Call the Farmer Jones Hotline at (203) 929-8425 for daily picking locations and hours. For directions and more information visit JonesFamilyFarms.com.

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