“The unusual of weather of June kept the strawberries fresh much longer than usual this year” said Terry Jones, fifth generation farmer. “All the rain and cooler temperatures really kept the strawberries red and ripe. Now the blueberries are ready to go. It’s quite fun to see the different fields peppered with reds and blues at the same time.”
Celebrating the reds and blues of the summer crops, as well as the colors of American independence, Jones Family Farms recently hosted its first Red, White and Blue Festival on July 3rd to help benefit the ACT Spooner House of Shelton. Shannon Murray, Education Manager for the farm said; “We didn’t know what to expect, but our courtyard and the winery tasting room were filled will visitors all day long. The kids seemed to love all of our activities and the crowds really responded to the performances from Fran Scarpa and the Youth CONNection as well as our own Jones Farmer Band.”
Jones Family Farms was ecstatic to see guests bringing bag loads of canned food items to donate to the Valley Food Bank. The farm also reports that through the special activities and wine tastings that they were able to donate $2000 to the ACT Spooner House Charity.
Blueberries pickers are invited to harvest their own at the farm through mid/late August. The farm is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00am till 5:30pm, they are closed on Sundays and Mondays. The Jones Winery Tasting room is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00am till 5:00pm.
Jones Family Farms is located in Shelton, Connecticut, off Route 110 – 5 miles North of Shelton Center and 2 miles south of the junction of Route 110 and 111 in Monroe. For more information, including daily picking locations and directions call the Farmer Jones hotline (203) 929-8425 or visit the Jones website and blog at: JonesFamilyFarms.com. For information on ACT/Spooner House visit http://www.act-spooner.org/