Jones' Farmer Blog

Behind the scenes and lessons at Jones Family Farms in Shelton, CT

Spring 2018 at the Farm

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As we kick away the last piles of snow around the farm, the life of the farm jump-starts into high gear away from the “Quiet” season of January thru March.

The Winery’s Tasting Room opened on Friday March 2nd.  Plan a visit during its spring hours (Fri-Sun, 11a-5p).  There is a wide variety of gift ideas, and it’s always a fresh experience to visit with new craft items from many of our local artists and vendors.

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Interesting gift ideas for wedding, or other special occasions, available in our Tasting Room.

We have an exciting promotion occuring at our Winery this spring!  During the period from the Winery’s opening until Apr 29th, we have a “Spring Fling” contest.  3 visits during that period earns an entry in a great drawing for prizes. (Rules are on our website).

WineGlass2018Wild In the above photo you can see the “Philip Pavilion”, created entirely from lumber which came from trees on the farm that Philip Jones planted (many as a young man).  This served as inspiration for this year’s design on the commemorative Tasting Glass guests receive as part of a Wine Tasting Experience.

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When visiting the Tasting Room, inquire about our new “Friends Of The Winery” Program.  You will learn about specialty wine events, be the first to learn about new wines, and accumulate points for each dollar spent in the Tasting Room toward earning special discount on a future wine purchase.  Ask our Winery staff about Program details and sign-up during your next visit!

We have several “Special Tasting”vertical tastings” planned for our wines that have several vintages, such as our Pinot Gris from 2014, 2015, 2016, and our Chardonnay from 2014 and 2015.

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Out in the fields, our Christmas Tree transplanting activity has begun this week!  We pull trees from our nurseries where they have been growing from a seedling for 2 years.  This video from 2009 shows the same process we follow every year in the nursery.

Once pulled from our nursery we ready them in our trucks for transport to the fields.

Let the Planting Season Begin!

It planting in a new field, or renovating an existing field, we spot-mark each location where a tree will be planted,  and dig a hole to ready for a tree.

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When the tree is transplanted, a good course of composting wood chops on top helps retain moisture around the plant, suppresses weeds, and amends the soil.

The Life Of Your Christmas Tree

Elsewhere on the farm, the straw is ready to soon be removed from the strawberry plants after having protected it from the harsh colds of winter.  It’s now time to absorb the sun, get growing, and then ripen as we approach a typical harvest start of early June.

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As always, if you want to hear the latest updates about the farm before you visit – Give a call to our Crop Report message at 203-929-8425.  Our website is a great resource to learn more about the farm and all it’s seasons.

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