Destination: New Building for Johnny Appleseed’s Farm Stand in Ellington, CT
Posted on September 23, 2014
Write-Up & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb.com
I revisited the Johnny Appleseed’s Farm stand in Ellington, Connecticut because their canopy/tent set-up has been replaced by a new home – a freestanding building. Also, I like this as an autumn spot. Consistently, they have pretty pumpkins, tasty fruit and pick-your-own opportunities.
Johnny Appleseed’s remains perched on the hillside along Route 83, adjacent to its former site, with a lovely view of some of the many planted fields in Ellington, which may be aptly described as an upscale farming community. In nearby Ellington Center there are well kept Colonial style houses and beautiful turn of the 20th Century farmhouses, in addition to a sweet little gazebo on a small town green, a First Congregational Church, Hall Memorial Library, a tiny plaza, and schools (one where my brother taught for many years then served as a reading consultant and an administrator). Getting to the farm stand is a pleasant drive.
The new and improved Johnny Appleseed’s at this Ellington location ( a second stand can found on 13 Schoolhouse Road) is much more spacious with brighter lighting. However, it continues to have an elaborate outdoor display of mums and pumpkins, bins filled with gourds of every shape and size, as well as, a chalkboard posting of their apple picking schedule. Inside too, they continue to have a wide selection of fruits and vegetables, including apples of numerous kinds, their own Johnny Appleseed’s Cider, an assortment of pies, local honey and the list goes on.
Highlighted are the multiple first place blue ribbons Johnny Appleseed’s has won at the annual Four Town Fair for best farm exhibit.
This remains a nice place to stop this time of year. Down the road is a relatively new restaurant I’m looking forward to trying, the clever name makes it sound intriguing – The Hidden Still!
For more information go to http://www.johnnyappleseedfarmct.com or call 860-875-1000.