NEWS&VIEWS by Jacqueline Bennett

Posts from the “Farm Fresh Fruits & Vegetables” Category

Destination: Botticello Farms in the City of Village Charm

Posted on August 27, 2016

Write-Up & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett   At a border of town, on 209 Hillstown Road, Botticello Farms is a perfect example of how Manchester, Connecticut got the nickname, “The City of Village Charm”. It all began with Butch Botticello selling vegetables in the front yard of his Hillstown Road home, as noted in a history of the farms. Still family owned today, Botticello Farms is the “last operating farm” in Manchester, operating since 1973.     Well-known locally, the Botticello name has remained a constant amidst changes that have moved Manchester towards more of a city and less of a village. “We grow our own” is the Botticello logo. Their farms serve wholesale and retail markets, not to mention every day folks who…

Multigenerational Family Run Farm & Favorite – Brown’s Harvest in Windsor, Connecticut

Posted on October 22, 2015

  Story & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett   With Halloween just around the corner it’s time to head to Brown’s Harvest multigenerational family run farm, and a favorite. The Brown Family has been farming in and around Connecticut’s historic first town of Windsor, Connecticut since the mid-1800’s.   Now into a sixth generation of family ownership and operation, the Brown Family has 175 acres of beautiful Connecticut farmland. In addition to vegetables and fruits – plenty of pumpkins – they produce CT Valley Shade Tobacco “sold internationally”.   A stop at Brown’s Harvest is simply part of the tapestry of autumn for many (see newsandviewsjb story posted Oct. 27, 2013). And, Brown’s Harvest never disappoints. The ride alone along Windsor’s attractive country roads is…

Harvest Festival Draws Crowd to Buell’s Orchard

Posted on October 13, 2015

Write-Up & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett   Hospitality, a chicken barbecue, live music, hay rides, as well as pumpkin and apple picking drew a large crowd to the Annual Harvest Festival at Buell’s Orchard in Eastford, Connecticut over Columbus Day Weekend. Cool morning temperatures rose to close to 80 degrees by afternoon on Monday, October 12, leaving folks to tie sweatshirts and sweaters around their waists then roam the farm grounds in short sleeves.   A winding line of eager visitors waited for the donuts and cider samples being handed out. Yes – they were tasty. Meanwhile, another long and winding line of all ages waited to pay for their selected treasures at the outdoor canopy market. Inside apple sorting continued to keep…