The Farmer’s Cow Announces 2013 Farm Tours Visit Six Connecticut Family-Owned Dairy Farms and Meet the Farmers

The Farmer’s Cow announces its full schedule of farm tours for 2013. Experience a working Connecticut dairy farm in all seasons – winter, spring, summer and fall harvest. All events are free and fun for the whole family.

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Presidents' Day Farm Tour at Graywall Farm in Lebanon, Conn.

We are happy to invite people to visit our farms and experience what local agriculture is all about!

Lebanon, Conn. (PRWEB) January 30, 2013

The Farmer’s Cow announces its full schedule of farm tours for 2013. At least one tour is offered each season – winter, spring, summer and fall harvest. During these tours, visitors will be able to walk the farms, meet the farmers and the cows that make the milk, learn about farming, and sample a variety of The Farmer’s Cow fresh local products.

All walking tours are free and fun for the entire family. Last year, thousands of people came from across Connecticut and beyond to enjoy the farm tours hosted by the farm families of The Farmer’s Cow.

The Farmer’s Cow is known for its fresh, local milk, half & half, heavy cream and ice cream as well as Connecticut‐sourced, all‐natural eggs, apple cider, seasonal beverages and coffee. While the brand has grown in popularity and gained recognition across Connecticut and the region, it is still a small local business. The company is managed by the same farm families of the original six Connecticut farms who started the business back in 2005. These farms include Graywall Farms in Lebanon, Fairvue Farms in Woodstock, Hytone Farm in Coventry, Mapleleaf Farm in Hebron, Fort Hill Farms in Thompson and Cushman Farms in Franklin.

Many of the farms that visitors will tour have been in the family for generations. What’s more, many of their children are members of local 4-H clubs, the chapters of the Future Farmers of America and represent the next generation of The Farmer’s Cow.

“Just like our catchy jingle says, we are the farmers who work the land and grow the crops that feed the cows that give the milk for you to enjoy,” says Robin Chesmer, managing member of The Farmer’s Cow. “We want people to visit our farms and experience what local agriculture is all about.”

The first of this year’s tours is the Presidents’ Day Farm Tour at Graywall Farms at 49 Chappell Road in Lebanon on Monday, February 18th from 1-3pm. On this tour, visitors will learn what happens on the farm in winter and will also meet Holly, a red Holstein calf who was born on Thanksgiving Day. Horse-drawn wagon rides will take visitors to see the cows and view the farm, and if there is snow on the ground there will be sleigh rides, too. On the walking tour, visitors will learn about the workings of this Connecticut farm and the importance of Connecticut’s Farmland Preservation Program. After the tour, everyone will be able to sample the two newest flavors of The Farmer’s Cow ice cream – Muddy Boots Knee-Deep in Chocolate and Farmland Crunch™ as well as other fresh local products from The Farmer’s Cow.

All events are free and no reservation is required. Information about the events and directions to the farms is available on The Farmer’s Cow website at http://www.TheFarmersCow.com. For more information call 866‐355‐COWS or email farmers@TheFarmersCow.com.

Schedule of other farm tours throughout the year:

April 20th, 1 – 3pm: Springtime on the Farm at Graywall Farms
49 Chappell Road, Lebanon, CT
Experience springtime on the farm with tours guided by members of the next generation of The Farmer’s Cow farmers. Enjoy a wagon ride to see the fields being prepared to plant the crops that will feed the cows and learn about agriculture in Connecticut.

June 8th, 1– 3pm: Connecticut Open House Day Farm Tour at Fairview Farm
199 Route 177, Woodstock, CT
Celebrate Connecticut Day with the Miller Family at Fairvue Farm, located next to the historic Woodstock Fairgrounds. Take a wagon ride to tour the dairy barn, learn all about what a cow eats in a day, visit the “milking parlor” where 40 cows at a time are milked, and see the big tractors that work the land.

June 22nd, 1– 3pm: Farm Tour at Mapleleaf Farm
768 Gilead Street, Hebron, CT
Celebrate the first full day of summer on Mapleleaf Farm, which has been in continuous operation since the early 1900s. Visit the expectant mothers in the calving field, tour the barns, and visit the calves in their greenhouse. Host Ned Ellis is a fourth-generation farmer and is proud to showcase the farm’s green energy initiatives including a solar panel system.

July 13, 1– 3pm: Farm Tour at Hytone Farm
2047 Boston Post Road, Coventry, CT
Visit Hytone Farm in Coventry where the fourth generation of the Peracchio family works the land to grow the crops that feed the cows that produce The Farmer’s Cow fresh Connecticut milk. Enjoy The Farmer’s Cow milk, ice cream and summer beverages under the shade of the fruit trees.

July 21st, 1– 4pm: Annual Ice Cream, Blueberry & Bluegrass Bash at Fort Hill Farms
260 Quaddick Road, Thompson, CT
Celebrate national ice cream month at this summer event that features complimentary samplings of the latest flavors of The Farmer’s Cow ice cream topped with fresh blueberries from Fort Hill Farm and The Farmer’s Cow fresh whipped cream. Listen to live bluegrass music, tour the award winning quintessential gardens, enjoy a wagon ride around the fields and meet the calves that will grow up to join the herd as the next generation of The Farmer’s Cow milking cows.

August 3rd, 1– 3pm: Annual Corn Roast and Farm Tour at Cushman Farms
393 Lebanon Avenue, Franklin, CT
Join the Cushman Family to tour their family farm with a state-of-the-art dairy complex that includes a rotary milking parlor and New England’s first milk direct cooling system. After the tour enjoy farm festivities, taste delicious sweet corn and sample The Farmer’s Cow products.

September 7th, 1– 4pm: Celebrate the Harvest at the Corn Maze at Fort Hill Farms
260 Quaddick Road, Thompson, CT
Explore The Farmer’s Cow Corn Maze Adventure and get free admission to the Mini Moo Maze at this annual family fun event. Activities also include hay rides, farm and garden attractions and plenty of samples of The Farmer’s Cow fresh local products.

October 5th – 1 – 3pm: Much More than Moos at Cushman Farms
393 Lebanon Avenue, Franklin, CT
Join us for an all you can eat ice cream social, visit the cows at milking time, sit in the tractors, take a walk or a wagon ride across the fields, enjoy the fall foliage and see the calves.

October 14th – 2pm: Cows and Fields at Graywall Farms in Lebanon
49 Chappell Road, Lebanon, CT
Tour the barns and walk the fields of Graywall Farm’s rolling farm land. Visit the cows at milking time and learn about milk production, and the benefits of Connecticut’s Farmland Preservation Program while enjoying the great views of surrounding fields and woods in fall color.

October 20th – 1pm: Over the Hill and Through the Woods at Fort Hill Farms in Thompson
260 Quaddick Road, Thompson, CT
Stroll the farm’s extensive gardens and see the fields that grow the crops that feed the cows. Take a historic walk through the Maple Grove Lane Way and view the hills of the tri-state area from the hilltop fields in the extreme Northeast Corner of Connecticut.

All events are free and no reservation is required. Information about the events and directions to the farms is available on The Farmer’s Cow website at http://www.TheFarmersCow.com. For more information call 866‐355‐COWS or email farmers(at)TheFarmersCow(dot)com.

About The Farmer’s Cow
The Farmer’s Cow is a group of six Connecticut dairy farms that produces fresh, local milk, half & half, heavy cream and ice cream for Southern New England. The Farmer’s Cow dairy products are pasteurized the “traditional way” and are never ultra‐pasteurized. The members of The Farmer’s Cow do not use Artificial Growth Hormones (rBST) on any of their cows. They also sell Connecticut‐sourced, all‐natural eggs, apple cider, seasonal beverages and coffee. The Farmer’s Cow’s mission is to promote Connecticut agriculture and prove to consumers that “Local is Fresh!”


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