Close your eyes and imagine the quintessential New England farm you’ve read about in books. Picture the rolling fields and stone walls adorned with a farm house, red barn, ice house, and white carriage house. Open your eyes and you’re at Ambler Farm, a gem of a 200-year-old working farm in Wilton where Farmer Ben grows organic produce that’s sold at the farm stand every Tuesday and Saturday from 10:30am to 5:00pm.
The Friends of Ambler Farm have made it the farm’s mission to celebrate Wilton’s agrarian roots through active-learning programs, sustainable agriculture, responsible land stewardship, and historic preservation. Sign up for their e-newsletter so you can get crop and event announcements like this: “Summer squash is here! We also have broccoli, scallions, arugula, herbs, lettuce, mesclun and mixed greens. Check out our produce schedule to find out when to expect your favorite veggies.”
What’s super fun and educational to do at the farm? Check out the bees. We visited on a weekend to watch the honey harvest and you could have heard a piece of hay drop. The kids and adults alike were enraptured as Kevin taught us about bee behavior, hive hierarchy, honey comb formation, honey production and harvesting and then finally let us taste the sweet, golden, honey straight from the comb. If you want a taste (sorry!) of the bee experience at Ambler Farm, take a few minutes to watch this video. (The noisy kids in the background are on the soccer field.) The farm is open 365 days a year and is not to be missed.