Jones Family Farms in Shelton to Host 11th Annual Celebration of Connecticut Farms

Don’t miss the foodie event of the year on September 11, 2011!

Jacques Pepin reaching for a grilled cheese sandwich from the Caseus truck at the 2010 Celebration. Photo c/o Elizabeth Keyser.

The 11th Annual Celebration of Connecticut Farms will take place on Sunday, September 11 at Jones Family Farms in Shelton, CT.  Returning as honorary chairpersons of the Celebration are Tony Award winning actress Christine Baranski, WNPR’s Two Time Peabody Award winner Faith Middleton, and celebrity TV chef and author Jacques Pépin.

Tyler Anderson, Executive Chef of The Copper Beech Inn, puts the finishing touches on his dish at the 2010 Celebration. Photo c/o Elizabeth Keyser

Guests of the Celebration of Connecticut Farms can enjoy spectacular dishes featuring ingredients from over 50 farms across the state and prepared by chefs from 24 of Connecticut’s best restaurants including:  Metro Bis in Simsbury, It’s Only Natural in Middletown, The Dressing Room in Westport, The Suburban in Branford, Polytechnic ON20 in Hartford, and many more.  Attendees can also enjoy wine from 10 Connecticut wineries and vineyards and beer from Connecticut breweries.  Musical entertainment will be provided by the band, Bone Dry and paintings by members of the Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society will be on display and for sale.

The Jones family is thrilled to welcome the Celebration of Connecticut Farms back to its farm.  The first event in 2001 brought together Connecticut residents, artists, farmers, and chefs resolved to protect Connecticut’s productive farmlands for future generations.  The generous food bounty of Connecticut was expressed through unforgettably delicious dishes created by farmers and chefs, working side by side in an idyllic setting.

Tony Award winning actress Christine Baranski and James Beard Award-winning Chef Michel Nischan at the 2010 Celebration. Photo c/o Elizabeth Keyser

Farm owner Terry Jones says, “what seemed so amazing in 2001, chefs partnering with farmers, has almost become commonplace today.  In only ten years, significant progress has occurred regarding citizen desire to protect farmland, as well as in the actual number of acres set aside for permanent protection.  But, the battle is far from over and there are new challenges ahead for all of us in preserving Connecticut’s agriculture.”

Jones Family Farms in Shelton produces Christmas trees, berries, pumpkins, grapes that supply the farm’s winery, and much more.  You can learn more about the farm and its products at JonesFamilyFarms.com.

Tickets to the Celebration are $150 each (with $75 of that being tax-deductible).  To purchase tickets or request an invitation, visit CelebrationofCTFarms.org, or call 860-247-0202. Proceeds from the Celebration are dedicated to Connecticut Farmland Trust’s mission to preserving our state’s working farmland.

Jones Family Farms owner Terry Jones walking through his fields with his grandson, Jackson. Photo c/o Jones Family Farm

Connecticut Farmland Trust is the only private statewide conservation organization dedicated solely to permanently protecting Connecticut’s farmland.  Established in 2002, CFT holds agricultural conservation easements that protect 2,096 acres of farmland on 26 farms around the state, has assisted partners in the preservation of 602 additional acres, and serves as a leading resource on conserving Connecticut’s working farmland.

Read about last year’s Celebration of Connecticut Farms.

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