Strong Family Farm Supports Connecticut Growers and Makers 100%
We’re Staying True to Our Mission
Though other Connecticut farm stands sell locally grown foods and products alongside those from other states, the farm stand at Strong Family Farm sells only Connecticut grown and made goods. That means while other farm stands can offer lettuce, tomatoes and fruit out of season, as grocery stores do, the Strong Family Farm will not. It’s a gutsy move for the organization as the farm stand’s revenue will be tied, in part, to the availability of seasonal produce from Connecticut farmers.
The farm stand plays a significant part in ensuring the 135-year-old historical landmark continues to serve the community with its ongoing programs and activities. Yet, the decision to go with nothing but Connecticut grown and made goods was a no-brainer. According to Nancy Strong Executive Director, “I don’t think there was any discussion about whether we’d go 100% with Connecticut goods or not. It was just a given that it was the right thing for us to do.”
That’s because the mission of Strong Family Farm is to give people an authentic and educational family farm experience.
Farming is not easy whether you’re raising livestock or dealing with the weather, soil and critters that love to eat what you plant. Back before refrigeration enabled shipping fresh fruits and vegetables across country and around the world, Connecticut’s family farmers like the Strong’s raised, baked, or canned what they ate. Then they sold or traded their goods for other items the family needed. That practice is also in place at the farm stand where you’ll find from local producers and makers:
- Duck eggs and free range chicken eggs
- Baked goods and kettle corn
- Canned goods using the farm’s own produce
- Honey and beeswax candles, ice cream, and even
- Eggs from the farm’s Adopt-a-Chicken Program!
The Strong Family Farm also encourages visitors to experience life on a Connecticut family farm by giving them the chance to “pick your own fresh from the garden”.
The Strong Family Farm (http://www.strongfamilyfarm.org/) is located at 274 West Street, Vernon, CT 06066. The Farm Stand is open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 1 to 6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (860) 874-9020