by Alexis Ann
“To own a bit of ground, to scratch it with a hoe, to plant seeds, and watch their renewal of life — this is the commonest delight of the race, the most satisfactory thing a man can do.”
– CHARLES DUDLEY WARNER (1829-1900).
“Preliminary,” My Summer in a Garden, 1871
This issue is dedicated to the founders of civilization, our farmers. Farming is the earliest and most honorable of arts. Just ask Whit Davis, whose career spans 75 years on the Stanton-Davis Farm, Pawcatuck. The 11 generations to work the farm, by cultivating this plot of land for at least 356 years, makes it the last working farm in Stonington. This Tuesday, Whit will celebrate his 86th! Happy Happy here.
“With all the heat this summer, everything is doing well and the corn crops are two weeks early,” said Betsy Molodich of Betsy’s Farm Stand in Sterling. Corn prices are the same as last year, and the sweet butter and sugar corn is plentiful. See what’s growing on here.
A treasure in Lyme here is the once turn-of-the-century dairy farm, Ashlawn Farms transformed into a thriving staple of the community. Nestled amongst the rolling hills, hickory trees and old stone walls of Lyme this farm features a coffee roastery. Owners Chip and Carol Dahlke host a Farmers’ Market on the property.
Archie Chester, Groton, Treasurer of the Denison Society, is an avid promoter of the Denison Farm Market, Mystic, held every Sunday 12-3 pm. Meet Archie, Market Master Stuart Woronecki, Stonewall Apiary, “Doc” William Burrows, Groton Family Farm, and the other farmers that bring their produce to market here.
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