Buttonwood Farm

7.20.14 ~ Griswold, Connecticut
7.20.14 ~ Griswold, Connecticut

Last year at this time Tim & I discovered Buttonwood Farm, and since our niece Bonnie and her two children were in town we decided to take them with us to this amazing place. Waiting in a very long line (above) for farm fresh ice cream – made from the milk of grass-fed cows – was well worth it!

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7.20.14 ~ Griswold, Connecticut

This shagbark hickory tree (above) caught my eye as we were waiting in another very long line for a hayride through the cow pasture and the sunflower field. The ride was bumpy but the tractor stopped every once in a while so we could feed the cows hay and Khari could take pictures of cows (below) to his heart’s content.

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7.20.14 ~ Griswold, Connecticut
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7.20.14 ~ Griswold, Connecticut
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7.20.14 ~ Griswold, Connecticut

At Buttonwood Farm, 14 acres of sunflowers are grown to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Connecticut, a non-profit organization devoted to making wishes possible for children with life-threatening medical conditions. 100% of the $5 donation made when one buys a bouquet of these sunflowers goes directly to the foundation, a worthy cause. In spite of a cool wet spring which has delayed the blooms in the cutting fields, the farm went on with its 11th Annual Sunflowers for Wishes campaign.

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7.20.14 ~ Griswold, Connecticut

Camera back in my hands, above and below are two of my sunflower-with-bee shots! It was fun getting these pictures at eye-level with the blooms. The wagon we were in was high off the ground and the tractor pulled us along into the middle of the field. The driver turned off the engine and let us take pictures and marvel at the sea of sunflowers in every direction. It was interesting to see the many unopened blooms mixed in with the ones all ready for picking.

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7.20.14 ~ Griswold, Connecticut

The photo below was taken by Kia, when she finally got her turn with the camera. The late afternoon ride back to home in our car was very quiet. When Tim looked in the rear-view mirror he found all three of our guests sound asleep. A wonderful day!

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sunflower and bee by Kia Ward

25 thoughts on “Buttonwood Farm”

    1. Thank you, Jeff! And I forgot to mention how perfect the weather was – in the 70s, low humidity, clouds keeping the sun from making us squint…

  1. Barbara – Your photographs always take me away; gracefully I’m plunked down into another space altogether where I get to ponder a bit before returning. Thank you for the virtual adventures 🙂

    1. You’re welcome and I thank you so much, Laurie, for your kind words about my photographs! It’s nice to know that they can take you away for a few moments, and it’s so rewarding finding things of interest to capture on film. 🙂

    1. From the range map I found online it looks like you don’t have shagbark hickory trees up your way, Jane. Apparently they grow well over 100 feet tall and live for about 350 years. My father remembered collecting the nuts to eat when he was growing up.

  2. Boy, that ice cream must be good !

    There’s a place in Nova Scotia where they have a Sunflower Maze. Your photos make me want to visit it …

    1. The farm fresh ice cream was exceptionally good, Sybil – I’ve tasted none better! I can just picture a sunflower maze – I hope you go for it. This farm has a corn maze in September.

    1. It might be worth the trip, Karma! Or a slight detour the next time you’re on your way to the Cape. 🙂

  3. Make sure we take you to Maple View Farm when you come South in the fall. Great ice cream and the best view in the county.

    1. I will, Susan! I’m looking forward to more great ice cream and to seeing those North Carolina fall colors you say rival the ones we have here in New England!

    1. Thank you, Diane, and you’re welcome, too! 🙂 Next year I think I’m going to climb the hill next to the sunflower field and get a few pictures of the field from above. I tend to favor close-up shots, but a different perspective might be nice… *hugs*

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