When July rolls around I usually look forward to one my favorite summertime adventures - a trip to Buttonwood Farms in Griswold. There are 2 reasons to go there.
First is the photo opportunity.
The owners at Buttonwood Farms plant 10 acres of sunflowers, providing 300,000 magnificent blooms framed by blue skies and stone walls. Every year they sell bunches of these flowers and donate the proceeds to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. People and their cameras show up from all over the state to visit. I go back each year to see if I can take an even better photo! This year the event runs from 10 a.m. to dusk the week of July 23rd – 31st.
Second is some of the best home made ice cream in Connecticut. My favorite is peppermint stick, while my husband really loves the peach so I pack a cooler and bring him home his own private pint of it. Check out these flavors if you need some extra incitement to go there. Fortunately, it is only about 25 minutes from my home in Gales Ferry.
That being said, last year was a bit of a disappointment. Here is what I had to say a year ago:
I knew there was trouble when I saw the cars parked (illegally) along Route 165. The place was absolutely chaos. I finally found a parking place and met my friends but after checking out the 100 people in line( I counted) we decided ice cream could wait for another day and we took off for the photo opportunities. That turned out to be difficult as well as we dodged people and cars.
In the past, the crowds weren’t nearly as large and the line for ice cream was manageable. I think social media has helped spread the word about the spectacular sight of sunflowers with really good ice cream as a bonus. My Facebook newsfeed has been filled with sunflowers and ice cream for two weeks. I managed to get a few nice shots and I will return to Buttonwoods sometime this summer but probably after the event. The sunflowers will be gone but my Peppermint Stick Ice Cream will be there.
Buttonwood Farms is located at 473 Shetucket Turnpike, Griswold, CT 06351