|JUNE 1, 2012 --
What does a pineapple have to do with a farm in Connecticut? If it’s an award from the Connecticut Conference on Tourism, it means you’re a Tourism Ambassador. Earlier this month, Fort Hill Farms and The Farmer’s Cow, a group of six Connecticut family dairy farms that produces fresh, local milk and other locally-sourced products, earned that distinction in receiving a 2012 Pineapple Award.
The Connecticut Pineapple Award recognizes individuals and organizations that exemplify tourism industry excellence in Connecticut and spotlights the major role that tourism plays in Connecticut’s economy. Fort Hill Farms and The Farmer’s Cow was the only agriculture-oriented attraction to receive a coveted Tourism Ambassador Award.
The farms that make up The Farmer’s Cow are committed to sustainable, local agriculture. Collectively, member farms manage over 10,000 acres of Connecticut farmland. Throughout the seasons the members of The Farmer’s Cow open their barn doors to visitors so they can meet the cows, talk to the farmers and see for themselves where The Farmer’s Cow milk comes from. In addition to farm tours, The Farmer’s Cow sponsors the Corn Maze at Fort Hill Farms, attends events and farmer’s markets throughout the state, and is the host of Chef-to-Farm dinners. Since 2005, thousands and thousands of people have visited the six farms of The Farmer’s Cow located in Lebanon, Thompson, Woodstock, Coventry, Hebron and Franklin.
Peter and Kristin Orr, who own Fort Hill Farms in Thompson, accepted the award on behalf of Fort Hill Farms and The Farmer’s Cow at the Connecticut Conference on Tourism Event, which was held at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. “This is about sustainability of family farms and keeping our farms viable,” said Peter Orr. “Our farms are truly a destination.”
"The members of The Farmer’s Cow are proud to share the Pineapple Award with Fort Hill Farms,” Robin Chesmer, Managing Partner for The Farmer’s Cow. “We all enjoy promoting local agriculture and sharing the farm experience with visitors to our farms. It is really neat to have agriculture recognized for its potential to contribute significantly to Connecticut’s tourism economy.”
For more information visit http://www.TheFarmersCow.com, call (866) 355‐COWS, or email farmers(at)thefarmerscow(dot)com.
About The Farmer’s Cow The Farmer’s Cow is a group of six Connecticut dairy farms that produces fresh, local milk, half & half, heavy cream and ice cream for Southern New England. The Farmer’s Cow dairy products are pasteurized the “traditional way” and are never ultra‐pasteurized. The members of The Farmer’s Cow do not use Artificial Growth Hormones (rBST) on any of their cows. They also sell Connecticut‐sourced, all‐natural eggs, apple cider, seasonal beverages and coffee. The Farmer’s Cow’s mission is to promote the many benefits of Connecticut agriculture and show that “Local is Fresh!”