For Centuries, people have traveled here for fresh produce, the sweetest corn, and beautiful flowers, all grown on the farm. The 7th and 8th generation of family members are now running the operations, including tending the fields and caring for livestock.
A huge red barn (pictured here) was a landmark on Fairwood Road since the 1840s, and people would stop by to visit and buy their vegetables, flowers, and then pumpkins and beautiful mums in the fall.
This year, the greenhouses were incubating seedlings for the year’s yield and a few crops were growing in the fields and hanging flower pots lined the length of the structure. But on Tuesday, May 15, everything changed. An F1 Tornado came slicing through Beacon Falls, Bethany, and Hamden — dropping directly on Clover Nook Farm.
The historic barn (former farm stand) that now housed many tractors and farming equipment was totally destroyed, half of it lay flattened in the middle of the road. Smaller structures also were lifted up and destroyed.
The plastic covering the main greenhouse was shredded, with similar damage to the smaller neighboring greenhouse, which flew up and landed on the larger one.
The Demander family are traditional farmers, they take pride in what they do and what they can do for themselves and would never ask for help, but with the planting season on their doorstep and the need for farming equipment and greenhouses to run their farm, we know they need at least a little help.
Terri Miles from Orange Live and Bethany residents are coming together with the Orange Ale House for a fundraising event to help the Demanders’ and Clover Nook Farm when they need it most, for all of those things that the insurance company may not be covering.
Every little bit helps, won’t you join us?
The event will take place at the Orange Ale House, 517 Boston Post Road, Orange, on Saturday, June 16 from 5 to 9 p.m.
Donation is $25, and includes raffle prizes, silent auction, and food. The Tat Hollar Band will perform — they’re awesome and what’s better for a country farm fundraiser than a fine country band?
Raffle/Auction prizes include: Gift certificates from Knight’s Equipment and Eli’s Restaurant, a framed painting by a local artist, Kids’ summer fun basket, Candle basket, Trader Joe’s shopping bag of Good Stuff!, Starbuck’s Gift Basket, Raffle Ticket “bouquet”, Assorted lightweight handmade items from “Yia Yia and Amelie”, assorted Living glass decorations and so much more.
Call Terri at 203-506-1747 and leave your name, phone number, and the number of guests, to reserve your tickets, so we’ll have an idea of how many folks to expect.
Since posting this story several people have asked how they can donate if they can’t attend. It’s simple,