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Town Plan and Zoning Meeting Includes Plans For A Hotel And A Processing Facility

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Jul 042017
 

The Town Plan and Zoning Commission meets at Town Hall on Wednesday, July 5 at 7:30 p.m.

Following is the agenda:

1. Review of the Minutes from the May 2 and May 16 meetings.

2. Old Business.

3. New Business.

4. Report of the Zoning Enforcement Officer.

-Review of Zoning Activities Log.

PUBLIC HEARINGS 8:00 p.m. *(2)

5. APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL EXCEPTION, PERMIT OR USE – For the Sale and/or Processing of Agricultural Product ; For property known as 831 Derby-Milford Road. Submitted by Stephen Bespuda Jr. and Rachel Bespuda. For the raising of hay, corn, produce, cattle, poultry and pigs (To be called Cedar Hill Farm). Also proposed is the construction of a 14’ x 22’ structure with 4 parking spaces.

6. SPECIAL PERMIT APPLICATION – Submitted by the Hartford Lodging Partners, LLC for Estate of Dominic F. Farina, Trustee. For property known as 99 Marsh Hill Road; a.k.a. Assessor’s Map 8/3/4A. For the construction of a 4 story extended stay hotel with appurtenant parking, storage, and utilities. A SITE PLAN APPLICATION, SITE PLAN APPLICATION – LIGHTING SUPPLEMENT; SITE PLAN APPLICATION – ARCHITECTURAL STANDARDS SUPPLEMENT; and APPLICATION FOR CERTIFICATION OF SOIL EROSION AND SEDIMENT CONTROL MEASURES, also have been filed.

7. APPLICATION FOR TEMPORARY SPECIAL USE EARTH MATERIALS REMOVAL and FILLING – Submitted by the Hartford Lodging Partners, LLC for Estate of Dominic F. Farina, Trustee. For property known as 99 Marsh Hill Road; a.k.a. Assessor’s Map 8/3/4A. For required earth materials removal and filling in conjunction with the construction of a 4 story extended stay hotel with appurtenant parking, storage, and utilities.

Fresh Thanksgiving Turkeys Raised In Orange

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Oct 312016
 

14724346_1131180156981305_5322272599611966584_nIf you are an Orange resident and haven’t heard of Cedar Hill Farm yet, well, get with it!

In 2014-2015 Orange Live tried to keep the farm and it’s incredibly fresh, antibiotic free poultry offerings on the front page.

This year, owner Rachel Bespuda developed a nice new website for the family business and has done a phenomenal job keeping the farm’s Facebook page updated with beautiful photos and all the information you need to know about available products.

Although the farm’s reputation and the quality meats it sells speak for themselves and many people already know that now is the time to order their fresh Thanksgiving turkey we thought we’d offer new residents a heads up — just in case you didn’t know about it.

The Big Sign is up, but if you don’t drive through that part of town, you won’t see it and believe us, even when the Bespudas have a larger inventory, these turkeys will sell out quickly.

So, do yourself a favor, pre-order your Thanksgiving Turkey by calling 203-889-7282 or send an e-mail to cedarhillfarmct@gmail.com today.

 

Orange Farmers’ Market Premiers on Thursday, June 25

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Jun 252015
 

IMG_9983The Town of Orange will be hosting the Annual Orange Community Farmers’ Market at the High Plains Community Center Pavilion, 525 Orange Center Road, every Thursday from June 25 to October 29, from 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The Market is open to the public.

Spread the word to all your friends, family, and co-workers.

Visit the many stands displaying certified Connecticut grown products!

Indulge in an array of all-natural products including but not limited to milk, eggs, flowers, plants, in-season vegetables, dairy, meats, and crafts all grown and made by local farms such as Buttermilk Lane Farm, Cedar Hill Farm, Grassy Hill Farm, Maple View Farm and Shamrock Farm.

Call the Orange Economic Development Corporation office at 203-891-1045 for more information or visit the farmers’ market website at https://www.facebook.com/OrangeCTFarmersMarket.

Originally Published on: Jun 22, 2015 @ 10:19

Where Could You Find Fresh Turkey For Thanksgiving? Why, Orange, Of Course! But They’ve Sold Out!

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Nov 162014
 

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UPDATE: All Turkeys are Sold Out — If you acted quickly, you will be enjoying a fresh, free range turkey this Thanksgiving.

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Thanksgiving is just 2 weeks away, have you thought about what type of turkey you’re going to serve your family?

You could go for that old standby, the 12-14 pound grocery store bird that came from somewhere out of state, where it was processed, frozen and shipped sometime — but no one can tell you when. 

Or you can try a fresh, locally raised turkey that you know was raised humanely and fed grain that was milled in CT. 

Right here in Orange at Cedar Hill Farm you can find these free range birds that are never given any additional hormones.

Cedar Hill Farm is run by Stephen and Rachel Bespuda, a young couple who come from a long line of farming families.

The Bespudas have been raising turkeys for 6 years. They’ve been selling them for Thanksgiving since 2009, always to rave reviews and gaining repeat customers with each passing year. 

Their business runs on a pre-order basis only. The Bespudas are now taking orders for this year’s Thanksgiving Turkeys. You must call 203-889-7282 or e-mail cedarhillfarmct@gmail.com for information or to place an order. Don’t procrastinate, once they’re gone, they’re gone!

The turkeys range from 14 to 26 pounds. They come to you fresh and oven ready — never frozen. Fully processed (plucked and ready to cook).

The pickup at 814 Glenbrook Road, Orange will be on Monday November 24th from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Availability of the products will be posted on their Facebook page.

Why Buy Fresh and Local?

So, what’s the difference between store bought and these Orange raised free range turkeys?

Stephen uses the analogy, “Take a tomato that you grow in your garden compared to one that you get from a supermarket you can tell the difference in quality from the flavor and texture.”

Rachel added, “It’s just fresh, locally grown, raised correctly and humanely, and something that we care deeply about, not something we take for granted,” she said. “Even thought we’ve had it all of our lives, we know the work that goes into it. We appreciate the fact that not everyone has the opportunity to purchase fresh meat that is grown in the same town they live in.”

“This is the meat that we eat ourselves,” Stephen said.

If you’ve never had a super fresh turkey before, try one this year. Support this local farm and you’ll be back again next year.

Originally Published on: Nov 2, 2014 @ 0:38

Second Publishing on: Nov 9, 2014 @ 21:38

Third Publishing on: Nov 12, 2014 @ 16:38

Support Local Farms: Pre-Order Your Fresh Chickens by Saturday, April 26

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Apr 262014
 

Pre-order by April 26th

Pre-order by April 26th

The sign is up, if you’ve driven down Derby-Milford Road this week you couldn’t miss it. It’s time to order your fresh chickens from Orange’s own Cedar Hill Farm.

People who’ve tried them come back year-after-year, order their chickens in advance and pick them up when they’re ready.

Cedar Hill Farm is run by Stephen and Rachel Bespuda, a young couple that both come from a long line of farmers.

Rachel’s grandparents had dairy cows upstate and when they sold them, her parents started raising beef cattle, Rachel and her sister joined 4H and honed their skills on raising cows there.

The Bespuda family is well-known in town and currently three generations are helping and working in the daily operations of the farm which was purchased around 1929.

Like Rachel’s family, the farm used to operate as a dairy, with the milk bottled and delivered locally. After the dairy herd was sold the beef herd expanded.

Rachel and Stephen met at UCONN where they studied at the college of agriculture and natural resources, majored in animal science and learned management skills.

They were married in Fall of 2013.

They grow hay, straw, and corn right here in Orange.

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They offer beef year-round (but everything is pre-ordered so it may not be readily available). The steers are pasture raised, and when the pastures are not suitable for grazing the steers are fed locally grown hay and corn silage, from right here in Orange.

The beef is sold by the quarter or side. It is cut, wrapped, labeled, and frozen. You get steaks, roast, and ground beef.

in 2009 they began selling Thanksgiving Turkeys, to rave reviews, and then 2010 they started selling chickens in the spring and summer.

The chickens and turkeys start their lives indoors with heat lamps and the warmth they need to be healthy, at 3 weeks in nice weather they go outside and roam the farm (free range).

The chickens and turkeys are sold fresh and whole (turkeys are raised for Thanksgiving)— Pre-Order ONLY.

Why Buy Fresh and Local?

So, what’s the difference between store bought and these Orange raised free range chickens?

Stephen uses the analogy, “Take a tomato that you grow in your garden compared to one that you get from a supermarket you can tell the difference in quality from the flavor and texture.”

Rachel added, “It’s just fresh, locally grown, raised correctly and humanely, and something that we care deeply about, not something we take for granted,” she said. “Even thought we’ve had it all of our lives, we know the work that goes into it. We appreciate the fact that not everyone has the opportunity to purchase fresh meat that is grown in the same town they live in.”

“This is the meat that we eat ourselves,” Stephen said.

Availability of the products will be posted on their Facebook page, and you must call 203-889-7282 or e-mail cedarhillfarmct@gmail.com for information or to place an order.

There is no 24/7 farm stand, but the system works for regular customers. Pre-Order now through April 26 and the chickens will be available for pick-up on Sunday April 27 from 12 to 2 p.m.

Existing customers on the mailing list receive postcards or e-mails when it’s time to order the chickens.

Watch for the Cedar Hill Farm Ad on Orange Live this Spring and Summer when it is time to call and pre-order your chicken.

 Originally published April 14, 2014 @ 2:45