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Six Reasons to See Sunflowers For Wishes this Summer at Buttonwood Farm

Whether you are a new resident to the state of Connecticut or a longstanding local, the Buttonwood Farm of Griswold, is a must-visit for the month of July. This year marks the family farm’s 20th anniversary of their Sunflowers for Wishes fundraiser event, in partnership with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Connecticut. For those who have never visited or haven’t been in a while, here is a break down on why you should stop by the end of this month for the special occasion.
Six Reasons to See the Sunflowers:
1. Smiles
With over 14 acres of sunflowers, Buttonwood Farm has been able to donate 1.8 million dollars to Make-A-Wish over the course of the years with their annual fundraiser. Each year, customers are able to pick sunflowers and purchase exclusive event t-shirts that benefit the charity. These proceeds go to helping children with critical illnesses’ dreams come true. To learn more about the cause, please visit:
2. Sentiment
2023 not only marks the 20th anniversary of Sunflowers for Wishes, but also the 25th anniversary of Buttonwood Farm Ice Cream’s establishment. Buttonwood Farm welcomes ice cream goers near and far each season and has grown immensely with the popularity of this premier summer event. So, what better time to visit than in celebration of these two milestones? To learn more about Buttonwood Farm’s history, read their story here:
3. Scoops
The ice cream stand regularly boasts over 50 flavors that are sure to delight all ages. From classics to seasonal flavors-like the Sunflower (that’s offered only during this event), there’s always something exciting to try! Buttonwood Farm is also one of few in the area to offer a handful of options for those with dietary restrictions; they offer non-dairy, sugar-free, and low-fat selections. Any scoops can be made into a classic sugar cone, wafer cone, homemade waffle cone, milkshake, or delicious sundae. The stand also offers hand-packed pints and quarts for sale to-go. These cool treats will help you enjoy your sunflower visit and beat the heat, so don’t miss out on this part of the venue too! To scope out the complete list of flavors, visit here:
4. Scenery
Buttonwood Farm is not only known for its homemade ice cream, but also for its scenic landscape. The property is surrounded by the namesake Buttonwood trees, historic stonewalls, and flourishing green pastures. Among these fields you can find the farm’s many cattle, who are out and about grazing all season long. And just down the road is where the view continues. Three adjacent fields will all make up a sea of yellow once the 300,000 seeds blossom. The peak bloom will only last about a full week, so don’t miss out. Come and see why Griswold has been coined the sunflower capital of Connecticut with this event! To see a sneak peek of the farm, view their gallery at:
5. Selfies
Buttonwood Farm is perfect for a family photo-op to make the moment last forever! Take advantage of the picturesque views of the venue, such as the sunflower fields, stonewalls, gazebo, walking path, and cutting field. The Make-A Wish’s very own monster truck will also be making a special appearance, so bring your cameras ready!
6. Staff
The cherry on top of the Buttonwood experience is the friendly staff who are ready to serve you. This event is a huge part of their summer and part of the ‘Buttonwood’s Experience’ for employees. They look forward to making your day!
So, what are you waiting for? Mark your calendars! The Sunflowers for Wishes event will take place from Saturday, July 22 until Sunday, July 30 this year. Please note: the walking path and cutting fields will be open daily from 10 a.m.-8 p.m., and the ice cream stand will operate from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. each day of the event. For directions, parking, and more information to help plan your visit, check out their website now at:
And don’t forget: share your photos on social media with hashtags #VisitEasternCT and #SunflowersforWishes to continue making wishes come true!
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