Blueberries may be small but their history and popularity are large! Blueberries are actually indigenous to North America and were a long time Native American favorite used medicinally as well as in stews, soups and even as a preservative.
At Jones Family Farm http://www.jonesfamilyfarms.com in Shelton Connecticut located on 606 Walnut Tree Hill Road visitors can still pick blueberries this weekend through August 16. The farm is running a box special and the fields open at 9 a.m. and close at 5:30 p.m. Kids and adults take the "blueberry" truck out to the blueberry patch passing tall sunflowers that sway in the breeze and large pumpkin patches. After picking blueberries to your hearts content, visitors take the blueberry truck back to the farm stand that accepts cash and checks only.
Just up the street from the blueberry fields is Jones Family Farm Winery. Here, visitors can sip on wine and munch on cheese under a beautiful grapevine shaded arbor. Inside the winery, guests can participate in a wine tasting for $7.95 - glass included to take home! Wine is made by Philip Jamison Jones, a sixth generation farmer that established the vineyard on Pumpkinseed Hill in Shelton in 1999. Jones collaborates with fellow winemaker Larry McCulloch in producing a variety of award winning wines. Wine tastings take about twenty minutes or so depending on the season and the interest of the visitor.
In addition to traditional grape wines such as cabernets, pinot gris, and merlots, the vineyard also produces several varieties of fruit wines. The most popular fruit wine is called Strawberry Serenade and it is a sparkling wine that is light and delicious as a cool summer breeze. Another fruit wine called First Blush is a blend of Connecticut grown apples, pears and black currants.
Jones Family Farm also offers something that no other vineyard in Connecticut offers... cooking classes. The Harvest Kitchen located at Jones Family Farm next to the vineyard offers farm to table cooking classes with seasonal highlights. Founded by Jean Jones, a registered dietitian the school offers a wonderful selection of classes through December. Hands on cooking classes include the memorable meal series. Supper and wine educational classes are also offered on Wednesday evenings. The classes are very popular and registration is a must. Kitchen classes can be found at http://www.jonesfamilyfarms.com/events/kitchen and wine education classes can be found at http://www.jonesfamilyfarms.com/events/winery.