C Valley Landscaping's techs pamper personal pastures with meticulous mowing and an array of landscaping services. Today's deal helps keep grass blades neatly bobbed thanks to two visits from C Valley's mowing maestros. Each visit is scheduled at the homeowner's convenience, and during appointments landscapers will trim lawns of up to a half-acre, restoring uniformity to the most unruly of outside carpets. Before departing, techs will clean up debris and persuade evil lawn gnomes to vacate lawns using verbal intimidation.
In 2007, manager David Stauffer transformed a century-old building into a charming dry-goods store. Honoring the antique architecture, he still sends grains sailing down the building's antique wooden chute, which unloads shipments into pickup trucks and the gullets of bears that are tired of stealing picnic baskets. Additionally, the shop continues to stock its signature birdseed blend, lawn fertilizer, garden and pet supplies, hay, and other outdoor essentials.
• For $90, you get four admissions, including lunch, to the Green River Tour at D2R2 Deerfield Dirt Road Randonnee, on August 27 (a $180 value). • For $120, you get two adult and two child admissions, including lunch and dinner, to the Green River Tour at D2R2 Deerfield Dirt Road Randonnee, on August 27 (a $240 value).
Each year, Breezy Gardens owners Kim and John Miczek plant and harvest more than 100 tons of pumpkins, many of them lifted from the earth by visitors to the farm's pick-your-own pumpkin patch. But pumpkins are just one of many crops: In the spring, chrysanthemums, lilies, and tulips emit subtle fragrances, and the summer months bring an abundance of edible color in the form of yellow squash, blueberries, and ruby-hued tomatoes. The Miczeks practice conscientious growing methods to support the quality of their bounty. Craftily planted determent crops distract insects from disturbing fruits and sleeping vegetables, and soil undergoes frequent analyses by the University of Massachusetts to reveal precise measurements of nutrients. In addition to supplying jack-o'-lanterns, Breezy Gardens gives a nod to colder months with Christmas trees, wreaths, statues, and dried floral arrangements.
More than 13,000 grapevines coil along fences at Sunset Meadow Vineyards, spanning more than 50 acres of rolling fields atop Litchfield Hills. The vineyard's keepers prune those vines by hand, harvesting grapes to make award-winning wines such as a chardonnay that took home a gold medal in 2012's International Eastern Wine Competition. Visitors can drop by to sample pours paired with cheese, smoked meats, and chocolate, or attend one of the vineyard's many events, such as the annual Harvest Festival. While the vineyard does not allow outside beverages, it does welcome outside snacks to complement purchases of its wines, and picnickers will be happy to discover that the breathtaking hillsides face west, giving a clear view of the sunset as well as the cowboys who ride off into it.