Stew Leonard’s Opens 2017 Little Farms with Celebrations & “Name Our Babies” Contest
Celebrations Include Costumed Characters, Snacks, & More
Stew Leonard’s Little Farm locations in Yonkers, N.Y. and in Danbury & Norwalk, Conn. will open for the season on Saturday, April 29, 2017. To welcome the baby cows, goats, and sheep to their new homes, Stew’s Little Farms are each hosting celebrations that include snacks, balloons, and special appearances by Clover the Cow, Daphne Duck and Cynthia Chick!
In anticipation of the opening of the Little Farms, kids ages 4 to 10 are also invited to enter the “Name Our Babies” contest at Stew Leonard’s. Parents can pick up a “Name Our Babies” entry form at customer service at the Norwalk and Yonkers stores starting on Wednesday, April 12 and can submit their children’s recommended animal names into the suggestion box. The contest ends Sunday, April 23 and winners will be notified by phone later that week.
At the Danbury store, the “Name Our Babies started April 1 and will run through Thursday, April 20, with winners being notified by phone on April 22.
The winners of each store’s “Name Our Babies” contest will receive a $25.00 gift card to Toys R US and will also have their picture taken with the animal they named. These pictures will even be posted at Stew’s Little Farms so everyone will be able to see who named our baby animals!
Stew Leonard’s Little Farms are each celebrating the arrival of two baby cows, two baby goats and two baby sheep for the 2017 season. Kids of all ages are welcome to come to the Little Farm and observe the new arrivals, but the “Name Our Babies” contest is limited to children ages 4-10.
WHEN & WHERE:
Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Stew Leonard’s Norwalk store, located at 100 Westport Ave., Norwalk, Conn. 06851
Customer questions call: (203) 847-7214
Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Stew Leonard’s Yonkers store, located at 1 Stew Leonard Drive, Yonkers, NY 10710
Customer questions call: (914)375-4700
Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Stew Leonard’s Danbury store, located at 99 Federal Road, Danbury, Conn., 06811
Customer questions call: (203) 790-8030
MEDIA CONTACT (customers, please call one of the Customer Service numbers listed above):
Meghan Bell, 203.750.6107, [email protected]
Stew Leonard’s Little Farm History
In 1967, Stew Sr. was told that the State of Connecticut planned on building the new Route 7 highway through the center of the Clover Farms Dairy. They would be forced to relocate.
He set his sights on an old farm on U.S. Route 1. It was owned by a woman named Hazel Schultze, who had turned her large, pink house into a bed-and-breakfast and her side yard was several acres of meadow, dotted with grazing sheep.
Stew wanted to buy 1 ½ acres of her farm to build his new dairy, but Hazel Schultze didn’t want to sell. She wanted the pasture for her sheep.
Stew visited her over the next few weeks and came up with the idea that if Mrs. Schultze sold him the land, he would build a farm for her sheep. He would even add some goats, ducks and chickens to make it a “real” farm, and she could visit with her sheep every day. He even agreed to hire her friend, George, who had been taking care of the animals for her. Mrs. Schultze agreed, and Stew could see his dream coming true.
This was how “Stew’s Little Farm” began and it has grown steadily ever since. When the Danbury store was built, a farm was part of the original plans and then Yonkers, NY followed suit in 1999. Since the original store opened in 1969 there has always been a “Stew’s Little Farm” where families could come, enjoy the outdoors, have some ice cream and pet the animals.