Stew Leonard’s Little Farms in Danbury & Norwalk, Conn. will open for the season on Friday, June 12, 2020! Families will enjoy watching our goats, ducks, and chickens grow over the coming months. The Danbury Little Farm will also welcome two sheep this summer. Our animal friends in Yonkers, N.Y. will return to their Little Farm in 2021.
When visiting our Little Farms, please keep our customers, Team Members, and our Little Farm animals healthy and safe! Please stay home if you are sick, observe social distancing, wear a mask, and remind your little ones to not pet or feed the animals. There will be plenty of hand sanitizer available and Stew’s farmers will be sanitizing the push buttons every hour, too.
Did you know how Stew Leonard’s Little Farms came to be?
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 visit the animals.