Is there anything that says summer more than a sunflower field? Growing up in Westerly, as soon as the weather started warming up everyone was talking about Buttonwood Farms and their famous ice cream. As it got on towards July however, you would start to hear excited chatter about going to visit their sunflower fields. My mother every year would say that this was the year we were going to get out to Griswold, CT to see them and take pictures and every year it…..wouldn’t happen. You know how it is. Life gets away from you, during the summer especially! Finally, though we did get the chance to visit and it was just as amazing as we’d heard it was.
So the interesting thing about Buttonwood Farm is that the whole idea of Sunflowers for Wishes kind of started as an accident. At the suggestion of a friend, the owners planned one acre of sunflowers and as they began to bloom they heard that people were traveling from all over to see them. After seeing all the attention the sunflowers received, they came up with a way to use that for good and created the Sunflowers for Wishes fundraiser, benefitting the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Connecticut.
Right at the entrance is the on-site food truck which serves hot dogs, chips and drinks. For ourselves, it was a super hot day so we immediately stocked up on water bottles. It is also where you can purchase tickets and line up for the hayride and the cow train (all proceeds going to Make-A-Wish). The hayride is about 20 minutes long and takes you all around the farm, even giving you a chance to feed the cows, before circling back to ride through the sunflower field. The cow train (so cute!) is about a 10 minutes long ride that travels the perimeter of the sunflower field.
And then there’s the sunflowers…
There’s one main walking path which forks slightly at the end leading to a big grassy hill which you can walk up to get a stunning overlook of the field. The path itself is just a cleared dirt path and can sometimes be a little bit uneven and dusty or sometime a bit muddy depending on the weather, so wear good shoes.
I can’t even begin to describe how stunningly beautiful it is and I’m not even sure our pictures quite do it justice. As a lover of flowers, this felt like something out of a dream bringing to mind Van Gogh and bright, sunny fields of flowers in the South of France.
After exploring the sunflower field in the hot sun, the best thing to do next is cool down with some ice cream! Sometimes there can be quite a line but I promise you its worth it.
The ice cream is hand made in small batches on the farm and comes in over fifty different flavor including a selection of limited edition flavors which are inspired by the farm, their ingredients, and their customers. They also make their waffle cones fresh everyday and their toppings include hot fudge, caramel, pineapple, strawberry, marshmallow, peanut butter, chopped walnuts, sprinkles, and real whipped cream. You can see the full list of flavors here.
The texture of their ice cream is just to die for. Incredibly rich and creamy, every single flavor we’ve tried has been delicious. If you visit during the Sunflower for Wishes Event though, you have to try their limited edition Sunflower Ice Cream! Its sells out quick so the earlier you can get there the better.
Buttonwood Farms is open from March 1st to October 30th
Monday – Friday, 12pm to 9pm
Saturday – Sunday, 11:30pm to 9pm
Sunflowers for Wishes hours are from 10am until dark. They recommend you check the ice cream shop hours before visiting.
Event Admission: Free
Hayride and Cow Train Tickets: $5.00 ea.
473 Shetucket Turnpike
Griswold, CT 06351
There is a parking lot located by the ice cream stand, but it fills up very quickly. There is also a large field where you can park.