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Bob’s Discount Furniture and Auerfarm Unveil Newly Furnished Farmstay

Bob’s Discount Furniture, is embracing community partnership by completely furnishing Auerfarm’s recently opened farmstay cottage, contributing a $10,000 investment in high-quality furniture and supporting education initiatives.

Bob’s Discount Furniture and Auerfarm hosted a ribbon cutting at the farm’s recently opened farmstay, completely furnished by Bob’s Discount Furniture. This event was held alongside the farm’s annual Maple Sugaring Demonstration & Pancake Breakfast on March 16th.

From left to right: Scott Wells and Lori Bartone, Options Employment and Education Services, Anna Flynn, Farmstay designer and Options student, Erica Fearn, Executive Director of Auerfarm, Mary Eberle, Auerfarm Chairperson, Danielle Wong, Bloomfield Mayor, Derek Slap, Connecticut Senator, Lindsay Ruszczyk, Communications and Community Outreach Director, Bob’s Discount Furniture, and Kenneth McClary, Bloomfield Councilman.

The unveiled two-bedroom farmstay known as Crispin Cottage, is available to rent. You can visit the Auerfarm website here to learn more.

“The farmstay is going to be used by guests to come here and have that farm experience,” said Erica Fearn, Executive Director of Auerfarm. “It’s a place that people come to decompress and be part of nature,” she added.  

The farmstay will offer guests a chance to participate in authentic working farm experiences like collecting eggs and tending to animals. Guests can also explore the 120-acre farm, which features hiking trails and a play forest. Also popular among visitors, is taking a goat or donkey walk led by an Auerfarm educator.


Anchored in offering educational opportunities, Auerfarm frequently hosts student field trips and year-round on-site educational programs. Funds generated from the farmstay will help to support these education programs, explained Fearn.

“We are honored to support Auerfarm through furnishing Crispin Cottage,” said Lindsay Ruszczyk, Bob’s Discount Furniture Communications Director. “We are thrilled to see Bob’s modern farmhouse pieces in this space and grateful to know that this contribution will have a lasting effect to support the farm’s educational programming.”

In addition to generating revenue to support the farm, Crispin Cottage is also home to Auerfarm’s Growing Opportunities program, which offers work force development skills to students 18-22-years-old in the areas of hospitality, food service, agriculture and facilities.

Anna Flynn is a student at Options Employment and Education Services, which is part of the Growing Opportunities program. Options offers transitional education career training. Along with her Vocational Counselor, Lori Bartone, Flynn designed the entire décor of Crispin Cottage, starting with a shopping trip to Bob’s to pick out items that would be perfect for this family-friendly farmstay.

“I feel really honored and glad that Bob’s sponsored all this, and it made me feel wonderful that I could be a part of something like this,” said Flynn. “It’s just a really nice place for families to stay at. Just a really healthy environment.”

Proud of her vision to bring the colors and feeling of the farm landscape into Crispin Cottage, Flynn added, “Options really helps the kids really inspire what they want to do and really take action and independence in their career. I really love the feeling of interior design. It really makes me feel at home.”

Flynn is currently enrolled in the New York School of Interior Design online and will attend in-person classes fulltime this fall.