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CT Post: Local farm to be featured on Comedy Central's Daily Show tonight

Tom Cleary, Staff Writer

SHELTON -- Making an appearance on Comedy Central's The Daily Show is not always a good thing. Host Jon Stewart and his crew routinely mock or humiliate interviewees during their so-called news segments. But that won't be the case for Jones Family Farms, which takes the spotlight on tonight's episode (11 p.m., Comedy Central). The farm will serve as the backdrop for one of the show's segments.

The Daily Show crew, led by correspondent Wyatt Cenac, took a trip up from New York City to the farm earlier this month to film an interview with a Canadian Christmas tree farmer named Forrest Higgins. While the farm is not the focus of the segment (and therefore doesn't have to fear humiliation), Cenac interviewed Higgins in the midst of the farm's trees.

Keith Padin, the marketing and hospitality manager for Jones Family Farms, said he was not entirely sure what the topic of the interview was, but said it has to do with pending regulation regarding the sale of Christmas trees.

"We are very excited," said Padin. "I love the show." He said that even though it is not a story about the farm, the crew shot a lot of B-roll and the farm's logo is prominently displayed.

"It's a show we really respect so we were happy to have them here," he said.

The filming took four or five hours and was kept quiet to avoid disrupting the farm's normal business, Padin said. He said the show found the farm through the Christmas Tree Growers' Association. They recommended the farm because of its beauty and its location near New York.

Padin said it was a small crew and they were "extremely professional and polite." He said the crew didn't hide the fact they loved the farm's beauty. "I think I was even able to convert a few of them to come back and cut down their own tree," he said.

Be good to the land and the land will be good to you.

Philip James JONES, FARM FOUNDER, 1821-1912