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Open Farm Days

Open Farm Days

 

 

Stop at a local farm, meet the farmers, tour the crop fields, and visit with the animals.  On Open Farm Days, participating farms in Tompkins County will be opening their doors (and barns, and pastures, and more) just for you!  Experience life on a local farm and learn about how our food is grown and the people in the community who help bring the farm to your fork!  Bring the family for guided tours, samples and products for sale, and enjoy the rural scenery along the way!  Want to get away for the weekend?  Take advantage of these lodging discounts and offers just for Open Farm Days!

See below for participating farms, and pick up brochures and maps at the following locations:

Dedrick’s Farm Store in Dryden

Jerry Dell Farm Store in Freeville

Bigsby Market in Dryden

Brownies Farm Stand in Trumansburg

Indian Creek Farm Stand in Ithaca

Eddydale Farm Stand in Ithaca

Greenstar Co-Op in Ithaca

* You can also view them online here.

Participating Farms: Saturday, August 12th, 12-4pm

Carey Farm, LLC

305 Lick Street, Groton

Activities: animal interactions, sampling, self-guided & walking tours  Special Offerings: pasture walk at 2:00 pm, milking starts at 3:15 pm

Carey Farm, LLC is a 5th generation grazing dairy farm. The Carey family wants to share with everyone the benefits to the environment and to the animals their managed intensive grazing farm offers. Much of their milk is sold to Chobani Yogurt by their cooperative Preble Milk Inc. They will offer a guided pasture walk at 2:00 pm, an evening milking operation begins at 3:15 pm, and self-guided tours of their barns will be available throughout the day. The family will be available to answer any questions you have!

Elmer Family Farm

10 Level Green Road, Brooktondale

Activities: animal interactions,  guided tours, samplings, products for sale

Elmer Farm is a traditional family farm focusing on customers interested in preserving the harvest by offering egg laying chickens for backyard flocks, and u-pick raspberries for jam making and freezing. The Elmer’s participate weekly in the Brooktondale Farmer’s Market where they offer a variety of vegetables and products from the farm, like goat milk soap, fudge, and caramels.

Jerry Dell Farm/Ithaca Organics

41 Fall Creek Road, Freeville

Activities: animal interactions, guided & self-guided tours, sampling, products for sale  Special Offerings: The Freeville Farm Store offers meat, produce, eggs, & cheese. 

Started in 1946 by Gerald and Ardella Sherman, Jerry Dell Farm is still family owned and operated. Keeping with their mission of producing fresh and local foods, the milk is processed at the local Byrne Dairy plant.  Jerry Dell Farm has been certified organic since 2000, and since their certification has also earned New York State’s prestigious “Super Milk” award for outstanding milk quality and herd health. The farm is a 15+ years Dairy of Distinction.

Just a Few Acres

604 Van Ostrand Road, Groton

Activities: animal interactions, guided and walking tours, products for sale

Just a Few Acres is a 45-acre, seventh generation family farm, in operation since 1804. They are a diversified livestock farm, providing high quality, healthy meats directly to consumers in our community. They raise roaster chickens, laying hens, turkeys, pigs, and beef cattle. All livestock is grown using a grass-based diet, and they focus on a low-stress life for their animals. They operate our farm using sustainable practices, building healthier soil every year through innovative grazing methods. They believe a small family farms supplying locally grown food to their communities can create a more resilient, healthy, and meaningful agricultural system.

Nook and Cranny Farm

424 Harford Road, Brooktondale

Activities: guided & self-guided tours

Nook and Cranny Farm is a small-scale organic, intensive, and diversified vegetable operation serving a Caroline/Brooktondale based 70-member CSA. The farm strives to be community-focused and know every share holder. They strive to be mostly hand-powered, relying on a two-wheeled BCS tractors for soil work, and thus maintain a low carbon footprint. In addition to the CSA, Nook and Cranny attends three farmers markets per week, and supplies weekly produce to Brookton's Market and several local restaurants.

Rosebarb Farm

108 Landon Road, Ithaca

Activities: animal interactions, guided tours

Rosebarb Farm is an agritourism location offering the opportunity to experience the daily rhythm of a working organic vegetable and horse farm; the planting, tending, harvesting, and preserving of farm fresh foods. They also operate a charming farm stay, where people can experience life on the farm on a daily basis!

Scheffler Farm, LLC

643 Cobb Street, Groton

Activities: animal interactions, guided tours, samplings, products for sale Special Offerings: The organic on-site farm store offers local, grass-fed beef, plump roasting chickens, farm label cheese, and pastured brown eggs.

Ed and Eileen Scheffler have been farming in Groton for 30 years. They farm 300 acres, which provides most of the feed for a 40-cow dairy, replacement heifers, and steers for the grass-fed beef. In an effort to improve the land and move away from the use of chemicals, they transitioned to organic farming methods in 2000 and were certified in 2003. The farm has been 100% organically farmed since then.
Snofarm & Snofarm Creamery

644 Buffalo Road, Caroline

Activities: animal interactions, guided tours, samplings, products for sale

The Snow family first began farming in Tompkins County in 1816, producing dairy and poultry products from the 1860s onward. They have owned the current farm location since 1919. They have made their mark by introducing sustainable crop and livestock methods to their legacy-rich land. Snofarm creamery makes 4 different types of raw milk cheeses: Dream Street - a Gouda style cheese, Tiara - an Asiago style cheese, Fetish - a Feta style cheese, and Baby Swiss - a young Swiss style cheese.

Take Your Pick Flower Farm

138 Brickyard Road, Lansing

Activities: guided, self-guided, & walking tours, products for sale

Take Your Pick Flower Farm was born in the summer of 2006. It started small with about 30 flower beds and has grown to be just about an acre of flowers. In 2010 the farm was selected as one of the Top 10 Pick Your Own Flower Farms in the country by Birds & Blooms magazine. The farm now includes a weekly summer Flower CSA, DIY, full-service event and wedding flowers, a farmers market, and classes in flower arranging.

Walnut Ridge Dairy

100 Brown Hill Road, Lansing

Activities: animal interactions, walking tours, barn tour  Special Offerings: rotary milking observation          

Walnut Ridge Dairy, established in 1951, started with 14 cows and 140 acres. It’s now a second-generation farm with 1,500 cows and 1,300 young stock. The farm grows approximately 50 percent of the feed that is fed to their cows on 2,000 acres, including corn, alfalfa and a grass mix. Four families own and operate Walnut Ridge Dairy today, and they take pride in making family, animal health and well-being, and being stewards of the land the top priorities in their business. Walnut Ridge Dairy is proud to be considered a Lake Friendly Farm and a Dairy of Distinction, both notable accomplishments within the community and agriculture industry.

Participating Farms: Sunday, August 13th, 12-4pm

Bel Canto Farm

341 Buck Hill Road North, Trumansburg

Activities: animal interactions, guided tours, products for sale

Bel Canto Farm is home to over 50 heritage Kunekune grazing pigs as well as chickens and alpaca.  Kunekune pigs were nearly extinct in the 1980’s but have carefully been bred back to a healthy population. They are the most docile pig breed and a joy to raise. They look forward to introducing you to the animals and giving you hands on interaction with the pigs, alpaca, chickens and barn cats.

Glenwood Farms

1084 Glenwood Heights Road, Ithaca

Activities: animal interactions, guided tours, samplings, products for sale, full lunch available  Special Offerings: guided tours will introduce visitors to the mighty Bison

Glenwood farm was born in the 1920s, and over the years raised chickens, fruits and vegetables, and was once a dairy farm. The 4th and 5th generations of Glenwood farm introduced Bison in 2007, which became a very successful enterprise. They currently sell their products through farmers markets, direct-to-consumer, and through CSAs.

Groundswell Incubator Farm

Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming, 100 Rachel Carson Way, Ithaca

Activities: guided, self-guided, & walking tours, flowers, medicinal herbs for sale

The Groundswell Incubator Farm is a 10-acre parcel located on conserved land owned by the EcoVillage at Ithaca. Launched in 2012, it was the first of its kind in New York State, and creates pathways to ownership for aspiring farmers, focusing on those underrepresented in the farming community, including refugees, immigrants, and people of color. With affordable access to land, equipment, training, and mentoring, Incubator participants can launch their farm businesses with lower investment and risk. Come tour the farm and see eight unique farm enterprises! This year’s crops include flowers, biodynamic herbs, and range of produce including South-East Asian crops such as gotokola and gongura.

Oechsner Farms

1045 Trumbulls Corners Road, Newfield

Activities: guided tours

Oechsner Farms is a certified organic grain farm in Newfield. They farm 1200 acres of corn, winter and spring wheat, buckwheat, rye, clover, hay and cover crops throughout Tompkins County in the Finger Lakes. They also process, clean, and ship food-grade grains ready for small flour mills, bakeries, malthouses, distilleries and breweries to use. Soil health is also one of their top priorities.

Schoolyard Sugarbush at the Ridge

1539 West Danby Road, Newfield

Activities: guided & self-guided walking tours, samplings, products for sale, full lunch for sale  Special Offerings: a full array of pure maple products including cotton candy, maple popcorn, maple fudge, and maple treats

Schoolyard Sugarbush at the Ridge has over 10,000 taps which run by vacuum-assisted gravity into a new state-of-the-art maple facility. There are miles of access roads in the farm’s 250+ acre woods, which make great hiking trails. The trails are not for the faint of heart, as there is over 700’ elevation increase from the sugarhouse to the backline. For those who make the effort, the northern high trail has an incredible view of the valley. The Schoolyard Sugarbush family has been involved with the production of maple syrup for 27 years, starting out with just 12 taps in the backyard.

Ithaca Equestrian Center, LLC

1458 Trumansburg Road, Ithaca

Activities: animal interactions, products for sale

The Wedemeyers are relatively new Tompkins County residents, and their brand-new equestrian center boards and trains horses, offers lessons, and features many trails around and through their woodlands. The facilities are beautiful, and the setting is very relaxing. There will be several demonstrations during the afternoon of their majestic horses in action.

Wellspring Forest Farm & School

6164 Deer Run Lane, Trumansburg

Activities: animal interactions, guided tours, samplings, products for sale

Wellspring Forest Farm & School has a mission to reconnect people of all ages to forest ecosystems, equipping them with the knowledge and tools to become active stewards of woodland resources.  Enjoy the wealth of trees, forest gardens, and forest farms, to backyard and farming landscapes.

White Dog Apiary

179 Benjamin Hill Road, Newfield

Activities: guided visit to the honey house, products for sale (please be warned that there is always a possibility of a bee sting! Anyone with known extreme allergies to bee stings should come prepared and bring an Epipen.)

White Dog Apiary has been raising bees for honey and hive products in the Ithaca area for over 30 years. Focused on biological control as alternative to agricultural insecticides, they use cultural tactics for colony health management in the production of a quality natural product. It helps to have the hives located in the hills south of Ithaca where the bees can collect nectar from numerous native wildflowers. The dogs who help whenever possible are already dressed in beekeeping color, and are ready to jump up to give doggy kisses, so be ready to pet them when you visit!

Special Open Farm Days Lodging Deals

Coming from out of town?  Stay for the entire weekend, and take advantage of one of these deals just for Open Farm Day weekend!

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