Farm to Fork Experiences
Ithaca can be whatever you want it to be, a relaxing oasis in the rolling hillside, or a colorful and adventurous city to explore. From u-pick and family friendly experiences, to live music and spectacular culinary experiences, Ithaca has the vibe you’re looking for. Spring time is a perfect time to refreshing yourself: expand your taste buds, pick your own food, or wake up in a farm cottage all your own. With more restaurants per capita than NYC, numerous wineries/cideries/breweries, artisan cheese makers, local butcher shops, and an underlying foodie culture, Ithaca is ideal for those who want a new taste of life.
Farm-to-Fork Ithaca Experiences
Forage & Feast @ Shelterbelt Farm
Join ethnobiologist and functional herbalist Hayden Stebbins for a walk through forest and field at Shelterbelt Farm and Food Forest Farm Nursery to see the world in a way you’ve never seen before. During this walk, Hayden will teach you about common introduced and native plants, how to identify them by family, and their edible, medicinal, or poisonous properties. Together we will harvest edible plants as we go and bring them to the kitchen where we will all prepare a multicourse vegan meal combining the harvest with other local foods. This will include a wild plant pesto, hummus, a couple teas and an extra dish depending on what plants and mushrooms are found.
June 1, 2019, 4-7pm
Farm to Garden Days @ GreenTree Garden Supply
Saturdays, May 18, May 25, and June 1, a variety of farmers and makers will set up stands in our parking lot selling their wares. Stock your gardens with heirloom tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, squash, lettuce and more, as well annual and perennial flowers. New this year, some days will feature local makers selling herbal health care and beauty products, goats to pet and lovely fiber and yarn to buy and a mushroom log inoculation station! Plus let your kids pet the goats, plant some seeds, play in the "dirt" and learn about the science behind their garden.
Saturdays: May 18, May 25 and June 1, 9AM - 2PM at GreenTree (606 Elmira Rd, Ithaca, 14850)
Anniversary Party @ Stick and Stone Farm
Full Plate Farm Collective turns 15! The Piggery and the Youth Farm Project both turn 10! Help them celebrate with music, beer/wine/cider, and the revival of The Piggery's old restaurant menu with the 3 Little Pigs, loaded tacos and more...Mmmmm!
May 15 from 5-8pm at Stick and Stone Farm (1605 Trumansburg Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850).
Experience! The Finger Lakes
Tours galore! A variety of wine and craft beverage tours showcasing the bounty of the region, along with sightseeing tours, group packages (glamping, boating, family, and more), and private events such as sommelier tastings.
Coltivare Cooking Classes
May 12 – Mother’s Day Brunch
June 8 – Cooking Class: CSA Mystery Box
July 13 – Cooking Class: Baking Made Easy
August 10 – Cooking Class: Campfire Cooking
October 3 – Cider Pairing Dinner
Wide Awake Baking Classes
May 18 – Home Baking Intensive
Argos Presents: Booze School
May 6 – History of Mixed Drinks
May 13 – Bartending Skills & Techniques
Cornell Botanic Gardens
May 1 – May Day Wildflower Hike at Edwards Lake Cliffs Preserve
May 14 – Evening Wildflower Walks at Mundy Wildflower Garden
May 17 – Birds & Blossoms at F. R. Newman Arboretum
May 18 – National Public Gardens Week: Make a Botanical Gift
June 21 – Summer Solstice in the Herb Garden
Lively Run Goat Dairy
Re-opening May 1! Come visit the farm, taste the artisan cheeses, get a tour and eat some cheesecake on the porch. Make sure to come in the spring to play with their mischievous goat kids!
Ithaca Beer Co.
May 3 – LAWNCH – Beer Garden Opening + Benefit for Ithaca Festival
June 14 – Grassroots IPA Release Party
Wellspring Forest Farm School
June 14-16 – Growing a Woodland Farm & Homestead
August 16-18 – Silvopasture in Practice
September 20-22 – Fungi Foraging and Cultivation
Gourds grown, dried and crafted on the land. Carve scenic images, fun patterns or cute characters into your gourd...from lamps to vases, dollhouses, nightlights and more, visitors to Gourdlandia are delighted at what can emerge from a gourd. Check their calendar or call for availability.
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County
May 1 – Creative Container Gardening
May 17 – Kritter Kamp (4-H)
May 18 – Spring Garden Fair & Plant Sale
Trying to fully immerse yourself? Stay at one of our farm cottages, B&Bs and glamping options.