child in corn field

Join us for this free, family-friendly event showcasing Tompkins County's agriculture!

alpacasa grazing in a field, Cayuga Lake in the background, from their facebook page

This year's tour features an alpaca farm.

boy petting cow at Persoon Dairy, from their Instagram feed

This year's tour features two dairy farms!

Ian Merwin of Black Diamond Cider pouring samples, from their Facebook page

Sites include hard cider makers, a hop farm and brewery, and a winery!

cheese at Lively Run Farm, from their Facebook page

See how goat cheese is made -- and meet the goats! -- at Lively Run farm.

locally produced yarns from Laughing Goat Farm, Tompkins County
Image by Sandy Repp

Tour Laughing Goat Fiber Farm and see angora and cashmere goats, alpacas, and sheep

shiitake logs at Hawk Meadow Farm, Trumansburg
Image by Sandy Repp

Hawk Meadow Farm in Trumansburg features mushrooms and medicinals made from them.

group of people touring Main Street Farms, from their Facebook page

Visit small and large vegetable & CSA farms.

Hopshire Brewery, workers; from their Facebook page
Image by Hopshire Farms

Tour the farm and brewery at Hopshire Farms (yes, there will be samples!)

blueberries in the field at Grisamore Farms, from their Facebook page

Visit blueberry farms on both days!

Open Farm Days

Experience local agriculture up close via ZOOM, at 2020 Open Farm Days

Every year CCE Tompkins hosts the Open Farms Days program, giving visitors a chance for in-depth and behind the scenes access to our local farms. This year we’re teaming up with CCE Cortland to bring our area farms to you!

Since public tours aren't possible right now, we're excited to be able to offer a monthly series of virtual visits to farms when their key produce is in season. In September, we'll be visiting with three local APPLE producers. We'll be talking with an orchardist, a u-pick farmer, and a cider-maker:

Hemlock Grove Farm: http://ithacaorganicapples.com/

Indian Creek Farm: https://indiancreekithaca.com/

Hollenbeck's Cider Mill: https://www.hollenbeckscidermill.com/

Pre-Registration (follow the link HERE) is required in order to get the Zoom link to this event. All registrants will receive an info packet with bios of our farmers, info about where to pick or purchase local apples and apple products, and recipes.

To maximize the fun of this event, consider visiting one of our host farms for an apple treat, spending some time at an area U-Pick apple farm (find them HERE) or picking up local apples at your closest Farmers Market ahead of our Zoom date and have an apple tasting during the event!

Find photos and detailed information on all the tour sites at OpenFarmDays.org, a mobile-friendly website that enables visitors to use their smart phones to plot their tour route in real time.


Sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County. Made possible in part by grants from the Tompkins County Tourism Program and Tompkins County Farm Bureau.

Contact

Monika Roth
Agriculture Specialist (Part-Time)
mr55@cornell.edu
(607) 272-2292 ext. 126

Last updated September 14, 2020