Chickens at Nook & Cranny Farm in Brooktondale

Chickens at Nook & Cranny Farm in Brooktondale

Dairy cows at Jerry Del Farm in Dryden
Image by Sandy Repp

Dairy cows at Jerry Del Farm in Dryden

Sunflowers at Scheffler Farm in Groton

Sunflowers at Scheffler Farm in Groton

Elmer Family Farm in Brooktondale

Elmer Family Farm in Brooktondale

Cheeses aging at Sno Farm Creamery in Caroline

Cheeses aging at Sno Farm Creamery in Caroline

Rosebarb Farm in Ithaca

Rosebarb Farm in Ithaca

Piglets at Just-A-Few-Acres Farm in Groton

Piglets at Just-A-Few-Acres Farm in Groton

Just-A-Few-Acres Farm in Groton

Just-A-Few-Acres Farm in Groton

Farm products for sale at Ithaca Organics / Jerry Del Farm in Dryden

Farm products for sale at Ithaca Organics / Jerry Del Farm in Dryden

Hoop house at Nook & Cranny Farm in Brooktondale

Hoop house at Nook & Cranny Farm in Brooktondale

Take Your Pick Flower Farm in Lansing, NY

Take Your Pick Flower Farm in Lansing, NY

Circular milking parlor at Walnut Ridge Dairy in Lansing

Circular milking parlor at Walnut Ridge Dairy in Lansing

Saturday Open Farms

East Lake Farms 

The following farms located east of Cayuga Lake are open on Saturday, August 12, 2017 from 12:00-4:00pm only.


Carey Farm LLC

Dan, Ann, & Eric Carey
305 Lick Street, Groton NY

Features: Animal Interactions / Samples
Tours: Guided, Self-guided & Walking
Special Offerings: Pasture Walk at 2:00 p.m., Milking starts at 3:15 p.m.

About: Carey Farm LLC is a 5 th 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. We will offer a guided pasture walk at 2:00 p.m. as well as self-guided tours of our barns. Family will be available to answer any questions and the evening milking operation begins at 3:15.


Elmer Family Farm

Will & Chelley Elmer
10 Level Green Road, Brooktondale NY
http://www.elmerfamilyfarm.com/

Features: Animal Interactions / Samples / Products for Sale
Tours: Guided, Self-guided, & Walking

About: 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 Elmers participate weekly in the Brooktondale Farmers' Market where they offer a variety of vegetables and products from the farm like goat milk soap, fudge, and caramels.


JerryDell Farm / Ithaca Organics

The Sherman Family
41 Fall Creek Road, Freeville NY
http://www.jerrydellfarm.comhttp://www.jerrydellfarm.com

Features: Animal Interactions / Samples / Products for Sale
Tours: Guided & Self-guided
Special Offerings: The Freeville Farm Store offers meat, produce, eggs, & cheese.

About: Started in 1946 by Gerald and Ardella Sherman, Jerry Dell Farm is still family owned and operated by Vaughn and Sue Sherman, along with their sons, Jeremy and Ryan Sherman. In recent years the farm expanded by purchasing farms in Freeville and Groton, NY. Most recently, they acquired Lew-Lin Farm, which neighbors the original farm location in Dryden, NY. This new location will transition to organic farming within three years.

Together, the farms milk over 1000 cows each day. Keeping with their mission of producing fresh and local foods, the milk is processed at the local Byrne Dairy plant, located only miles away in Cortland, NY.  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

Pete & Hilarie Larson
604 Van Ostrand Road, Groton NY
Justafewacres.com

Features: Animal Interactions / Products for Sale
Tours: Guided and Walking

About: Just a Few Acres is a 45-acre, seventh generation family farm in Lansing, in operation since 1804. We are a diversified livestock farm, providing high quality, healthy meats directly to consumers in our community. We raise roaster chickens, laying hens, turkeys, pigs, and beef cattle. All of our livestock is grown using a grass-based diet, and we focus on a low-stress life for our animals. We operate our farm using sustainable practices, building healthier soil every year through innovative grazing methods. We believe a small family farm can still be a viable business in today’s “bigger is better” world, and that small farms supplying locally grown food to their communities can create a more resilient, healthy, and meaningful agricultural system.


Nook and Cranny Farm

Bob Tuori
424 Harford Road, Brooktondale NY
http://www.nookandcrannyfarm.com/

Tours: Guided, Self-guided

About: Nook and Cranny Farm is a small scale organic, intensive, and diversified vegetable operation serving a Caroline/Brooktondale based 70-member CSA (community Supported Agriculture). The farm strives to be community-focused and know every share holder. Bob constantly improves his soil through rotations, cover cropping, heavy mulching, and the addition of organically-approved rock amendments and composted manure. He strives 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 farmer's markets per week, and supplies weekly produce to Brookton's market and a few restaurants.


Rosebarb Farm

Rita Rosenberg & Don Barber
108 Landon Road, Brooktondale NY
http://rosebarbfarm.com/

Features: Animal Interactions
Tours: Guided

About: Rosebarb Farm is an agri-tourism location that offers an opportunity to experience the daily rhythm of a working organic vegetable and horse farm; the planting, tending, harvesting, and preserving of farm fresh foods.


Scheffler Farm, LLC

Ed and Eileen Scheffler
643 Cobb Street, Groton NY
https://www.facebook.com/SchefflerFarm/

Features: Animal Interactions / Samples / Products for Sale / Lunch: Grilled meat sandwiches with Scheffler Farm products, fundraiser for Groton High School’s new Agriculture Program!
Tours: Guided
Special Offerings: The organic on-site farm store offers local, grass-fed beef, plump roasting chickens, farm label cheese, and pastured brown eggs.

About: Ed and Eileen Scheffler have been farming on Cobb Street 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

Calvin, Jean, & Jonathan Snow
644 Buffalo Road, Caroline NY
https://www.snowfarmcreamery.com/

Features: Animal Interaction / Samples / Products for Sale
Tours
: Guided

About: The Snow family first began farming in Tompkins County in 1816, producing dairy and poultry products from the 1860’s onward. We have owned the current farm location since 1919. We have made our mark by introducing sustainable crop and livestock methods to our 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

Linda VanApeldoorn
138 Brickyard Road, Lansing NY
http://www.takeyourpickflowers.com/

Features: Products for Sale
Tours: Guided, Self-guided & Walking

About: 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. Since then the farm has expanded to include a weekly summer Flower CSA (subscription service), DIY, and full-service event and wedding flowers, a farmers' market and classes in flower arranging. In 2017 Linda partnered with Ability in Bloom, a dynamic, horticulture-based social enterprise of Challenge Workforce Solutions. She is helping to provide jobs for a committed group of adults and teenagers with disabilities and other barriers to employment.


Walnut Ridge Dairy

Keith Chapin, John Fleming, Skip Hardie, Steve Palladino
100 Brown Hill Road, Lansing NY
https://www.facebook.com/walnutridgedairy/

Features: Animal Interactions / Restroom Access
Tours:
Walking
Special Offerings:
Rotary Milking Observation, Barn Tour, Calves

About: Walnut Ridge Dairy has grown in a variety of ways since its establishment in 1951. Starting with 14 cows and 140 acres, the farm is 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 unrelated 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, as well as profitability, which is critical in obtaining the other three priorities. To do so, cooperation amongst the families and a willingness to try new innovative ideas is essential for the farm's success. With 28 employees to aid on the farm, Walnut Ridge Dairy ships high-quality milk to Cayuga Milk Ingredients in Auburn.

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.


Last updated August 10, 2017