West Lake Farms
The following farms located west of Cayuga Lake are open on Saturday, August 11, 2018 from 12:00-4:00pm only.
VOLUNTEER to help at a Saturday farm HERE.
MAPS: Plot your route on your smartphone, using our mobile friendly website at: www.openfarmdays.org OR print out a pdf with the farm descriptions and a map to use in your car for: SATURDAY or SUNDAY!
Organized by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County and the Tompkins County Ag & Farmland Protection Board. Made possible in part by grants from the Tompkins County Tourism Program and the Tompkins County Farm Bureau.
Barb & Frank Rossi
331 Buck Hill Road North
Features: Animal Interactions / Samples /
USDA packaged pork available for sale
Tours: 45 minute guided tours on the hour at 12pm, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm
Special Features: Restroom Access
About: 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. Their meat is a delicacy with rich succulent flavor like no other pork. Bel Canto Farm sells Kunekune breeding stock across the USA and it's Kunekune meat is a featured item at fine restaurants and pig roasts. They offer pork cuts for sale as well as half and whole hogs. The Rossi family looks forward to introducing you to their animals; visitors will be able to interact with pigs and alpaca and have tastings of their pork
Tammy, Evan & Alex Reynolds
1084 Glenwood Heights Road
Features: Animal Interactions /
Samples / Products for Sale /
Restroom Access /
Special Offerings: Guided tours will introduce visitors to the Bison. Do not approach the Bison unattended; they are large, powerful animals and should not be antagonized.
About: Glenwood Farm was born in the 1920’s, and over the years raised chickens, fruit and vegetables, and was a dairy farm. This typical story of long-lived family farms, changes enterprises to meet market demand, and at times lying fallow. The 4 th and 5th generations of Glenwood farm introduced Bison in 2007, and after a few bumps, became very successful. They currently market through farmers markets, direct to consumer, and through CSA (Community Supported Agriculture).
Center for Local Food and Farmlng
100 Rachel Carson Way
Tours: Guided, Self-guided & Walking
About: 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 our farm and see our eight unique farm enterprises! This year’s farmers include a group of Challenge Industries employees growing cut flowers, a second independent flower farmer, a biodynamic herb grower who will be selling value-added medicinals, and five Karen refugees from Burma, who are growing a range of produce including South-East Asian crops such as gotokola and gongura.
Anne & Steve
5066 Mott Evans Road
Features: Animal Interaction / Samples /
Products for Sale
Tours: Guided & Self-guided
About: Hawk Meadow Farm, located near the southern edge of the Finger Lakes National Forest, specializes in log-grown woodland mushrooms such as shiitake and medicinal tinctures made from the mushrooms. Among the farm’s other products are maple syrup and locust posts and furniture. Anne and Steve follow organic methods and sustainable practices in all that they do, and their farm is inspired by the principles of permaculture. They have a great love and respect for the natural world and strive to work in harmony with nature not only in all their agricultural practices, but in just living their lives. Tours on the farm are magical, taking visitors through meadows and across a small stream into the woods.
Lisa and Gary
1485 Mecklenburg Road
Featured: Animal Interactions / Products for Sale
About: Laughing Goat Fiber Farm is a 50-acre farm perched at the top of a hill in Ithaca, NY, in the heart of the spectacular Finger Lakes region. They feature local, home grown specialty fibers and beautiful handmade and hand dyed fiber goods. The farm’s herd of nearly 90 animals includes angora and cashmere goats, alpacas, and sheep. The luxurious fibers that they provide are harvested and turned into roving, yarns, and beautiful finished goods. The farm sells their products through their online shop, as well as directly from the farm and at various local and regional events. Custom orders are welcome, and they have created beautiful one-of-a-kind blankets, shawls, and woven rugs.
Hartley Steinkraus Family
345 Shaffer Road
Newfield, NY 14867
Products: Apples, Cider, Cider Donuts
About: Littletree Orchards, established in 1973, produces quality apples from over 10,000 dwarf trees featuring 60 varieties such as McIntosh, Cortland, Golden and Red Delicious as well as specialty varieties such as Jonagold, Melrose, Fuji, and Mutsu, and old fashioned varieties such as Idared, Northern Spy, Rome Beauty, and Baldwin. The orchard also features peaches, sweet and tart cherries, and asian pears. Littletree is focused on providing a hands on pick-your-own experience to the public. Start at the Apple Barn for fresh apple cider donuts and some Apple Stamping to create wonderful cards!
1045 Trumbulls Corners Road
About: 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 our top priorities.
5948 Sycamore Creek Drive
Trumansburg, NY 14886
Features: Tours, Animal Interactions
You may know The Piggery as Ithaca’s Only Farm-To-Table Butcher Shop at 423 Franklin Street; now you can visit their farm! On the 70-acre, NOFA-certified organic home farm, they do everything they can to create pork that is good for the people, good for the land and good for the pigs, with a focus on minimizing their carbon footprint. The Piggery raises heirloom breeds of pigs on pasture & woodland, supplemented with locally-raised small grains.
West Danby Road
Features: Samples / Products for Sale / Restroom
/ Lunch for Sale
Tours: Guided Tours of the Facility, Self-guided walk in the woods
Special Offerings: Full array of pure maple products including cotton candy, maple popcorn, maple fudge, and maple treats
About: The Ridge is Schoolyard Sugarbush’s southern facility. They have 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 2017 maple season was the second year working The Ridge. The farm made 3800 gallons of maple syrup from the 7,475 taps in place. Combined with our northern (New Hope) facility we made 13,000 gallons of maple syrup from our 30,000 taps.
The Schoolyard Sugarbush family has been involved with the production of maple syrup for several generations, but they started their own production 27 years ago with just 12 taps in the backyard.
Last updated August 11, 2018