West Lake Farms
The following farms located west of Cayuga Lake are open on Sunday, August 13, 2017 from 12:00-4:00pm only.
Barb & Fran Rossi
331 Buck Hill Road North, Trumansburg NY
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.
Greg, Tammy, Evan & Alex Reynolds
1084 Glenwood Heights Road, Ithaca NY
Features: Animal Interactions / Samples*Products for Sale*Restroom
Access*Lunch for Sale
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).
Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farmlng
100 Rachel Carson Way, Ithaca NY
Features: Restroom Access
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.
1045 Trumbulls Corners Road, Newfield NY
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.
1539 West Danby Road, Newfield NY
Features: Samples / Products for Sale / Restroom Access / 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.
Paula & Russ Wedemeyer
1458 Trumansburg Road, Ithaca NY
Featured: Animal Interactions / Products for Sale
Special Features: Restroom Access
About: 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.
Elizabeth & Steve Gabriel
6164 Deer Run Lane, Trumansburg NY
Features: Animal Interaction / Samples / Products for Sale
Tours: Guided & Self-guided
Wellspring Forest Farm demonstrates techniques that restore forest ecosystems, build soil, and preserve water quality while producing food, medicine, and materials. Each enterprise on the farm is designed to be economically profitable, yet no system works in isolation, as all things in nature are connected. Our school is a place where we draw upon a rich community of teachers and mentors in support of a social mission to reconnect people of all ages to forest ecosystems and equip them with the knowledge and tools to become active stewards of woodland resources. Our vision is that humanity learns to see the forest as a valuable, productive space, forming relationships based on an intimate way of knowing and rooted in participatory action. Through mentoring our students we transform the eastern temperate forest into a productive and diverse ecosystem for generations to come. The addition of trees, forest gardens, and forest farms to backyard and farming landscapes provides one of the best strategies moving forward in a rapidly changing world.
Mike & Cathy Griggs
179 Benjamin Hill Road, Newfield NY
Features: Products for Sale / Restroom Access
Tours: Guided visit to the honey house
Special Offerings: There is always the possibility of an encounter with a wasp, hornet, yellow jacket or bee at a bee operation. Precautions are taken to keep visitors safe, but cannot prevent a random encounter with a venomous stinging insect. Time will be spent developing an appreciation of these important beneficial insects and how to prevent a painful interaction. Anyone with known extreme allergies to bee stings should bring an Epipen.
About: White Dog Apiary has been raising bees for honey and hive products in the Ithaca area for over 30 years. Co-owner Mike Griggs is an Entomologist by day and raises bees for fun at home evenings and weekends. During his day job he’s focused on biological control as alternative to agricultural insecticides which is the philosophy he employs to hive management. He prefers the use of cultural tactics for colony health management in the production of a quality natural product. It does help to have the hives located in the hills south of Ithaca where the bees can collect nectar from numerous native wildflowers. Yes, the Griggs do have white dogs, really yellow labs who help whenever possible as they are already dressed in beekeeping color. Miss Myra and The Princess are ready to jump up to give doggy kisses so be ready to pet them when you visit!
Last updated August 13, 2017