The following farms located east of Cayuga Lake are open on
Sunday, August 12, 2018 from 12:00-4:00pm only.
Sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County and the Tompkins County Ag & Farmland Protection Board. Made possible in part by a grant from the Tompkins County Tourism Program.
Reenie Sandsted & Cathy Kessler
1104 Auburn Road
Groton, NY 13073
Features: Tours; succulent garden making ($7), garden center & gift shop
Products for Sale: Nursery plants & trees, apples, cider, apple cider donuts, herbal cookies
Baker’s Acres was founded in 1980 by Bob and Jackie Baker. Now it is one of the largest herb and perennial growers in Central New York. Visitors are encouraged to explore the display gardens and apple orchard. They can also browse a wide selection of annuals, trees, shrubs, garden supplies and gifts. Fresh apples are available every fall, as is locally-pressed cider. For Open Farm Day visitors, they will offer Herbal Cookies and succulent garden-making ($7).
Dan, Ann and Eric Carey
305 Lick Street
Features: Animal Interactions / samples
Tours: Staffed stations, visitors will move between stations
Special Offerings: Pasture Walk at 2:00 p.m., Milking starts at 3:15 p.m.; Tompkins Dairy Princesses will offer Chobani Yogurt samples.
About: Carey Farm LLC is a 5th 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. Tompkins County Dairy Princesses will be on-site at Carey Farm handing out samples of Chobani Yogurt.
Interactions / Products for Sale
Tours: Guided and Walking
About: Dave and Ginny and Rick and Theresa are neighbors. The Farmers are old hands at growing blueberries for u-pick, while the Ryans are in the earlier years of their sheep, chicken and produce operation. A wonderful wooded area separates the two farms, but they come together towards the back of the property. Visitors will enjoy watching the sheep frolic and taking a relaxing break near the pond or under a tree.
& Randy Lacey
1771 Dryden Road
Features: Products for Sale
Tours: Guided, they will be brewing this day
Special Offerings: OmNomNomelettes will offer food from 11:00am -- start your day early!
Special Features: Restroom Access
About: Hopshire Farm & Brewery is a family owned business. Diane and Randy have combined their belief in New York agriculture, local foods and great beer into a brewery that uses as many local ingredients as possible to product high quality beers of several styles.
Hopshire’s goal is to connect their customers with the ingredients in their beer and demonstrate the brewing process. Of course the beers will use New York hops but visitors will also find locally produced fruits, sweeteners, and other ingredients.
424 Harford Road
Tours: Guided, Self-guided
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.
Rita Rosenberg & Don Barber
108 Landon Road
About: RoseBarb Farm is a 65 organic farm in the town of Caroline. The farm is horse powered by 2 teams of draft horses. Primary crops are a variety of fruits, berries and vegetables that we preserve for winter use. We raise our own poultry and have an eclectic brood of laying hens. We hay most of our land so we can provide for our horses during the winter months.
The farm is solar powered and the home is heated by a wood cook stove and a wood pellet boiler. The farm also has a farm cottage that is rented from spring to fall by individuals who want to learn about sustainable agriculture.
138 Brickyard Road
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, 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.
John Fleming, Skip Hardie, Steve Palladino
100 Brown Hill Road
Features: Animal Interactions / Restroom Access
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 between the families and a willingness to try innovative new 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 July 19, 2018