peaches for sale on a table at Grisamore Farms, from their Facebook page

Fruits grown at Grisamore Farms

Visitors to Walnut Ridge Dairy in Lansing view the rotary milking parlor
Image by Sandy Repp

Rotary milking parlor at Walnut Ridge Dairy

turkeys in pasture at Just A Few Acres farm, from their Facebook page

Turkeys at Just A Few Acres

hops vines growing at Hopshire Farms
Image by Sandy Repp

See hops growing, tour the brewery and sample products at Hopshire Farms

Rick Ryan with sheep at Underhill Farm in Dryden, NY
Image by Sandy Repp

Sheep at Underhill Farm in Dryden

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

Main Street Farms in Freeville, NY

lettuce growing in fields at Main Street Farms, from their Facebook page

More photos coming soon!

Saturday Open Farms

East Lake Farms

The following farms located east of Cayuga Lake are open on Saturday, August 10, 2019 from 12:00-4:00pm only.

Grisamore Cider Works
Jesse & Simon Ingall
4069 Goose St.
Locke, NY 13092

Jesse and Simon Ingall grew up on their grandparents fruit farm. Having been surrounded by orchards all their lives, they decide to get involved in making hard cider as a value added farm product. They ferment apples and other fruits from the farm in small batches that allows them to take advantage of the unique flavors of each variety. The goal is to produce an affordable and tasty cider. Enjoy learning about how cider is made and taste the uniqueness each fruit contributes. Take home a bottle or two.

Features: Hard cider production & tasting
Products: Hard cider



Grisamore Farm
Mary, Sue & Joanna Grisamore
4069 Goose St.
Locke, NY 13092

Grisamore Farms is a 5th generation flower, fruit and vegetable farm started in 1927. It is currently managed by 3 sisters - Mary, Sue, and Joanna, who carry on the tradition of their grandfather and father to grow fruits, veggies, and more recently greenhouse plants for sale to area stores and directly at the farm. The farm has a huge selection of PYO crops starting with strawberries, then raspberries, blueberries, cheeries, peaches, apples and many vegetable crops. Not up for pickin? then browse the plethora of products you will find in the farm store, including antique farm equipment, local maple syrup and honey, along with pancake mixes and flour, and country themed gifts. Explore inside and out. Greet the farm animals who provide entertainment for young visitors. Take the whole family for an enjoyable outing.

Farm market, pick-your-own fruits of all kinds
Products: Seasonal produce, country store w/foods & crafts, pick-your-own blueberries
Site is accessible



Hollenbeck Cider Mill and Virgil Farmers' Market
Matt Hollenbeck
1265 NY 392
Cortland, NY 13045

Hollenbeck's Cider Mill has been family owned and operated since 1933. The mill itself is an amazing piece of machinery dating back to 1872. Learn about the historic mill and enjoy shopping in the country market for various jams and preserved products. You may also find some of vendors from the Virgil Farmers' Market that operates at the Cider Mill every Saturday morning from 9-noon. Vendors are invited to stay longer and take part in open farm days. Be sure to plan a return trip in September for fresh cider from NY apples, homemade donuts and pies for the full experience.

Features: Cider mill, bakery/country store
Products: Baked goods, local honey, maple, crafts


Hopshire Farm & Brewery
Diane Gerhart & Randy Lacey
1771 Dryden Rd
Freeville, NY 13068

OFF THE 2019 TOUR BUT OPEN FOR BUSINESS. Hopshire Farm is all about good flavor and good ingredients to make good beer. Diane and Randy use as many local ingredients as possible to produce high quality beers of several styles. The beers include NY grown hops, including some from the hop yard located in front of the brewery. Enjoy a visit to the friendly tasting room and learn about how beer is brewed. Sample and take some home.

Features: Hop yard & brewery
Products: Beer tasting & sales
Restrooms available; Accessible



Just A Few Acres
Pete & Hilarie Larson
604 Van Ostrand Rd.
Groton, NY 13073

Just a Few Acres is a 45-acre, seventh generation family farm, operating since 1804. Current farmers, Pete & Hilarie Larson, are dedicated to sustainable practices to produce healthy animals and healthy soils. All livestock is raised on a grass-based diet. Animals on pasture include chickens, turkeys, pigs and beef cattle. The farm strives to stay small and viable while providing their community with high quality locally raised meats. Products from Just a Few Acres are generally sold frozen and can be purchased from the farm, so bring a cooler and ice packs along to take some home. You can also join their CSA or shop from them at the Ithaca Farmers Market.

Features: Diverse small livestock farm
Animals: Chickens, turkeys, pigs, beef cows
Products: Meat & eggs
Some areas of property are accessible.



Main Street Farms

Bob Cat & Allan Gandelman
3320 State Route 215
Cortland, NY 13045

Main Street Farm has been expanding and diversifying their farming business for over 10 years now. Allan Gandelman, founder, started with Aquaponics and a plant nursery and then made the switch to growing vegetables for their CSA 7 years ago. Bob Cat is in charge of most of the field production and education. 5 years ago, the partners started a long term lease at Reed's Seeds, a successful Cabbage seed business, to increase the vegetable acreage and they have recently planted 30 acres of hemp adding a new enterprise making CDB oil under the label Head and Heal. The farm has an energetic team of young employees who love growing, cooking and sharing food they raise.

Features: Vegetables, hemp/CDB
Products: Fresh vegetables; hemp products
Not easily accessible



TC3 Sustainable Farm

Todd McLane
100 Cortland Rd.
Dryden, NY 13053

Stop by the TC3 Student Farm just north of the campus on Route 13. The farm is part of the Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3)'s Sustainable Farming and Food System curriculum and Farm to Bistro program. At the farm students are involved for 3 semesters learning about growing vegetables from start to harvest and marketing. Vegetables are grown both in high tunnels and open fields and sold via a campus CSA, farm stand, to Campus Dining, and to the Coltivare restaurant. Tour the farm, learn about high tunnel production, and enjoy sampling and buying fresh organically raised veggies.

Features: Student vegetable farm with high tunnels
Products: Fresh veggies
Restrooms; Site is accessible.



Underhill Farm

Rick & Theresa Ryan
277 Lake Rd
Dryden, NY 13053

Underhill Farm is an increasingly diverse small farm that started with sheep and chickens, honeybees, and has added shiitake mushroom growing to the mix. Recently, they purchased their neighbor's PYO blueberry farm. Rick and Theresa Ryan manage the farm at Underhill with help from their children Josephina and Theodore. They say, they mostly build fencing! Enjoy meeting the sheep and pick some blueberries, if available. 

Features: Diverse small farm with you-pick blueberries; farm stays
Animals: Sheep, chickens
Products: Shiitake mushrooms, pick-your-own blueberries


Walnut Ridge Dairy Farm

Steve Palladino, John Fleming, Holly Hardie
100 Brown Rd.
Lansing, NY 14882

Walnut Ridge Dairy, orgininally Hardie Farm, was established in 1951 with 14 cows and 140 acres. Today the farm is one of the larger dairy operations in the county with 1580 milk cows and 1500 young stock - the future herd. The farm raises about half of the feed the animals need on 2300 acres in the Lansing area. Four partners operate the farm and share in management taking pride in animal health, being stewards of the land, and in community. Watch the cows as they walk onto the rotary milking parlor to get milked.

Features: Large dairy farm with rotary milking parlor
Animals: Cows & calves
Restrooms; site is accessible


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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.

Last updated August 8, 2019