Ian Merwin of Black Diamond Cider pouring samples, from their Facebook page

Sample hard cider and tour the heirloom apple orchard at Black Diamond Far..

Alpaca in field, at Cabin View Alpaca Farm, from their Facebook page

Alpaca a Cabin View Alpaca Farm

shiitake logs at Hawk Meadow Farm
Image by Sandy Repp

Hawk Meadow Farms grows shiitake mushrooms and makes medicinal tinctures.

succulents in pots, from Magic Garden nursery, from their website

Magic Garden Nursery offers a wide range of perennials and succulents.

goats at Lively Run Dairy from their website

Meet the goats and see cheese being made at Lively Run Goat Dairy.

child petting a cow at Persoon Dairy, from their Instagram feed

See robotic milking in action at Persoon Dairy.

Sign on barn at Glenhaven farms

Glenhaven Farm is a u-pick blueberry farm and fruit winery near Trumansburg.

wedding at Silver Queen farm,

Silver Queen Farm sells vegetables and offers a rental space for on-farm weddings.

Sunday Open Farms

West Lake Farms 

The following farms located west of Cayuga Lake are open on Sunday, August 11, 2019 from 12:00-4:00pm only.

Bet the Farm Winery
Nancy Tisch & Kit Kalfs
4204 Krums Corners Rd
Trumansburg, NY 14886

Bet the Farm wines were first made at Damiani Cellars but in 2018, Kit and Nancy "bet the farm" and bought land between Ithaca and Trumansburg to plant a vineyard and build their winery facility. The "Big Blue Barn" on Krums Corners road houses both the wine tanks and the tasting room, so you can see the wine making process from grape to glass. Enjoy quality wines and good conversations during your visit. Wine tasting fee $5 or enjoy a Local Wine & Food Pairing for $10.
Features: Vineyard & winery
Products: Wine tasting & sales
Restrooms; site is accessible



Black Diamond Farm
Jackie, Ian & Erica Merwin

4675 Seneca Rd
Trumansburg, NY 14886

Black Diamond Farm orchard distinquishes itself by growing exciting new varieties along with many treasured heritage apples. The farm's integrated production practices ensure high quality fruit with exceptional flavor. Many of the heritage apple varieties including some antique French and English apples are used in making a line of craft ciders. In summer other fruits growing in the orchard include: cherries, apricots, peaches, plums, pears, grapes and blueberries. Most of the fruit is sold at the Ithaca Farmers Market. Enjoy a stroll through this impeccably managed orchard.
Features: Diverse fruit farm; hard cider production & tasting
Products: Hard cider

Tasting room and buildings are accessible, orchard has uneven ground.


Cabin View Alpacas
Christine Houseworth
9435 Congress St Ext.
Trumansburg, NY 14886

Cabin View Alpacas is a full service alpaca farm specializing in superior bloodlines to develop an exceptional herd of quality animals and fiber. The Southworth family is located on an original tract of land awarded to their ancestors, the King Family. The land, originally the first to grow grapes, has been transformed into pastures where their 40 alpacas enjoy with a spectacular view of Cayuga Lake. The farm shop features a variety of alpaca products from yarn and hand-crafted items, and including traditional Peruvian alpaca products.
Features: Alpacas grazing; shop w/alpaca products
Animals: Alpaca
Products: Alpaca yarn and handcrafted items
Site is accessible



Fouts Farm, LLC
Paul Fouts
1393 Cortland Rd / State Rte 222
Groton, NY 13073

Fouts Farm LLC will host an open farm event on SUNDAY, August 11, from Noon - 4 PM at their farm on Route 222 between Groton and Cortland (east side of Lake). The farm is pro-actively engaged in educating the non-farming public about how modern dairy farms operate. Owners Paul and Laura welcome neighbors and visitors to ask questions about current issues such as animal handling, manure management, sustainable farming practices, and dairy profitability. Learn more about the issues and challenges associated with dairy farming from the farmers! Tour the farm to see the facilities including barn housing young stock, calf hutches, manure storage system, and the new barn being constructed that will house the milk cows.

NOTE – this farm is on the EAST side of Cayuga Lake so it will not easily fit into a tour of the other WEST side farms that are open (you may need to choose one or the other side of the lake).

Features: Mid-sized dairy farm, wagon rides
Animals: Dairy cows and calves
Site is accessible


Glenhaven Farm & Winery
ohn Tamburello
6121 Sirrine Rd.
Trumansburg, NY 14886

Glenhaven Farm is a well established pick-your-own blueberry farm with 11 acres in production. The length of the season varies with the weather but generally it begins in late July and extends into late August. In addition to pick-your-own Glenhaven uses some of the berries along with grapes to produce wines that can be sampled in their rustic tasting room located at the farm. Products can also be found on weekends at the Ithaca Farmers Market. Enjoy picking berries and taste some wine.
Features: Pick-your-own blueberries, winery
Products: Pick-your-own blueberries, wine
Site is accessible


Hawk Meadow Farm
Steve & Anne Sierigk
5066 Mott Evans Rd.
Trumansburg, NY 14886

Hawk Meadow Farm specializes in log-grown woodland shiitake mushrooms. The harvest and sell fresh and dried mushrooms, and also make a variety of mushroom tinctures. Other products from the farm include maple syrup and locust posts, including rustic benches made of locust. Hawk Meadow farmers use organic and sustainable practices inspried by permaculture principles. Take a short walking tour to see how mushrooms are grown.
Features: Agroforestry: mushrooms & maple production; locust posts & products
Products: Shiitake mushrooms, maple syrup


Laughing Goat Fiber Farm
Lisa & Gary Ferguson
1485 Mecklenburg Rd.
Ithaca, NY 14850

Laughing Goat Fiber Farm with 50 acres of pasture and 90 fiber animals is perched near the top of the hill heading west from Ithaca. The farm's herd includes a plethora of unique fiber animals includig angora and cashmere goats, alpacas, and sheep. The fibers from the animals is harvested and turned into roving, yarns, and beautiful finished goods. Products are sold at the farm, at regional festivals, and through their online shop. Stop in to see the animals grazing and browse through the products that come from them.
Features: Diverse fiber farm; yarns
Animals: Goats, sheep, alpacas
Products: Wool and wool products

Some parts of the site are accessible.



Lively Run Goat Dairy
Steve, Susanne & Pete Messmer
8978 County Rd. 142
Interlaken, NY 14847

Lively Run Goat Dairy started the artisanal cheese movement in this area back in 1982. Their first cheese was traditional goat cheese chevre and feta. Over the years as they have expanded into other cheeses made from both cow and goat's milk including their awardwinning Cayuga Blue. All of the milk is sourced from area farmers. Lively Run is a family operation started by Susanne and Steve Messmer and now son Peter has become head cheesemaker. Enjoy learning about cheese production while sampling cheese, and see the goats in the barn (guided tour schedule at 2 PM - fee charged).
Features: Goats; cheese tasting
Animals: Goats - guided tour at 2 PM
Products: Variety of artisanal cheeses
Site is accessible


Persoon Dairy
Jack & Jen Persoon
8176 State Route 96
Interlaken, NY 14847

The Persoon family, involved in dairies in Holland and then in Goshen since the 1950's, moved from Goshen to Interlaken in 1998. The Farm located on Route 96 is a Dairy of Distinction. The milking herd consists of about 110 cows and as much young stock. They rent and own about 300 acres of cropland. Some of the milk from this farm is sold to Lively Run Goat Dairy. Two years ago, they invested in a robotic milking parlor so the cows can choose when they want to be milked. This is the only robotic parlor in this area and it is interesting to see how it works.
Features: Small dairy with robotic milking
Animals: cows & calves
Site is accessible

Silver Queen Farm
Gordy Gallup
5286 Stillwell Rd.
Trumansburg, NY 14886

Silver Queen Farm has been growing pick-your-own berries and seasonal vegetables for at least 20 years now. More recently they have focused their production on raising potatoes and other vegetables sold to local farm to table restaurants. In June their main pick-your-own crop is strawberries. A key feature of this farm is their large barn built by owner Gordy Gallup for storage and sales, but the barn has become a popular event destination, rented for parties and weddings. Stroll around the fields and shop for seasonal produce.
Features: Diverse veggies & fruit; event barn
Products: Seasonal produce
Restrooms, Site is accessible.


The Magic Garden
Siri Jones & Fritz Schmidt
9494 Burdick Rd.
Interlaken, NY 14847

You will enjoy this delightful annual and perennial plant nursery. Owners Siri and Fritz have turned their passion for plants into a full season growing and gardening business. In 2015 they moved from Newfield to Interlaken. They specialize in uncommon annuals and perennials with great flowers, and also raise herbs and succulents. For summer they have planted a cut flower garden through which you can stroll, pick some flowers and get inspired to grow your own. Plants from Magic Garden can be found most of the season at the Ithaca Farmers Market or come to the farm open May to July.
Features: Ornamental plants & cut flower gardens
Products: Specialty annuals & perennials, cut flowers
Restrooms, Site is accessible.



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

Last updated August 11, 2019