Get in on the fun of farm life – hay rides, petting zoos and fresh produce – while making the connection between the food on your plate and the farmland where it’s grown. As interest in sustainable agriculture and organic foods grows, it’s an ideal time to experience fun activities down on the farm in Westchester County.
At the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, an 80-acre, four-seasons farm in Pocantico Hills, you can explore gardens and pastures and then enjoy a meal made from the bounty you see around you. The farm serves up a variety of programs, from birding classes to speakers to children’s activities and camps.
The Hilltop Hanover Farm and Environmental Center in Yorktown Heights dedicates itself to watershed protection and agricultural education. Learn about easy-to-adopt practices such as backyard farming, rainwater harvesting and composting. Bring your own bag and visit its farm stands offering fresh, homegrown produce, seasonal vegetables, herbs and cut flowers.
Indulge in preserves, honey, applepicking and hayrides at Stuart’s Farm in Somers, the county’s oldest working family farm, operating since 1828. Rainbeau Ridge in Bedford Hills is known for its delicious hand-ladled goat cheese. Dream of possibilities for your own flower beds as you see the beauty and serenity of the annual and perennial plants grown at Westchester Greenhouses in Hartsdale.
A county park, Muscoot Farm in Somers is home to horses, several breeds of cows and sheep, pigs, chickens and goats. Visitors can pet some of the animals and often get to see newborns in their pens. No matter when you visit Westchester County, you’ll find we’re growing something! Whether your passions include cooking, farming or taste-testing, you’ll find something to your liking among the wide variety of tours, how-to classes and other family-friendly activities.
Farms and Orchards
Hilltop Hanover Farm and Environmental Center
1271 Hanover St., Yorktown Heights
Tel: (914) 962-2368
Bucolic, 187-acre farm with pastures, crop gardens, historic buildings and forest dating to 1600s. Vegetable picking, picnicking, butterfly and Farm-At-Home demonstration gardens and hiking on 3.5 miles of woodland trails. Open April - Oct., Tuesday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Nov.- March, Tuesday - Friday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Mangone’s Farmers’ Market
1427 East Boston Post Rd., Mamaroneck
Tel: (914) 698-3865
Fresh fruit and vegetables in summer and Christmas trees late in year. Open March - Dec.
329 Underhill Ave, Yorktown Heights
Tel: (914) 962-4306
Fresh-picked fruit and vegetables. Open May - Nov.
Route 100, Somers
Tel: (914) 864-7282
A 777-acre interpretive farm with turn-of-the century feel. Farm animals and equipment, historic buildings, hiking and nature trails. Hay rides from May - Oct. Education programs and workshops. Open year-round, daily 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Harvest Moon Farm and Orchard
130 Hardscrabble Road, North Salem
Tel: (914) 277-3188
Fruits, vegetables, jams, jellies, annuals, perennials and hanging baskets. Pick-yourown apples, pumpkins, Christmas trees and wreaths. Special events in the fall. Open daily 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Closed mid-Jan. - March.
49 David's Way, Badford Hills
Tel: (914) 234-2197
A “real and accessible” farm with activities for kids and adults.
Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
630 Bedford Rd., Pocantico Hills
Tel: (914) 366-6200
Farm and education center celebrates community-based food production. Blue Hill at Stone Barns restaurant brings field and pasture to the plate. Programs and activities include farm tours, cooking classes, tastings, how-to workshops, lectures, book discussions and more. Open Wednesday - Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
62 Granite Springs Rd., Granite Springs
Tel: (914) 245-2784
County’s oldest working family farm, dates to 1828. Includes 200 acres of apple orchards, pumpkin fields and vegetable crops, plus fruits, local honey, preserves and flowers. Hay rides. Fresh-baked fruit pies, apple cider doughnuts from our new bakery. Open April - Oct., 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Nov. - Dec., 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Thompson’s Cider Mill
335 Blinn Rd., Croton-on-Hudson
Tel: (914) 271-2254
Seasonal apple cider mill on historic four-acre orchard. Many apple varieties blended to create traditional fresh cider. No apple picking. Weekends only from late Sept. - Thanksgiving.
332 West Hartsdale Ave., Hartsdale
Tel: (914) 693-2935
Annuals, perennials, cut flowers, fresh produce, jams, honey, hay rides, in Oct., poinsettias, Christmas trees and wreaths. Open Easter and Christmas, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Wilkens Fruit and Fir Farm
1335 White Hill Rd., Yorktown
Tel: (914) 245-5111
Pick-your-own apples, cider, pumpkins and Christmas trees. Baked goods, crafts and cooking accessories. Market open daily, Sept. - Dec., 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Farm to Market (All markets are rain or shine, with no admission fee.)
Indoor Farmers Markets 2012
Jan. 7 - May 19, Saturday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
St. Thomas Episcopal Church Heathcote Hall, 168 West Boston Post Rd.
Jan. 7 - May 19, Saturday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Westchester County Center
Tel: (914) 995-4050
Jan. 15, Feb. 12, March 25, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. (Parking: $5)
Outdoor Farmers Markets 2012
Municipal Lot on Municipal Pl. and Riverside Ave.
May 30 - Nov. 21, Wednesday 1:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Metro North Parking Deck #3 off Chatsworth Ave.
May 26 - Dec. 15, Saturday 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Library Green, Huguenot St. and Lawton St.
June 15 - Nov. 16, Friday 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Corner of Main and Spring St.
May 26 - Dec. 15, Saturday 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Tel: (914) 737-2780
June - Nov.
Corner of Harmon Ave. and Fifth Ave.
May 26 - Nov. 16, Sat. 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Memorial Plaza off Manville Rd.
May 26 - Dec. 15, Sat. 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Parking Lot 2 on Theodore Fremd Ave. Behind the Purchase St. stores.
May 26 - Dec. 15, Sun. 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Patriot’s Park on Rt. 9.
Court St. between Main and Martine Aves.
Tel: (914) 422-1411
May - Nov.
Unless a phone number is listed, additional information can be found online at Community Markets.