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Essex Farm Hosts “A Bountiful Harvest” Farm Tour
October 10, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Essex Farm is hosting A Bountiful Harvest Farm Tour on October 10th. The tour leaves from the barnyard at 10am and will cover the vegetable fields, pasture, and livestock areas.
“This year our fall harvest has been amazing,” owner Mark Kimball says. “Lots of sun to ripen corn and pumpkins, and to dry our second cut hay. I’m excited to introduce everyone on the tour to this bountiful landscape. I plan to have everybody eating their way through the farm as we walk around. We will also see and feel the plants that will power the farm next year: cover crops, forages and next year’s grains have already sprouted. Come celebrate the fun of farming with me and all of the plants and animals of Essex Farm.”
Participants should bring all-weather clothing and sturdy rubber boots and expect a long walk over rough terrain. There will be a potluck lunch at noon in the farmyard. Bring a dish to share and your own place setting. After lunch, there will be an optional self-guided hike along the farm roads to some of the farm’s more remote areas.
Essex Farm is a 1300-acre farm that produces a full diet, year-round, for 300 members, including milk, meats, vegetables, fruits and grains, and provides farmer training and research opportunities through the Essex Farm Institute. The farm is powered by a combination of tractors, solar panels, draft horses and a little magic. In the last year, the Kimballs have launched a farm-to-door weekly delivery option for New York City households, and added an on-farm store, which is open to the public every day, from 8am-6pm.
Essex Farm is located at 2503 NYS Route 22 in Essex, one mile from the Essex-Charlotte ferry. The tour will take place rain or shine. Suggested donation: $25 adults; $5 children.