From pumpkins and llamas to milking cows and thoroughbred foals, the diversity of local agriculture will be highlighted this weekend when the public can visit some of the county’s farms.
Seven farms scattered around the county will be open as part of a free drive-it-yourself tour that will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
The farms are spread from Greenfield to Stillwater, and people can visit as many or as few as they want.
“Visitors will have a chance to sample and purchase local products, see farm animals and various demonstrations and tour each farm,” said Paula Burke, Cornell Cooperative Extension senior resource educator.
The farms that will be open for public tours each feature a different kind of agriculture:
• General Bailey Homestead Farm, 300 Spier Falls Road, Greenfield Center, a 200-year-old farm raising natural-colored wool sheep for spinning fiber and yarn.
• Hanehan’s Pumpkins, 223 County Route 67 in the town of Saratoga.
• Joy of the Journey Farm, 686 Locust Grove Road, Greenfield, which raises Nubian goats, chickens and English shepherd dogs. There will be demonstrations of campfire cooking, candle-making and traditional crafts.
• Lladybug Llamas, 1115 Goode St., Milton, which raises llamas and grows and sells day lilies.
• Mill Creek Farm, 1019 County Route 70, Stillwater, which breeds and raises thoroughbred race horses as part of the New York Breeders program.
• Schuyler Farms, 1124 Route 29, Schuylerville, has a garden center, vegetable stand, pre-cut Christmas trees in the winter and a fall corn maze. There are also hayrides, gemstone mining, a petting zoo and other activities.
• Willow Marsh Farm, 343 Hop City Road, Ballston, a diversified dairy farm that sells raw milk and also processes its own cheese and yogurts and raises beef and veal.
“We’ve got a nice diversity of farms around the county for people who want to come and see what local agriculture has to offer,” Burke said.
Agriculture supporters are hoping for a large turnout, since it will be Columbus Day weekend, when many people go into the countryside to see fall foliage or pick apples.
“They’re predicting a good weather weekend, and for a lot of people it’s a tradition,” Burke said.
Information on each farm and tour brochures are available at www.saratogafarms.com.
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