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Family Farm Day a delicious and educational experience

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Family Farm Day a delicious and educational experience

For those who want to soak in the quiet natural surroundings of Schoharie County while tasting fresh
Family Farm Day a delicious and educational experience
Cowbella Yogurt is made at Danforth Farms in Jefferson in this February 2012 photo.
Photographer: Patrick Dodson

For those who want to soak in the quiet natural surroundings of Schoharie County while tasting fresh foods from local farms, look no further than the Schoharie County Family Farm Day on Saturday.

The event features farm-fresh products, free farm demonstrations, activities and tours of 22 farms and three farm stands throughout the county. It will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Farms will open up to people who are either looking to purchase food or find out more about the inner workings of their business.

A guide mapping out the participating farms is available at www.familyfarmday.org. The map allows people to plan a route before they embark on their tour.

Those who purchase food will receive a complimentary insulated tote bag, but event organizers are

encouraging people to bring their own coolers.

Participating farms include Barber’s Farm, Bohringer’s Fruit Farm, Cowbella Creamery, Sap Bush Hollow Farm, the Carrot Barn, Wellington’s Herbs & Spices and many other fruit, vegetable, dairy and meat farms. The farm and barns at SUNY Cobleskill will also be open for tours.

Family Farm Day is sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schoharie and Otsego Counties, the Schoharie County Chamber of Commerce and a number of participating sponsors.

David Cox, an event organizer, hopes the second annual farm day will be as successful as its predecessor. Last year, he said, people came from Albany and Schenectady and were able to learn firsthand where a lot of the food they eat comes from.

“We have set up an opportunity for a day trip for people in the Capital Region to come out to Schoharie County and see where their food comes from,” Cox said.

Cox added people can tour bucolic landscapes in the county and let farmers show people what they do every day.

Schoharie County is a 40-minute drive from Schenectady, and Cox said the proximity is a major draw.

“I expect this year’s farm day to be a big hit,” he said. “We want this to become an institutional day for people to look towards every year in the middle of August.”

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