MORRISVILLE — Open Farm Day is back this year, and the public’s invited to sample some of what Madison County farms have to offer as the event kicks off on Saturday, July 31, at 10 a.m. It’s a chance for farm owners to show the public just what they do and what fresh foods they can find in their own backyard.
When COVID-19 hit and put a stop to any plans last year, it definitely hurt farmers. To that end, 4-H Subject Educator and Open Farm Day Organizer Tess Southern encouraged people to buy from their local farms, whether right at the source or at their local farmers’ market. “When COVID-19 hit, farmers were trying to keep their doors open and have those fresh, local goods available,” Southern said. “They never stopped working through the pandemic.”
Ashlee Young, an administrative assistant and local farmer in Canastota, said farmers have retail stores, and Open Farm Day can be one of their biggest draws of people. “So having no one coming in hurt their bottom line,” Young said. “This can be one of the biggest selling days, especially considering not everyone has internet. Open Farm Day is a way to show off your farm and your product.”
Interim Director Larkin Posiedlik said, at the very least, COVID-19 made people aware of just how much farmers do when there were supply chain issues, and grocery store shelves were empty. “Open Farm Day is an important way to showcase just everything farmers do for us in all different sectors,” Posiedlik said.
A virtual Open Farm Day was had last year during COVID-19, with Madison County Cornell Cooperative Extension employees holding a video tour of nine farms in the area. Southern said with pandemic restrictions lessened, farmers have been happy to be able to open their doors to the public once again.
“We have fewer farms than normal this year, but we have a well-rounded group of farms,” Tess said. “We have 19 farms this year, compared to 2018 and 2019 when we had 38 farms. But I anticipate this number will go up next year. But we’re happy that these farms wanted to participate and show off what they have available locally.”
This year, some of the new farms joining Open Farm Day include Drover Hill Farm in West Edmeston, Whispering Pines Farm in Munnsville, and Fleur Rusee in Morrisville.
Tess encouraged people to support their local farmers by shopping local and visiting their local farmers’ markets.
Those looking to pick up a passport can do so by visiting their local Price Chopper supermarket or library.
Here’s a complete list of farms participating in Open Farm Day:
Riches Apiary, 1056 Moore Road in Kirkville, is a local bee apiary with locally processed honey, cream honey, and beeswax candles. There will be demonstrations of honey uncapping and spinning for the extraction of honey. For information, visit www.moonbeehoney.com or call 315-420-5913
Kubecka Farms, 691 Chestnut Ridge Road in Kirkville, is a third-generation family farm started in 1943 that grows 200 acres of vegetable crops, including corn, tomatoes, and potatoes. In addition, Kubecka Farms has a roadside market with fresh fruit and vegetables. For information, call 315-687-5103.
Durfee Family Farm and Tuscarora Dairy, 902 Tuscarora Road in Chittenango, has been in business since 1948. Over 900 milking Holsteins are cared for, and tours will be given every half hour from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Visitors are asked to sign in. Farm access is from Tuscarora Road. For information, call 315-687-6468.
Salt City Harvest Farm, 449 Fyler Road in Kirkville, is a community farm with produce grown by New American refugee farmers and includes groups from Bhutan, Congo, Somalia, Ertrea, and Burma. The farm provides training for New Americans to develop their own farm operation. For information, visit www.saltcityharvest.farm or call 315-427-9208.
Foothills Flower Farm, 6262 Perryville Road in Chittenango, is a combination flower farm and greenhouse that grows annual and perennial flowers for fresh cutting. Foothills Flower Farm has everything needed for residential and commercial landscaping. For information, visit www.foothillsflowerfarm.com or call 315-750-0016.
G&M Farms, 4637 Road in Morrisville, is a small family-owned farm that grows a wide array of fruits and vegetables using organic growing practices with a specialty in hot peppers. G&M produces a line of salsas, hot sauces, and jams from its produce. For information, visit www.gandmfarms.com or call 315-684-9223.
Mosher Farms, LLC, 3241 Fargo Road in Bouckville, sells a variety of seasonal fresh produce, including peas, sweet corn, cabbage, green beans, and offers u-pick strawberries and raspberries available when in season. For information, call 315-893-7173.
Whispering Pines Farm,6053 Tiller Road in Munnsville, is a new equestrian facility offering full care boarding that includes BEMER sessions. On top of this, they offer lessons for all levels of riding and training, along with pony parties. For information, call 607-422-8045.
Fleur Rusee, 5011 Gill Road in Morrisville, is a local flower farm in Morrisville that started with 1 acre and 3,500 gladiolas. It now sells to florists throughout central New York. Patrons are encouraged to enjoy the garden and create their own flower bouquets. For more information, call 716-289-4987.
Drover Hill Farm, 642 Wilcox Road in West Edmeston, is a family-run farm dedicated to the health and welfare of its animals, land, and customers. Animals are raised in natural, stress-free pastures and regenerative farming practices are followed for everyone’s benefit. For more information, visit www.droverhillfarm.com or call 315-256-7626.
Old Home Distillers, 964 Campbell Road in Lebanon, is a family-run distillery and tasting room that produces small-batch, hand-crafted distilled spirits featuring locally grown ingredients. For information, visit www.oldhomedistillers.com or call 315-837-4123.
Red Gate Farm, 730 State Route 12B S in Hamilton, is a grass-based dairy farm home to 150 colored breed cattle. All the milk produced is used at Kriemhild Dairy Farms Creamery. For information, visit www.kriemhilddairy.com or call 315-825-5529.
Kriemhild Dairy Farms — Kriemhild Kipboard and Museum, 1093 State Route 12B S in Hamilton, features a full line of milks and butters and other local artisan products from Madison County and beyond. In addition, tours will be offered for the churn museum, featuring early butter churns, cream separators, and other items related to the early dairy industry. For information, visit www.kriemhilddairy.com or call 315-825-5529.
Preston Hill Farm, located at 1 Morse Road in Earlville, is an equestrian boarding, riding, and training facility. Riding lessons are offered from beginner to advanced. In addition, $10 pony and horse rides will be offered for Open Farm Day. For information, visit www.prestonhillfarm.com or call 315-264-1535.
Critz Farms Brewing and Cider Co., located at 3232 Rippleton Road in Cazenovia, offers handcrafted beer and hard cider from crops grown on the farm. Crops include apple,s pumpkins, and blueberries, as well as maple syrup. Tour the cider mill, sugar house, and sample farm-made cider and beer. In addition, children can go blueberry picking, visit the animals, or go to the playgrounds. For information, visit www.critzfarms.com or call 315-622-3355.
Empire Buffalo, LLC, 1351 Falls Road in Fenner, is a small-scale bison farm that sells bison meat frozen by the retail cut. Fenceline tours and meat for purchase will be available at Open Farm Day. For information, visit www.empirebuffalo.com or call 315-655-4429.
Dizzy Lizzie’s Farm, 3823 Sanderson Road in Erieville, is a certified organic woman-owned farm established in 2013 that offers organic produce, cut flowers, seed garlic, maple syrup, u-pick options for blueberries, and more. For information, www.dizzylizziesfarm.com or call 315-662-7565.
Our Farm, Peth Road in Manlius, is an award-winning agrotourism destination. Enjoy ice cream sundaes with homemade rhubarb sauce, see all manner of animals, and Boris the giant trebuchet launching watermelons every hour on the hour. For information, visit www.fallpumpkinfarm.com or call 315-655-8453.
Local Roots Farm, 2869 Fenner Road in Cazenovia, is a family farm that produces a wide variety of vegetables, maple syrup, eggs from free-range hens, pastured chickens, and beef, and more. The farm store will be open all day on Open Farm Day with specials on chicken and beef. For information, call