It’s berry picking season. While strawberries are finishing up, blueberries are nearly ready. I found a great list of all of the farms you can visit in Westchester, produced by the county itself. I included it below to help in your planning. Please call the farms before you go to ensure that they have the activity or produce you’re looking for.
Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture. Located on 80-acres in Westchester County, the Center convenes change makers, trains farmers, educates food citizens, and develops agro-ecological farming practices. Open to visitors year-round Wednesdays – Sundays, 10 a.m. -5 p.m. Free on weekdays. On Saturdays and Sundays, a one-day admission ticket is required and includes a wide variety of seasonal, hands-on activities and drop-in tours.
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.
More Farms and Orchards
Faraway Farm Alpacas
Tel: (914) 962-2110
Home to a small herd of alpacas, bred for their luxuriously soft, colorful fleece. The farm store offers homegrown yarns and beautiful handmade alpaca garments – sweaters, shawls, hats, scarves and gloves; ultra-soft throws, and wonderful soft toys. Visitors by appointment. Special events throughout the year. Visit www.farawayfarmalpacas.com for more information.
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 – October, 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 – December
329 Underhill Ave, Yorktown Heights
Tel: (914) 962-4306
Fresh-picked fruit and vegetables. Open May – November
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 – October 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 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Closed mid January – March.
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 – October, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and November – December, 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 September – 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, September – December, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.