The Annual Thurman Fall Farm Tour has been set for Saturday, October 6th from 9 am to 4 pm.
This year nine Thurman farms will open their doors. Their wares are varied and the self-guided tour offers something for everyone. This free event is a day of sales and samples, animals and activities.
Corner post signs and a passport/map (available around the region or at Thurman Town Hall, 311 Athol Road) will lead the public. A pancake breakfast will take place from 9 am to 1 pm, and a benefit buffet luncheon will be held from noon to 3 pm. Meet the vegetable and meat growers, offering a choice between all natural or certified organic garden goods – herbs, fall veggies, jams, jellies – and all natural turkeys, non-GMO heritage breed pork, organic chickens and eggs – and cheese, as well as baked goods.
The maple farms will offer goodies as maple bon bons (chocolate covered maple cream), maple caramel corn, maple cotton candy, maple frosted nuts and maple pecan granola. As well as mini maple cheesecakes, warm maple cookies, raspberry cream, glazed walnuts and bourbon maple syrup.
Thurman Fall Farm Tour is not all about food. Attendees can see the town’s newest ranch, see horses and walk some of the woodland trails. Additionally, there are artisans with unique wares, such as hand-crafted knives, rustic furniture, Windsor chairs, hand-carved spoons, pottery, jewelry, garden stones, greeting cards and seasonal decorations, unique wooden shelves, signs and sign blanks. There will also be a quilt show, where full-sized quilts will be displayed, but many quilted items will be offered for sale.
Other activities include traditional wagon rides, interactive how-to demonstrations, punkin chunkin’, animal pettings, learn about regional minerals, medicinal herbs and sustainable forestry practices, take a farm scene selfie and post with hashtags #mylgarea and #adkfarms.
Punch your passport punched at each farm visited, fill in the stub and deposit the entire card in a marked tub at any of the farms. Two cards will be drawn from those collected. The first prize winner will win a rustic basket of locally-produced goods (or certificates for same) valued at approximately $200, and the runner up will receive items and gift certificates valued at about $100. The winner must pick up the prize when notified.
Gift basket donors include Lizzie Keays, Martin’s Tree Farm, Nettle Meadow Farm, Whitefield’s Farm, Mud Street Maple Farm, Hidden Hollow Maple Farm, Toad Hill Maple Farm, Valley Road Maple Farm, Thurman Quilt Club, Blackberry Hill Farm, Windy Ridge Farm, Warrensburgh Museum of Local History, Sally Feihel, Nancy and Don Decker, Persis Granger and Thurman Community Association, event sponsor.