Cornell Cooperative Extension of Franklin County has announced a Franklin County Farm Trail event, set for Saturday, October 5th, from 10 am to 4 pm. Attendees will be able to travel the self-guided trail across northern Franklin County to explore some beautiful farms producing a variety of products.
Featured stops include:
Merry Den Alpaca Farm
The McElwain Family
806 County Rt. 53, North Bangor
Watch the Alpacas graze on pasture and learn about the production process. End your tour by browsing through the farm’s shop.
Dan and Brandyn Prairie and Family
111 County Rt. 24, Malone
Apples will be available as well as other local products including pumpkins, gourds, honey, maple syrup and more.
Northview Quarter Horses
Jay and Melanie Douglas
347 County Route 39, Chateaugay
Call (518) 497-6405
Visitors will be able to see the horses and how they are managed as show horses, this will include stabling, turnout, feed and bedding options and what the cost of managing an equine is. Visitors could see a lesson, depending on the time of the visit. Call ahead if you’re interested.
Shady Hill Sheep and Wool
Roger and Linda Hastings
12 Conservation Road, Dickinson Center
Visit the farm that has been in the same family since 1853 and learn a little history of farming in the North Country. Be sure to wear old shoes or a pair of boots so you can take a walk in the pasture which looks up to the Adirondack Foothills and down to the St. Lawrence River and check for fossils in the rocks along stone walls as the land was once part of the St Lawrence Sea.
A flock of Dorset ewes and lambs will be on view in the meadow along with Scottish Highlander oxen, Great Pyrenees guard dogs and various other farm animals. There will be a display of wool production in the home and items that have been in use on the farm through the years.
Stop by the farm to not only see the herd of purebred black angus beef cattle but to also have the chance to see and interact with goats, pigs, alpacas, chickens, and horses. Bring a cooler so you can purchase cuts of black angus beef at the farm. Kelli Tucker will also be offering short photo sessions for those interested in purchasing pictures.
Bonesteel’s Gardening Center
2689 State Route 11, North Bangor
Visit the gardening center for all of your fall yard and garden needs. Trees, plants, shrubs are always available as well as pumpkins, apples, honey, and more.
Bonesteel’s is also offering hay rides, hay maze, assorted animals to see, popcorn, donuts, caramel apples and other seasonals.
A full schedule of events is available online.