Thurman, NY – For more than a decade, Thurman Farmers (located just 20 minutes from Lake George) have celebrated the fall season by offering a free self-guided tour of the rural town of Thurman, NY. This year, the annual tour is scheduled for Saturday, October 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Following the event map to sites on the town’s main arteries and secluded back roads, visitors will self-guide to more than a dozen businesses that have opened their doors, providing the public with an inside look into the inner workings of their operations.
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Some highlights of the annual event include talks, farm tours, breakfast snacks and buffet lunch (such as hot sandwiches and wood-fired pizza), wagon rides, crafts, and more. Directories, available at each site or online at https://www.visitthurman.com/fall-farm-tour/ are provided to guide guests to farms with traditional row crops, cows, sheep and goats, as well as maple farms with sugar houses filled with maple treats, a tree farm with mushroom and wild plant walks and an artisan market.
See, too, a unique garment-manufacturing facility that creates its wares on vintage lace-making equipment and a town hall quilt show. Visitors may taste and sample their way from one stop to the next with fresh-from-the-oven baked goods, meats, apple cider, jams and jellies, maple treats, homemade ice cream, and internationally-awarded cheeses. (Guests may opt to bring along a cooler to transport farm purchases.)
Demonstrations and activities are offered at each of the sites. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., visitors may have a unique Thurman Fall Farm Tour pictorial postmark canceled. Guests will also have the opportunity to learn about organic farming methods, bee-keeping, foraging for mushrooms, edible wild plants, and herbs. Folks can also check out the Revolution Rail operation at the train station. Whatever the age or taste, visitors will find much to love at the Thurman Fall Farm Tour.
Although most sites are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., be sure to check each site’s description, as some do vary. Participants may opt to download a directory/map ahead of time or pick one up at their first stop. As you drive into Thurman (on Route 418 by the Thurman Station, from Route 28 at The Glen, or off of Route 8 on S Johnsburg Road) look for signposts at various intersections directing you to each site. Plan enough time to see as many of the sites as you can, and have a great, fun-filled day. (Note: Be sure to gas up your vehicle before you arrive in town, as there are no gas stations in Thurman.)
Guests are encouraged to snap pictures at each site to post online with #mylgarea #adkfarms #visitThurman.
Thurman Fall Farm Tour is sponsored by the Thurman Community Association (TCA), a nonprofit organization and a proud member of Pride of New York. The event is made possible, in part, by Warren County occupancy taxes granted by the Town of Thurman.
Photo at top: Fred the Cat minds the pumpkins at Whitefield’s Farm. Visit Thurman website photo.