Friday, June 14, 2024

Saratoga Farm Showcase highlights local farms in Saratoga County, June 22

Kids watch chickens

Local land trust Saratoga PLAN (Preserving Land and Nature) announces its inaugural Saratoga County Farm Showcase on Saturday, June 22. The event is a self-guided farm tour celebrating local farms and emphasizing the importance of protecting agricultural land in Saratoga County. More than twenty farms will participate in the showcase from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., all within a 30-minute radius of Saratoga Springs. These farms demonstrate the diversity of agriculture in the region, from vegetables to livestock and orchards to vineyards.

The self-guided tour offers a chance for residents and visitors alike to experience working farms through demonstrations, interacting with farm animals, fresh food tastings, and more.

Saratoga PLAN Board Member Jennifer Koval shares, “I’m excited that Saratoga PLAN is working with local farm businesses to celebrate the rich agricultural heritage of our county while also raising awareness about the importance of farmland protection.”

Koval, an Agricultural Educator at the local Cornell Cooperative Extension, adds, “A drive-it yourself tour is a great way for families and visitors to get acquainted with a wide variety of local farms and to see what they work so hard to produce.” Koval’s passion for agriculture is deeply personal, as her family also operates Koval Bros. Dairy, a local farm in Stillwater.

Ticket holders will receive a Saratoga PLAN insulated cooler bag containing a printed brochure with farm descriptions, a map, event bracelets, and additional farm goods.

Tickets can be picked up at the Saratoga PLAN office located at 112 Spring Street in Saratoga Springs on Friday, June 21st or at one of four locations on the morning of the event. Adult tickets are $10, while children are free. For more information and ticket purchases, visit saratogaplan.org/farmshowcase.

Participating farms include: The DayDreamFarmer, Hop City Maple, Thymely Herb Group, Willow Marsh Farm, Twin Leaf Farms, Dancing Grain Farm Brewery, Goode Farm, Stem & Stone Farm, City Goat Farm, Arnold’s Farm Fresh Produce, Milburt Farm & Greenhouse, Fossil Stone Farms, McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds, Wm. H. Buckley Farm, King Brothers Dairy, Smith’s Orchard & Bake Shop, Pitney Meadows Community Farm, Balet Flowers& Design and Bowman Orchards.

Event sponsors include Business for Good, Cornell Cooperative Extension Saratoga County, The Towne Law Firm, P.C., Stewart’s Shops, Saratoga County Board of Supervisors, American National – Fran Hawkins & Kristen Duesler, Charlton Oil & Propane Energy Services, Curtis Lumber, Eildon Tweed Farm, Gilbert VanGuilder Land Surveyor, PLLC, Hanehan Family Dairy, LLC, Harmony Veterinary Clinic, Jason Greco, Kevin Caslin Attorney at Law, Koval Brothers Diary, Maple Valley Farm, Main Street Studio, R.M. Pena, Inc, and Saratoga Soil & Water Conservation District.

About Saratoga PLAN

Saratoga PLAN (Preserving Land and Nature) is a nonprofit land trust that preserves the rural character, natural habitats, and scenic beauty of Saratoga County so that these irreplaceable assets are accessible to all and survive for future generations. PLAN acknowledges that the lands it conserves are located on ancestral homelands of Mohican, Mohawk, and Abenaki people.

PLAN has helped conserve over 14,000 acres of land in and around Saratoga County.

PLAN helps landowners conserve farmland, woodlands, and natural habitats, and connects people to nature through an extensive trail network, including 13 public nature preserves open for hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and nature study.

Saratoga PLAN helps communities create plans that balance growth with conservation to sustain the Saratoga Region as a great place to live, work, visit, play and farm. PLAN facilitates community-based conservation by partnering with municipalities to help them accomplish their community’s conservation goals.

For more information, call (518) 587-5554, or visit www.saratogaplan.org.

Photo at top provided by Saratoga PLAN.

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