Westchester County has long been associated with farming and agriculture, with some of the farms in the area dating back hundreds of years. You can visit many of them on the Westchester Farm Trail, a 17-mile string of orchards and farms with activities for the whole family.
Fun and Learning on the Farm
There are plenty of opportunities to learn about Westchester County’s agricultural heritage. Join hands-on farming lessons and workshops at Hilltop Hanover Farm and Environmental Center and field tours at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Tarrytown.
And be sure to visit Muscoot Farm in Katonah. This early 20th-century property was once a working dairy farm, but is now a Westchester Country park, open to the public 362 days a year. Bring the kids to meet the farm animals, hike the trails, explore the historic buildings and farm museum, and more
Take Your Pick
A popular destination for apple picking in the fall, Stuart’s Farm in Granite Springs is the oldest orchard in the county, offering 20 different varieties of apples. They also have Christmas trees.
If you’d like to cut your own Christmas tree, Wilkens Fruit and Fir Farm opens up several acres of Choose-and-Cut trees after Thanksgiving. With three farm markets, you can stock up on treats for your holiday celebrations there, too.
While you’re getting into the festive spirit, don’t miss Harvest Moon Farm and Orchard in North Salem. In addition to selling a bounty of seasonal produce, grass-fed beef and free-range quail and chicken eggs, it also hosts the Festival of Lights, a walk-through light show on nights through Dec. 31.
Visit the historic White Oak Farm to have a maple syrup tasting and fill a shopping basket with locally made goods and products. The maple syrup here comes from over 2,400 tree’s local to Westchester County. As one of the few commercial sugarhouse’s in the region, the best time to visit is when they are in full production in February and March.
For another kind of tasting, purchase a passport for the Westchester Craft Beverage Trail – but make sure to use a designated driver or rideshare between locations to get home safe.
Start planning your trip to Westchester County today.
Featured image: Muscoot Farm