Behind all the raised ranches, split levels and center-hall Colonials, there is a whole other rural, old-fashioned side of Rockland that most people don’t know about or rarely get to see.
To help people get a full sense of all the bounty the county has to offer, the Rockland Farm Alliance is organizing its first countywide farm tour, Farm to You Fest 2012: Rockland County Farm Tour, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30. For $20 per carload, you can see some or all of the dozen farms and gardens that are participating.
The alliance is promising a full day of outdoor events, organic vegetables, farm-related activities for kids such as scarecrow building and pumpkin decorating — and plenty of fresh air for everybody. Once you buy a ticket, you’ll get a map and full schedule of the sites and events.
Highlights include local chefs demonstrating how to use Rockland-grown produce in seasonal cooking, open house and a biodynamic preparation demonstration in the afternoon at the Pfeiffer Center, a tour of the demo gardens at Cornell Cooperative Extension and a book signing with local foods guru Joan Gussow in her Piermont garden.
Tickets, maps and schedules are available in advance at www.rockland farm.org; day of tour at Cropsey Community Farm at 220 S. Little Tor Road in New City, or Piermont Community Garden on Piermont Avenue (next to library on river side).
Cropsey Community Farm, New City
Orchards of Concklin, Pomona
Heritage Herb Farm, Pomona
Demonstration Gardens at Cornell Cooperative Extension, Stony Point
Stony Point Center, Stony Point
Bluefield Farm, Blauvelt
Hook Mountain Growers, Nyack
Piermont Community Garden, Piermont
Danny’s Backyard Organics, Orangeburg
Van Houten Farms, Pearl River
Duryea Farm at the Threefold Fellowship Community
Pfeiffer Center, Chestnut Ridge
IF YOU GO
What: Rockland Farm Tour
When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, rain or shine
Where: 12 farms and gardens in Rockland
All-day admission: $20 per carload, $10 per bicycle or motorcycle
Tickets, maps and schedules: in advance at www.rockland farm.org; day of tour at Cropsey Community Farm at 220 S. Little Tor Road in New City, or Piermont Community Garden on Piermont Avenue (next to library on river side)