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Spend an autumn day at these working farms in Thurman!
The Thurman Fall Farm Tour showcases maple producers, a goat and sheep farm, sanctuaries, a tree farm and lumber mill promoting sustainable forestry, and more. This self-guided tour offers nine unique sites.
Visit farms over 200 years old and others which have been carved out of the woodlands in this decade. Children's activities, tractor hay rides, and animal encounters are some of the fun you will experience. Shop for cheeses, jams, jellies, quilts, organic vegetables and meats, and artisan wares. Take wagon rides, taste maple products, and explore a goat and sheep dairy farm. Learn about sugaring, mushrooms, medicinal plants, and more!
Thurman Fall Tour Sites:
- Blackberry Hill Farm - Enjoy a breakfast sandwich, made with fresh products fresh from the farm. The farm stand will be offering their bread, meats, and more local items (like Upper Hudson coffee). Come see the cows , pigs , chickens ,ducks, goats and the fan favorites Jack & Dianne (pot belly pigs) along with the fall veggies currently growing in the 30×96 high tunnel. Back country barn wood furniture is back with their unique interior furnishings!
- Martin's Lumber & Lucyann's Artistry - Thurman neighbors and artisans will join together at Martin’s Lumber to welcome guests with their art, demonstrations and hands on activities. Guided walks for wild herbs and mushroom with informal and informational talks will be scheduled throughout the day. Follow clues for a self-guided tree walk to a camp fire in the woods and a blacksmith demonstration (#15 on First Wilderness Heritage Corridor Letterboxing Trail)
- Mud St. Maple - Sample and buy: creams, candy, walnuts, infused syrups and fresh-out-of- the-barrel best seller – Bourbon Maple Syrup. Free maple coffee. Kids’ activities: leaf rubbings, leaf collecting, coloring books, nature walk.
- Nettle Meadow Farm - They'll be kicking off the Fall Farm Tour on Friday, October 8th with their Cheese Jam! Dance along to music from Stretchin' the Truth while tasting cheese plates, local beer & wine, and more! On Saturday, October 9th you can expect farm tours every half hour that includes horses, mini-horses, mini-donkeys, pot belly pigs, goats, sheep, peacocks, all sorts of farm fowl, a llama, and miniature scottish highland cows as well as a smattering of barn cats. There'll be cheese samplings and a kid's craft area. Lunch will be served at 2pm ($5) and includes: Stuffed Mushrooms with Herb, Pepper Garlic Chevre; Kunik Pear & Bacon, Macaroni and Cheese made with Kunik, CMF and No. 26 Cheeses, Moroccan Chicken Layered with Chevre and Phyllo Pastry, Pumpkin Soup with a dollop or Apple Cider Fromage Frais, Calamity Crumble Salad with Bacon, Cherry and Port Dressing, Apple Cider, Fig & Honey or Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Squares, Apple Cider, Coffee, and Water
- Rustic Acres Farm - Tours of the farm and animals which include demonstrations of growing and harvesting Flax Linum fiber to be processed into linen fabric. display and demonstrations in the use of forgotten ways with vintage homesteading items. Coffee and donuts will be available.
- Thurman Quilt Show - See a large display of quilted items for show and sale. Vote for your favorite. Buy: placemats, table toppers/runners, wall hangings.
- Toad Hill Maple Farm - Sugar house tours. Learn about sap to syrup. Wagon rides over the covered bridge and through the sugarbush; punkin chunkin’ trebuchet. Farm store stocked with maple products, confections and gifts.
- Whitefield's Farm - Tractor hay rides, sausage samples, Barn tour and pumpkin painting.
- Windy Ridge Farm - A working farm that has been in this family for generations. Bobwhite quail, turkeys, Minnie the pony, honey bees, and will have a photo op spot, a “through the years” picture board (photos from around the farm from the past through the present. ….. portable band saw set up, apple grinder and press.
Our sites are open from 10am to 4pm though a couple may open earlier and/or close later, be sure to note each site’s hours of operation. As you drive into Thurman on route 418 (Thurman Station area), or Route 28 (The Glen) or South Johnsburg Rd. (county route 57), see at various intersection Thurman Fall Farm Tour signposts with arrows directing you to each of our unique sites.
Download and print your passport to win prizes, or you can pick up one at any of our stops!
Make sure to have your passport punched at each site you visit. No matter how many punches you have, when you visit your last farm of the day, fill out the passport stub and deposit the whole card in the collection tub at that farm. After the passports are turned in there will be two drawings: The grand prize basket ticket will be drawn from all the directories with five or more punches, and a runner-up prize will be drawn from the remaining ones. Winners will be notified by phone.
Be sure to gas up your vehicle before you arrive in town, as there are no gas stations in Thurman.
Explore the Thurman Fall Farm Tour map!