Meet Your Tour Hosts, Get a Directory
Like to orient yourself on a map? See “You Are Here” maps at each site.
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 intersections Thurman Fall Farm Tour arrow signposts directing you to each of our unique sites. Stop at the first advertised site and pick up a directory –or, before you go to the Fall Farm Tour, Print Your Own Directory! Get it punched at each site you visit–the more the better! No matter how many-or how few- sites you visit, fill in the information asked on the information blank, and deposit your punched directory in the specially-marked tub at the last site you visit. After the directories 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 to arrange for pick-up or shipping of the prize. Plan enough time to see as many of the farms and other sites as you can, and enjoy a meal or two. (Be sure to gas up your vehicle before you arrive in town, as there are no gas stations in Thurman.)
(BH) Blackberry Hill Farm
15 Mud Street – 10am – 4pm
Breakfast Served here.
Blackberry Hill is a diversified family farm. Make this your first stop and enjoy a breakfast sandwich with all of it made and produced here, English muffins with egg and choice of bacon or sausage.
The farm stand will be open offering up their line of breads, meats and more, plus other local items (like Upper Hudson coffee) and other locally made items.
Plus enjoy a snack with their fresh-out-of= the oven organic soft Bavarian-style pretzels 🥨 and other treats .
See Blackberry Hill’s 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 , with discussion on organic growing practices.
Back Country Barn Wood Furniture will be back again with their unique interior furnishings.
280 Valley Road – 10am – 4pm
Martin’s Lumber: Woods Walk and Artisan Market.
Artisan market: Thurman neighbors and artisans will join together at Martin’s Lumber to welcome guests with their art, demonstrations and hands on activities including mushroom propagation. Through out the day guided walks for wild herbs and mushroom with informal and informational talks will be scheduled. Follow clues for a self-guided tree walk to a camp fire in the woods and a blacksmith demonstration. #15 Clue in Warren County’s Letterboxing Passport.
269 Mud St.-10am – 4pm
Sample and buy: maple creams, candy, glazed 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.
484 South Johnsburg Rd. – 10am -4pm
Doors open at 6pm. Friday night, October 8th! To kick off the Fall Farm Tour, Nettle Meadow will host a “Cheese Jam”, featuring “Stretchin’ the Truth”, a four-piece blues band from the Saratoga area. They will offer local beer from Common Roots and Wine from Adirondack Winery to accompany their legendary Cheese Plates. Proceeds benefit the farm’s Kemp Sanctuary, a 501 (c) 3 entity.
Saturday, the farm opens at 10 for tours on the half hour that will include visits to horses, mini-horses, mini-donkeys, pot belly pigs, goats, sheep, peacocks, all sorts of farm fowl, a llama, and miniature and scottish highland cows, as well as a smattering of barn cats. All are friendly and look forward to visitors, with the exception, perhaps, of foonzie the llama and even he is mellowing with age. They will have a few cheese sample offerings up near the cheese shop at the entrance to the farm, in the open air for safety purposes. They will offer a kids’ kraft area again this year as well.
Lunch will be served in the barn loft from noon to 2pm. Cost is $5.00 and will include:
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 of 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
(RA) Rustic Acres Farm
107 Huber Rd. 10am to 4pm
Tours of the farm and animals which include demonstrations of growing and harvesting Flax Linum fiber and processing it into linen fabric. Displays and owners will demonstrate in the forgotten ways of farm life with vintage homesteading items.
Coffee and donuts will be available.
(QS) Thurman Quilt Show
Thurman Town Hall, 311 Athol Rd. – 9:30am – 3:30 pm
See a large display of quilted items for show and sale. Vote for your favorite. Buy: placemats, table toppers/runners, wall hangings. Pick up a First Wilderness Heritage Letterboxing Passport, so you can follow Clue #14 during your tour of the town.
137 Charles Olds Rd. – 10pm – 4pm
Sugar house tours. Learn about the process of turning sap to syrup. Enjoy wagon rides over the covered bridge and through the sugarbush. Don’t miss the punkin chunkin’ trebuchet launching orange orbs over the pasture. Visit the farm store stocked with maple products, confections and gifts.
95 Mountain Rd. – 10am – 5pm
Stop by for tractor-drawn hay rides and sausage samples, Take a tour of the old stone barn built in the 1940s as a dude ranch horse stable. Try your hand at pumpkin painting.
52 Elmer Wood Rd. – 10am to 4 pm
Visit this working farm that has been in one family for generations. See Bobwhite quail, turkeys, Minnie the pony, honey bees, and snap a selfie at the photo op spot/ A “through the years” picture board (photos from around the farm from the past through the present) show some of the history of the farm. See the portable band saw set-up and an apple grinder and press–ig the deer leave enough apples for cider!