Meet Your Tour Hosts, Get a Passport
All of our sites are open from 10 am to 4 pm. Some open earlier and/or close later, so be sure to note each site’s hours of operation so hosts will be ready to welcome you. 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 nearly every intersection special Thurman Fall Farm Tour signposts with arrow signs directing you to each of our unique sites. Stop at the first advertised site and pick up a Prize Passport–or, before you go to the Fall Farm Tour, Print Your Own Passport! to be found on this site on or before October 1. 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 information blank, and turn in your punched passport in the specially-marked tub at the last site you visit. After the passports are turned in that afternoon there will be two passport drawings: The grand prize basket ticket will be drawn from all the passports with five or more punches, and a runner-up prize passport will be drawn from the remaining ones. Winners will be notified by phone, and must be responsible for picking up their 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
Blackberry Hill is a diversified family farm. One of only two certified organic farms in Warren county. Their products include certified organic vegetables, certified organic chicken and turkey, they are the only certified organic farm in the county for poultry, non-gmo heritage breed pigs and grass fed/grass finished Beef. Also enjoy their organic jams, organic breads, chicken and duck eggs.
Blackberry Hill is also the site of the Warren County Pet Food Pantry that helps families feed their pets when they are going through those tough times.
Visitors can take a self-guided tour or ask the hosts for an in-depth tour of the farm and see and interact with the farm and rescues animals. Come see the sawmill in action or just browse and see the guest vendors.
(PLF) Peru Llama Farm
661 High St. 10am – 4pm
Visit Peru Llama Farm and you will leave being fluent in the language of llama. Also have fun being in a llama herd and know the subtleties of llama interactions. You might, if you are lucky, be kissed by Critter Llama (It depends n which side of the barn he gets up). Free gift for the young ‘uns and an opportunity to buy Irv’s book about kids in detention at half price.
280 Valley Road – 10am – 4pm
Martin’s Lumber: Woods Walk and Artisan Market. Enjoy leisurely walks and talks in the woods with Gary Martin, learning about the forest, Amy Cason learning about medicinal plants and with Ed Braley for the mushroom foray. Learn the process of logs to lumber on the band sawmill. Thurman neighbors and artisans will join together at Martin’s Lumber to welcome guests and discuss and demonstrate ways to sustain the resources that sustain us. Presentations are informal and interactive, suitable for all ages. Throughout the day there will be hands-on activities and demonstrations: greeting cards with rubber stamping and scrap booking, plant your own tree, make jewelry. View the vintage loom that is being reconstructed, the Dutch barn, learn of Adirondack geology and see a display of vintage machinery and tools. Special attraction for kids of all ages: there will be lots of browsing and shopping for handmade goods including wood work, metal work, paper bead jewelry and stained glass from the shops at Martin’s.
269 Mud St.-10am – 4pm
Come visit Thurman’s newest Sugar Shack, Mud St. Maple to sample and purchase “All Things Maple”. Your hosts will have their specialty items available which include – creams, candy, walnuts, infused syrups and their “fresh” out of the barrel best seller – Bourbon Maple Syrup. Visitors can check out the new happenings at Mud St. Maple.
484 South Johnsburg Rd. – 10am -4pm
At Nettle Meadow enjoy free tours of the farm, cheese-tasting, kids’ fun tent and the restored historic 1903 barn. Internationally-acclaimed cheeses for sale in their shop. Sample the cheese and some menu items from a new cook book. Barn loft buffet luncheon noon to 2 p.m.. Your lunch donation is gratefully accepted to support the ongoing efforts of our Joseph F. Kemp Animal Sanctuary, a 501 (c) 3 entity.
Also at Nettle Meadow will be Hidden Hollow Maple Farm offering samples and sales of their full line of pure Adirondack maple products.
Buffet Menu 12 – 3pm
Nettle Meadow is the site of the Passport Prize drawing, to be held at about 4:15, near the cheese shop. If the winners are not present, they will be phoned or emailed to come pick up their prize or forfeit it to another.
(QS) Thurman Quilt Show
Thurman Baptist Church, 380 So Johnsburg Rd. – 9:30am – 3:30 pm
This year you will find the Quilt Club in the Thurman Baptist Church social hall at 380 South Johnsburg Road. The members will have a large display of their hand sewn quilts and will be looking for visitors to vote for their favorite quilted item. Place mat sets, table toppers, table runners, wall hangings, dish towels and maybe a pot holder or two will be for sale making it a good time to do some early holiday shopping. Annually the quilters donate to the Town’s Christmas baskets and in the past made and donated pillow cases to the Children’s Cancer Unit at Albany Medical Center, made and shipped comfort quilts to Oklahoma after the devastating tornado, to Mississippi and Louisiana after the floods from the hurricane and recently made 45 little quilts to wrap stuffed toys for the Sheriff’s Dept to give to children upset by all kinds of trauma, (fires, auto accidents and domestic situations).
137 Charles Olds Rd. – 10pm – 4pm
The Galusha family has produced pure Adirondack maple products at Toad Hill Maple Farm for more than 40 years. In 2011 they opened their large new timber frame sugarhouse, which includes a new energy-efficient process for producing pure maple syrup utilizing a wood-fired evaporator, a reverse osmosis machine and large stainless steel tanks. Toad Hill gathers sap from more than 2,000 sugar maple trees. You can take a wagon rider over the timber frame covered bridge and out through the sugarbush to see how they manage their forest and get the sap from the trees to the sugarhouse. You can also tour the whole operation and learn maple from A-Z. Pure maple products produced in their confections kitchen include; maple cream, maple sugar and melt in your mouth maple candies. Maple specialty products include; chocolate-covered maple bonbons, maple caramel corn, maple frosted nuts and maple cotton candy. Enjoy samples and browse the expanding list of products in the gift shop which includes maple tea, maple coffee, cookbooks, T- shirts, sweat shirts, hats and other non-maple items like balsam pillows. DON’T MISS punkin chunkin’ with the Toad Hill trebuchet.
190 Valley Road – 9am – 4pm
Save the dates Saturday, October 6 and Sunday, October 7, 2018
Valley Road Maple Farm is serving their famous pancake breakfast between 9 and 1 in the new building at 190 Valley Road in Thurman, NY. Breakfast features New Hope Mills Pancakes, pure Valley Road maple syrup, accompanied with internationally-known Oscar’s Adirondack Smokehouse maple sausages. Beverages include juice, coffee, tea, white or chocolate milk. Just $7.00 for ages 10 and up; $4.00 under 10. Tours are ongoing and continue until 4:00 p.m., and you can shop for maple goods, including prize-winning candies. Valley Road Maple Farm is proud and excited to announce that we received Double 1st place awards at the 2018 NYS Fair for our Maple Candies both coated and uncoated. We also took 1st place at the Washington County Fair for our maple candy. We are looking forward to seeing you.
95 Mountain Rd. – 10am – 5pm
Enjoy free tours of Whitefields‘ historic stone barn, and pumpkin painting for the kids. The farm stand will be open with pumpkins and winter squash. Whitefields now offer all natural turkey sausage (sample some!), both breakfast and Italian, and ground turkey and turkey cutlets, stir-fry boneless thighs, and more! Serving soup for chilly weather.