Meet Your Tour Hosts
All of our sites are open from 10am to 4pm. 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. Plan enough time to see them all and enjoy a meal or two. (Be sure to gas up your vehicle before you arrive in as there are no Gas Stations in Thurman.)
346 Mud St. – 10am – 4pm
Help celebrate this new business as Adirondack Ranch gallops into business in a community where memories of flourishing ranches are a cherished part of local history. Tour this scenic woodland operation and meet the horses. Cider and doughnuts available.
15 Mud Street – 10am – 4pm
Blackberry Hill is a diversified family farm featuring non-GMO heritage breed pigs, chickens,eggs, turkeys and fall vegetables. This farm is one of just two in Warren County that has earned Certified Organic status from USDA, and the only one with certified organic poultry. Guide yourself around or, for an in-depth visit, ask Bob and Irene to guide you. Find special activities for young visitors and patronize guest vendors. including “Dawn’s Delights” (fruit pies, coffee cake, brownies, cakes, and cheesecakes); Denn Handmade Knives, and Back Country Barn Furniture.
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 Andy LeBlanc and 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”. We will have Cream (raspberry and original), candy, Glazed Walnuts and our newest addition, Bourbon Maple Syrup. Visitors can also take the self-guided tour of part of our sugar bush if you choose. We will also have fun activities for the kids
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 3 p.m.. Your $7 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
Town Hall, 311 Athol Rd. – 9:30am – 3:30 pm
The Quilt Club will have a larger 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 Towns Christmas baskets and in the past made and donated pillow cases to the Children’s Cancer Unit at Albany Med. 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. In stark contrast, see the old cast iron kettle hanging outside, with sap boiling over an open fire. Toad Hill gathers sap from more than 3,000 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.
(VRM) Valley Road Maple Farm
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.
(WF) Whitefield’s Farm
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.
Two passports will be drawn from all turned in. The Grand Prize has farm products and gift certificates valued at approximately $200, and the second prize is worth $100. Products and gift certificates were donated by: Lizzie Keays, Martin’s Tree Farm, Nettle Meadow Farm, Whitefield’s Farm, Mud Street Maple Farm, Hidden Hollow Maple Farm, Toad Hill Maple Farm, Valley Road Maple Farm, Thurman Quilt Club, Blackberry Hill Farm, Windy Ridge Farm, Warrensburgh Museum of Local History, Sally Feihel, Nancy and Don Decker, Persis Granger and Thurman Community Association
Looking to Spend the Weekend?
Make your lodging reservations today at The Glen Lodge. Thurmans’s riverside B&B with Adirondack Great Camp ambiance.
(518) 494-4084 or www.theglenlodge.com