Thurman's Annual Fall Farm Tour!

A goat near a barn on a farm

Talks, Farm Tours, Pancakes and Buffet Lunch, Wagon Rides and Crafts

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Pick up a Passport in town or around the area, and guide yourself to tours of Thurman’s finest farms where you’ll find non-GMO heritage pigs, fall vegetables, all natural poultry and eggs, internationally awarded cheeses, and ice cream, a quilt show,  jams & jellies, maple products, an artisans’ market and ranch, and the ever-popular punkin chunkin’. Be sure to have your camera or phone and ready to snap great pictures at each site to post online with #mylgarea #adkfarms #visitThurman.

Be Sure to Stop and Enjoy Breakfast and Lunch!

Enjoy a Pancake breakfast with Oscar’s maple sausages and beverage at Valley Road Maple Farm from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Or stop by Nettle Meadow Farm from noon – 3 p.m. for a barn loft buffet luncheon.  (Valley Rd. Maple Farm will be open also for breakfast on Sunday.)

Download your guide with passport for prizes
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. At approximately 4:15 that day, a drawing will be held at Nettle Meadow Farm for a grand prize gift basket (valued at $200), and a second prize basket (valued at $100). Winner will be contacted by phone and email, and must be able to pick up the basket or forfeit the prize to another. Read more about the gift baskets below.

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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.)

(ADK) Adirondack Ranch

346 Mud St. – 10am – 4pm
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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.

 

 

(BH) Blackberry Hill Farm and Sanctuary

15 Mud Street – 10am – 4pm
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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.

 

 

(ML) Martin’s Lumber & Lucyann’s Artistry

280 Valley Road – 10am – 4pm
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Martin’s Lumber: Woods Walk and Artisan Market. Enjoy leisurely walks and talks in the woods with Gary Martin and Amy Cason learning about the forest and medicinal value of the woodland plants. 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: wood carving, 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.

 

(MSM) Mud St. Maple

269 Mud St.-10am – 4pm

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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

 

 

 

(NM) Nettle Meadow Farm

484 South Johnsburg Rd. – 10am -4pm
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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
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Are you an early bird? Thurman Quilt Club offers early hours (above), so you can see the large display of painstakingly crafted all-new quilts, plus some vintage and heritage quilts–and pick up the map/passport to the rest of the sites. You’ll also find some finely crafted items for sale, including place mats, table runners and toppers, lap robes and pillow cases., as well as full-size quilts. Vote for your favorite quilt, and see demonstrations of various quilting techniques and patterns. You’ll want to schedule your day so you can spend some time here.

(THM) Toad Hill Maple Farm

137 Charles Olds Rd. – 10pm – 4pm
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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.

 

Passport Prizes!

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

Thurman Fall Farm Tour is sponsored by the Thurman Community Association (TCA), a nonprofit organization and a proud member of Pride of New York.  The event is made possible, in part, by Warren County occupancy taxes.