Support Local Farmers and Enjoy Summer’s Bounty in Westchester & Putnam, NY: Natural Awakenings’ 2011 guide to buying fresh food straight from the farmer at their farm stands.
Lucille Munz and Brian Carney of Hilltop Hanover Farm in Yorktown Heights, NY.
When it comes to healthy eating, summer can’t be beat for ripe fruit, juicy berries, and fresh vegetables. Fortunately, Westchester and Putman Counties are full of farms overflowing with delicious and nutritious food, and eating local is as easy as visiting their farm stands and markets. Read on for details about where, when and what to buy this season.
Location: 42 Wood Street in Katonah, NY
U-Pick organic raspberries, fancy summer squash in many varieties, and specialty radishes including Pink Beauty and French Breakfast; Garlic Scapes, a perennial delicacy, and Swiss Chard for the cutting.
Owned and operated by: Marian and Larry Cross
Contact/Info: 914.245.2319; AmawalkFarm.org.
Farm Stand: open July 2 through mid-October on Saturdays from 11am to 6pm (call Hotline at 914.245.2319 for confirmation) and Sundays from 2 to 6pm (if not picked out)
Back to the Garden @ Kitchawan Farm
Location: 716 Kitchawan Road, Ossining, NY
Vegetables and leafy greens like kale, collards and chard, garlic, and cut flowers. Not certified organic, but everything is organically grown.
Owned and operated by: Linsay Cochran.
Contact/Info: 914.941.0096. Check the weekly harvest list on Linsay’s blog: KitchawanFarm.com/backtothegarden
Farm Stand: in a little store called the Stuga from May to November on Tuesdays and Fridays from 2:30 to 6:30pm
Location: 124 Harmony Road, Patterson, NY
Cascade is a farm stand, CSA and Farm School with sustainable practices. Features baby goats, lambs, chicken, piglets, vegetables, herbs, honey, maple syrup, and eggs.
Owner/contact info: Margaret 845.878.3258
Farm Stand: in the main building from July 9 through October on Saturdays from 8am to 12pm
Daisy Hill Farm Stand
Location: 214 West Patent Rd. Bedford Corners, NY
Features organic produce, farm fresh eggs, cut flowers, farm animals, and more.
Owner: Gwenn Brant
Farm Stand summer hours: Thursdays and Fridays from 9am to 6pm; Saturdays from 9am to 5pm and Sundays from 10am to 4pm
Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard
Location: 130 Hardscrabble Road, North Salem, NY
The former location of Outhouse Orchards, this new farm is a NOFA member that’s started the process of becoming certified organic. Vegetables and vegetable plants, local honey, fruits, maple syrup, and Green Mountain Coffee are available.
Contact/Info: Robert Covino, HarvestMoonFarmandOrchard.com; 914.485.1210.
Farm Stand: Open seven days a week from 8am to 6pm
Hemlock Hill Farm
Location: 500 Croton Avenue, Cortlandt Manor, NY
The lambs, goats, and cattle continually graze on more than 100 acres of pasture, and the chickens, ducks, geese, and turkeys are also free-range. Pigs, rabbits, Guinea fowl, pheasants, and quail may also be spotted at Hemlock Hill. The animals are never given hormones or antibiotics and, when they’re not grazing outside, they’re eating all natural grains.
Owned and operated by: The De Maria Family
Contact/Info: 914.737.2810; HemlockHillFarm.com
Farm Store: Open 7 days a week; Monday through Saturday from 9am to 5:30pm and Sunday from 9am to 2pm
Hilltop Hanover Farms
Location: 1271 Hanover Street, Yorktown Heights, NY
All produce is grown on the farm without the use of pesticides, synthesized fertilizers or herbicides.
Contact/Info: 914.962.2368 ext. 2; HilltopHanoverFarm.org
Farm Stand: open Fridays and Saturdays from 10am to 4pm; U-Pick on Saturdays from 10am to 4pm
The Meadows Farm
Location: 329 Underhill Avenue, Yorktown Heights, NY
Features 20 acres of organic crops, including many vegetables, watermelon and herbs. Corn is picked daily—sometime twice—for the sweetest, freshest corn.
Owned and operated by: Richard Woodard
Contact/Info: 914.962.4306; MeadowsFarmMarket.com
Farm Stand: open Monday through Saturday from 9am to 6pm and Sunday from 9am to 5pm
Location: 400 Starr Ridge Road, Brewster, NY
Certified Organic Grower and CSA producing flowers, herbs, and vegetables for wholesale, retail and custom orders. Delivers on Wednesdays to Westchester and Fairfield Counties.
Owned and operated by: Betsey Ryder
Contact/Info: 854.279.4161; RyderFarmOrganic.com
Farm Stand: Roadside Farm Stand is open daily
Seedswell Vegetable Farm at Tanrackin Farm
Location: 284 Guard Hill Road, Mount Kisco, NY
This new farm grows vegetables without the use of synthetic herbicides or pesticides, and uses cover cropping, crop rotation and compost to build soil life. They offer fresh vegetables, herbs, cut flowers and eggs.
Owned and operated by: Ashley Frost
Farm Stand: open June to December on Tuesdays from 9am to 12pm, Thursdays from 3 to 6pm and Saturdays from 9am to 1pm; look for signs on where to park.
Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
Location: 630 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills, NY
The farm stand is open three days a week, but Stone Barns Center is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday from 10am to 5pm, year-round.
Salad mixes, vegetables, strawberries, herbs, lamb and pork, whole chickens, turkey cuts, and eggs are available for purchase.
Contact/Info: 914.366.6200; StoneBarnsCenter.org
Farm Stand: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from1 to 4pm through mid-November
Location: 62 Granite Springs Road, Granite Springs, NY
The county’s oldest working farm features 200 acres of apple orchards, pumpkin fields and vegetable crops. Some organic produce is available.
Owned and operated by: the Stuart Family
Contact/Info: 914.245.2784; StuartsFarm.com
Farm Stand: Opens the first weekend in August with daily hours from 9am to 6pm
Location: 1311 Kitchawan Rd., Ossining, NY
Organic vegetables like kale, peas, Swiss chard, and squash are available now. Heirloom tomatoes such as Brandywine, eggplant and peppers will follow. Also available are annuals, perennials, bulbs, grasses, herbs, roses, flowering shrubs, and fruit trees, as well as local honey, maple syrup, preserves, pickles, chutneys and biscotti. Visitors are welcome to walk through the home gardens for inspiration and methods for outwitting deer.
Owned and operated by: Penny and Bill Hawkey
Contact/Info: 914.391.5965; SundialFarm.us.
Farm Stand: Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 6pm.
Three Feathers Farm
Location: 371 Smith Ridge Road, South Salem, NY
Grass fed beef is available, and a huge selection of vegetables, fruits, flowers, eggs, and maple syrup. Coming soon: chicken meat. Not all products are organic certified, but everything is pesticide-free, naturally grown, grass fed/pastured, and either raised, grown or made by them.
Owned and operated by: Jeanine and Joe Haberny
Farm Stand: open daily from 8am to 5pm