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Natural Awakenings Westchester / Putnam / Dutchess New York

Family Farm Festival at Stuart’s Fruit Farm

Stuart’s Fruit Farm, oldest working farm in Westchester

Stuart’s Fruit Farm, in Somers, the oldest working farm in Westchester, will be the site of a free Family Farm Festival hosted by Westchester Land Trust (WLT) and Somers Land Trust. It will take place on September 8, from 4 to 7 p.m., with a rain date of September 9.

This event is in celebration of the recent preservation of Stuart’s Fruit Farm, which dates back to 1828. In April, WLT completed a conservation easement that protects the farm’s 172 acres from residential development, ensuring that they remain available for agricultural use forever. WLT uses conservation easements and outright acquisition to protect air quality, food supply, community character and critical watersheds in Westchester and eastern Putnam Counties.

The Family Farm Festival will feature activities for all ages as well as live music, food trucks and craft beer and cider. Festivalgoers can participate in classic games such as sack races and corn hole, as well as traditional fall attractions like a corn maze and hayrides.

Guests can bring picnic baskets or purchase food and drinks on site. Mobile Pie Truck, Waffle Box, King Kone and Sloppie Joes of Yonkers will be on hand serving wood-fired pizza, Belgian waffles and gourmet hot dogs, burgers and sloppy joe sandwiches. Adults can purchase craft beer and Fishkill Farm’s Treasury Cider.

Other locally made treats include pie made with Stuart’s fruit, ice cream, fresh lemonade and samples of farm owner Betsy Stuart’s “Brown Betsy” Apple Crisp. Visitors can pick pay-by-the-pound apples in the orchard between 4 and 5 p.m., enter raffle drawings, see a live animal exhibit and paint T-shirts. The farm bakery will remain open during the festival, so they can also stop in any time to buy some fresh-baked goods.

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