Experience Saratoga County Agriculture at
“Sundae on the Farm” in the town of Charlton
While growing numbers of people shop at farmers’ markets and roadside stands, not many have the opportunity to experience agriculture first-hand… to learn how the food we eat (and some of the fiber we wear, or the fuel we consume) is produced. The Saratoga County Agricultural Promotion Committee provides that critical link between the farming community and the public-at-large by holding an open house at a different farm each year. Area residents can visit a real working farm, learn about local agriculture, and realize the importance of a viable agricultural industry in Saratoga County; an annual impact of approximately $180 Million to our local economy.
Saratoga County’s 17th Annual “Sundae on the Farm” will be held on Sunday June 17 at Eildon Tweed Farm on 1253 Eastern Avenue in the Town of Charlton. The annual event, taking place from 12:00 pm through 4:00 pm, showcases the breadth and significance of agriculture in Saratoga County and is enjoyed by approximately 2,500 visitors each year. The popular farm tour and festival has also been held in the towns of Northumberland and Saratoga.
“Sundae on the Farm” is fun and educational for the whole family— a perfect way to spend Father’s Day Sunday together. Free events include guided tours of the dairy farm, children’s activities, spelling bee and ice cream eating contest, farm animals to see, horse-drawn wagon rides, live music, agricultural exhibits, and demonstrations by chefs featuring local farm products. Fifty South in Ballston Spa, and the Cock ‘n Bull Restaurant in Galway, are two participating restaurants which regularly use locally produced ingredients.
Plenty of food is served at “Sundae on the Farm” including: hotdogs, hamburgers, sausage & peppers, Stewart’s Ice Cream with Sundae’s Best Hot Fudge, strawberries or maple topping, and Pie a la mode featuring homemade pies from Smith’s Orchard Bake Shop.
Take home the bounty of Saratoga County with products from a Farmer’s Market on-site. Parking is plentiful and several trams (with farm-savvy hosts on board for questions and answers) will transport visitors between the parking area and the farm.
Saratoga County’s “Sundae on the Farm”, a successful educational effort to promote local agriculture, has become a model emulated by many other counties. The event is organized by the Saratoga County Agricultural Promotion Committee and sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga County, American Farmland Trust, Saratoga County Farm Bureau, and the Town of Charlton with support from the Saratoga County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board. The public is invited to experience this year’s event in Charlton and see what all the fun is about!
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For press inquiries, contact:
Penny Heritage 384-1715, 424-8028 (cell) or Jaime O’Neill 884-4705, 321-9678 (cell) Co-Chairs, 2012 Sundae on the Farm