Clifton Park Farm Fest
Dates for Event: September 15, 2012 - September 16, 2012
Clifton Park kicks off the fall season annually with the local favorite event Farm Fest. –Held the third weekend in September, this free special event encourages the public to learn about farming in Clifton Park. Residents can drive to various locally-owned farms and other venues from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day for tours, hayrides, demonstrations, apple-picking, children's activities, entertainment, great food and more.
Clifton Park has a rich agricultural heritage and through our partnerships with our farms on innovative programs, we are working to ensure our agricultural heritage remains a significant part of our community's future.
Participating farms include:
- Bowman Orchards, 141 Sugar Hill Road;
- Double B Farm, 206 Vischer Ferry Road;
- Riverview Orchards, 660 Riverview Road;
- Predel’s Ranch, 59 Garnsey Road;
- Schauber Stables, 428 Schauber Road; and
- Shepherd's Hey Farm, 43 Riverview Road.
Activities will also be held at the Historic Grooms Tavern, Vischer Ferry Fire Station #1, Amity Reformed Church and Clifton Park/Halfmoon Public Library. Other highlights of Farm Fest include breakfasts on both days, a tour of the Vischer Ferry Nature Preserve with Town Historian, John Scherer, and an "American Farmer's Dinner.” Historic Grooms Tavern serves as the Information Center.
Entry to farms is free. Most activities are free. Some activities and food have a small fee.
Appropriate Ages for Event
all ages, though especially a hit with children
A majority of our local farms participating in Farm Fest are in the Mohawk Rover corridor. This event promotes, highlights and draws Capital Region residents to local farms across Clifton Park. Each year, participating farms open their doors for tours, demonstrations, activities, and sales. Activities include apple picking, hayrides and pony rides. Local sponsorship brings in revenue which is spent on event marketing with the remainder distributed to farms so that they might have added attractions, such as canal singers, dancers, barbeques, lectures or free gifts. This annual event, which is scheduled to help kick off the fall harvest season, brings in thousands of area residents which, as a result, increases revenue for our local farm owners. This collaborative effort has the main purposes of increasing knowledge of local farming and increasing revenue into Clifton Park which supports local agriculture and helps ensure that our rich farming heritage remains strong.
Please check out our detailed brochure posted a few weeks before the event on our website www.cliftonpark.org