Harlem Valley Farm Day

On Sunday, October 1, the Harlem Valley Farm and Food Alliance (HVFFA) will hold their first Farm Day. The event will help to grow the relationship between consumers and farmers, as five local farms offer visitors tours and a chance to learn more about their products.

            The Harlem Valley Farm and Food Alliance is a group of farmers and entrepreneurs from the region who have joined together to support each another and the region. Their focus is on farming, an agrarian lifestyle, and local food production. The organization promotes economic development and general well being through agriculture. By pooling resources and promoting the consortium, the members of the Alliance hope to thrive for years to come.

            The event will run from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Visitors to Farm Day will be provided with a map to each participating location. Anyone who visits all five farms will receive a free tote bag. The following are participants confirmed for the event:

            Brookby Farms, 62 Dover Furnace Road, Dover Plains. Brookby Farms has been family owned and operated by the Vincent family for six generations. They specialize in grass-fed beef, milk-fed pork, and pasture-raised eggs. Raw milk is produced and bottled fresh every morning without the use of hormones or antibiotics. Brookby Farms also features a farm store with honey, maple syrup, and other products sourced from neighboring farms.

            J.S.K. Cattle Company, 150 Chestnut Ridge Road, Millbrook. Specializing in Black Angus Cattle, this family-owned farm offers quality beef at reasonable prices. The cattle are pasture raised without hormones and antibiotics. J.S.K. raises both grain-fed and 100% grass-fed beef, and individual cuts, ¼, ½, and whole cows are available.

            Locust Hill Market, 3691 Route 82 Millbrook. A local farmer's market, which offers not only seasonal produce but also features a herd of 20 British White and cross bred cattle renowned for their meat's tender flavor. Locust Hill Market will also share a location on Farm Day with Hoofprint Cheese Company. Hoofprint is a small goat cheese producer from Millbrook that specializes in humane agricultural practices. They offer fresh goat cheese and raw milk.

            Soukup Farms, 271 Halls Corners Road, Dover Plains. A third-generation family farm specializing in maple syrup. With more than 2,700 taps and three sugarbushes, Soukup Farms offers a bottled syrup to suit any need, as well as Maple Candy, Maple Sugar, and hot sauce.

            Representatives from all five businesses will be on hand to show visitors around and provide a view the inner workings of local agriculture. With the eclectic mix of businesses being featured, visitors to Harlem Valley Farm and Food Alliance’s Farm Day are certainly in store for an informative and fun experience.

For more information online, visit: HarlemValleyFarmandFoodAlliance.com

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