We are proud to announce Quincy Farm as a new stop this year for Tour de Farm! Quincy Farm is a 49 acre vegetable farm and CSA along the Hudson River run by Luke Deikis and Cara Fraver in Schaghticoke, NY.
Quincy Farm in early fall.
The story behind Quincy Farm is one of growing relevance. Previously known as Battleview Farm, the land has been in continuous agricultural production since 1777 and had been owned by the Wright family until 2010, when they made the decision to sell. Luke and Cara’s four-year quest to find healthy, affordable farmland ended when they approached the Open Space Institute and the Agricultural Stewardship Association for help. Making the farm affordable, OSI and ASA were able to place a conservation easement on the land to ensure that the land continues to be farmed for the next 233 years and beyond. Last year, Luke and Cara sold their produce at three area farmer’s markets. This year, they’re offering CSA shares as well!
Luke and Cara on the Farm!
Check out Quincy Farm’s awesome website for great information on the history of the land, their farm blog, and how to track down the veggies they grow! Click here to learn more about how Quincy Farm is being conserved.
Famous for its melons, we are proud to again have this third generation, 418-acre farm as the site of Tour de Farm’s route’s beginning, as well as the host of our post-ride picnic. 2012 is Hand Melon Farm’s third year as the site for the beginning and end of Tour de Farm. The beautiful farm is much loved by past participants and throughout the region for their melons!
The start line of 2011’s Tour de Farm at Hand Melon Farm.
The Hand Melon Farm is celebrating over 100 years of operation. During summer, they have pick your own strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, tomatoes and peppers when in season. They also grow corn, tomatoes, peppers, yellow and green squash, eggplant, pumpkins and fall ornamentals and of course the most luscious melons on earth!
Hand Melon Farm on a sunny day!
The Hand Melon retail operation is open from May until September and features farm grown produce and a wide variety of annuals, perennials, potted herbs and other fruits and vegetables. The farm stand also carries a variety of gift items, cheeses and other food related items. Hand Melon Farm sells our their produce wholesale when seasonally available.
Be sure to visit!