Summer is upon us! Escape to the beautiful farms outside NYC this summer and pick fresh, local berries. Right now is prime strawberry season and soon the farms will be booming with blueberries, raspberries, cherries and more. Check out this list below of some berry-picking favorites and make plans to escape this weekend for some farm fresh fun. Please note that U-Pick is available at farms until the crop runs out, so please check website…

The land that is now Stone Ridge Orchard has been a productive, diversified farm for nearly two hundred years. Tucked away in the Roundout river valley between the Shawagunk and Catskill Mountains, they raise a wide variety of sustainably-grown gourmet fruits and vegetables.  Two centuries of farming apples, as well as many other crops, is fair proof that the Catskill mountain climate provides the perfect conditions for creating the high quality farm-fresh fruits and vegetables…

Greig Farm in the Hudson Valley has been open to the public for pick-your-own fruits and vegetables for more than 70 years. Particularly as we are looking for more activities to enjoy while social distancing, spending time outdoors on a farm is an ideal option this spring, summer and fall. Pick farm fresh fruits and vegetables, shop the farmers market, feed the goats, wander the grounds, and enjoy the bucolic Hudson Valley! The pick-your-own season…

In honor of  Women’s History Month, NYCEDC will be hosting a series of events to celebrate the women of NYC’s Public Markets. Come out to La Marqueta on Saturday, March 7th, 2020 from 2pm – 5pm! The series will highlight the female vendors and producers that make up each market and offer details on support and information for MWBE businesses, food and goods from vendors throughout the network. La Marqueta’s rich blend of community, culture, and cuisine continues to thrive in what…

Photo Above: Eat Gai In honor of  Women’s History Month, NYCEDC will be hosting a series of events to celebrate the women of NYC’s Public Markets, which will kick off at Essex Market on Saturday, February 29th, 2020 from 2pm – 5pm. The series will highlight the female vendors and producers that make up each market and offer details on support and information for MWBE businesses, food and goods from vendors throughout the network. For…

This past spring, the US Department of Agriculture released results from the 2017 Farm Census, which is taken every five years. For the first time, the survey allowed farming families to list more than one “principal” farmer. Couples who own farms no longer must designate one person—usually a husband—as the principal farmer. As a result, women as a percent of farmers has risen by 26% nationwide and by 36% in New Jersey. Some of this…

This past spring, the US Department of Agriculture released results from the 2017 Farm Census, which is taken every five years. For the first time, the survey allowed farming families to list more than one “principal” farmer. Couples who own farms no longer must designate one person—usually a husband—as the principal farmer. As a result, women as a percent of farmers has risen by 26% nationwide and by 36% in New Jersey. Some of this…

This past spring, the US Department of Agriculture released results from the 2017 Farm Census, which is taken every five years. For the first time, the survey allowed farming families to list more than one “principal” farmer. Couples who own farms no longer must designate one person—usually a husband—as the principal farmer. As a result, women as a percent of farmers has risen by 26% nationwide and by 36% in New Jersey. Some of this…

Duke Farms is a leader in environmental stewardship and inspires visitors to become informed stewards of the land. It is a place of education, enjoyment and research that enhances the environmental health of the region. Through the beauty of its natural setting, the diversity of its wildlife, and the scope and quality of its educational programs, demonstrations and research, Duke Farms inspires people to transform their approach to conservation and to start building a more…

Here at EscapeMaker, we are on a mission to connect all you adventurous, curious, farm- and food-loving travelers to unique local experiences. We’re here to open your eyes to the herculean effort that goes into getting those fresh apples into your farmers market tote, or crafting that crisp, hoppy pint of beer in your hand. In our new “Escape to the Maker” series, we hope you’ll take time to learn a little bit more about…