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…

The Everett family has been farming at Stone House Farm since 1964. Tim and Patti Everett took over the farm in 1986, and have been farming there ever since. While maple syrup production has been in the family for several generations, Tim and Patti have slowly expanded their maple syrup production each year since they have been here. They started selling maple products on the farm in 1994. In 2001, they decided to expand their…

Because his parents never said no. Because he found the perfect farm to cultivate his brewery. Because everybody deserves to drink good beer. Chuck Williamson took his hard-earned expertise from a kitchen in Queens to a bucolic brewery in the heart of upstate New York, where Butternuts Beer & Ale has grown national recognition. He was one of the first craft brewers to use aluminum, but the catch is not only his cans. Chuck and…

Jordan Karp left behind his career as a political consultant in Boston and New York City to become Adirondack Distilling Co.’s master distiller. He joins Dr. Bruce Elwell and attorney Steve Cox, who all want to be a part of a movement brewing in Central New York – a growing need for people to reconnect with their food and drink. “There’s a renaissance of the upstate culture and the demand for local products,” Jordan says….

The Catskill Mountain Sugarhouse is an 800-acre farm nestled in the beautiful Catskill Mountains of Sullivan County in Upstate New York. On average, their maple trees produce 8,000 gallons of purely delicious maple syrup a year. The farm prides itself on its unique location and access to clean air and pure water, which leads to the production of pure, golden deliciousness. All of its maple syrup is produced in the award-winning sugarhouse, filled with modern…

Wellspring Forest Farm & School, located in Trumansburg, NY in Tompkins County (in the Ithaca region) is a farm and homestead regenerating the landscape to be healthy, diverse and resilient. The farm demonstrates techniques that restore forest ecosystems, build soil, and preserve water quality while producing food, medicine and materials. Each enterprise on the farm is designed to be economically profitable, yet no system works in isolation, as all things in nature are connected. The school is…

The Moore Tree Farm is a local family-owned business in the beautiful Finger Lakes region. Located just ten miles north of Ithaca, New York or one hour south of Syracuse on Route 34, Moores’ has been a favorite Christmas tree source since 1978. In a region cited for its quality of life, natural beauty, abundant resources, and family values, Moore Tree Farm is one more good reason to value traditions in the heart of the Finger…

Prohibition Distillery is located two hours northwest of New York City in historic Roscoe, NY in Sullivan County. Most people know this Catskill town as the home of American fly fishing, but Brian and his team like to think of it as a “Distilling town with a fishing problem”. Prohibition Distillery is the home to award-winning Bootlegger21 NY Vodka, Gin and Bourbon. Prohibition’s goal is to produce the highest quality spirits, help the local economy,…

It all began in 1998 when Ken and Kimm Schick bought an old dairy farm with over 200 acres in Fultonville, NY. They came from Northwestern NJ, a farming community that was slowly being sold off to developers and built up. They went to upstate NY to escape the noise and traffic that came with this development and get back to the country living and fell in love with this piece of heaven that has…