Above Photo: Terhune Orchards
Even though summer seems to be passing by in the blink of an eye this time of year, there is still so much to see and do these final warm weekends of freedom! From farm dinners to alpaca visits to wine tasting to distillery tours, escape for a special agritourism weekend with family and friends before fall creeps in. Need some ideas? We got you.
Visit Central New Jersey for farm visits, U-Pick experiences, wine tasting, and more. Terhune Orchards in Princeton, NJ offers pick-your-own flowers and berries, live music, wine tasting, children’s activities and more! Get a sneak peek at this beautiful farm by taking a virtual tour via the FREE Northeast Women in Food & Farming Expo, which also includes 20+ on-demand virtual tours, inside tips, workshops and presentations from leading women in food & farming.
Register for the Farmhouse Project Terrain & Table Dinner on September 18th, which will be held at the century-old Buckbrook Alpacas. Located on one of the tallest peaks in the Sullivan Catskills, this family farm is home to over 100 luxuriously-soft Huacaya alpacas. Enjoy live music and a seasonal multi-course meal with wine pairings created by guest chefs Amy Miller and Dayna Halprin of Early Bird Cookery.
Celebrate Finger Lakes Wine Month all August long! Escape upstate for some of the best wine in the U.S. Named the top wine region in the USA Today 2018 10 Best Reader’s Choice national poll, the Finger Lakes wine region is host to more than 120 wineries and is the biggest producer of wine in New York State. The scenic Keuka, Seneca, Canandaigua, and Cayuga lakes are the central focus of the region and play a major role in the area’s renown cool climate wines, especially its varietal whites like Riesling and Gewurztraminer. But the region is also famed for its red varieties such as Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot, as well as other popular white varieties such as Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. Brought to you Finger Lakes Wine Alliance, Seneca Lake Wine Trail, Cayuga Lake Wine Trail, Keuka Lake Wine Trail, Canandaigua Lake Wine Trail, Finger Lakes Wine Country and New York Wine & Grape Foundation.
Check out woman-owned and family-operated distillery, Cooper’s Daughter Spirits, at Olde York Farm in Ulster County. Sourcing foraged and farmed Hudson Valley ingredients to make seasonal, small batch spirits. The farm consists of apples orchards and black walnut tree groves to produce our vodka, whiskey, and bourbon. The property is part of the historic Jacob Rutsen van Rensselaer House and Mill complex, which had a distillery and cooperage circa 1805. Today the distillery and cooperage reside in Rensselaer’s former carriage house. Barrels are handmade on site to age the bourbon and whiskey. Vodka and liqueur are distilled from apples and infused with local botanicals. Escape to the Hudson Valley and visit the farm, grab a drink, or enjoy the cocktail garden Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays year-round.