On Saturday, September 22nd, 11 farms in Onondaga County open their barn doors for free tours from 10am-3pm. We recommend visiting 3-4 farms. Need help deciding which farms to visit? First, check out the map of all 11 locations. Then scroll down for highlights from each farm to help guide your selections. Let’s go…ON the farm!
Map of All 11 Farms Open for Tours
Pack in the Fun at Emmi & Sons Farm
1482 West Genesee Road in Baldwinsville, NY
Take a guided tour of the fields full of fresh fruits and vegetables. Then, step inside the packing house for a behind-the-scenes look at how produce really goes from the farm…to your table. Shop the on-site Emmi & Sons Farm Market to stock up on fresh finds.
Live Music 10am-Noon: Steven Cali, CNY’s Rising County Star
Food for Purchase: Miss Prissy’s Catering
Say Cheers to a New Brewery at Palladino Farms
3149 Sweet Road in Pompey, NY
Be one of the first to tour the new Heritage Hill Brewhouse and Kitchen. Get a taste of the new Lot 47 Hefeweizen beer. Then, take a tour of the fields to learn about malt barley and organic crops. Say hello to the animals: beef cows, pigs, goats, and Stella the donkey…the farm’s mascot. Enjoy samples and demos compliments of 10 local producers from honey to maple syrup, goat cheese to apple cider.
Live Music: Butternut Creek Revival Folk Rock and Bluegrass
Food for Purchase: Chicken BBQ made with pasture-raised chicken
Champion Jersey Cows and Yellow Barns at Silver Spring Farm
4346 Bussey Road in Syracuse, NY
You’ll know you’ve arrived when you see the farm’s signature, cheerful yellow barns. Since 1914, the Luchsinger family has been raising champion Jersey dairy cows. Today, the family produces milk for Byrne Dairy. Enjoy free milk half pints and purchase a scoop of ice cream, fresh produce, and cheese. Meet Onondaga County dairy princesses, too!
Live Music 11am-2pm: Sean Fried
Food for Purchase: Fresh from Silver Spring Farm Market
Make Your Own Butter at Tre-G Farms, an Organic Dairy
8183 US Route 20 in Pompey, NY
Say hello to the Smith Family and their Holstein cows, which produce milk for Organic Valley. Tre-G Farms gets by with a little help from robotic milking machines, which the cows love (come learn why!). Save time to shake and make your own organic butter with Organic Valley. Enjoy free samples, giveaways, and more.
Live Music 11am-2pm: B104.7’s Tom Owens
No Food for Purchase…But Plenty of Free Cheese and Milk Samples!
Meet #Frank the Yak and His Bentwood Alpaca Pack
5344 Route 80 in Tully, NY
Baby #FranktheYak will give you something to “yak” about after your ON Farm Fest tour! But don’t forget those fuzzy, friendly alpacas. You’ll also learn how yarn and other fibers are produced while touring this beautiful farm set amidst rolling hills.
Live Music 11am-2pm: Tom Parker and Greg Hoover
Food for Purchase: Fresh From the Farm!
Get Your Horse Fix at Affinity Farm
1950 Coon Hill Road in Skaneateles, NY
Calling all horse lovers! Affinity Farm is just one of 18 horse farms in Onondaga County – and the newest addition to ON Farm Fest. Come meet the instructors and discover their “centered riding” approach. Watch the horses out in the pasture and tour the barns and facilities.
Live Music 1pm-3pm: Steven Cali, CNY’S Rising Country Star!
Food For Purchase: Hamburgers and Hot Dogs from Shelley’s Food Truck
Go Behind the Scenes at Navarino Orchard
3655 Cherry Valley Turnpike (Route 20) in Syracuse, NY
You’ve gone apple picking, but this On Farm Fest tour takes you deeper into the heart of the orchard. Hop on the wagon for an interactive, educational tour. Learn how apples are grown from blossom, to branch, to your table…
Food for Purchase: Fritters, Fritter Sundaes, Apple Cider Floats, Hot Dogs and of Course…Apples for Purchase and Picking!
Hang with the Herd, Go on a Horsedrawn Wagon Ride at Lucky 13 Farm
790 Markham Hollow Road in Tully, NY
Don’t miss your chance to meet Red Angus cows and their (cute) calves. Take a horsedrawn wagon ride as Farmer Erin Luchsinger Hull leads tours into the pasture so you can see why these cows live the good life. Learn about natural- and pasture-raised beef.
Live Music 11am-2pm: Cole Jarvis
Food for Purchase: Herlihy Smokehouse and Lucky 13 Steak/Hamburger Sold by the Pound (Bring Your Cooler!)
Ice Cream Made by Hourigan’s Dairy Farm Cows
878 Gorham Road in Elbridge, NY
Meet the Hourigan family and their herd of Holstein cows and calves. Learn about how this dairy farm produces A-2 milk for Byrne Dairy. Say hello to the Onondaga County Dairy Princesses. After your tour, cool off with a cone of homemade Bailiwick ice cream…yum!
Live Music 11am-2pm: Sydney Jarvis
Food for Purchase: Homemade Bailiwick Ice Cream! Plus, Pumpkins for Sale
Local 315 Brewing Co. and Fawn Crossing Hops Farm…Hop to it!
3160 Warners Road in Warners, NY
Learn how delicious beer “hops” straight from this farm to your beer glass. Tour the fields where hops are grown and harvested, then taste the result on the porch overlooking rolling hills and the Erie Canal. Say hello to Sanchez the donkey, chickens, goats, and other animals. This is a must-visit stop for beer lovers…and animal lovers, too!
Live Music: Charley Orlando
Food for Purchase: Frank’s Franks Food Truck
A Farm in the Heart of Syracuse: Brady Farm
150 Ford Avenue in Syracuse, NY
Last but definitely not least, it’s an urban farm in the heart of Syracuse. Brady Farm and its team of farmers grow a wide variety of produce, including vegetables and fruit common in other parts of the world…but new to you! Learn about sustainable farming practices and how this farm harvests the bounty – and brings it to market.
Live Music: Bobby Green and a Cut Above
Food for Purchase: Farm Produce, Very Good Food from Bad Vegen Café!