Reported by Isabel Hochman

It’s an embarrassment of riches when it comes to farm stands and their bounty available to us in this magical corner of the planet. Here are some of our favorites that just may be worth that little extra drive time to find. We promise.

Potatoes (Columbia)

Staron Farm

4 Merwin Road
Valatie, NY 12184

Since 1978, owner-operators Stanley and Donna Staron remain the largest spud growers in Columbia County and offer CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) shares, a win-win that benefits both farmers (with funds in advance of the harvest) and consumers (with a steady supply of fresh food).

Strawberries (Dutchess)

McEnroe Organic Farm Market & Eatery

5409 NY-22
Millerton, NY 12546

Pick your own sweet, juicy strawberries here in season, and check out the café which serves up delicious meals created from its home-grown fruits, veggies and meats.

Strawberries & Tomatoes (Ulster)

Saunderskill Farms

5100 Route 209
Accord, NY 12404

The current stewards of this 12-generation farm, the Schoonmaker family, continue producing its traditionally wide array of super-fresh produce.  

Maple Syrup (Berkshire)

Turner Farms 

11 Phillips Road
P.O. Box 65
South Egremont, MA 01258

First opened in 1988, Turner Farms now has 4,300 taps. Sweet. 

Peaches (Columbia)

Love Apple Farm

1421 NY-9H
Ghent, NY 12075

Needing your summer fruit fix? Pick your own at Love Apple Farm.

Rhubarb Pie (Berkshire)

Taft Farms 

119 Park Street North
Great Barrington, MA 01230

Martha Tawczynski’s been baking her scrumptious pies for more than three decades on this family-owned farm. We especially recommend the rhubarb pie made with strawberries and rhubarb picked fresh from the fields. 

Lamb & Sheepskins (Berkshire)

Mayflower Farm

74 Undermountain Road
South Egremont, MA 01258

Owners Peter and Ellen Maggio raise Romney sheep to produce Mayflower’s high-quality meats and cozy sheepskins; visits are welcomed by appointment, or goods can be found at the Great Barrington farmer’s market.

Sausage (Columbia)

Pigasso Farms

480 Farm Road
Copake, NY 12516

In addition to pasture-raised pork, beef, chicken and eggs, get your hands on Pigasso’s renowned liverwurst, pork hot dogs and sweet and hot Italian sausages. 

Breads & Baked Goods (Columbia)

Hawthorne Valley Farm Store

327 County Route 21C
Ghent, NY 12075

Baguettes, sunflower flax bread, challah, Jewish rye and more are baked daily on-site using all-organic ingredients. For those with a sweet tooth, try the shortbread cookies and croissants.

Blueberry Ice Cream & Fresh Corn (Columbia)

Samascott’s Garden Market 

65 Chatham Street
Kinderhook, NY 12106

Samascott’s blueberry ice cream, made in-house with home-grown blueberries, is stellar, and its corn—a summer necessity—is equally stellar.

Ice Cream (Berkshire)

High Lawn Farm’s Farmstead Creamery Shop

535 Summer Street
Lee, MA 01238

Bring the kids for farm-to-cone flavors such as Purple Cow and Coconut with Macaroons & Caramel.   

Cheese (Dutchess) 

Chaseholm Farm

115 Chase Road
Pine Plains, NY

This 100 percent grass-fed, family farm boasts delish cheeses including Moonlight (rich and tart) as well as yogurt, beef, whey-fed pork and raw milk.

Milk & Cheese (Litchfield)

Calf & Clover Creamery

332 Kent Road South
Cornwall Bridge, CT 06754

A small, family-owned, organic farm, Calf & Clover is beloved for its fresh dairy goods, from raw milk to yogurt and ricotta. 

Eggs (Berkshire)

Maiden Flower Farm 

304 North Plain Rd.
Housatonic, MA 01236

In addition to gorgeous cut dahlias and tulips, Maiden Flower Farms offers delicious organically raised eggs, now also carried around the corner at Taft Farms.

Cut Flowers (Berkshire)

Snow Farm

16 South Beech Plain Road
Sandisfield, MA 01255

Fresh, organic blooms abound here—zinnias, sunflowers, dahlias and dozens more. CSA shares are also available for weekly arrangements of locally grown flowers. 

Honey (Berkshire)

Moon In The Pond Farm

816 Barnum Street
Sheffield, MA 01257

You’ll likely spot tons of animals on this 150-acre farm—and two hives of honeybees. A heaven for serious honey lovers, Moon In The Pond creates far-out flavors such as dandelion flower, thyme flower and fermented garlic. Wow.

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