Orchards, Creameries & Farms
Fresh • local • traditions
WHERE AGRICULTURE AND TOURISM MEET
Agritourism is best described as an intersection where agriculture and tourism meet. It could be plucking an apple from a u-pick orchard, touring a creamery where you can meet cows then taste the cheese made from their milk, or horseback riding amongst beautiful forests and rolling pastures. If you are looking to explore the outdoors, enjoy the country air, and stretch your legs, we have an experience to fit your interest!
Here in Watkins Glen and Schuyler County, we are lucky to be surrounded by rich, fertile farmland. Our local farmers open their doors and welcome you to experience the beauty and bounty of the Finger Lakes! Pluck an apple from a tree at an orchard here, visit with farm animals here, feed baby goats here, pick the perfect pumpkin from a local patch, tour a working dairy farm here then sample their farm-fresh cheeses. You will love experiencing the tradition of our family farms and the passion of our communities.
In Watkins Glen and the surrounding area, there are a number of farms and agriculture-based businesses that welcome visitors to tour their operations! Perhaps you're interested in seeing a vineyard up close and learning more about the wine industry in the Finger Lakes, touring a working dairy farm and seeing how they turn their fresh milk into cheese, or perhaps you'd like to get out into the forest, cross a small creek and tour a woodland mushroom farm - we've got all of these experiences (and more!) just waiting for you. View our local farm tours here.
FRESH IS BETTER! LOCAL FARMERS MARKETS
A convenient walk from all destinations in downtown Watkins Glen, the Watkins Glen Farmers Market takes place at Lafayette Park on 4th Street, every Friday from 3-7pm. Starting near Memorial Day weekend until the last Friday in October, you'll find fresh vegetables, fruit, chicken, beef, eggs ,grapes, and flowers from local farmers. You'll also find baked goods, cheese, maple syrup, honey, soap, wine, and unique crafts; all produced locally. Lafayette Park is also home to a great playground and benches so you and your family can relax and enjoy the fresh air. And most Tuesday evenings from late-June through mid-August 22 everybody is welcome at the Park to freely enjoy a mix of great live music. Don't forget to bring your lawn chairs! Visit this market's Facebook page for all the latest updates here.
The Farmers Market in Montour Falls is held on West Main Street most Thursdays starting in May and typically ending in late October. Local farmers offer vegetables, fruits, meats, and cheeses, while food trucks provide hot meals and treats. Oftentimes this market also offers entertainment, including live music and children's story time. This market's Facebook page here is also the best source for the latest information on this farmer's market.
CORNELL COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SCHUYLER COUNTY
Since 1917, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schuyler County (CCESC) has responded to the needs of local residents with unbiased, research-based information, tools and education that people have come to depend on and trust. CCESC hosts many various programs and events helping connecting our robust, diverse agricultural community with residents and visitors alike. Visit their event calendar for another listing of exceptional agricultural experiences here.
For even more information about not only Schuyler County's growing agricultural industry, but also across much of the rest of the Finger Lakes, visit Finger Lakes Farm Country's website here.