Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Reminder to Self: Go to the Queens County Farm

This summer I noticed the Queens County Farm had a stand at the Union Square green market. I made a commitment to myself to get my sorry old ass out there to visit. I love the idea of a 47 acre farm in the middle of queens that you can get to by public transport.

Of course I have yet to go! But it's not too late as this latest Tasting Table email points out, there are all sorts of Fall activities going on at the farm just an F or E train ride away!

Fall is upon us: The leaves are turning, the air is brisk and apples are ready for picking.

But here in the concrete jungle, nature can be hard to notice--which is where the Queens County Farm Museum comes in.

Located in Floral Park, its 47 acres offer a hefty dose of country life to us city folk: Think pumpkin patches, hayrides and livestock competitions.

This fall, the Farm Museum is hosting a variety of events to remind us of our agricultural heritage, including an apple festival (on Oct. 4), a pick-your-own pumpkin patch (through Oct. 31) and a series of 18th-century-style hearth-cooked dinners (on Nov. 6, 7 and 13).

But not everything at the museum is fun for the whole family. Adults can participate in workshops on beekeeping, egg incubation and horticulture (find more info here).

There's also an on-site farm stand where you can stock up on fresh eggs and produce (and, for those stuck in Manhattan, a new sister stand in the Union Square Greenmarket).

This fall, the farm will also begin selling its first bottles of homegrown wine--as soon as it gets its liquor license (lest we forget that we're still in New York).

Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park; 718-347-3276 or queensfarm.org

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