THURMAN - The pace of life slows down a bit during fall in rural northern Warren County, giving folks who work the land a chance to dust off their hospitality, open the barn doors and invite the public in.
This year the annual Thurman Farm Fall Tour will be held Saturday and Sunday Oct. 10 and 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.
Valley Road Maple Farm will open an hour early each day to serve homemade pancakes dripping with pure Thurman maple syrup, as well as conducting tours and displaying wares. Whitefield's Farm on Mountain Rd. will stay open until 6 p.m., showing off their poultry, pigs and produce, and inviting young guests to decorate pumpkins.
Around the corner at Adirondack Gold Maple Farm, old "Tapper," the legendary sugar-maker, will take kids young and old to the sugarbush to see where syrup comes from, while others at the farm will offer a wide range of tempting maple products and introduce a new line of soaps and lotions created by Sally Feihel of Adirondack Suds and Scents. At the north end of Thurman, visitors will find Martin's Lumber, a certified tree farm, where they can take woods walks to learn about selective cutting and sustainable forestry, see sawing demonstrations and watch paper bead earrings and stained glass stepping stones being made.
And there's also Toad Hill Maple Farm, on Charlie Olds Road, where the Galusha family will welcome visitors to their stat-of-the-art sugarhouse and show off some of the fruits of last spring's labor. Adirondack Ambiance, formerly known as "Thurman Station Farm" or the "Stephen Griffing Farm," will display original paintings of local scenes and Adirondack rustic furniture. Those who travel with dogs are asked to refrain from letting them out at the farms, due to animal safety issues. Thurman is 3.5 miles northwest of Warrensburg off state Rte. 418 from Warrensburg. From Athol, follow signs to the farms. Visitors should dress in layers for changeable weather. Maps will be available at the farms and at many area locations, or at www.PersisGranger.com/Thurman_Fall_Farm_Tour.htm. For details, call 623-9718.
Nettle Meadow's open house
Those planning to visit Nettle Meadow Goat Farm's open house, a separate event with overlapping schedule, should note that the goat farm will be open only on Saturday from noon until 4 p.m., offering live music, kids' activities, tours and sampling of gourmet dishes featuring their cheeses. Sunday, the cheese shop will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 pm. The hosts are unable to conduct tours other than the specified times due to the rigors of the farm schedule.