Fall Farm Fresh Getaways Are Back!
FARM FRESH BEACON - APPLE PICKING & ARTISANAL CHEESE TOURS
Featuring NEW Hop On/Hop Off Shuttle Service!
September Saturdays & Sundays: 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd, 29th & 30th
October Saturdays & Sundays: 13th, 14th, 20th & 21st
Plot your own day’s adventure and revel in the fall foliage, apple orchards and farms of Dutchess County. Reserve your tour online at Escapemaker.com and then buy your Metro-North Railroad Getaway Package. Take the Hudson Line to Beacon. Then, the bus will pick you up and make stops at Fishkill Farms, Meadowbrook Farm, and Sprout Creek Farm, where you can spend your own time exploring fall harvest festivities in full swing, go apple picking, pet farm animals galore, and sample delicious local bites and sips. And don't forget to save time to explore the vibrant City of Beacon. Learn more about each stop below!
At Fishkill Farms, you'll be greeted by a spectacular view of the apple orchard and Catskill Mountains beyond. Whether picking your own apples and vegetables, enjoying hayrides, or seeing the farm's flock of pasture-raised hens, the relaxed atmosphere and beautiful surroundings will lift your spirits. In the market, you'll find organically grown heirloom vegetables, fresh eggs, and a selection of locally produced meats and cheeses. Don't leave without trying the famous apple cider donuts, freshly pressed cider or their new Treasury (hard) Cider! Learn about this historic farm established in 1914 by Henry Morgenthau Jr., Secretary of the Treasury under FDR. It is still owned and operated by the family and rare footage of Roosevelt and Churchill sipping drinks among the apple trees is shown along with historic memorabilia in the market. Today, the farm has evolved under Josh Morgenthau to practice an eco-friendly style of growing.
Sprout Creek Farm is a model of sustainable agriculture, also known for its artisanal cheeses. Try the creamery’s mouth-watering creations made from the rich and creamy milk of the herd of grass-fed Jersey, Guernsey, Milking Shorthorn and Brown Swiss cows and goats. Sprout Creek’s cheeses are all about soil, seasons, grasses, and happy cows! Sprout Creek Farm is a working farm encompassing 200 acres, raising free-range cows, sheep, goats, wild turkeys, guinea fowl and chickens. You will have a chance to shop for their award-winning cheeses and farm-produced meats in the market, which also offers eggs, vegetables, and gifts.
If you’ve been a Dutchess Farm Fresh Tour visitor in the past, don’t miss our NEW stop at Meadowbrook Farms. You can pick apples, shop their market, get the best cider donuts and visit the friendly animals at this great low-key, 3rd generation family farm.
Before heading back to Grand Central Terminal, take time to explore the renaissance City of Beacon. Beacon has a growing arts movement and is also home of the world-famous Dia: Beacon, the museum for Dia Art Foundation's renowned collection of art from the 1960s to the present. Visit the area’s many galleries, eateries and specialty stores, or learn about glass-blowing at Hudson Beach Glass, located in an historic 1890 firehouse. You’ll have the opportunity to explore the city’s restored historic districts, shop or pick up sweets for the ride home.