Lehigh County Open Gate Farm Tour 2014
Date and Location
When (Date/Time)October 19, 2014, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
This is a free event and registration is not required.
Look for the number on the sign that coincides with the number listed below.
Blue Mountain Vineyards (1)
7627 Grape Vine Drive
New Tripoli, PA 18066
Experience their 50-acre vineyard and winery, producing award-winning wines for over 20 years. Savor the fall foliage from their outdoor deck, sample their wines and grab a snack. There will be crafts available for the children and guided tours with the winemaker throughout the day.
Take Route 309 north three miles past the intersection of Route 100. Turn left on Route 143; go 1/2 mile to stop sign. At stop sign, turn left on Madison Street and go one mile. Turn right on Grape Vine Drive. If coming from the intersection of Route 100 and I-78, take Route 100 north for five miles. Turn left on Holbens Valley Road. Go four miles, and turn right on Schochary Road. Follow Schochary Road for 1-1/2 miles and then turn left on Grape Vine Drive.
Boots and Saddle Riding Club (2)
2850 Fish Hatchery Road
Allentown, PA 18103
Boots and Saddle Riding Club was purchased from the General Trexler Estate and organized in 1938 as a not-for-profit equine facility for the sole purpose of promoting a closer relationship among horse lovers. The equine facility on 60 acres consists of a 40-stall stable, indoor arena, two outdoor show rings, horse shows, social events, and direct access to 14 miles of trail riding on the Lehigh Parkway Bridle Path. The Riding Club has an historic bank barn, tile silo, and limestone kiln. As a private club, they take pride in preserving its history, grounds, family atmosphere, and promotion of the love of horsemanship. Several horse-related demonstrations will be conducted. Arts and crafts and food available.
Take exit 55 off I-78, go south on Cedar Crest Boulevard past the Lehigh Valley Hospital. Make a left at the traffic light on Fish Hatchery Road and go 1/4 mile. Boots and Saddle is on the right, across from the Museum of Indian Culture.
Burnside Plantation (3)
1461 Schoenersville Road
Bethlehem, PA 18018
This restored historic farm was established in 1748 by James and Mary Burnside, both Moravians. Operated by Historic Bethlehem Museums and Sites, the plantation features the original farmhouse, barns, and farm buildings dating to the mid-1800s, and one of only two operating horse-powered wheels in the country. There will be guided tours of the plantation, colonial cooking, cider press demonstrations, pumpkin decorating, and colonial games.
From Route 22, take Route 378 south to 8th Avenue north. At the stop light at 8th Avenue and Eaton Avenue, turn right. Proceed through the next stop light (Schoenersville Road); Burnside is at the bottom of the hill. Look for the blue sign marking the driveway.
Byler's Farm (4)
8737 Ashfield Road
Slatington, PA 18080
Byler's is a 20-acre fruit farm. The farm is geared to provide children with a lot of "hands-on" activities like milking a cow, gathering eggs, feeding the farm animals, sliding down a hay stack, hayrides to pick your own pumpkins, wagon rides, apple orchard, and making apple cider.
From Allentown, take Route 145 north to Route 248. Take Route 248 north 1,000 feet to the traffic light. Turn left. Cross the river. Go up the hill (Mountain Road) four miles to the sign. Byler's is located one mile north of Slatedale.
Flint Hill Farm (5)
1922 Flint Hill Road
Coopersburg, PA 18036
This is a 28-acre dairy and educational center. There will be a food table, a pumpkin patch, horse-drawn hayrides and pony rides -- these are items with a fee. You can visit with their goats, cows, pigs, sheep, horses, ducks and chickens. A self-guided woods walking tour through their six acres is open for your enjoyment. There is a food and farm store (all farm-made dairy products and eggs). Godfrey Daniels musicians will also be on site as well as Farrier Peter Sanchez for a demonstration in the blacksmith shop.
Travel south on Route 309 to Passer Road. Make a left on Passer Road. Make first left on Flint Hill Road. Follow signs to the top of the hill. From I-78, take the Hellertown exit. Turn left on Route 412. Turn right at Leithsville Inn (Flint Hill Road). At the top of the hill make a right turn and then turn left on Forest Drive.
The Gress Mountain Ranch (6)
3264 Highland Road
Orefield, PA 18069
The Gress Mountain Ranch is a public charity, housing large, small, and exotic animals in a sanctuary. It is a safe haven and place of recovery for 58 permanent animal residents. The animals become therapy animals and help people improve their self-worth, communications skills, and learn respect for all living beings. There will be music, baked goods, handmade alpaca and llama fleece items, food stands, pony and donkey cart rides, petting zoo, barn sale, and raffle. All contributions benefit the animals.
From Route 22, take Route 309 north for about three miles. Turn left at the traffic light in Orefield on Kernsville Road. Go three miles to the Leather Corner Post Hotel. Take Weidasville Road that forks off to the right along the hotel about 1/2 mile. At the Morganland Church, turn right for 3/10ths of a mile on Highland Road. As soon as the road starts to drop, there is a long stone driveway on the left. The mailbox is directly across the street from the driveway. Turn in at house number 3264.
Grim's Greenhouse and Farm Market (7)
9941 Schantz Road
Breinigsville, PA 18031
Grim's Greenhouse operates on 45 acres which includes a six-acre Corn Maze, five-acre pick-your-own pumpkin patch, 10,800 pick-your-own dwarf apple trees, 2,000 pick-your-own dwarf sweet and tart cherry trees, and over three acres of pick-your-own strawberries. Sweet corn, pumpkins, gourds, Jack-be-Littles, over ten different types of squash, and over 25,000 fall mums are grown on the remaining acreage. Grim's Orchard is full of family fun. They have a corn maze, hayrides showing the amazing scenic views of the farm, delicious apples waiting for someone to pick them, and much more. There is a play corral for both kids and adults and fuzzy barnyard animals. Grim's also has a kitchen serving amazing food and delicious homemade goodies.
From I-78, take Route 100 south (exit 49A). Go to the second traffic light and proceed west on Schantz Road. Travel approximately three miles; the farm will be on the right.
Haines Mill Museum (8)
3600 Haines Mill Road
Allentown, PA 18104
A mill has stood here on the Cedar Creek since Colonial times. Haines Mill (circa 1850) offers a trip into the world of technology that supported early farm life. They will be giving guided tours.
From I-78, take Cedar Crest Boulevard exit north to Broadway. Go west on Broadway to Haines Mill Road. Turn left; the mill will be on the left.
Hausman Fruit Farm (9)
2824 Limeport Pike
Coopersburg, PA 18036
Hausman's is family owned and operated, currently raising the fifth generation of farmers. Take a hayride to pick your own pumpkins. There will be baked goods, apples, canned fruit, jams, jellies, pumpkins, fall décor, and mums. There will be activities for the kids, including pony rides, along with a cider press demonstrations, apple butter making, and old-fashioned corn shelling.
Take I-78 to the Quakertown exit. Take a right onto Saucon Valley Road, and a left on Limeport Pike. The farm is on your left before the turnpike overpass.
Heidel Hollow Farm and Mike Fink Produce (10)
7419 Saegersville Road
Slatington, PA 18080
The fourth and fifth generations of the Fink family invite you to their farm in Heidelberg Township. Energy to run the farm is from the 200kw solar array. Farm products grown here could end up on your dinner table or be loaded on ocean vessels to feed horses and cows. Computerized big bale hay processing system will be demonstrated; 1,200 pound bales are reprocessed down into 40 or 80 pound bales. Mike Fink grows over 500 acres of vegetables -- sweet corn, tomatoes, zucchini and pumpkins for local stores. Mike will have vegetables, fruits, and cider available for purchase. Take a wagon ride to the pumpkin patch to make your selection for Halloween. The children can do the hay maze, make a scarecrow, and test their knowledge with the Wheel of Ag. Lee Schleicher will have his observation bee hive and honey products available for tasting. The Rural Preservation Association will have a food court featuring locally-grown food and a bake sale.
Take Route 309 north to Pleasant Corners. Turn right on Bake Oven Road. Travel 1/2 mile to a "Y" and bear right on Saegersville Road. Follow Saegersville Road two miles through two stop signs. The farm is on the right.
Krassdale Alpacas (11)
5169 Kraussdale Road
East Greenville, PA 18041
This farm raises alpacas and produces yarn from their fiber. Visitors can touch the animals to feel the softness of their fiber and learn about alpacas and the yarn making process. There will be spinning, felting, and weaving demonstrations.
Take I-78 to the Quakertown exit. Take a right onto Saucon Valley Road, and a left on Limeport Pike. Turn from Kings Highway on to Kraussdale Road. The farm is the third driveway on the right.
Lyon Creek Farm (12)
3502 Blacksmith Road
New Tripoli, PA 18066
Together, three generations farm hay, corn, wheat, soybeans, sweet corn, produce, pumpkins, winter squash, and unique fall ornamentals on the Seidel Family Farm. There will be a guided walking tour, farm equipment, farm market, antique tractors, livestock, pumpkin painting, refreshments, and a pick-your-own pumpkin patch. Step inside a peg and post style bank barn, learn about different varieties of pumpkins, see a demonstration of their drip irrigation system, and learn about the uses of hay and straw. Children's activities will also be available.
From I-78, take Route 100 north, approximately five miles. Turn left on Lyon Valley Road. Bear right on Blacksmith Road and follow the signs to the farm.
Manito Equestrian Center (13)
2160 North Cedar Crest Boulevard
Allentown, PA 18104
Manito is a 60-acre horse farm and riding school, also the site of Manito Life Center, a non-profit corporation offering equine-assisted activities to individuals experiencing trauma and children diagnosed on the autistic spectrum. There will be walking tours, refreshments, and grooming demonstrations. Pony rides will be offered for a small fee and will benefit rescued horses.
Heading north on Cedar Crest Boulevard, Manito's driveway is 1.2 miles to Route 22. Landmarks: left turn immediately after second house on left, as you are traveling down the hill after passing Huckleberry Road. Heading south, take first right after former Troxell Junior High School.
Marwell Dairy Farm (14)
2072 Cassel Road
Coopersburg, PA 18036
Marwell is a dairy, crop, and hog operation with 187 owned acres; they farm 1,000 more acres. This is a partnership between Robert Gehman and his two sons Barry and Bob, Jr. Also, Barry's two sons, Wendell and Brent, work full-time on the farm. They raise corn, soybeans, wheat, rye, hay, and pumpkins. They also have a peach orchard with at least five varieties. They will offer tours that highlight the cycle of a cow's life and how crops are planted and harvested. They will also offer milk samplings, hayrides and Leidy products to sample.
Take I-78 east to Route 309 south exit 60 toward Quakertown. Take the ramp toward Center Valley Parkway/West Saucon Valley Road. Turn right onto West Saucon Valley Road and go to Limeport Pike. Turn left (south) on Limeport Pike. Go to Spinnerstown Road and make a left. Take Spinnerstown Road to Cassel Road and turn left. Continue on Cassel Road until you see the farm on your left. You'll see a Land O' Lakes sign at the end of the lane.
Pappy's Orchard (15)
2576 Cassel Road
Coopersburg, PA 18036
Pappy's Orchard is a five generation family owned and operated orchard and bakery. They offer a wide variety of stone fruit and an extensive selection of eating and baking apples. Their bakery is a recent addition and utilizes the products of the orchard to make seasonal fruit pies and cakes, along with traditional Pennsylvania Dutch staples, various cookies, and jellies. Activities include a walking tour through the orchard, apple cider samples, live animals, and much more.
Take I-78 east to Route 309 south exit 60 toward Quakertown. Take the ramp toward Center Valley Parkway/West Saucon Valley Road. Turn right onto West Saucon Valley Road and go to Limeport Pike. Turn left (south) on Limeport Pike. Go to Spinnerstown Road and make a left. Take Spinnerstown Road to Cassel Road and turn left on Cassel Road. Travel approximately one mile on Cassel Road from Spinnerstown Road. Pappy's Orchard is on the right, 6/10th mile from their neighbors at Marwell Dairy.
The Seed Farm (16)
5854 Vera Cruz Road
Emmaus, PA 18049
The Seed Farm is a new farmer training program and farm business incubator initiated by Lehigh County in 2009 and situated among hundreds of acres of rolling hills and preserved farmland. Their Apprenticeship and Stewardship Programs provide experience with equipment use, managing crops and marketing produce; as well as classroom instruction, mentoring, and access to land and equipment. Tours of the farm, snacks, drinks, kids’ activities, and a mini farm market will be available.
From I-78, take Cedar Crest Boulevard south to Emmaus. Turn left onto Chestnut Street. Turn right onto 10th Street at the Pizza Hut and then take another quick right at the four-way stop sign intersection on Pennsylvania Avenue. Follow Pennsylvania Avenue and it will turn into Vera Cruz Road north. Follow the road north into the Village of Vera Cruz. Proceed straight, through the four-way-stop-sign intersection at Vera Cruz. The Seed Farm will be on your right just after you pass over the turnpike.
Upper Lehigh Historical Society (17)
5081 PA Route 873,
Schnecksville, PA 18078
Tour an authentic log house such as our ancestors would have built upon arrival in the 1700s. Costumed volunteers will explain the features of the log house and its contents, most of which are authentic period pieces. There will be four interior "stations" and one covering the exterior. Get a feel for the living conditions experienced by early Germanic farmers in this area. View the "new" four-square garden supported by Lehigh County Master Gardeners. The butchering/laundry pavilion will sell black kettle soup, and the animal shed will host a bake sale...sans the animals.
Travel north on Route 309 through Schnecksville. At stop light bear right on Route 873 north. At next light, turn right and drive behind the STS Tire Store. You will see the log house ahead.
Venture Farms (18)
5728 Fritzinger Road
Germansville, PA 18053
Visit a fully self-sustained horse breeding, boarding and riding farm. They have 112 acres, their own trails, make their own hay, and lease and rent ponies and horses. They will have free petting animals and hayrides, and horse and pony rides for a fee. Refreshments available.
Traveling north on Route 309 from Schnecksville, travel 4-1/2 miles past the Wells Fargo Bank. Turn right (north) in the village of Pleasant Corners on Bake Oven Road. Travel three miles; pass Curious Goods at Bake Oven Inn and turn right on Fritzinger Road. Venture Farms is the first farm on the right. Park on the left in the field.
Wehr's Fruit Stand and Farm (19)
3245 Route 309
Orefield, PA 18069
Wehr's is a family-owned and operated farm for over 35 years. See cider being pressed at one of the few inspected cider presses in the Lehigh Valley, and milk a cow. Lots of pumpkin and apple desserts will be available. Simple things will be available for the kids to enjoy, including face painting. They also have a few new additions to their longhorn family.
Wehr's is located on the east side of Route 309 just north of Orefield.
Willow Haven Farm (20)
7686 Herber Road
New Tripoli, PA 18066
Willow Haven Farm is an organic vegetable farm with an on-farm market and a CSA (community supported agriculture). The farm also raises chickens, pigs, sheep, and cows. Their outdoor brick oven will be producing hot pizzas. Farm tours and hayrides will also be available.
From Route 100 north from Fogelsville, turn left onto Herber Road and continue for two miles.
The Open Gate Farm Tour is part of Penn State Extension's program in Lehigh County. For more information on this and other programs, contact us at 610-391-9840.