Northampton County Open Gate Farm Tour 2014
Date and Location
When (Date/Time)October 11, 2014 1:00 PM to October 12, 2014 5:00 PM
This is a free event and registration is not required.
Participating farms include:
Look for the number on the sign that coincides with the number listed below.
1. AMORE FARMS, 7054 Beth Bath Pike, Bath, PA 18014 - Home-grown fruits and vegetables, greenhouse plants, hardy mums, pumpkins, hayrides, wine tours and tastings are featured at this farm. Learn historical and farm facts in the puzzle woods maze, solve brain teasers in the corn maze, enjoy pumpkin picking, and wine making demonstrations. The farm is two miles north of Route 22 on Route 512.
2. BAARDA FARM, 1566 River Road, Mount Bethel, PA 18343 - Baarda Farm is a 20-acre fruit and vegetable farm that makes, presses, and sells apple cider and vinegar. Never wasting anything, they sell brown eggs with over 200 chickens that are corn-fed and given greens from veggies that stop producing. They are also growing shitaki mushrooms. Walking tours will showcase their fields, high tunnels, cider house, and use of gutters to grow crops. Product samples will be available. From Route 512, take Route 611 north toward Portland. Take the last exit before crossing the bridge to New Jersey. At the stop sign, make a right turn over train tracks onto River Road. Follow for 20 miles. The farm will be on your right. The river will be on your left.
3. BURNSIDE PLANTATION, 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. Come and meet the officers and horses of the Bethlehem Mounted Patrol. 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. ONLY SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12th
4. BUZAS GREENHOUSE AND FARM, 3927 Newburg Road, Easton, PA 18045 - This 90-acre farm and greenhouse operates year round. They grow fresh fruits and vegetables sold at their farmstand on the premises. In the greenhouse they raise bedding and vegetable plants, perennials, holiday plants, and some vegetables. On the farm they raise vegetables, hay, wheat, and field corn. Tour their greenhouses from their old original houses to their new passive ventilation to the ebb and flow watering system. Take a hay ride tour of the farm. There is a minimal charge. Take Route 33 to Hecktown Road exit. Turn right off exit ramp on Hecktown Road. Turn right at stop light on Country Club Road. They are at the corner of Country Club and Newburg Road.
5. CLEAR SPRING FARM, 206 Garr Road, Easton, PA 18040 - Clear Spring Farm is a 23-acre vegetable and pumpkin farm. They have been running a CSA (community supported agriculture) for ten years. They will offer walking tours of the farm to the pumpkin patch. They have three high tunnel greenhouses for season extension of their products. You will be able to check out the high tunnels where they will be starting their strawberries for early picking. They also have a farmstand on site. Follow Uhler Road toward Martins Creek, past Forks Equipment. Take the next left onto Ayers Road (sign), bear two hard rights. The farm is on the left.
6. EASTON URBAN FARM, 902 Philadelphia Road, Easton, PA 18042 - Previously known as 'The South Side Community Gardens', it was transformed into an Urban Farm in 2012 in partnership with the City of Easton, West Ward Neighborhood Partnership, Penn State Master Gardener program, Easton Area Neighborhood Center and neighborhood volunteers. “The urban farm” serves as an education center for area residents and holds a weekly summer garden camp for children ages 7 through 12. Vegetables, herbs and flowers are grown and donated to the “Veggie Van” and local food banks. They will have tours, a farm animal petting zoo, vermicomposting demonstrations and more! They will also have worm bins and gourds to make bird houses for a fee.
From I-78 East, take Exit 75 toward PA-611/Easton. Turn left onto Morgan Hill Road for 1/3 mile. Continue on to Philadelphia Road for 500 feet. The Easton Urban Farm will be on your right, situated behind the Easton Area Neighborhood Center.
7. GRAVER FARMSTEAD, 820 South Delps Road, Bath, PA 18014 - Graver Farmstead is a preserved family farm raising grass-fed beef and natural pork. Visit with the animal families, take a look at the high tunnel and vegetables, watch the bale wrapper work, and ponder over the various old farm hand tools found on the farm. Learn about farm conservation practices, crop production for the grass-fed beef, rotational grazing, and herd management. Take Route 987 north from Bath. Go straight through the stop sign at the intersection of Routes 987 and 946. Turn on Point Phillips Road at Klecknersville. Take the first left on South Delps Road. The farm is 1/2 mile on the right.
8. JUNIPERDALE FARMS, 1015 Browntown Road, Nazareth, PA 18064 - Juniperdale Farms is a 20-acre fruit and vegetable farm with a variety of field crops. This is a family farm run by Brian and Eva Fulmer with their children, nieces, and nephews. They have a high tunnel to start selling vegetables earlier in the season and a few beef animals. During strawberry season they have a pick-your-own strawberry patch. In fall, they offer pick-your-own pumpkins and hayrides to the patch. The nearest highway is Route 33. If coming from Route 22 or I-78, take Route 33 north to the Belfast exit. When you come to a four-way stop, turn left and go about 1/2 mile. Turn right on Fulmer Road. From I-80, take Route 33 south to Route 512 exit. Take left on Route 512 to light and take a right. Proceed two miles and turn left on Fulmer Road.
9. KLEIN FARMS, 410 Klein Road, Easton, PA 18040 - Klein Farms is a working dairy where they have an onsite store, selling their own raw milk, cheeses, and yogurt. Enjoy hayrides to the pumpkin patch, and a free corn maze. Bluegrass music Sunday afternoon. Tours of the dairy barn will be available, as will tours of the creamery. Animal nutrition will be featured in the barn and 4-H members will demonstrate showing dairy cows. From Braden Airport in Forks Township, go east on Uhler Road. Go 1/2 mile to traffic light, turn north on Kesslersville Road. Go 1/2 mile; first right to Klein Road.
10. POINT PHILLIP PERENNIALS, 2764 West Scenic Drive, Danielsville, PA 18038 - Point Phillip Perennials has two acres of gardens composed of many unusual plants, perennials, trees, and shrubs. Guided garden walks will be given throughout the day with an emphasis on late season care of plants. Many very rare and unusual plants will be discussed. From Klecknersville, turn on Point Phillip Road and make an immediate left on Delps Road. Go to stop sign at bottom of hill and turn left on West Scenic Drive. Pass two houses and turn into parking with large garden flag.
11. PURPLE HAZE ALPACAS, 790 Slate Belt Boulevard, Bangor, PA 18013 - For over 14 years Purple Haze Alpacas has strived for the finest quality alpacas and best bloodlines in the Northeast with blue ribbons and championships to prove it. Best 100 percent fiber and yarn, sweaters, hats, socks, shawls, etc. There will be a live band and refreshments. Spinning demonstrations will take place. Arlene and Marcel will answer questions about benefits of starting with good quality alpacas. Feed the alpacas. There may also be a surprise baby alpaca! They are one block off Route 512 between Bangor and Pen Argyl. At the light by Blue Valley Diner, turn on Bangor Junction Road. Go one block and turn right on Slate Belt Boulevard. The farm is on the left across from the Slate Belt Nursing Home.
12. SEIPLE FARMS, 5761 Nor-Bath Boulevard, Bath, PA 18014 - Seiple Farms is a fifth generation farm celebrating over 120 years. You can take a hayride out to their 33-acre pumpkin patch to pick pumpkins, gourds, Indian corn, and more. They have farm animals, a corn maze with 2.5 miles of walking paths, a haunted barn, pony rides, amusement rides, and concession stands. They also offer week-day field trips. From Route 22 take Airport Road (north exit) about five miles to Route 329 (west) aka Nor-Bath Boulevard. They are 1/4 mile on the right side.
13. SPRING VALLEY FARMS, 750 Mount Pleasant Road, Bangor PA 18013 - Spring Valley is a preserved dairy farm with a new 84-cow free-stall barn and a double-six milking parlor. Farm grown corn and hay are fed to the dairy herd. Their own ice cream at the sundae bar will be available for sale. They will tell the story of where milk comes from, complete with handouts for children and adults. There will be a Fall Harvest Surprise -- an educational event for all ages. Visit the booth on animal nutrition and farm safety. See their new environmentally-friendly manure handling system. From Route 191 head east on Flicksville Road. Continue onto Mount Pleasant Road. The farm is on the right. From Route 611 head west on Upper Little Creek Road. Continue onto Mount Pleasant Road. The farm is on the left.
14. TOLINO VINEYARDS, 280 Mount Pleasant Road, Bangor PA 18013 - Tolino Vineyards is a nine acre vineyard that grows grapes to make award winning wine. Grape varieties include Chambourcin, Vidal Blanc, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, and Pinot Grigio. The vines were planted with laser planters for uniformity and the crop is hand-picked. There will be wine tasting on site, tours of the vineyard at 4:00 p.m., and a small craft tent for children. Penn State Master Gardeners will also be on site teaching about the importance of pollinators. Take Route 22 or I-78 to Route 33 north to the Route 191 Bangor/Stockertown exit. Turn right at the end of the ramp, left at the light. Follow Route 191 north for 6.5 miles. Take a sharp right-hand turn on Ackermanville Road. Travel for a 1/2 mile, merge right on Flicksville Road. At the second stop sign take a right on Lower South Main Street and a quick left onto Mount Pleasant Road.
15. TRUE BLUE FARM, 8720 Rasley Hill Road, Bangor, PA 18013 - True Blue Farm is an 82-acre, third generation family farm that grows vegetables, hay, beef, and chicken. There will be hayrides to their ten acre pumpkin patch and a petting zoo. From Allentown and Bethlehem, take Route 22 east to Easton to Route 611 north. Follow Route 611 north to Martins Creek at light, and take a right. Make the first left on Little Creek Road, and follow for about two miles. Make a Left on Rasley Hill Road. The farm is on top of the hill on your left.
16. Z ARCH BARN FARM, 10 Klein Road, Easton, PA 18040 - Z Arch Barn Farm is a small Christmas tree farm. They also raise reindeer. They are open seasonally for Christmas tree and wreath sales and photos with Santa. Tour their unique bank barn, visit reindeer, walk their tree fields, and enjoy a great view of the countryside. Reindeer facts will be available and questions are always welcome. From the intersection at Sullivan Trail and Uhler Road near Braden Airport in Forks Township, go east on Uhler Road1/2 mile to the traffic light. Turn left at light on Kesslersville Road. Go 1/2 mile to Klein Road. Turn right, go approximately one mile. The farm is on the right.
The Open Gate Farm Tour is part of Penn State Extension's program in Northampton County. For more information on this and other programs, contact us at 610-746-1970.