Goshen agriculture to be on display during farm tour
Clint Thorn of Thorncrest Farm in Goshen will open his farm to the public this weekend during the fifth annual Goshen Open Farm Tour. BZ photos
Eight farms and two vineyards in Goshen will be open to the public this weekend as the Goshen Agriculture Council holds its fifth annual Open Farm Tour.
The tour is held to raise awareness of the growth and success of agriculture in town and to help the Goshen Agriculture Council pursue its goal of promoting and protecting agriculture in town.
The tour is free and will be held Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Maps showing the locations of the farms and vineyards on the tour will be available at the gazebo at the Goshen Fairgrounds both days.
On the tour are Thorncrest Farm and Milk House Chocolates, Chapel Rock Farm, Ivy Mountain Farm, Mohawk Bison Farm, Old Barn Farm, Pie Hill Farm, Sunshine Acres Farm, West Street Farm, Miranda Vineyard and Sunset Meadow Vineyards, The Goshen Farmers Market at Miranda Vineyard will be open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Clint Thorn, owner of Thorncrest Farm and chairman of the Goshen Agriculture Council, expects between 1,200 and 1,800 people to take the tour. Thorn's farm is a dairy farm whose milk is used by Thorn's wife, Kim, to make award-winning chocolates. Events at the farm both days will include a milking demonstration at 3 p.m. and a butter-making demonstration at 3:30 p.m.
Sunshine Acres is an "off the grid" solar powered farm that was built over the past year. Chapel Rock Farm, another new farm, raises alpacas and produces honey while Ivy Mountain Farm raises dairy goats. Mohawk Bison Farm raises buffalo, Old Barn Farm is known for its blueberries, Pie Hill Farm is an equestrian center, and West Street Farm offers organic vegetables and honey.
Cindy Bittner of Evergreen, Colo., checks out the view from hayloft of the barn at Thorncrest Farm on Monday. Bittner is visiting relatives in Goshen.