Friday, October 10, 2008

Goin' to the Farm in the Big City


Yes everyone, there is a farm in New York City. This past weekend, Queens County Farm held its annual Apple Fest. After feasting on dim sum in the morning (more about that later!), I headed on over to the farm for some apples and a pumpkin or three.

Considering that it's in an urban area, Queens County Farm is sort of huge with 47 acres. Just disregard that huge hospital-like structure staring down at you.

They have a variety of farm animals...

a vineyard (wine to come soon)...

vegetable gardens...

a maize maze...
Corn Maze

a hay ride...
Bumpy Hay Ride

and a pumpkin patch (no pictures of that, sorry).

Banger Hot Dog

Unfortunately we arrived too late to get apple pie, apple butter, apple cider, apple babies, or fried apple sundaes; we did get some crisp, fresh McIntoshes. We were also able to score bangers with caramelized onions off a food vendor, and it was pretty good. Not the best I've ever had, but it's the only time I've ever seen a vendor offering 'Irish Banger with Onions.'

There are other smaller farms/community gardens in New York. For a good list, click here.

If you want to get out of the city limits all together, but don't have a car, Gothamist recommends two to try. Personally, I'd go with Wickham's. If you do have your own transportation, check here and here for other farms in the tri-state.

Queens County Farm
73-50 Little Neck Parkway
(718) 347-3276


Anonymous said...

How did you not go through the Amazing Maize Maze?! I was just there last weekend and it was our main order of business (besides that big sausage).

Siobhan said...

I did! I was the flag holder and maze puzzle figure-outer, while my nephew was in charge of getting all the mailbox pieces and talking to Mother Hen. We even got interviewed at the end.