More than fifty years ago there were 1,800 farms in Saratoga County. Today there are approximately 600 farms (one-third as many) in operation. Because fewer people are directly involved in farming, not many have the opportunity to experience agriculture first-hand and understand how the food we eat is produced. For 18 years, the Saratoga County Agricultural Promotion Committee has provided a critical link between the farming community and the public. Each year an open house is held at a different farm for area residents to visit a real working farm, learn about local agriculture, and realize the importance of a viable agricultural industry in Saratoga County. This year, Saratoga County’s 18th Annual “Sundae on the Farm” will be held on Sunday, June 16, at McMahon Thoroughbreds, home of Funny Cide the 2003 Kentucky Derby winner, located at 180 Fitch Road in the Town of Saratoga.
“Sundae on the Farm” is fun and educational for the whole family…a perfect way to spend Father’s Day together! Free events include: tours of the horse farm, Meet the Stallions, broodmares and foals, a blacksmith, children’s activities, farm animals to see, horse-drawn wagon rides, live music, agricultural exhibits, and demonstrations by area chefs using local farm products. Sundae on the Farm takes place from 12pm through 4pm, and showcases the breadth and significance of agriculture in Saratoga County and is enjoyed by approximately 3,500 visitors each year.
For the fifth time, a Spelling Bee and Stewart’s Ice Cream Eating Contest will be featured at the event. Plenty of food is served at “Sundae on the Farm” including hotdogs, hamburgers, Stewart’s Ice Cream featuring hot fudge topping from Sundae’s Best Hot Fudge, maple syrup topping from Maple Valley Farm, and pie a la mode featuring homemade pies from Smith’s Orchard Bake Shop.
More fun can be found for all ages with the showcase of horses and a unique Farmer’s Market. Parking is plentiful and several trams (with farm-savvy hosts on board for questions and answers) will transport visitors between the parking area and the farm.
Saratoga County’s “Sundae on the Farm”, a successful educational effort to promote local agriculture, has become a model emulated by many other counties. The event is organized by the Saratoga County Agricultural Promotion Committee and sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga County, American Farmland Trust, Saratoga County Farm Bureau, and the Town of Saratoga. The public is invited to experience this year’s event in Saratoga and see what all the fun is about!