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June 25, 2014

Organizers: Farm tour features cream of the crop

A taste of what’s best on select area farms will be available to participants in a July 4 event.

The second annual Come Travel the Milky Way tour of the Catskills Family Creameries will take place from noon to 5 p.m. at participating farms in Delaware, Ulster and Schoharie. It is an initiative of the Watershed Agricultural Council, which also administers the Pure Catskills buy local campaign.

The seven participating operations are part of Catskill Family Creameries, a group of nine small farms that are working together to develop both a brand and larger marketing opportunities, said WAC farm-to-market manager Beth McKellips.

Visitors participating in the self-guided tour will have a chance to see the various operations, participate in a variety of activities, including tasting a wide-variety of samples farm products.

Two of those participating said they are looking forward to the event.

Linda Smith is an owner of Sherman Hill Farmstead in Franklin. Her farm is celebrating its 20th year of breeding and milking dairy cows, 21st year of cheese making, 25th year of being a licensed goats’ milk dairy and 40th year of breeding and milking dairy goats.

Visitors will be able milk a goat, watch cows getting milked and enjoy other opportunities to get up close to animals, farm equipment and other aspects of the farm, Smith said. The first year was “a lot of fun,” getting to meet people from a wide area, she said. All farms will have products for sale and a lot to sample from; her farm offers both cow and goat cheese.

Karen Fairbairn of Lazy Crazy Acres in Arkville said visitors will be able to see the creamery that makes gelato and bottles milk from a nearby farm. Visitors can also see some young cows, go on hayrides and sample gelato.

Other participants include Betty Acres Farm/Modern Milkmaid in Delhi, Byebrook Farm in Bloomville, Cowbella Creamery in Jefferson, Dirty Girl Farm in Andes, Harpersfield Cheese in Jefferson.

More information, including a map and activities, is available at www.catskillsfamilycreameries.com/.

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