Salisbury Press

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Time to be ‘Goin’ up the Country’ during Open Gate Farm Tour

Thursday, October 12, 2017 by The Press in Local News

The Open Gate Farm Tour has been a tradition in the Lehigh Valley for more than four decades.

Each year, farms throughout the county “open their gates” to the public to help educate the community on what they do.

On Oct. 15, from 1 to 5 p.m., the community is invited to discover a variety of farms that are growing fruits and vegetables, making cheese and yogurt, training horses, raising alpacas and much more.

We have listed the farms open in the East Penn/Salisbury areas. For the most up-to-date information, visit extension.psu.edu and search for “Open Gate.”

·Flint Hill Farm, 1922 Flint Hill Road, Coopersburg.

This is a 26-acre nonprofit agricultural education center and dairy. There will be hay wagon rides to the pumpkin patch, pony rides, tours, food stands and face painting. There will also be performances by Dave Fry and the Godfrey Daniel.

·Hausman Fruit Farm, 2824 Limeport Pike, Coopersburg.

Family owned and operated, this farm is currently raising the fifth generation of farmers. Take a free hayride to pick pumpkins. There will be baked goods, apples, canned fruit, jams, jellies, pumpkins, fall décor and mums. Activities include cider pressing, apple butter making over an open fire, old-fashioned corn shelling, corn maze, a free hay maze, scarecrow making, face painting and a corn harvesting demonstration.

·Marwell Dairy Farm, 2072 Cassell Road, Coopersburg.

A dairy, crop, and hog operation with 224-owned acres and more than 1,000 acres farmed, this farm is a partnership between Robert Gehman and his sons Barry and Bob Jr. and Barry’s son, Wendell. They grow corn, soybeans, wheat, rye, hay, and pumpkins. They also have a peach orchard. They will offer tours that highlight the cycle of a cow’s life and how crops are planted and harvested. They will also offer chocolate milk, hayrides and Leidy products to sample.

·Pappy’s Orchard, 2576 Cassell Road, Coopersburg.

Pappy’s has been serving the community with pride for five generations. The orchard is home to rows of beautiful apple and stone fruit trees, fruit and vegetable patches and fruit bushes. This vast and bountiful Fruitopia serves as the main resource for their on-site bakery. Seasonal pies and cakes, breads and pastries, and jams and fruit spreads are made with fresh ingredients that come straight from the orchard. Activities include a walking tour through the orchard, apple cider samples, live animals, the chance to talk with the farmers and much more.

·The Seed Farm, 5854 Vera Cruz Road, Emmaus.

The Seed Farm is a nonprofit, educational and working farm. They operate a new farmer training program and farm business incubator on 42 acres of preserved farmland. Their programs provide access to training, land and equipment, helping to cultivate the next generation of farmers while growing food for the Lehigh Valley. Tour their training and incubator farms. Circle of Seasons Charter School will present fun children’s activities. Snacks and drinks will be available.

·Boots and Saddle Riding Club, 2850 Fish Hatchery Road, Allentown.

This unique riding club was organized as a nonprofit to promote closer fellowship among horse lovers. It is managed and maintained by its members and offers 10 green lush pastures, miles of beautiful riding trails and indoor and outdoor rings for horse shows. Tour the barn, which houses more than 30 of their members’ beautiful horses. There will be walking tours, face painting and a horse show.