A small farms movement is growing in the Adirondacks. The emerald mountainous landscape and long winter season inspires innovation, grit, and dedication in our farmers. And, of course, travelers and locals get to benefit from the bounty of all these labors.
The Whiteface Region is a unique place to experience some of the best in local farming while being immersed in the Adirondacks’ most dramatic scenery. Experience the region’s farm scene first-hand with a farm stay or with a day trip to meet the animals. Trips to the farms in the region can include having access to delicious locally produced food, authentic farm experiences, and even pop-suppers with regional dishes cooked on an outdoor open fire. All of this is set among the unrivaled scenery of the Whiteface Region in the Adirondacks.
Asgaard Farm and Dairy
Au Sable Forks, New York
This diversified dairy farm, with goat dairy at its core, was once home to painter, writer, and activist Rockwell Kent. Today the family owned and operated farm offers a variety of delights, including goat milk caramels and artisinal goat cheeses. The Emerson House, designed by Kent, is available for lodging, with Kent’s original artist’s studio nearby. Visitors are invited to work on the farm or just soak in its beauty and play with the goats.
- Farm stay at The Emerson House with amenities including kitchen and laundry
- Farm store
- Farm tours
- Festivals: Kidding Day, Essex County Cheese Tour
Sugar House Creamery
Upper Jay, New York
A stunning 23-acre farmstead creamery family owned and operated, Sugar House is known throughout the region for its delicious cheese and welcoming atmosphere. The farm offers great views of Ebenezer Mountain and is a short drive from many of the High Peaks trailheads. The farm offers two choices of lodging: the Carriage House and Guest Quarters.
- Farm stays at the Carriage House or Guest Quarters
- Fully stocked year-round farm store
- Winter farmers market: Snowy Grocery
- Festivals: Essex County Cheese Tour, Green Grass Get Down
- Cookee Boy pop-up suppers
Check out these great festivals on the farms to plan your Adirondack trip around.
The Essex County Cheese Tour - This festival is with collaborating farms Sugar House, Asgaard, and North Country Creamery of the Lake Champlain Region. This self guided tour takes you along the scenic Ausable River and to the Adirondack Coast. Along the way stop at the farms, hang out with the animals, and meet the farmers while tasting artisanal cheeses and other goodies from the farms.
Kidding Day at Asgaard Farm - Every spring, when the snow finally melts, Asgaard celebrates with a giant farm party that’s fun for the entire family. This event is loved by locals and visitors because the centerpiece is not just the delicious farm treats — but the baby goats. This event features an opportunity to play with the babies while munching on cheese and other treats.
Green Grass Getdown at Sugar House Creamery - Another springtime favorite is the party on the farm where visitors get to witness “the greatest day of the pasture-based dairy farmer's year!” The beautiful Swiss Cows, who are responsible for all the delicious cheese, are released out to pasture after a long winter. The event is filled with vendors and an opportunity to see the cows in their most joyous state.
Read more about what you can find at farms in the Whiteface Region.