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Open Gate Farm Tours Oct. 16-17

Lehigh County Open Gate Farm Tours will take place 1-5 p.m. on Oct. 16 and 17.

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

Come discover the wide array of farms that are growing fruits and vegetables, making cheese and yogurt, training horses, raising alpacas and so much more.

For information, visit Penn State Extension’s Facebook page at facebook.com/PennStateExtensionLehighCounty.

Participating farms include:

·Burnside Plantation, 1461 Schoenersville Road, Bethlehem. Burnside Plantation is a restored historic farm established in 1748 by Moravians James and Mary Burnside.

·Grim’s Orchard and Family Farms, 9875 Schantz Road, Breinigsville. (Sunday only).

Phone: 610-395-5655, website: grimsorchard.com.

The farm offers pick-your-own apples, strawberries, cherries, potatoes and other vegetables. They also have activities including a corn maze, fall festival, hay rides, petting zoo and play corral.

·Flint Hill Farm Educational Center, 1922 Flint Hill Road, Coopersburg. (Saturday only).

Phone: 610-838-2928, website: flinthillfarm-edcenter.org.

Flint Hill Farm is a nonprofit education center providing tours for schools and families.

There is a farm store as well as a pumpkin patch, pony rides, food table, woods walk and farm animals.

·Hausman Fruit Farm, 2824 Limeport Pike, Coopersburg.

Phone: 267-980-3409, website: hausmanfruitfarm.com.

Their operation includes many varieties of fruits and veggies, a farm store with apple dumplings and pies, hay rides, pick-your-own pumpkins and apples and pony rides.

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

Phone: 215-679-3981, website: pappysorchard.com.

Pappy’s Orchard is a third-generation family-owned and operated farm.

The orchard is home to 3,000 fruit trees, 12 unique hard cider varieties, 32 varieties of dessert apples and 42 varieties of stone fruits (peaches, plums and nectarines) on over 21 acres.

·Kraussdale Alpacas, 5169 Kraussdale Road, East Greenville.

Phone: 215-805-5903, website: kraussdalealpacas.com.

Kraussdale Alpacas farm raises alpacas and produces yarn from their fiber. Visitors can browse through the Alpaca Boutique to see all the different ways alpaca fiber can be used.

·The Seed Farm, 5854 Vera Cruz Road, Emmaus. (Saturday only).

Phone: 484-866-6067, website: theseedfarm.org.

The Seed Farm offers two main programs to meet the needs of new farmers who may not have grown up on farms and therefore lack access to land, training, and/or equipment.

·Heidel Hollow Farm, 7419 Saegersville Road, Germansville. (Sunday only).

Phone: 610-767-2409, website: heidelhollowfarm.com or mikefinksproduce.com.

Heidel Hollow Farm is a Bicentennial Family Farm continually operated since 1750.

Their retail farm market has a wide selection of pumpkins, mums, apples and other produce.

The day of the tour will feature a food court as well as children activities.

There will also be demonstrations of their cutting-edge hay processing equipment.

Open year-round Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

·Eight Oaks Farm Distillery, 7189 Route 309, New Tripoli.

Phone: 484-347-5287, website: eightoaksdistillery.com.

Eight Oaks Farm Distillery is veteran-owned and family-run.

They grow corn, wheat, rye and barley used to craft the wide range of award-winning spirits such as bourbon, rye whiskey, vodka and gin.

·Lyon Creek Farm, 3502 Blacksmith Road, New Tripoli. Phone: 610-390-1641.

Lyon Creek Farm is an 83-acre family owned and operated farm.

They grow many varieties of fruits and vegetables they sell at their farm stand which opens in June.

·Weathered Vineyards, 7670 Carpet Road, New Tripoli, PA 18066.

Phone: 610-984-2867, website: weatheredvineyards.com.

Weathered Vineyards is a family-owned working vineyard and winery.

During the tour, visitors will see harvest and grape and wine processing in action.

·Crooked Row Farm, 3245 Route 309, Orefield.

Phone: 610-417-6982, website:crookedrowfarmpa.com.

Crooked Row Farm is a woman-owned eight-acre certified-organic farm.

Their comprehensive farm market and store will be open with everything from produce to meat, dairy, canned goods, ferments, bread, honey and other pantry items.

·The Gress Mountain Ranch, 3264 Highland Road, Orefield. (Sunday only).

Phone: 610-398-2122, website: gressmountainranch.org.

The Gress Mountain Ranch is a therapeutic ranch in operation for over 23 years housing large, small, and exotic animals in a sanctuary.

There will be a petting zoo, bake sale and blessing of the animals.

·Historic Haines Mill Museum, 3600 Haines Mill Road, South Whitehall.

Phone: 610-435-1074, website: lehighvalleyheritagemuseum.org.

The Haines Mill has stood on the Cedar Creek since Colonial times (circa 1850).

The mill offers a journey into the world of technology that supported early farm life.

·The Nesting Box, 230 Snyder Road, Kempton.

Phone: 760-981-9518.

The Nesting Box is a 250-acre preserved farm with roots dating back to the early 1800s and home to a fifth generation farm family.

Their newly expanded farm store is stocked with farm fresh eggs, pure cream artisan ice cream and other products from 14 other local farmers.

FILE PHOTOS Fresh golden brown french fries will be available at Heidel Hollow Farm, Germansville.
Take home a pumpkin or two from Heidel Hollow Farm during the Open Gate Farm Tour.