Cut it down, tie it to the car roof, and drive home with a little extra Christmas cheer.
There’s nothing like the smell of a Fraser Fir. As soon as its unwrapped, it fills the house with the fragrant smell of pine needles and forest. What forest? Well, when you walk through a Christmas tree farm and pick the perfect tree, you’ll know exactly where your tree came from. Plus, you’ll leave with the memory of cutting it down as a family. It’s also a way to support local businesses; 98 percent of all Christmas trees around the country are grown on farms. Why not buy one raised down the road?
Don’t forget a tape measure. Trees will look smaller under the night sky than they will in your living room.
Here’s where to go for a local Christmas tree: [...]
Here are the farms offering local birds for Thanksgiving.
Between area farmers markets and local farms, it’s possible to have a locally-sourced Thanksgiving this year. (Thanks to Sandy, our local businesses need us more than ever!) Start by planning where you’ll buy the big bird. While Stone Barns Center’s turkeys are sold out, here are some other local farms with locally-raised fresh turkeys.
Not just pumpkins but a whole day of festive fall fun.
There’s something special about picking out your own pumpkin, choosing it from all the others at the pumpkin patch and bringing it home to live with you (or outside your house) until the end of Halloween. I always feel a little attached to the pumpkin I take home. As a kid, I used to even name them.
Here’s our first annual guide to the best pumpkin patches in the region.
Looking for a unique way to celebrate your child's birthday -- head to the farm.
You know you’ve been to too many birthday parties when you quietly groan at the site of yet another cake. When we got an invitation for a party at Muscoot Farm in Katonah, I knew this party would be different. The morning of the party, the sky was threatening rain, so we put on our rain boots and arrived at the farm in a steady drizzle.
Here’s the thing about Muscoot Farm birthday parties: They’re fun rain or shine.
It also helps when the two moms hosting the party are Scarsdale elementary school teachers. To say these ladies are good with kids is an understatement. I didn’t need to worry about a little ol’ rain. We were greeted by some friendly “big kids ” who led us to a charming white barn. There we had a large room to ourselves with tables set up for the kids to color.