Bike the Barns is all about connecting with our food, our farms and our farming landscapes. This year's event will feature several farm stops, which provide an opportunity to meet the farmers and learn more about their operations and their work.
Host farm and start/finish location:
Tucker Farms: An agricultural Adirondack mainstay, Tucker Farms is a 5th generation, 150-year-old, family-owned and operated potato farm in Gabriels. The farm's relative isolation and high elevation is ideal for growing vigorous, top-quality, disease-free seed potatoes. Their main business is growing and selling NYS certified seed potatoes to commercial potato growers, market gardeners and home gardeners, and they ship their certified seed potatoes to growers in at least forty states and Canada. In season, the farm produces and markets their famous TuckerTaters™ tablestock potatoes, as well as fresh vegetables, hay and straw. The Tuckers offer agritourism activities including the Great Adirondack Corn Maze™ and farm tours for schools and other groups. This mountain farm provides a scenic location for special events, including weddings, celebrations, fundraisers and other gatherings. Learn more on the farm website and event venue website.
Additional farm stops:
Dandelion Farms: This Saranac Lake business utilizes a hydroponic growing system built inside a re-purposed shipping container. Growing in a closed environment allows farmers Aurora White and Jenni Evans to grow year round and eliminates the use of herbicides and pesticides. Their desire is to grow as efficiently as they can with little impact on the environment. They are currently growing heads and loose leaf lettuce that can be purchased via CSA, at their farm store, farmers market booth, or enjoyed at Fiddlehead Bistro, Blue Moon Cafe and the Adirondack Medical Center Cafeteria. Follow Dandelion Farms on Facebook and Instagram.
Iron Rooster Farm: Stephanie DeJoseph and Everette Fowler run a proper old-fashioned homestead in Gabriels — much like the families who have lived and worked on their land since their house was built in 1906. Raising chickens, ducks and sheep, as well as a greenhouse flower and vegetable garden — Stephanie and Everette are creative and industrious. Stephanie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from Appalachian State University in North Carolina which helped her find an outlet for her artistic skills and develop her sewing and embroidery business, La Mia Designs. Everette works at the NY Department of Transportation daily. When not building and bettering the property, he is growing his lawn care and care-taking business, Iron Rooster Amenities.
Kate Mountain Farm: This diversified farm is located in the town of Vermontville in Franklin County, NY. They currently raise Berkshire and Mangalitsa pigs, a curly haired breed preferred for its hardiness, exceptional meat quality, and charcuterie curing properties. Currently undergoing application for humane management practices, their pigs are rotationally grazed in wooded paddocks, offered fresh flowing water, and basic shelter. All meat products are processed under USDA supervision at a human certified facility. Kate Mountain Farm grows vegetables for home and restaurant in its high tunnel and market garden, and manages their mixed hardwood and pine forest using sustainable practices following a management plan developed in tandem with Franklin County Soil & Water and Natural Resources Conservation Services. Through such practices, Kate Mountain produces rough-cut lumber and manages a small sugaring operation. Learn more on Kate Mountain Farm's website, on Facebook and on Instagram.
Sunwarm Gardens: This one-acre flower farm in Vermontville includes a greenhouse, an unheated hoophouse with drip irrigation and permanent beds for intensive production. The addition of a walk-in cooler in 2019 allows post-harvest conditioning, greatly improving the longevity of their cut flowers. Farmers Ellen Beberman and Rich Brandt grow dozens of varieties of annual, biennial and perennial flowers that thrive throughout our cool summers. Flowers are available by custom order, bouquets at farmers markets, and home/business delivery during summer months (June through October). Wholesale is also available to local florists and wedding designers. They are members of the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers, and NY State Grown & Certified. Rich's primary job is science manager at the Atmospheric Research Center at Whiteface Mountain. Learn more on the farm’s website, on Facebook and on Instagram.
Sanctuary Farm: Named for a Nature Conservancy property that owner Denise Griffin’s grandparents managed and where Denise and the other grandkids spent summer vacations, Sanctuary Farm is a small market garden specializing in asparagus and winter storage veggies. Denise bought the land six years ago and is enjoying her return to farming after a 20 year hiatus when she left farming in order to support herself and her family. The land was farmed previously by John Thomas, a former slave who was able to remain a free man after working the land.
All photos courtesy of participating farms.