VISIT OUR FARM
Farm Tours & The Farm Store
A NOTE TO OUR COMMUNITY DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
As a team of farmers, we believe it is incumbent upon us to exceed all state and federal guidelines regarding the pandemic whenever possible. This protects us and our membership and our community. We do this not to overreact or instill fear, but rather to celebrate that there are tools and techniques we can use to mitigate a problem. Which is essentially farming in a nutshell!
If you need to visit our Farm Store or pick up your share, please take all recommended precautionary measures while on the farm. In addition, please help us during this time by following these guidelines:
- Only one member of a household should come to the farm to get food. If you need to bring others, they should stay in the car.
- Pre-plan your shopping trip and come with a game plan for collecting your food quickly and efficiently.
- Please observe the social distancing recommendation of 6′ between individuals. If there is another visitor in the Member Pavilion or in the Farm Store, please wait in your car until they are done, or if possible, begin shopping in a different area.
- Wear a face mask/face covering when visiting the farm.
- Wash your hands at the beginning of their visit. We have a hand washing station set up outside the door of the Office Trailer and hand sanitizer available in the Farm Store.
Please join us in speaking up when you see somebody that isn’t wearing a mask or didn’t wash their hands and please come to us with any concerns if it looks like our protocols need improvement. We need to talk this through, we need to talk it out and we need to communicate that by protecting ourselves and each other, we protect society at large and make a huge and positive impact. Which is also the goal of Essex Farm.
Thank you so much for working with us on so many different levels! We are excited to feed you this season!
~ Mark, Kristin, & the Essex Farm Team
The Essex Farm Tour begins at 10 a.m. sharp in front of the Farm Store and covers the vegetable fields, pasture, and livestock areas. At noon, participants are are invited to join us for a potluck lunch in the Pavilion. Bring a dish to share and your own place setting. After lunch, take an optional self-guided hike along the farm roads to some of the farm’s more remote areas. Farm Tours take place rain or shine. Participants should bring all-weather clothing and sturdy rubber boots and expect a long walk over rough terrain.
Suggested donation: $25 adults; $5 children (Members are free!)
“I’m excited to introduce everyone on the tour to this bountiful landscape. I plan to have everybody eating their way through the farm as we walk around. We will also see and feel the plants that will power the farm next year: cover crops, forages and next year’s grains have already sprouted. Come celebrate the fun of farming with me and all of the plants and animals of Essex Farm.” – Mark Kimball
Essex Farm Tours are held on the Saturday of each of the following weekends:
Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, and National Farmers Day.
2020 TOUR DATES
Due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic,
all Essex Farm Tours are cancelled until further notice.
If you are unable to attend our regular Farm Tour, we may be able to offer you an abbreviated “Short Tour” that lasts no more than one hour. Suggested donation $100 (for groups larger than 10 people, add $10 for each extra person). Text Mark directly at 518.570.6399 to inquire about availability.
The Essex Farm store is open from 8am to 6pm, 7 days a week and is stocked to the brim with fresh seasonal vegetables, milk, eggs, chicken, grains, and maple syrup. You can even buy an Essex Farm T shirt, bag or a signed copy of Kristin Kimball’s books, The Dirty Life and Good Husbandry.