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Altamont Enterprise - September 27, 2012
Altamont Enterprise - September 27, 2012

The 2013 Farms and Artisans Tour will follow the same format as last years - described below in the Altamont Enterprise.

Helderberg Hilltowns Association is coordinating self-guided driving tours of Hilltown farms, markets, eating establishments, artisan studios and other points of interest to take place on September 15 and 16, 2012 (Saturday and Sunday). Farmers, artisans and crafters from the Hilltowns of Berne, Knox, Rensselaerville and Westerlo will be giving tours, doing demonstrations, and selling products related to their professions.

Tour Guide maps will be made available here and at various Town Halls and Public Libraries. The maps will identify the location of each destination, with brief descriptions and information about any tours, demonstrations, products or services offered. Maps will also indicate wheelchair accessibility and locations where food and public restrooms are available. For more information contact the Tours Coordinator Amy Pokorny at (518) 872-1879 or

1. Fox Creek Farm Sat 10-11:30: Tour of fields, poultry, cattle, workings of Community Supported Agriculture with off grid electricity, & how they supply members with high quality produce from June to November. 182 Fox Creek Farm Rd, Schoharie 872-2375 Restroom
2. Valley Fresh Farm Sat/Sun 10-4: Self serve farm stand. Nicole Hanahan, 451 State Route 146, Delanson 872-0287
3. Eric & Dawn Marczak Sun 1-3: Fine woodworking including guitars and flutes, jewelry studio; Native American storytelling, music. 422 Beebe Rd, Delanson 872-9324 Wheelchair Access
4. Township Tavern Sat 4-closing, Sun 3-closing: Restaurant and bar –Family fare dinners, September specials and gluten free entrees. Paul Centi, 1412 Township Rd, Altamont 872-2100 Restroom Wheelchair Access
5. Longfield Farm Sun 10-2: Farm tours focusing on sustainability. 10:30, 12:30: sheep herding demos; 11, 1: spinning demonstrations; 11:30, 1:30: wood fired baking. Sourdough & yeast breads, wool fleeces & roving for sale. Farm stand featuring Longfield Farm breads, eggs, chicken, wool and “Support Local Ag” T shirts. Gary & Pam Kleppel, 1093 Township Rd, Altamont 861-5280
6. Farmie Market/ Gordon Farms Sat/Sun 11-3: Explanation of grass fed beef, energy reduction and online marketing. Sandy Gordon and Sarah Gordon, 144 Beebe Rd, Berne 872-2602
7. Homespun Sun 10-4: Basket weaving demonstration, basket display, caned chairs display. Pat Lightbody, 126 Beebe Road, Berne Restroom.
8. Knox Town Hall Sat/Sun 10-4: 2192 Berne-Altamont Rd, Knox. Restrooms around back.
9. Armstrong Furniture & Machinery Sat/Sun 6AM-9PM: Over 3,000 pieces of quality wood furniture on display; Amish, Contemporary, Rustic, Slab, Adirondack, unfinished & custom made. In business offering low prices for 50 years at 40 Witter Rd, Altamont 872-0369
10. Highlands Restaurant & Tavern Sat 4-10, Sun 2-8: Visit for menu & specials. Michelle Catalano, 1670 Berne Altamont Rd, Altamont 872-1938. Restroom Wheelchair Access
11. Valley View Farm Stove Company Sat 10-4: Coal heating stoves and high-tensile fencing demonstration and sales. John O’Pezio, 179 Seabury Road, Berne 872-1007
12. Malachi Farms Sat/Sun All Day: Farm stand with pumpkins, vegetables, maple syrup, sweet corn. Kathy and Brian Whipple, 2548 Berne Altamont Rd, Altamont 872-1657 Wheelchair Access
12. Bob’s Lawn Bugs: Sat: Lawn ornaments made from recycled items, at Malachi Farms. Robert Bareis, 872-2645. 12. Too Cool Beads Sat/Sun: Unique handcrafted jewelry, at Malachi Farms. Cheryl Jones, 872-2251 12. John Williams Sat: Artist John Williams will display artwork of local people and places. He will demonstrate working with pastels, at Malachi Farms. 872-2079
13. Pleasant Valley Exquisitum Sat10-4, Sun 12-4: Art gallery, paintings, finest hand painted porcelain, crystal, wood carvings, music boxes, William Henry knives, etc. Gifts in all price ranges, and homemade baked goods, preserves, and more. Lectures on porcelain as requested. Gudrun Bellerjeau, 300 Pleasant Valley Rd (Rt 254), Altamont 872-0394 Wheelchair Access
14. Quilt for Ewe Sat/Sun 10-4: Display of many quilts; Long arm machine quilting demonstrations. Kristine Zimmer, 47 Zeh Rd, East Berne 872-1214
15. Patroon Land Farm Sat/Sun 10-2: 12½ acre vegetable farm for the Regional Food Bank of NENY, with CSA memberships &self-serve farm stand. Mark Weinheimer 153 Ketcham Rd, Voorheesville Porta-Potty
16. Raven Crest Botanicals Sat 3-5: Organic medicinal herbs, extracts, elixirs, mists, teas; skin products, balms, salves, creams, insect repellant. Permaculture style growing beds. Earth sheltered greenhouse in construction. Susanna Raeven, 842 Canaday Hill Rd Berne (347)866-0447 Restroom
17. Marc Shultes Custom Bandsawing Sat/Sun 9-4: Specialty lumber for crafts, furniture, bar tops, etc. Sat 9-4: Log sawing demonstrations. 1423 Bradt Hollow Rd, West Berne 872-2528
18. Mountain Winds Farm Sat/Sun 1-4: See maple syrup operation; farm with chickens, eggs, vegetables. Randy Grippin, 12 Williamson Rd, Berne 872-0513 Wheelchair Access
19. Berne Masonic Lodge/Hilltown Community Market and Café Central location for “Discover the Hilltowns” Tour Maps and information about local businesses and entertainment.
Sat 9-12: Breakfast fundraiser by Berne Historical Society
Sun 9-12: Breakfast fundraiser by Berne Masonic Lodge … continued …
19. Berne Masonic Lodge Local products, gift items for sale by farmers and artisans, 1652 Helderberg Trail, Berne. Refreshments Restrooms Wheelchair Access
20. Berne Historical Society Sat 10-11:30: Historical museum- all things historical related to Berne. 1656 Helderberg Trail Berne. 872-1246 Restroom Wheelchair Access
20. Berne Public Library Sat 9-12: Helderberg Hilltowns Book Sale & Signing with John Elberfeld and Jane McLean. Sat 9-1: Resources of local interest; Judy Petrosillo, Library Manager. 1656 Helderberg Trail, Berne 872-1246 Restroom Wheelchair Access
21. Fox Creek Market Sat 8-8, Sun 8-6: Groceries, with full Deli, Pizza & more, serving breakfast, lunch & dinner. Daily specials, eat in or take out. 1634 Helderberg Trail, Berne 872-2975. Selling local milk, eggs, honey & maple syrup. ATM Restroom Wheelchair Access
22. Alpaca Shack Sat 12:30- 2: Barn tours, Alpaca petting, spinning demonstration, sales of Alpaca fleece clothing. Bob & Pam Rowe, 498 Irish Hill Rd, Berne 275-5232 Restroom
23. Newcomb's Farm Sat/Sun 10-6: Produce Pavilion with homemade bread, jams, syrup, herbal oils and vinegars, honey; Cathy Kelly, Meredith (Slim) Newcomb, 1498 Thacher Park Road, E. Berne Wheelchair Access
23. The Pie Lady Sat/Sun 10-3: Exquisite homemade 10” & 6” pies at Newcomb’s Farm, and made to order for all occasions. Mary Ann Saddlemire 872-0385
24. Mobil Mart Sat/Sun 6am -9pm: Gas, convenience store, ATM. 788 Helderberg Trail, East Berne 872-0158 Restroom
25. The Wren's Nest Sat/Sun 10-4: Demonstrations of fiber processing all day; from skirting a fleece, washing & spinning, to knitting & weaving; history of wool use. Fiber arts supplies, finished products, looms & equipment for sale. Llamas to walk and pet. Horse boarding facility tours by request. Erin & Ray Bradt, 450 Long Rd, E. Berne Wheelchair Access
26. Crosby Farm Sat, Sun 10-4: Pasture walk and talk w/Huyck Preserve. Beef, pork, pastured chicken, eggs & baked goods available for sale. Tim Lippert, 30 Bradt Hollow Rd, Berne
27. Wolf Hill Pens Sat10-4: Woodworking, demonstrations of pen turning on a lathe. Jeremiah Jordan, 54 Gulf Hill Rd, Voorheesville 872-1390 Wheelchair Access
28. Palmer House Café Sat 11-2: Café lunch featuring locally raised meats and produce. Locally crafted gifts & treasures. 1462 Main St. Rensselaerville 797-3449 Restroom
28. No Stone Unturned Sat 11-2: Retail and commission ceramics. Amy Atkins at Palmer House
28. Pottery With Purpose Sat 11-2: Functional pottery for the household, and ceramic art. Terrice Bassler at Palmer House
29. Rensselaerville Library Sat 9-1: Book Sale! Resources of local interest. Kimberly Graff, Director.1459 CR 351, Rensselaerville 797-3949 Restroom Wheelchair Access
30. Paladin Projects Sat/Sun 10-4: Custom chainsaw carving – bears, eagles, moose, turtles, benches and more. Anything you want! Rich Koonz, 54 Co. Rt. 1, Westerlo 577-9926
31. Westerlo Library and Historical Museum Sat 9-2: Resources of local interest and historical museum. 604 SR 143, Westerlo 797-3415
32. P&L Deli & Superette Sat 8-8; Sun 8-5: Groceries, deli, hot meals to take out. Peter and Mary Rufa, 599 SR 143, Westerlo 797-3233
33. Bank of Greene County Sat 8:30-12; 24-hr ATM: 593 State Route 143, Westerlo 797-3934
34. Gas Pump Sat/Sun 5:30am-10pm: Gas pump – credit card only. 591 SR 143, Westerlo (next to Post Office) No restroom.
35. Heather Ridge Farm and Bees Knees Cafe: Sat/Sun 11-3: Farm with farm store and renowned café, featured in New York Times. Sun 11: Walking tour, please call for reservations. Carol Clement & John Harrison, 989 Broome Center Rd, Preston Hollow 239-6234 Restroom
36. Medusa General Store Sat/Sun 10-4: General store with fresh baked goods, deli, gas pump. April and Jason Caprio, 6 Red Barn Lane, Medusa 239-6980 Restroom. ATM
37. Otter Hook Farm Sat/Sun 10-4: CSA for vegetables, rotational grazing for cows, pigs for meats, free range chickens, eggs. CSA Information. Sat/Sun 10-11:30: tour of gardens, pasture walk. Chris & Samantha Kemnah, 223 McCafferty Rd. Greenville 239-6049. Restroom

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