Essex Farm celebrates National Farmer’s Day

Did you know that Saturday, Oct. 12 is National Farmer’s Day?

According to the website, National Farmer’s Day was once called Old Farmer’s Day, and it has deep roots that go back to when agriculture was much more common in everyday life. Essentially, the day was to thank farmers for their hard work and contribution to the economy. It is believed that agriculture is one of the world’s oldest industries, and the economies of many countries still rest squarely on the shoulders of the agricultural industry.

The day was set on Oct. 12 because it is after the traditional harvest times of many crops—back before cold-hardy cultivars and technologies like high tunnels and other methods to extend the growing season were put into practice. That way, the farmers themselves would be able to join in the festivities because they would be done with the harvest.

To mark the occasion, Essex Farm, 2503 NYS Rte 22 in Essex, is offering a farm tour. Beginning at 10 a.m. sharp in front of the Farm Store, the tour covers the vegetable fields, pasture, and livestock areas. At noon, participants are invited to take part in 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) More info here:

About Melissa Hart

Melissa is a journalist with experience as a reporter and editor, combined with work for nonprofits. As the Explorer's digital editor, she serves as editor of Adirondack Almanack.(com) and helps manage the Explorer's website. When not online, she enjoys hiking, camping and other outdoors activities, and spending time with her husband, their twin daughters, and rescue animals -- two dogs and two cats. Sign up for Melissa’s newsletter

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