If you don’t feel like going to the grocery store and you missed the weekend farmers’ market—have no fear!
Several of the farms that have worked with CLC to protect their land operate farm stores that offer produce or other goods—like cheeses and meats—all week long and are worth a visit. You may even get to see some cute farm animals during your visit! Here’s a round-up of some of the best farm stores in Columbia County:
Chaseholm Farm (100 Chase Rd, Pine Plains NY, 12567)
The small-batch, artisanal cheeses that Rory Chase produces at his on-site creamery are the can’t-miss products offered at Chaseholm Farm’s farm store, which is nestled in between a couple barns in the farmstead. You will also find milk, yogurt, eggs, and other rotating goods in the refrigerators. Stay long enough and a farm cat will be sure to come rub up against your leg.
Old Chatham Sheepherding Co. (155 Shaker Museum Road, Old Chatham, New York 12136)
Old Chatham Sheepherding Company has been in business for 20 years creating high quality sheep’s milk products. Their award-winning cheeses are drool-worthy and will become a definite staple in your fridge. Be sure to pick up a quart of their Black Sheep Yogurt as well—you’ll have fun trying the wide array of flavors ranging from American Cherry to Maple.
Herondale Farm (90 Wiltsie Bridge Road, Ancramdale, NY 12503)
At Herondale Farm, their specialty is meat and poultry that is 100% free from hormones, antibiotics, and steroids. At their farm store you can pick up some ribeye steaks and a rack of lamb for a dinner with friends or try their burgers and hot dogs for a BBQ to enjoy the beautiful weather.
Barn at Miller’s Crossing (NY-217 south of Philmont)
The wonderful Cashen family that owns and operates Farm at Miller’s Crossing has opened a farm store in a beautiful antique Dutch barn. Organic local produce, baked goods, maple syrup, and plants are all for sale from 10-5 every day at the Barn at Miller’s Crossing.
Kinderhook Farm (1958 Co Rd 21, Valatie, NY 12184)
At Kinderhook Farm’s farm store, located in one of the beautiful red barns, you will find grass fed beef and lamb, pasture raised chickens and pork, and eggs from pastured laying hens. They even have $20 “Dog Packs” available for your hungry pups!
Churchtown Dairy (357 Co Rd 12, Hudson, NY 12534)
Expect the farm store at Churchtown Dairy to be stocked with organic raw milk and cheeses along with choice cuts of beef and pork. Before or after stocking up on delicious goods, take a stroll around the stunning gardens or barns—visitors are always welcome.