Farm Adventures In & Around Saratoga Springs
Saratoga County is full of agriculture and farm life that goes beyond horses. Check out farms, farmers markets, and more that offer fun times with goats, hiking with llamas, and of course plenty of fresh produce, baked goods, and local wine. Come for the day or make a weekend of your farm adventures in Saratoga!
Discover Area Farms Open for Livestock-Petting, Hiking & More
Into the Woods Farm
Located in Middle Grove less than 15 minutes from Saratoga Springs is Into the Woods Farm, which welcomes guests to come visit for walks and hikes with the farm's herd of goats. Check out the woods, streams, and swamps that surround the farm with these gentle, social, and always-curious farm animals at your side.
And if you haven't tried goat yoga yet, this is the place to do it! Usually experienced with baby goats (so you don't have a 40-pound goat on your back during a cat-cow pose), goat yoga has taken off in recent years, and for good reason. It combines the physical and mental benefits of yoga with the therapeutic advantages the animals' presence provides.
Dakota Ridge Farm
Check out tours and treks with llamas at Dakota Ridge Farm in Ballston Spa! They offer llama farm tours, hiking with llamas, and they even sell llamas should you be in the market for such a marvelous animal. The farm boasts approximately 60 llamas that you can visit with during a tour as you learn about the many uses of and care surrounding the animals. Tours last about an hour, and guests are welcome to hang out with the animals afterwards.
Or, head out on a trail in the woods with the creatures on a private llama hike, which also lasts about one hour. You can bring lunch to enjoy at a picnic table along the trail, and photos and selfies are encouraged.
Pitney Meadows Community Farm
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It's tough to specify the many purposes Pitney Meadows Community Farm serves to the Saratoga community, because this farm does so much! The Pitney family once ran this farm that is now a nonprofit organization dedicated to exploring agricultural education, promoting healthy food production, and preserving the land.
Pitney Meadows provides year-round educational programs and community events, a farm-to-school program to get nutritious meals to local kids, a pick-your-own produce CSA program, a farm stand, donations to area food pantries and other organizations, 120 plots of community gardens, and more. In April of 2021 they announced the completion of their new trail system, with a .5-mile loop and 1.7-mile loop around their fields. Trails are open dawn to dusk.
Bonus: Saratoga Apple
Although many orchards are open for u-pick during late summer through fall, Saratoga Apple in Schuylerville has a farm market open year round, a hard cider tasting room, and apple cider doughnuts are made every month of the year. They sell a wide variety of apples, peaches, plums, pears, baked goods, and more produce and goods, like a farmers market. Speaking of which...
Find Farmers Markets, Farm-to-Table Restaurants & Fabulous Food & Local Beverages
Saratoga Farmers Market
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You've likely been to your own neighborhood farmers market, but the Saratoga Farmers Market is widely known as one of the best in the Capital Region. And, they're open year-round, setting up at the Wilton Mall on Saturdays in the winter and in High Rock Park on Wednesdays in the summer.
This is a local, producers-only market; vendors must produce their own product and reside within Saratoga, Washington, Schenectady, Rensselaer, or Warren Counties. Although they have all the goodies you'd expect from a robust farmers market - produce, honey, maple, etc. - they have some impressive cheese vendors in particular: Nettle Meadow Cheese, Argyle Cheese Farmer, and R&G Cheeses, to name a few.
Next Door Kitchen & Bar
Grabbing dinner before heading home? Keep the farm theme going with this Saratoga trip and plan a visit to Next Door Kitchen & Bar in Ballston Spa. They're open every day except Monday and Tuesday and are considered a farm-to-table restaurant. They source ingredients locally, the menu changes seasonally based on what's available in the region, and the wine list will not disappoint. Try the brown butter Brussels sprouts!
9 Miles East
We can't cover farms and farm-centered restaurants without mentioning 9 Miles East, which happens to be both. This Northumberland Farm creates healthy, ready-to-eat meals using ingredients from their own farm, and they offer vegetarian and paleo options. Go Boxes are delivered within 24 hours of harvest.
In addition, they have a new production kitchen and restaurant in Saratoga Springs, open 7am to 10pm daily.
The Saratoga Winery
Local wine goes right in line with local food and farms. The Saratoga Winery doesn't just have fabulous wine, local craft beer, and a variety of cocktails. They also serve up an impressive cheese board, wood-fired pizzas, and other delectable snacks, salads, and more that pair excellently with their beverages.
The Saratoga Winery is located off the beaten path on Route 29, west of Saratoga Springs. Their rustic decor, spacious patio, and intimate location lend to the perfect atmosphere for local wine and spirits.
Staying the Night? Make a Weekend Out of It at One of These Ideally Located Lodging Options
As Saratoga Springs is centrally located between the Glens Falls/North Country area and the Albany/Capital Region, it's easy to make a day trip from a nearby area. However, if you're coming from a bit farther away, or perhaps you're looking for a mid-week or weekend getaway, we have a couple of lodging recommendations close to all the farm action.
The Adirondack Inn
The Adirondack Inn is conveniently situated across the street from Pitney Meadows Community Farm. Browse some Google reviews for this inn and you'll see that the staff is accommodating, the six acres of grounds are beautifully groomed, and the spacious rooms are well-kept and clean.
The Mansion Inn
The Mansion Inn is located in nearby Rock City Falls, and it's a five-minute drive down the road from Saratoga Winery. This is another excellent off-the-beaten path type of lodging choice that's conducive to a farm-centric trip. The inn is on the National Register of Historic Places and offers luxurious accommodations that perfectly combine the old-world charm of the inn with modern amenities today's guests would expect.
So treat yourself to a country drive, an experience with farm animals, and find farm-fresh food and comfortable accommodations as you discover a different side of Saratoga this time.
This article is sponsored by Saratoga County Tourism. Note: The opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions or view of Saratoga County Tourism or its members.