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Shelburne Farm tours Sunday

  • Potato-digging at Graves Glen Farm. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/—

  • The cows and the view at Wheel-View Farm in Shelburne. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO—



Staff Writer
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

SHELBURNE CENTER — How’s life on the farm? Find out for yourself on Sunday, when Shelburne Farm Tours offers visitors a glimpse of the arts, livestock, crops and picturesque views from this agricultural community.

The self-guided farm tours and a sold-out farm dinner were organized by the Shelburne Agricultural Commission as a way to celebrate the town’s 250th anniversary year. All seven farms participating in the self-guided tour are multi-generational, family-run farms. Some even go back to colonial times.

Visit the farms Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Brochures, with maps and information are available at any of the participating farms. Also you may request a brochure and map by email at: cwheeler@wheelviewfarm.com.

Here are highlights from the seven farms participating in this free event:

■Wheel-View Farm: A farm with Patten Hill views, friendly calves, and a shop where you can buy grass-fed beef, fresh apple cider, apples, hard cider and maple syrup. The patio on their farm store/farm museum gives you a place in which to enjoy the snacks and the view. The farm has been in one family since 1896; however John Wheeler is a descendent of the family that started the Coombs Hill Farm of Shelburne in 1752. A calf from the original Coombs Hill Farm herd of Holsteins will be at the Wheeler-View Farm Sunday for a visit. 212 Reynolds Road.

■Graves Glen Farm: Nine generations have farmed here, beginning in 1762. Meet Jonathan and Tawnya Graves, learn about the farm, see the animals and get a hayride (weather permitting). At the top of Wilson Graves Road.

■Apex Orchard: A three-state mountain view, pick-your-own apples, and stock up on apples, peaches, pears, cider, honey, and cider vinegar at the farm store, which has a beautiful outdoor deck. 153 Peckville Road.

■Kenburn Orchards: Tag a living Christmas tree for the holiday season and roam the pine tree and high-bush blueberry fields. This farm also has fine views of Mount Monadnock. 1394 Mohawk Trail (Route 2).

■Goulds Sugarhouse. Homemade pancakes, waffles and fritters in a country setting. Learn how maple syrup is made and sample maple cream. Lots of old tools, photos and a video of the farm’s story, since 1755. 1400 Mohawk Trail.

■York Farm. An old-fashioned family farm with pigs and piglets, chickens, sheep, lambs, cows and horses in an old-style barn. “The petting zoo of Shelburne,” says the brochure. 180 South Shelburne Road.

■Bassett Homestead. Master weaver Becky Ashenden will take visitors through the whole flax-to-fabric process, to show how linen is made. Ashenden and John Marcy have multiple weaving looms and lots of beautiful woven items, plus an outdoor bread oven.

Those with tickets to Saturday’s sold-out dinner at the Shelburne-Buckland Community Center are asked to come about 45 minutes before their dinner seating, to watch a slide show of old farm photos and current photos. The all-local meal was produced for 250 diners, in honor of the 250th anniversary. Those coming for a 5 p.m. seating should arrive at 4:15; and those to be seated at 7 p.m. should arrive at 6:15.