Tuesday, June 20, 2023
Farming has remained a defining staple of the Champlain Valley for over 200 years. In this outing, we will explore several small farms and meet producers who are ushering in a new wave of farming in the Adirondacks. Local food production is transforming the landscape and revitalizing regional farming. We will visit a group of these farms and adjacent enterprises on Mace Chasm Road near Keeseville including Mace Chasm Farm (meat and vegetables), Ausable Brewing Company (beer), and North Country Creamery (milk, yogurt, and cheese). Although this outing focuses on the resurgence of small farming in the area, we will also delve into the history of agriculture in the Champlain Valley at the Ausable Valley Grange Hall, a hub for local husbandry past and present. Lastly, explore how the Keeseville Pharmacy and Adirondack Action pioneered a way to bring underserved communities farm-fresh vegetables and ingredients through their “Farmacy” project. We will enjoy samples and a farm-fresh lunch generously provided by Northern Feast Catering. Bring your coolers, tote bags, an appetite, and curiosity for this exciting experience!
This outing is led by several farm and local business owners from Ausable Brewing Company, Mace Chasm Farm, North Country Creamery, and the Keeseville Pharmacy. This tour begins at 10 AM and ends around 3 PM.
The fee is $55 for AARCH members and $65 for non-members. Lunch provided by Northern Feast Catering is included.
Some photos courtesy of North Country Creamery and Mace Chasm Farm.