Stone Barns Center for Agriculture should be on every food lover's to-do list. The center's restaurant, Blue Hill at Stone Barns, is one of the best in the region, due largely to the outstanding produce and animals grown right on the premises, throughout the center's 80 acres (tip: it's tough to get reservations for the dining room, but on Sundays, if you head to the bar for lunch right when it opens at 1pm, you're likely to grab a seat and can order the abbreviated but still fantastic tasting menu. I like to pair it with a trip to Storm King in the morning).
Their annual Harvest Fest is right around the corner, on Sunday October 5th. The festivities include live music, hands-on farming activities for kids, crafts, and a farmers market with produce and products from Stone Barns and other local farmers, cheese makers and more. Also fun for families: hayrides around the center's beautiful grounds. While you're there, download their self-guided livestock tour to take a stroll down to the barns to see the sheep, into the woods where the Berkshire pigs have their paddocks and across the fields for turkeys, hens and honeybees. Foodies can also opt for their clever "Farm-to-Frittata" tour, which allows guests to discover the farm using a recipe for a frittata and salad as a guide, following the source of the ingredients through fields, greenhouse and pasture.
Harvest Fest runs from 10am - 3pm on Sunday, October 5th. Purchase tickets ahead of time here ($40/adults, $20/children). Here are some more shots from around the farm: