That place where agriculture and tourism meet.
What is agritourism? In short, it can best be described as that place where agriculture and tourism meet. It could be plucking an apple from a u-pick orchard, touring a creamery where you can meet cows then taste the cheese made from their milk, or horseback riding amongst beautiful forests and rolling pastures. If you are looking to explore the outdoors, enjoy the country air, and stretch your legs, we have an experience to fit your interest!
Here in Watkins Glen and Schuyler County, we are lucky to be surrounded by rich, fertile farmland. Our local farmers open their doors and welcome you to experience the beauty and bounty of the Finger Lakes! Pluck an apple from a tree at a u-pick orchard, visit with farm animals, feed baby goats, pick the perfect pumpkin from a local patch, tour a working dairy and taste farm-fresh cheeses. You will love experiencing the tradition of our family farms and the passion of our communities.
In Watkins Glen and the surrounding area, there are a number of farms and agriculture-based businesses that welcome visitors to tour their operations! Perhaps you're interested in seeing a vineyard up close and learning more about the wine industry in the Finger Lakes, touring a working dairy farm and seeing how they turn their fresh milk into cheese, or perhaps you'd like to get out into the forest, cross a small creek and tour a woodland mushroom farm - we've got all of these experiences (and more!) just waiting for you. View local farm tours here.
fresh is better! local Farmers Markets
A convenient walk from all destinations in downtown Watkins Glen, the Watkins Glen Farmers Market takes place at Lafayette Park on 4th Street, every Friday from 3-7pm. From Memorial Day Weekend until the last Friday in October you'll find fresh vegetables, chicken, beef, eggs and flowers from local farmers. You'll also find baked goods, cheese, maple syrup, honey, soap, wine and unique crafts; all produced locally.
Sidenote: Lafayette Park is also home to a great playground and benches so that you can relax and enjoy the fresh air. On Tuesdays from June 27 – August 22 from 7-9pm, enjoy a mix of great live music. Bring your lawn chair!
The Farmers Market in Montour Falls is held on West Main Street from 4-7pm on Thursdays from May through October. Local farmers offer vegetables, fruits, meats and cheeses. Food trucks provide hot meals and treats. Entertainment includes live music and story time for the children.