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Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Lost in that Wool

Please click to play the waltz, Lost in the Lonesome Pines, to accompany your reading.

Want to take a hayride? Mingle with sheep, goats, chickens, cows, horses, peacocks, pigs and geese? In New York City? No, this is not a petting zoo.

Welcome to the Queens County Farm Museum, New York City's largest remaining tract of undisturbed farmland. A working farm dating back to 1697, it encompasses a 47-acre parcel that is the longest continuously farmed site in New York State. The site includes historic farm buildings, a greenhouse complex, livestock, farm vehicles and implements, planting fields, an orchard and herb garden.

We had a free tour of the Adriance Farmhouse with our guide, Mister Marty. Flemish styled, the house dates to 1772 and is the centerpiece of the farm complex.

And everything is free - tours, hayride, butterfly garden and cavorting with the animals. This place came as a huge surprise. I had heard vagaries about a farm somewhere in Queens. Actually, this place is right on a major thoroughfare - 73-50 Little Neck Parkway in Floral Park. It is open 7 days a week, all year. There is admission only on days with special events. See the farm museum website here.

I always relish the opportunity to pet sheep. I had competition with others, however - there was a group of us jockeying for position to get lost in that wool :)


Jarart said...

I'm amazed! I would never have guessed. Very coo.

Anonymous said...

I take my son to the Queens County Fair every year. It's small but fun.

Mary said...

I've participated in many a Queens County Fair in my day. Presented bonsai to the public at a club exhibit; even entered a painting of mine (no prize.)

When I saw what you had chosen to present today, I thought sure it had to do with the fact that the Queens Farmhouse Museum has the only commercial winery in NY City.
Recently I heard there was to be an auction of their first production. I can't recall whether this auction has happened yet or it's still in the future. I know I can depend on you to find out!!!

(Love the place! It's come a long way since I first started going there.)

Mary P.

Mary said...

BTW--Couldn't get the music to play :(

Mary P.