Remember Green Acres? That TV show about the glamourous NY socialite who marries a millionaire farmer, reluctantly says “Goodbye city life!” and hilarity ensues? Too bad she didn’t know about The Queens County Farm museum. She could have had her city and farm life all in one.
The Queens County Farm Museum’s occupies New York City’s largest remaining tract of undisturbed farmland and is the only working historical farm in the City. Dating back to 1697 the farm spreads out over 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.
On a recent visit with my family, we toured the historic house, fed sheep, dodged chickens, and toured the fields. Though there are special events: the Queens County Fair – complete with rides, and livestock contests, the annual sheep shearing, etc., the overall vibe at the Museum is one of a farm — not a museum at all. Hang out with the animals, buy some feed (seriously!), check out the orchards, talk to the farmers. It’s a real, honest to goodness farm in NYC.
This weekend, The Farm is having a Children’s Carnival from 11-6 on Saturday and Sunday (admission $10), next Saturday, it’s the annual Easter Egg Hunt. (admission $5)
But any weekned, it’s a chance to go to the country without leaving the city.
The Queens County Farm Museum is owned by the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, operated by the Colonial Farmhouse Restoration Society of Bellerose, and is a member of the Historic House Trust of New York City. It’s open year round,
7-days a week from 10:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m. On Saturdays and Sundays tours of the historic farmhouse and hayrides are available from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (weather permitting).
Best of all, except for special events – it’s free!