It has been a pretty rough week for a thousand reasons but my husband, who knows me better than all, knew just the solution - June Farms. I had never been but several friends have and told me first hand how utterly beautiful it is. They weren't lying. In fact, words can't really describe it. I'll share as many photos as I can, but you can also head over to the GGS Instagram account to see more.
The drive is 20 minutes from Albany and we left our home at 4:40pm - they open at 5. We hit zero traffic and though you have to keep a look out the closer you get, the GPS directions are pretty spot on. June Farms also provides a bit more detail on their web site for those going for the first time.
A tip for first timers - go early. By the time we left about 7pm, cars were already lined up down the road and the line to order food was 20 people deep.
Driving in to the property was like entering another world. A calm one. Growing up in northern New York, I was instantly brought back to a world where fresh air, animals, and a warm, welcoming atmosphere is just how it is. It's easy to take that for granted.
As we arrived to the main area, the farm house and barn, I was surprised by the available activities. There is ax-throwing, corn hole, farm tours, and of course amazing food and drink.
We didn't eat this night, but we did enjoy a couple drinks while walking around the property. For our 'activity' we chose a golf cart farm tour by the amazing Michelle. Not only was she funny, kind, and welcoming, but her knowledge of the farm and each individual animal made the tour that much more enjoyable. While Michelle and every other employee we encountered were friendly, the goats were by far the stars of the farm. My husband and I both had a riot!
There is so much more I could write, but I think you can see by the photos that you should just go. Here are some tips for first timers:
Worth repeating - go early if you want food.
Do the golf cart tour with Michelle or any of the available staff. It's $10 per person but if you just walk the farm, you can't get into the goat enclosure like we did. I promise it's worth it!
Bring a jacket. It was a beautiful day but got a bit chilly.
You can also make reservations and if you want to sit down and have a meal - make one.
Remember to head to the Girl Gone Smart Instagram page (@girlgonesmart) for more photos!
Visit the June Farms website to check our their hours and special events. Rumor has it they're going to be open longer this year than they have been in the past!
As a north country girl, I want to personally thank the owner, Matt Baumgartner, for creating such a magical place. Thank you to the always beautiful and welcoming Tess Collins, and of course to Michelle for such a great tour of the farm. You all provided the little bit of peace I desperately needed this week and I can't wait to return!