YORKTOWN, N.Y. – On Saturday, June 2, Hilltop Hanover Farm of Yorktown Heights hosted its fifth annual Farm Fest. More than 1,000 people attended the event, which was highlighted by “Farm and Farmer Appreciation Day” proclamations read by Ilan Gilbert, Yorktown town supervisor, and David Kvinge, director of environmental planning for Westchester County. Both also addressed the importance of supporting Hilltop Hanover Farm and the other five Northern Westchester farms.
A variety of activities were available for those of all ages. Some visitors chose to hike the trails or took a tour guided by one of Hilltop Hanover’s volunteers. Others visited the farm stand, which opened that day. The farm stand staff sold some early organically grown crops picked from the farm’s 5-acre vegetable garden.
The first 50 people received bags and water bottles donated by Club Fit of Jefferson Valley and Briarcliff. Seedlings were also available for sale. Hilltop Hanover Farm’s freshly laid eggs, as well as products from 10 local farmers and artisans, were also sold. The farm’s chickens, goats, and cows were enjoyed by all and reminded everyone that the farm’s origins can be traced to the late 1700s. The 4-H club also shared its goats for the event.
The Yorktown Grange Tractor Club displayed antique tractors and answered questions about their capabilities. The young children enjoyed sitting on the tractors. Also, hayrides were a big hit. In addition, demonstrations and/or informational sessions, such as “Meet the Honeybees,” “Laughing Yoga,” “Vegan and Plant-Based Meals,” and “Using Common Weeds to Stop Itching,” were presented. Also, Nick Michaels of Small Fires Band played his guitar and sang selections by the likes of Don McLean, James Taylor, and others. He was then followed by puppeteer and singer Spencer Cohen.
Anchoring the various booths was WHUD’s staff operating the prize wheel. Complementing the day was the presence of Kristin Macey, Yorktown’s animal control officer, who assisted with traffic control, and the Yorktown Volunteer Ambulance Corps, which provided first aid and medical information, and an appearance by Mickey Mouse courtesy of the Yorktown Leos.