Fall Colors in the Hudson Valley
Traditionally, farm produce such as pumpkins, squash, hay bales and corn stalks are used to decorate houses and gardens.
There are still many small, family farms in the Hudson Valley that supply this produce at farm stands, local stores or farmers markets.
One such farm is Boice’s Farm which is located in Saugerties. Their farm stand is on Kings Highway and they have a great selection of seasonal fruit, vegetables and flowers.
They also have decorative pots and ornaments for the house and garden. All the flowers are very well-tended and look great even this late in the season.
They have a field of sunflowers next to the farm house and they sell the cut blooms.
Sue, the Manager of Boice’s Farm Stand explained that their farm started in 1947. In the beginning, they had problems obtaining the seedling plants for the farm so they built a greenhouse and started growing their own. This expanded into growing cut flowers. They also provide chrysanthemums for the Saugerties ‘Mum Festival’ and make Kissing Balls for the holidays.
There are about seven bee hives in the fields and Sue confirmed that there is an improvement in the pollination of the pumpkin and squash due to the bee hives. “Bees have been around forever so why not keep them around?”.
Boice’s Farm stand is open weekdays and weekends.
Buy local and support our family farms!