Springside Farms

May 25th and 26th, 2013 for Shearing Festival
Sept 13th for start of Fall is Amazing
Nov. 29th for Christmas trees.

Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze

• Pumpkin patch for u-pick – we provide the wagons and wheelbarrows.
• Pumpkins in all sizes and colors, gourds, odd pumpkins, squash, pie pumpkins, ornamental corn, and cornstalks are all available at our shop.
• Farm Store and gift shop – alpaca clothing, our own yarns and roving from our animals, local honey and maple syrup, local artisans – woodturner, tote bags, handcrafted items from our neighbors! Come browse!

In our Maze Park:

3 acre corn maze – with bridges, ramps, and some undisclosed features for your entertainment! Our usual scavenger hunt will also be there, for those who like a challenge. This isn’t just a walk in the corn!

Still in their infancy, but definitely navigable, are our Willow Maze and our Christmas Tree Hedge Mazes. The two hedge mazes have different levels of difficulty. When mature, the hedges will be at least 5 feet tall with a traditional appearance. The willow maze is in a category by itself. Also called an “endless maze”, its design has no dead ends - plenty of choices, but no clues that you’re going the wrong way! It will mature to over 10 feet tall.

We also have a free wagon ride (weekends only), pedal cars, and farm animals for the kids to pet.

NEW PLANS FOR 2012: TWO ZIPLINES AT THE MAZE PARK! And a playground area for the little ones.

As part of National Alpaca Farm Days, Springside Farm will be open to visitors. Any one interested in alpacas as a hobby or a small-farm venture is welcome, 10 am - 5 pm. Spinning demonstrations and other fiber crafts will be available, for children and adults. There will be a petting area of other farm animals also. This event is free.

Annual Shearing Festival
Fun for All.

Educational and fun for all ages.

• Sheep and alpaca shearing

Live Music! Featuring Slippery Rock (Saturday) and Jerry Cali (Sunday - www.jerrycali.com) Dan the Snakeman, Saturday only

Fiber animals - alpacas, sheep, angora goats, llama, rabbits

Farmer's Market - Local Farms - Shepherd's Falls Icelandics, Pompey Mountain Hops, Tre-G Asparagus, Hoffman Farms beef, Eric's Honey.

Local Wineries - Beak and Skiff Apple Wine, Pheasant Ridge, Glenora, and Knapp Farm.

Spinners (local guilds), weaver (Bill Bartlett), felter (Elizabeth Moldenhauer)
Eric the Beekeeper with his glass hive
Apple Ponies for pony rides
FOOD! - Lamb speidies, apple fritters, and all the usual stuff!
Crafters - Pottery, baskets, soaps, more. See vendor list below
Petting area - resident goats, bunnies, pot-belly pigs, lambs, llama, chicks
Chainsaw woodcarver
Guided farm tour - wagon ride
Low ropes course - test your abilities!
100 ft and 350 ft. ziplines, giant slingshot, 20 ft. slide
Country Flavors - local foods to sample. See list below.
Things we haven't even thought of yet!

Admission Fee. Handicap accessible.

Only 12 miles from Syracuse!

Country Flavors:
Pompey Mountain Hops, Tim and Christy Manchego Home brewing, BBQ sauce
Taste on Tap, Kathy Thomas Beer-based marinades
Pheasant Ridge Winery, Jamesville
Beak and Skiff Winery, Lafayette
Glenora Wine Cellars, Dundee
Knapp Farm Winery, Dundee
Hoffman Farm, Fabius freezer beef
Barb Hamlin, Maple syrup and products

Crafters and Artisans:
William Bartlett, weaver
Spinners : Ann Dorward, Judy Frost, Jean Tyler, and more, at various times
Elizabeth Moldenhauer, Fibre artist
Mary Eidt, Shepherd's Falls Icelandics, felting
Sue Turner, soapmaker
Carol Masterpaul, Country Classics
Ed Feldman, potter
Tina Pealo, Tina's Tops, quilts and storybooks
Heather Sackett, clay sculpture and waterworks
Lorrie Butcher, Eclectic Selections

We were proud to have our Festival named one of the "Top Ten things to do with your Kids" last year by the Syracuse Post Standard

The Festival starts with the "Running of the Sheep" every day shortly after 10 am - if weather permits!
We bring the sheep from pasture, across the road and into the barn, like Barcelona without the risk of getting gored!

U-PICK BLUEBERRIES – We’ve got a blueberry patch! It’s planted with the latest varieties of early, mid-season, and late blueberry bushes, drip-irrigated and located right near our shop at 1850 Rt. 91. Look for our announcement next year – we’ve got to give the little critters some time to get established before they start paying their bills.

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Shearing Festival Photos

Giant Apple Slingshot

Farm Tour Wagon Ride

Pony Rides

Eric Krouse, the "Bee Man" at the bee colonies.

Shearing Pixie

Individual/family farm visits can be arranged at any time, as can group tours of any age group.