A Kids-Eye View: Tilly Foster Farm by Peter F. Paradise II

Brewster, NY – Do your kids love farm animals as much as I do? Have they ever wondered where farm-to-table restaurants get their vegetables? Tilly Foster Farm has what you’re looking for.

The farm animals, which are not eaten, include alpacas, chickens, goats, ducks, horses and Kunekune pigs (and, if you’re lucky enough to see it, an otter hanging out in the pond). There are plaques with the names and facts about the animals at the farm. My favorite animals were the miniature horses. Lisa Walker, who works at the farm, showed us around and introduced us to

the animals.

Last year, the farm grew 12,000 pounds of vegetables which help supply Tilly’s Table with summer squash, zucchini, lettuces and herbs (and other types of fruits and vegetables). Chef George Reyes, head chef at Tilly’s Table, uses the produce at the restaurant. I met with chef Reyes personally as he was prepping for Thursday’s dinner service. The restaurant is open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Visit the website at putnamtillyfoster.com to learn more about the farm and restaurant.

Peter F. Paradise II is a 10-year-old Putnam County resident, who loves

photography, hockey, baseball and outdoor adventures.

Join us at Tilly Foster for “Open House on the Farm” Saturday, October 17, 2020, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Please join us for an Open House on Tilly Foster Farm:

There will be Animals & Art, Antique Tractors, Apples, Cider & Donuts, Ask a Master Gardener, Clover Scavenger Hunt, Pollinator Pathway, Tilly’s Pumpkin Patch, Roasted Corn, Self Guided Art Tour & Hiking Trails

REGISTER HERE

MASKS REQUIRED

*Please leave your pets at home!

Fee

Free

Learn More

https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/Open_House_on_the_Farm_237

Location

Tilly Foster Farms
100 New York 312
Brewster, New York 10509

 

No Gruff from the New Kids at Tilly Foster

SOUTHEAST, NY – Tilly Foster Farm, which reopened to the public on June 3, 2017, continues to foster the historic farm’s heritage with the addition of Sophie (pictured left) and Juliet (right), two new Nigerian Dwarf goats. The pair, procured from Good Hope Farm in South Salem New York, will join fellow goats, Calvin and Hobbes, who came to Tilly Foster last December.

“We are excited to welcome Sophie and Juliet to the herd,” said Teresa De Angelis, veterinary technician and animal caretaker at Tilly Foster Farm. “The goats are acclimating to their new home and will be available for viewing by the public before the end of July.”

“The public reopening of Tilly Foster Farm makes available 199 acres of beautiful pastoral vistas, a hiking trail, community garden, charming farm animals and Tilly’s Table, a new event-based farm-to-table dining experience,” said Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “We are proud of this achievement and delighted to add Sophie and Juliet to our growing farm.”

Part of the revitalization of Tilly Foster Farm has been the return of small farm animals. Visitors can observe a beautiful array of chicken breeds, including Frizzle Cochin Bantams, Silkies, Polish, Red Stars, Barred Rock, Austrolorps, Brahmas and Ameraucanas, which lay blue eggs. The farm features friendly Kunekune pigs, Penelope, Ginger, Lucy and Levi, four Huacaya Alpacas named Honey, Isabella, Sinbad and Raphael, two miniature horses, Sultan and Sunny, and four Nigerian Dwarf goats, Calvin and Hobbes, and new friends, Sophie and Juliet.

Tilly Foster Farm is open to the public seven days a week, except for certain holidays. For more information and to make reservations for Sunday Brunch at Tilly’s Table, visit www.putnamtillyfoster.com or call 845-808-1840.

Tilly Foster Farm Gets Two New Goats for Christmas

SOUTHEAST, NY – Tilly Foster Farm, a long-time destination for children and families to enjoy and experience furry and feathered creatures, adds two new Nigerian Dwarf goats to its growing collection of exotic farm animals.  The Nigerian Dwarf goat is a miniature dairy goat breed of West African ancestry, reaching an average height of 17” to 21” and weighing up to 75 lbs. Known for their diminutive size and low maintenance, the colorful breed is a popular pet, as well as a producer of rich milk, which dairies use to make cheese.

“The County is excited to add “Calvin” and “Hobbes” to the Tilly Foster Farm family, said Teresa De Angelis, Tilly Foster Veterinary Technician and animal caretaker. “The breed’s small stature means they do not require as much space or feed as their larger dairy goat counterparts and their gentle and friendly personalities make them good companion pets. Right now we are starting with two but hope to add to the herd in the spring.”

Easy to handle, even for children, Nigerian dwarf goats graduated from The Livestock Conservancy’s priority list in 2013.  Goats are not only fun to watch and interact with but can be utilized on the farm to clear trails and other areas where brush needs to be removed.

The goats will be joining the herd in the next couple of weeks and will be available for viewing shortly thereafter.

 

Revitalizing Tilly Foster Farm
As part of the revitalization of Tilly Foster, the farm has welcomed the return of small farm animals, including a beautiful array of chicken breeds, including Frizzle Cochin Bantams, Silkies, Polish, Red Stars, Barred Rock, Austrolorps , Brahmas and Ameraucanas, which lay blue eggs.  In the four-legged category, the new goats, Calvin and Hobbes, will find company with Kunekune pigs, Penelope and Ginger, Lucy and Levi, four Huacaya Alpacas named Honey, Isabella, Sinbad and Raphael, and Sultan and Sunny, two miniature horses.

For more information about Tilly Foster Farm visit www.putnamtillyfoster.com.