Butterfly House and Native Plant Garden Tour
On Thursday July 30, Hawthorne Valley’s Farmscape Ecology Program is offering tours of the completed Butterfly House and the Native Plant Garden at the Creekhouse of Hawthorne Valley Farm. The tours are by appointment only and limited to five participants who agree to follow the COVID-19 protocol detailed below.
The Butterfly House will have temporary, wild-caught butterfly visitors for you to see up close. Most of these will be returned to the wild after Thursday, and we will only be bringing in common species. During the tour, you will have an opportunity to watch them nectar on the colorful flowers and to learn about their life and how to distinguish some of the common butterfly species.
The Native Plant Garden currently is home to approximately 100 species of native plants. More than 60 of them have been labeled, so you can easily find the ones you are interested in (see list of labeled plants). Of course, not all of them will be in bloom when you visit! But the FEP team will be happy to show you around and describe how each of the garden sections has been created.
Finally, there is a selection of potted native wildflowers which you can bring to your own garden in exchange for a donation to support FEP’s native plant propagation efforts.
If you would like to make an appointment for a visit on Thursday, July 30, please contact Nellie and let her know your preferred time (10:30 -11:30 am; 2-3pm; or 3:30-4:30pm). She will then follow up with you.
We ask you to please
- Self-screen your health and don’t come if you or somebody in your household experiences COVID-like symptoms, if you know that you or anybody in your household has been exposed to somebody with COVID, or if you or anybody in your household has recently traveled to a location where COVID cases are high (please see here for a list of these states).
- Bring a mask to wear while in the group and be prepared to practice social distancing.
- Do not bring any children younger than 7 years (we like children, but social distancing often isn’t their forte!)
- Leave your dogs at home
- Do not plan on using the bathroom or otherwise entering the Creekhouse (which is currently still closed to the public)
As a precaution, we will keep a log of the visitors in case contact tracing becomes necessary.
We are looking forward to seeing you in person!
Came from Long Island in search of local organic farms and markets. This farm store had the best products. We were in need of raw milk, best hands down! The baked goods were amazing and so delicious. First time we were able to find baked organic goods with minimal ingredients and soy free. The hot food selection was awesome as well. The staff was super friendly and knowledgeable. The prices were very reasonable. Love this place and will be back soon.
Raw milk, top-notch sauerkraut, cheeses and a full line array of other organic, biodynamic and local products, this is SO much more than your average farm stand! Hawthorne Valley Farm’s flagship products can be found throughout NYC but if you’re ever up this way, it’s worth stopping by to see where the magic happens.
Hands down best grocery store in the area. Excellent selection of local produce and meat as well as bulk foods and natural health/beauty department. Highly recommend!
This is one of the most beautiful farms – the animals are treated with love and respect. Such an incredible and gorgeous farm. The farm store is clean and there’s such a variety. The food is always organic and delicious. You must visit!
Move to Ghent, NY, and live only on Hawthorne Farm Store products
I’ve been here many times, usually on a day trip to get lunch, and to take in the vibe of the community. The food is always outrageously good and the atmosphere tranquil. There are few places like this, where such cooperative values and commitment to high-quality organic food production are so intrinsically linked. This sort of symbiotic relationship between humanism and the environment is the antidote for corporate America. We need more places like Hawthorne Valley.
I wish there was an ‘obsessed with’ button!
What can we say about this now legendary establishment? It’s *everything* you want in a local fresh healthy food and grocery store. A staple of the area for so long now. Raw milk. Fresh, biodynamically-grown vegetables and fruit. Wonderful baked goods and granolas. Every town in the world should have a store like this! They simply do everything right! We’re so glad HVF is so close to home for us!
Extreme integrity. This store offers some of the best food in the entire world. Beautiful, local biodynamic selection.