I moved back to Western NY three years ago from Westchester County after more than 20 years of absence. It wasn’t until I returned that I realized how much I had missed the glorious upstate summers that are warm, but crisp, and fragrant with new-mown grass and the scent of flowers on the breeze.
Yesterday was the kind of late summer day I’d missed, so I headed to Hurd Orchards with my daughters where we strolled, white enamel pails in hand, to the back of the raspberry patch.
Sure enough, the fruit hung juicy on the vine, as fluffy clouds scampered overhead and happy buzzing bees caressed the plants.
Now, Hurd Orchards is a little bit of heaven on earth. Amy Machamer and Susan Hurd Machamer are the 6th and 7th generation to own the farm and they pour their souls as well as their creative spirits into all that they do.
Not only can you pick a splendid assortment of seasonal fruits, but there is a lovely shop filled with every type imaginable of homemade preserves, relishes and sauces, freshly-baked breads and assorted cookies, recipe books and lovely items to decorate the home. Many of their products are available for shipping through their catalogue.
During the summer months, the family graciously hosts teas, luncheons, classes and children’s programs that take place in a barn filled with dried flowers and tables that are covered in lacey white linens and fragrent floral centerpieces. The meals are prepared by hand with the tastiest and freshest products from the Hurd gardens.
In the past, I’ve enjoyed both adult and children’s programs, such as Anne of Greene Gables Day, at the Orchard and their luncheons are easily one of the most memorable and delightful summertime pleasures of the region.
I’ve been told by Amy that Hurd Orchards also hosts weddings. I can just imagine a beautiful Spring, Summer of Fall Wedding among the fruit orchards with the reception held in the “barn,” festooned with dried and fresh flowers. Those interested in a weddings should contact Amy or Susan directly.
Incidentally, yesterday we came home with 5 pounds of delicious red raspberries that are scrumptious on ice cream and a pound of tangy blackberries that will make tasty cobbler.