There is no better way to disconnect from the daily grind than to connect with nature, farming and food.
The Marsiglio family at Stony Creek Farmstead has distilled a recipe for forming that deep connection by diversifying their farm with an agritourism “stay, play and learn” getaway for visitors.
Family matriarch Kate Marsiglio cultivates that experience by providing an all-encompassing farm stay experience for guests that includes an invitation to collect eggs, feed farm animals, milk a cow and harvest vegetables, allowing them to embrace nature and appreciate quality food.
The Marsiglios are stewards of the environment and provide low-impact, wheelchair accessible, platform tent camping for guests. The tents are fully outfitted with kitchenettes, wood-fueled cook stoves and bathroom facilities, as well as sleeping for six. Marsiglio describes it as “glamping” – or chic, plush camping. It’s canvas-cabin camping complete with a bed.
Part of forming a stronger connection with nature and food, she explains, is to disconnect from technology and go “off the grid”. The hillsides that cradle the creek exemplify the agricultural and rural nature of the area, but also prohibit cell phone service. A stay at the farmstead will push people in a way they may not be familiar with. “Nature disciplines you,” she says.
Part of that discipline is learning something new, or a new way to do things. The farm stay has evolved over the years and reflects Marsiglio’s educational background with an art-based day camp for children and adult workshops that include men’s and women’s retreats where courses in loom building, weaving, wild food foraging, salve making, stone wall building, bread making, fermentation and more are taught.
Guests will also learn how to make pizza for every palate in an outdoor wood-fired oven. Saturday nights are communal pizza nights, where the main course is guest-crafted. As it's baking, kids can catch fireflies while adults enjoy a campfire.
Marsiglio’s goal is for visitors to have a full sensory experience where the sights, sounds and smells of nature are heightened.
Stony Creek Farmstead hosts visitors from May through October. During the “off” season, they grow and sell “free-range, beyond organic” lamb, pork, chicken and beef.
Stony Creek Farmstead
1738 Freer Hollow Rd
Stone & Thistle Farm (1211 Kelso Rd, East Meredith, 607.278.5800, stoneandthistlefarm.com) is a family farm that raises grass-fed lamb, goat, pork, beef, poultry and rabbits in a lush, quiet valley and offers accommodations in a historic farmhouse or a cabin.
La Basse Cour (3228 Gunhouse Hill Rd, South Kortright, 607.538.9707, la-basse-cour.com) is a small family farm and farm store growing vegetables and herbs and nurturing healthy pastureland for their animals. Participate in farm activities and interact with farm animals.
The Green Shepherd Farm (1310 Mountain Brook Rd, Bovina, 607.832.4272, greenshepherdfarm.com) raises grass-fed lamb and offers camping on a private woodland camp site. Enjoy 50 acres of wild forest, pastures, meadows, a pond and, of course, sheep.
Greenane Farms (196 County Rd 10, Meridale, 607.746.8878, greenanefarms.com) is an active livestock farm growing beef, poultry, quail, pork and fresh produce. Guests stay in luxury tents and tiny homes and can enjoy farm animals, activities, views, hiking, and more.
Turquoise Barn (8052 County Hwy 18, Bloomville, 607.538.1235, turquoisebarn.com) sits on acres of meadows, mountains, organic flower & veggie gardens, a spring fed swimming pond and streams. Camp outside or stay in an 1800’s carriage house. Enjoy healthy vegetarian, vegan and raw food. luckydogorganic.com
Lucky Dog Organic Farm (35796 State Hwy 10, Hamden, 607.746.8383, luckydogorganic.com), one of Delaware County’s largest working farms, can put you up in the historic Hamden Inn, which its owners also operate. Walk across the street to visit the farm and browse the farm store and café for locally made products, clothing and other goods.