The last two tours of the season at the Wegmans Organic Farm near Canandaigua will be offered this Thursday (October 2) and next Thursday (October 9) at 2 p.m.
The farm tour lasts about two hours and covers about two miles, some of it hilly. About 23 people took the tour on the day I visited.
If you've been to the grocery store lately, you know that organics is a huge "growth category." The Wegmans Organic Farm was established in 2007 on a 50-acre property about eight miles from the city of Canandaigua, overlooking Canandaigua Lake. Approximately 10 acres are certified organic.
Radishes, Roma tomatoes and hundreds of pounds of salad greens were harvested the day I visited. Also grown this year: cherry tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, beets, micro greens, fingerling potatoes, peppers, kale, pointed cabbage, Swiss chard, spinach, green and yellow squash, to name a few. Dozens of herbs are planted, as well, like basil, borage, chives, dill, chervil and others.
You'll see chickens -- eggs are used by the Wegman family, according to our tour guide. You'll also see rabbits. Their waste is added to the compost pile, which is huge -- good organics begin with good soil, after all. There's also an apiary. Honey from the farm can't be labeled "organic,'' because the bees travel off the farm, to areas that aren't certified organic.
New at the farm are six "high tunnels,'' which extend the growing season for salad greens, herbs and some vegetables. Step inside and see why -- they really retain heat.