Tucked in the rolling hills of Suffolk’s North Shore is a 15-acre time capsule called Benner’s Farm. The family-owned farm is open to the public on weekends for visits with the furred and feathered residents. Benner’s runs several seasonal festivals throughout the year, as well as workshops for both children and adults on age-old farming techniques. On weekdays, there are classes for the pre-school set, as well as school groups who love to step back in time and learn about farm life on Long Island.
This time of year, families flock to the farm for baby animal visits. For an admission fee of $8 for adults and $6 for children, visitors can cuddle with baby bunnies and chicks, participate in bottle-feeding the lambs and kids, and ramble around the farm, feeding the adult animals and visiting the huge pig, who is very popular!
The farm often hosts live music on Sundays, and engages speakers on a variety of farm-related topics. Several times a year, Benner’s hosts festivals at the farm. The annual Strawberry Festival highlights all the delicious ways to use the fruit, in particular their own organic variety, and the yearly Mother’s Day Tea is also very popular. For an extra fee of $4, families are welcomed into the event barn to enjoy a wide variety of teas and snacks - old-timey style - in honor of mom.
Photo: Benner's Farm
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