Saunderskill Farm .. the Schoonmaker family farm

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Real Estate Appraiser with PB APPRAISALS

 

What a wonderful piece of local history...

The history of Saunderskill Farms (named for the tributary of the Rondout Creek that flows through it) is as rich as the soil that has supported it for 12 generations. Originally granted to Lieutenant Hendrick J. Schoonmaker by Peter Stuyvesant in 1663 as payment for military service, the family's original 300 acres of prime Rondout bottomland has been continuously farmed since 1680.

Second in age only to the Hull family farm in Southhold, Long Island, Saunderskill Farm now includes more than 800 acres of vegetables, flowers and orchards. The stone manor house, built in 1787, still stands on the property, as does the barn that housed oxen used to pull barges on the Delaware & Hudson Canal, a section of which meanders through the property. Saunderskill is one of the few farms in the nation to have received the rare Tricentennial Award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Jack and Alice Schoonmaker still reside at and run the farm, along with their sons David and Danny.

The farm stand, along Route 209 in Accord, is run by Danny and his wife Cathy.

This is an old fashioned stand with many baked goods, fresh sandwiches and soups, cider donuts and on and on!! 

The greenhouses are busting with wonderful annuals and perennials as well as

 The coffee is wonderful.  I often will go there on a weekend morning and sit outside listening to the new water garden gurgle and reading the paper.  How relaxing...

If you find yourself in this area, be sure to stop by...it is worth the trip!!

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Rainer
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Sarah Berger
R.J. Smith Realty/Real Estate Solutions - Ellenville, NY
I am sure that I have seen you there.  I am there pretty much every weekend and I love it.  I have been going with my Grandmother and my Son and various other family members since they opened.  Everything is delicious, everyone is SUPER friendly and the gardens are so nice to look at.  My own gardens are too full because I cannot stop buying plants there as soon as the season starts.   Thanks for bringing this wonderful place to AR.
Mar 27, 2008 05:54 AM #1
Rainer
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Patrice Estess
PB APPRAISALS - Kerhonkson, NY
How cool...it is always nice when something rings true for you!!  thanx for the comment and I'll wear a ribbon next time so you can recognize me!! 
Mar 27, 2008 06:04 AM #2
Rainer
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Ray Zwart
Sassone Realty - Montgomery, NY
CRS, ABR, SRES - Lower Hudson Valley Real Estate

Patrice,

We'll  know it's you when we see you riding in on your white horse! Why don't we plan to have coffee together sometime here.

Ray 

Mar 27, 2008 10:33 PM #3
Rainer
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Patrice Estess
PB APPRAISALS - Kerhonkson, NY

Hey Ray, sounds great to me.  Maybe when the weather gets a little bit warmer...I'm game!!

Mar 28, 2008 02:33 AM #4
Rainer
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Ray Zwart
Sassone Realty - Montgomery, NY
CRS, ABR, SRES - Lower Hudson Valley Real Estate
Cool...we can have a REALTOR Round-up!
Mar 28, 2008 10:03 PM #5
Rainer
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Patrice Estess
PB APPRAISALS - Kerhonkson, NY
Yes, actually, maybe it will be an Active Rain Round up!!
Mar 29, 2008 06:04 AM #6
Rainer
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Ray Zwart
Sassone Realty - Montgomery, NY
CRS, ABR, SRES - Lower Hudson Valley Real Estate
Maybe we will all have to call out from the office for a "RAIN DAY"
Mar 29, 2008 06:15 AM #7
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