Stay on the Farm
For those of you that need more than a few hours at a farmer’s market to scratch your homesteading itch, why not move in? Many Catskills farms offer “farm stays,” where the experience can range from bucolic B&B-style lodging to working in the fields. At Handsome Brook Farm in Franklin (above), you can roam hundreds of acres year-round, including a 20-acre berry orchard. Learn sustainable, organic farming at Stony Creek Farm in Walton, then fix dinner in your private cabin with the farm’s own meat and produce. Stone and Thistle Farm near East Meredith offers a luxe five-course meal to guests, made tastier when you’ve helped harvest the ingredients yourself.