We had a fantastic stay at Stony Creek Farm in the Catskills (upstate NY) over July 4th weekend. My five year old got to milk a cow, gather eggs, play in a creek that seemed to go on forever, and have s’mores by the campfire after a family make your own pizza night. Stony Creek is a working farm that opens itself up to guests during the warmer months. We stayed in tents, but to my husband Neil’s relief this was more of a glamping set up with beds, a toilet and sink with running cold water. We were super comfortable and felt a little but like we were on safari. While our son Lucien spent a day at farm camp, Neil and I spent an hour attempting to make coffee on the wood burning stove. (We were victorious — and coffee has never tasted better.) Kate, the farmer and host (and mom of two young children), bakes incredible breads for purchase in the farm “honesty” store, along with homegrown veggies. Pizza night, in her outdoor pizza oven, is not to be missed.  Both guests and neighbors come to enjoy some of the best pizza we’ve ever had.  We’ll definitely be back next summer.

Jessica Berger lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son. She’s the author of enLIGHTened: How I Lost 40 Pounds with a Yoga Mat, Fresh Pineapples, and a Beagle Pointer, and editor of About What Was Lost: 20 Writers on Miscarriage, Healing, and Hope.


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