A Family Tradition
Our present farm consists of 776 acres in the town of Easton in Washington County and is owned by a closed family corporation. The first parcel of land (23 acres) was purchased by Smith Borden in 1837. Since then each generation has added to the farm which is now made up of some 18 parcels of land. Oscar A., the “O.A.” of our name, was the fourth generation owner. Currently the sixth and seventh generations are operating the farm.
In our orchards, we grow over 25 different apple varieties as well as pears, plums, and occasionally peaches. Old apple favorites include Northern Spy, Pound Sweet, and Cortland. New varieties include Paulared, Ginger Gold, Gala, and Honeycrisp.
Visitors can try these varieties, and many more, at our farm store. We are open year-round, offering fruit when in season, usually beginning in June. Our cold-air storage can hold up to 8,000 bushels and allows us to offer quality fruit up until at least March, and often later.
Our cider is made on our own mill in the back section of our store. During the fall harvest season, visitors can enjoy a variety of cider treats too, including fresh apple cider donuts and our famous apple cider slush.
In our store we also offer a variety of other local farm products such as potatoes, honey, maple syrup, New York State cheese, and hard-to-find jams and jellies. We offer fruit gift baskets and apple shipping in season.
We also have a dairy farm with 375 cropped acres, 170 milking cows, and 140 heifers and calves. Our milk is sold to Stewart’s and becomes part of the many dairy products available locally in Stewart’s Shops.
We pride ourselves on being at the forefront of the industry and in producing the best products the ideal soils of the Southernmost tip of the Adirondacks can yield. One of our latest ventures is the installation of a brand new robotic milking system, which will allow our cows to naturally choose when they want to be milked and how often.
Robots in the news:
The New York Times (4/23/14) - With Farm Robotics, the Cows Decide When It’s Milking Time
Gothamist (4/23/14) - Termoonator Time: Cows Now Being Milked By Robots
Yahoo! News (4/23/14) - Cow-milking robots make farmers, animals happier
AOL Jobs (4/23/14) - Dairy Farmers Replace Workers With Robotic Milkers
Deccan Herald (4/23/14) - Here, cows decide the milking time
Grist (4/23/14) - Tired of milking your cow? There’s a robot for that
Yahoo! News Canada (4/23/14) - Cow-milking robots make farmers, animals happier (slideshow)
The Saratogian (3/29/14) - Got robots? Local dairy farm implements 21st-century technology
Lancaster Farming (3/29/14) - Seventh-Generation Dairy Looks Forward With Robots
Resilient Communities (3/29/14) - Robots On The Farm
WNYT NBC (2/24/14) - Got robots? Area farm uses automated milking and feeding of cows (video)
Time Warner Cable News (2/24/14) - Robotic technology helps local dairy farm reduce labor costs
The Daily Gazette (2/16/14) - The Milking Robots (photo gallery)
Lely Producer (2/3/14) - Lely Producer | O.A. Borden & Sons
Post Star (11/13/13) - With Robot Milkers, Farmers Buy More Time
Post Star (11/13/13) - Robotic Dairy Barn slide show
Come see us!
Our retail store is open year-round, offering the latest selection of fruit and produce in season and gifts and other local products in the off-season. We look forward to seeing you soon and hope that you enjoy the “fruits of our labor.”
Learn more about all the apple varieties we have to offer.
Inspiration for some tasty ways to cook with apples and other fruit found on the farm.