Stories From Main Street: Floral Park, Queens
NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – It’s harvest time in New York City.
LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Sean Adams reports
“It’s amazing that you’re on a farm with crops and livestock and pumpkin patches,” Queens County Farm Museum executive director Amy Boncardo said to WCBS 880 reporter Sean Adams.
In Floral Park, there are 47 bucolic acres.
Boncardo observed, “There comes a big giant tractor, just to prove you’re on the farm.”
As it passed, Adams remarked, “A big tractor right here in the heart of Queens.”
“The farm’s history goes back to 1697 and it’s the longest continuously farmed site in New York state,” says Boncardo.
Sean Adams asked what is grown there today.
Boncardo answered, “Oh, today, we have all the market variety. We have tomatoes. We have corn. We have radishes, green beans.”
You can buy their produce at the Union Square market.
Adams sank his teeth into one of their heirloom tomatoes, called Black Prince. The sound he made is very difficult to type (you can hear it by listening to the report), but Boncardo said of the reaction, “You look very happy… You’re chewing and you can’t even talk. You seem very thrilled.”
Then they grow grapes and make wine.
Adams tried the Merlot and toasted, “To Queens.”
Boncardo commented that, “It’s a bit of a cultural experiment of sorts.”
Adams remarked that it would be “good with a pizza.”
Boncardo said, “Maybe a burger.”
The Queens County Farm Museum is located at 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park, NY 11004-1129.
The Farm Museum is open year-round, Monday – Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (outdoor visiting only) and Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. when tours of the historic farmhouse and hayrides (weather permitting) are available. Animal Feed may be purchased daily in the gift shop to feed the sheep and goats. General Admission is free (except on special event days and for all group visits at all times).