If fresh fruits and vegetables appeal to you, then you will find plenty for your table in Bainbridge during the growing season. The town is privileged with two very different, established farm stands to choose from for a shopping experience:
At Frog Pond Farms, you can find a huge array of produce, live farm animals, and greenhouse stock, and children will enjoy the unique corn box, children’s area and seeing the animals. A visit there can be an experience for the whole family to enjoy. Experience the casual browsing of a farm stand (no cash registers), but the selection of a large grocery, which varies from spring flowers to fall pumpkins.
Open Easter to Halloween, daily, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Riverside Farms is a classic farm stand housed in a new building with items grown locally. Visit for a less hectic experience than Frog Pond, but still a solid variety of fresh produce contained in the building, conveniently located close to the road. The large, enclosed farm stand is set up for a quick in and out access, with high quality seasonal produce and plants and easy parking.
Open during the growing season
Jedidiah Strong Smith, a contemporary to Lewis and Clark and pathfinder through the Rocky Mountains, was born in Bainbridge (Jericho at the time) in 1799. Two monuments in Bainbridge mark the significance of his life of the more than 70 monuments across the country that note his travels– in Utah, Nevada, Kansas, etc.
Jed lived in Bainbridge for the first ten years of his life. He moved on to Pennsylvania, and when he was 21, he began his adventures in the West, where he:
Discovered the South Pass over the Rockies
Traveled overland from California from the east to the west
Was the first known white man to cross the Sierra Nevada Mountains from west to east
Was the first to open a trail from the Salt Lake Region to the Colorado River (I-15)
Was the first to open a route from California to Oregon;
His total miles travelled in the wilderness from 1826-1831 equals twice the mileage of the Lewis and Clark expedition.
He was described as a “Christian Gentleman on the Frontier.” He went out on his last trading party expedition and was killed by a Comanche War Party when he was only 32.
His name has been bestowed on rivers, mountains, parks and buildings. And in his hometown of Bainbridge, he has two memorials:
The first was erected by the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1950 – a plaque in the village park, identifying Smith as born in Bainbridge and as the Pathfinder of the Sierras.
A larger monument was erected in 2005 just northeast of the Village on State Route 7. In a triangle of green, the stone identifying the area as Pathfinder Park invites people to stop and wander – sit in […]
Bainbridge claims Oquaga Creek State Park as its closest state park, and it is just over the southeast border of the Town of Bainbridge. The park provides a picturesque setting for residents to spend a few hours, the whole day or even overnight. The land beacons to visitors, especially in the summer, with a clean lake surrounded by tree-lined hills echoing the shouts of excited swimmers. Six miles of trails weave through the state forests and gentle slopes. Hiking is great in the summer, and the same trails are used for cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing in the winter.
In the middle of the park is 55-acre Arctic Lake, a man-made body of water with a sand beach for swimmers, and black bass, bullheads and rainbow trout for fishermen, along with a car-top boat launch and boat rentals. The sound of excited swimmers echo in the lake area, and show the fun times
It’s a great place for families to enjoy the day, with a playground, a nature trail and food concessions. For those who want to camp, 95 sites are available and six rustic cabins, with dumping stations. There is also a full-service cottage to rent.
For more information, phone: (607) 467-4160 See more at: http://nysparks.com/parks/27#snformation
Address: 5995 County Route 20, Bainbridge