FLORAL PARK, N.Y. — Queens County Farm Museum debuts Milk & Honey Month, celebrating New York State dairy and honey in honor of National Dairy Month and National Pollinator Month, both in June. Daily admission to Queens County Farm Museum is free and the celebration includes both free and fee-based programming throughout the month of June. There is something for everyone at Queens County Farm Museum including butter churning demos, pollinator talks, story time and milk & cookies, and the all-new Celebrate the Strawberry Moon evening program.
Milk & Honey Month begins Wednesday, June 1st, 2022 and runs through Thursday, June 30th. Program partners include the New York Animal Agriculture Coalition, Cornell University’s Dyce Lab for Honey Bee Studies, Queens Public Library, Lower East Side Ecology Center, Lifeway Foods and Andrew’s Honey.
Free Milk & Honey Month programs include:
- Milk & Cookie Hour on Fridays for an after-school treat
- Story Time at the Con Edison Reading Room on Saturdays
- Apiary Talks on Sundays
- Historic Farmhouse Tours featuring butter churning and honey tasting on Sundays
- Milk & Honey Facial Mask demos (Sun, June 26)
Fee-based Milk & Honey Month programs include:
- Sunset Yoga (Weds, June 1, 8, 15 & 22)
- Cheesemaking 101 Workshop (Thurs, June 9)
- The Cycle of Composting Workshop presented by Lower East Side Ecology Center (Sat, June 11)
- Celebrate the Strawberry Moon (Tues, June 14)
- Urban Beekeeping Class (Sat, June 18)
- Art on the Farm Class (Thurs, June 23, 30)
- Plant Sale featuring pollinator-friendly annuals & perennials
Celebrate the Strawberry Moon is a sunset guided farm tour, strawberry sampling, and wine pairing under June’s full moon, known as the Strawberry Moon. This name has been used by Algonquin, Ojibwe, Dakota, and Lakota peoples, among others, to mark the ripening of “June-bearing” strawberries that are ready for harvest. Special thanks to our pollinators for this glorious new program.
“Milk & Honey is delicious,” stated Jennifer Walden Weprin, Executive Director of the Queens County Farm Museum. “We are thrilled to showcase our pollinators and the New York State dairy industry at Queens County Farm Museum with this month-long celebration.”
Queens County Farm Museum is one of the longest continually farmed sites in New York State, dating back to 1697. This year it is celebrating its 325th anniversary with the largest expansion in over 50 years. This work includes new unique public programs like Milk & Honey Month, the first of its kind in New York City, connecting visitors to agriculture and the environment through the lens of the historic farm site.
Cornell University’s Dyce Lab for Honey Bee Studies has named Queens County Farm Museum part of its cohort in hive research. Queens Farm is home to the largest, single apiary in New York City making it a leader in the ecological well-being of New York City. Research will help inform work to support pollinators in an urban environment. New York Animal Agriculture Coalition has partnered with Queens County Farm Museum to educate the public on the New York State’s dairy industry and connect New Yorkers to New York State dairy farmers and producers.
“The New York Animal Agriculture Coalition is proud to be a program sponsor of Milk & Honey month at Queens County Farm Museum. With a mission of helping others understand and appreciate animal agriculture, we look forward to helping visitors understand more about the NY dairy industry and the importance of dairy farming, along with why everyone should include dairy in their daily diet,” stated Eileen Jensen, Executive Director of the New York Animal Agricultural Coalition.
Planning Your Visit
Queens County Farm Museum is located at 73-50 Little Neck Parkway in Floral Park, New York 11004. It is open daily Monday–Sunday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm with free general admission. Visit queensfarm.org for a full schedule.
About Queens County Farm Museum
Queens County Farm Museum is a New York City Landmark and on the National Registry of Historic Places. Queens County Farm Museum is the largest tract of farmland in New York City. Queens Farm implements regenerative farming practices and is a leader in hyper-locally grown food, cultivating over 200 varieties of fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers.
–Queens County Farm Museum