Action News On The Road - Broome County

June 12, 2014 Updated Jun 10, 2014 at 1:58 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton, NY) Apple Hills is known for their delicious food at the Apple Dumpling Cafe which is open year round. They also have a beautiful gift shop where you can find just about anything.
"Our food is good old fashioned home cooking," Owner Joy Johnson said. "It's kind of what grandma used to make and the portions are generous and just good home cooking."
In addition to great breakfast and lunch food you can also do some shopping at their gift shop. They have specialty foods, decorations and the prices on their spices can't be beat. They also have some events coming up this summer. The third weekend in July they have their berry fest which includes a 5 foot cheesecake.
"We encourage the families to come up. It's just a family fun day. We have wagon rides and all kinds of things to do out in the fields and food, lots of food. All you can eat."
And of course people know Apple Hills for their fabulous you-pick fruits... They say that this year's cold winter didn't effect their crops as much as they had thought it would and that the strawberry crop looks phenomenal.
"I was expecting a lot of cold damage to the crops but we didn't see it, other than the cherries everything looks average or above average so I'm a pretty happy farmer right now."
Visitors can expect to start picking strawberries mid-June, raspberries and blueberries in July and Apples all fall.
Summer is a great time to enjoy delicious fresh picked fruits and vegetables. Now the berry season is just starting but North Windsor Berries has a lot more than just berries.
The first you pick thing will be strawberries. We're thinking it's going to be around the 16th, we're telling people to call a few days ahead to check and see how they're coming. I mean It all depends on the weather.
And there's nothing like eating a fresh picked strawberry.
"There's no comparison as to what these taste like versus what's in a grocery store," chuckles Bill Titus co-owner of North Windsor Berries. "They're so much better. If you've never had them you just don't know what you're missing."
In addition to strawberries, raspberries and blueberries they also have u-pick vegetables.
"We have peas, beats, beans, onions, I mean they just keep progressing through the summer," Titus said. " Zuchhini, yellow squash, just about anything you can think of."
In fact, they already have fresh lettuce and broccoli that is ready and available at their farm stand. Not only are you getting the freshest produce available it's also typically 40% less than grocery store prices.
Now the strawberries will be the first u-pick of the season but always call ahead to make sure they are ripe and ready. For more information log on to WBNG.com or friend me on facebook for exclusive content.
Another great place to go in Broome County is Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, NY. This is their second season open and if you thought there were a lot of animals last year you're going to want to check it out this year.
"Lots of new babies here at Animal Adventure," said Jordan Patch owner of Animal Adventure. "Just last week we had baby goats, baby Patagonian Cavy's born, our bison calfs are here. We have young prairie dogs we have our rhea which is the third largest flightless bird on a nest. Our ostriches are breeding, we have piglets, chicks there are babies everywhere."
This year they also have a baby cougar named Lulu who will be part of the new North American Animal Trail which will open soon. Animal Adventure allows visitors to get up close and personal with the animals and unlike a zoo, you're actually encouraged to touch and feed most of the animals. Animal Adventure has summer camps where kids get to actually become part of the program.
"They shadow us, they take part in activities and crafts to help the animals and create new exhibits and designs it's a really fun spin on the traditional summer camp," Patch said.
In addition to the new North American Animal trail they are also fundraising to add a giraffe to the park next year.
"Next year will be 50 years since we've had them here," Patch said. "And so we're fundraising this year to bring our giraffes to the park for our guests to enjoy next season."
Now the North American Animal Trail will open up at the end of June and will allow visitors to get up close and personal to Arctic wolves, a cougar, alligator bayou and a whole bunch of other different animals. For more information log on to wbng.com or friend me on Facebook for exclusive content.

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