Enjoy a Slice of History
Welcome to historic Hand Melon Farm, a 425 acre working farm in the heart of Washington County, just outside of Saratoga Springs, NY. Near our farm, the British surrendered during the Battle of Saratoga in 1777, marking a turning point in the Revolutionary War.
Things are a little quieter these days, but we are always busy with over 20 crops that we raise for market, and Pick Your Own crops including strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, tomatoes, sweet and hot peppers, eggplant, and fall squash.
100 years of Freshness
Our farm really got going about a hundred years back when Allen F. Hand planted a crop of muskmelons, at that time grown mostly in tropical climates. They succeeded beyond his wildest hopes, and the rest is history! Today the famous Hand Melon is regarded as the ultimate melon for firm, sweet flesh, and is prized by presidents, actors, celebrities, and those lucky enough to be “in the know!”
Sustaining the land, sustaining our health
We use sustainable practices such as composting, recycling, rotating and resting fields. We also employ Integrated Pest Management principles, which utilize minimal amounts of pesticides to protect the health of their customers and the land.
Hand Melon Farms has waived future development rights, and so will always remain an agricultural asset. In doing so, we hope to preserve the farm for generations yet to come.
We also offer horse boarding in our newly renovated barns, complete with a modern exercise facility. And in the course of our forestry management, we do selective harvesting of our hardwoods, which we process into dry firewood offered for sale.
Where to Find us
Our Farm Market is located on Route 29, just across from the Washington County Fairgrounds, and our pick-your-own fields lie just down Wilbur Avenue about a mile distant.
We also have farm stands, and are carried in fine grocers across the Northeast.
Be sure to follow us on Facebook for the latest news about the crops and their readiness. Also be sure to sign up for our email newsletter so you know when to come out for a pick-your-own visit, or to pick up some of the region’s best sweet corn, fresh berries, just-picked produce, and famous Hand Melons at our Farm Market!