Enjoy a Finger Lakes Harvest at Elderberry Pond

October 24, 2010 at 11:45 am 4 comments

Auburn New York area

October view on the road near Auburn

Spending 3 hours in the car for the sole purpose of an additional 3 hours of cottage chores — mowing, raking, and trailoring a boat to the marina — is not tops on my husband’s list of Sunday fun. I needed to build in an “incentive program” to make the day a fond memory. Elderberry Pond was the perfect detour, and took our day from dreary to delightful.

 

Farm and store
View of the barn, farm and home

Elderberry Pond is a 100-Acre farm that practices organic or sustainable farming, with an on-site restaurant and store, located on rolling countryside between Auburn and Skaneateles. The farm produces a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, herbs, cut flowers and pasture raised meats. They specialize in raising fruit and vegetable varieties that can be incorporated into the restaurant menu. They also grow over 100 varieties of apples.

Elderberry Ponds

work on the farm

Elderberry Ponds

Over 100 varieties of apples are grown at Elderberry Ponds

The menu at Elderberry Pond includes many of the fresh seasonal ingredients from the farm. Most of the meat dishes are prepared from local organic and/or grass fed livestock including their own pork and beef from farms in upstate New York that raise free range livestock, hormone and antibiotic–free, with healthy diets.

Turkey chili with homemade coleslaw

Lunch menu

Crabcakes made from blue crab

We ordered Potato Leek Soup (made from their own potatoes and leeks), Turkey Chili and their signature crab cakes. Everything was delicious, especially when paired with some delightful wines, a chardonnay and a gewürztraminer. Service was attentive and helpful especially with our questions regarding gluten in the recipes.

Elderberry Ponds Restaurant

The dining room is a charming mix of old and new

The restaurant seats 40, with an additional 16 seats in the sun room. It has a charming interior that combines old and new design. The foundation was laid from stones cleared from their fields. The board and batten frame was made from local hemlock, and the beams in the dining areas are from fallen local barns. The restrooms are spacious and thoughtfully designed with period fixtures.

Elderberry Ponds store

The Store was used as a community pork rendering and smoke house in the mid 1800's

elderberry ponds store

Farm produce and meats are available in the store

Located in a stone building that was used as a community pork rendering and smoke house in the mid 1800’s, the store offers produce and meats for sale as well as jams, jellies, cider, and on occasion salads and soups. It was fun to explore the store, the barns loaded with pumpkins and apples, and  the vineyard and apple orchards behind the barn.

Trip Advisor has some helpful reviews.

The restaurant is open From April through December for Lunch and dinner on Wednesday through Sunday. The store is open mid-June through mid-November, from noon to 5:30 PM on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Elderberry Pond – 3728 Center Street Road, Auburn, NY  13021. Located 2 miles from Rt. 5 and Rt 20 between Skaneateles and Auburn.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. utterfluff  |  November 23, 2010 at 11:55 am

    Great write-up. We decided to indulge in a weekend getaway at 10Fitch in Auburn and had a wonderful dinner at Elderberry Pond Saturday night. I had an autumn squash soup and farm-raised pork chop with roasted asparagus. My wife had the potato, spinach & sausage soup with her duck breast. All aspects of the meal (food, service, experience) were excellent. A real gem in the rough.

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  • 2. epnanma  |  December 24, 2010 at 11:00 am

    “It has a charming interior that combines old and new design. The foundation was laid from stones cleared from their fields. The board and batten frame was made from local hemlock, and the beams in the dining areas are from fallen local barns. The restrooms are spacious and thoughtfully designed with period fixtures.”
    Intresting. I would like details!

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    • 3. Finger Lakes Summer  |  December 24, 2010 at 2:23 pm

      You can find more information on their website: http://www.elderberrypond.com/index.html

      “we will be conducting complementary tours of the farm each Sunday afternoon beginning at 3:30 PM. Those who wish may follow a lunch at the restaurant (or precede a dinner) with a walk around the farm. We will tell a little of the farm’s history (dating back to the 1850’s) and will walk through the orchards, crop fields and pastures to see the pigs and chickens. “

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  • 4. sacamill  |  December 24, 2010 at 11:00 am

    “Everything was delicious, especially when paired with some delightful wines, a chardonnay and a gewurztraminer. Service was attentive and helpful especially with our questions regarding gluten in the recipes.”
    Are you sure that this is so?

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