Finger Lakes Honeoye Harvest

November 20, 2010 at 8:00 am Leave a comment


Long ride up hill to Bristol

Up Hill — What's not to like?

An exceptionally warm Saturday allowed me a late fall bike ride in farm country north of Honeoye Lake. I was careful to bike east/west, thus avoiding some of the mile-long N/S hills common in this area, and instead opting for the quad-ripping drumlins that make riding in the Finger Lakes a worthy workout.


Bristol area pond

Even with no lake there is still LOTS of water

I was surprised to pass several beautiful ponds, one with a pair of Kingfishers that accompanied me.


Corn fields

Corn cut right to the ground

Bristol New York Hillside

Another cleared field affords a wide view

The fields were fully cleared, the corn stalks being stripped right to the ground. With the empty fields and leaves off most of the trees I was able to enjoy a more generous view of the surrounding hills.


Finger Lakes Farm

Just in case a there's a heavy rain

To my continuous amusement, I saw several boats “growing” in the yards and fields. Sailboats, rowboats and motorboats, long land-locked. Will future historians predict these to be indicative of a prior flood?

Digging around online I discovered that the soil in the Finger Lakes region is called “Honeoye.

The word “Honeoye” is from the Iroquois “Hay-e-a-yeah.” Legend indicates that a Seneca brave was bitten by a rattlesnake, had to cut off the bitten finger, and later described the location of the incident as the place “where the finger lies.”

The Honeoye series consists of very deep, well-drained soils formed in glacial till which is strongly influenced by limestone and calcareous shale. They are nearly level to very steep soils on convex upland till plains and drumlins.

Honeoye soils are used for corn, soybeans, wheat, oats, vegetables, alfalfa, grass pasture and hay, and grape and apple orchards. Woodlots contain sugar maple, white ash, red and white oak, hickory, and associated species.

Many of the area farms sell their homegrown produce at area public markets. The increase in popularity of buying locally (locovore) has helped our neighboring farmers to raise such diverse crops as: beans, broccoli, lettuce, radishes, sweet corn, eggplant, peppers, summer and winter squash, swiss chard and a lot of different colored beans, plus many varieties of garlic, tomatoes and potatoes.


South of Rochester, bike route

Travelled west to east in a loop = up first

Here is the route I rode. Lots to see. Little shoulder. Little traffic. Click on this image to enlarge.

Finger lakes small town cemetary

Sobering rest stop

On my return loop, I passed through the town of Bristol, which had a graveyard with a hilltop view. Most of the return ride was downhill — happy legs!

Farm bureau


Entry filed under: Activities, Biking, Environmental Protection Fund, Honeoye lake, Organic Farming.

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