John H. Jones purchased a picturesque estate in Cornwall, NY in 1914. He and his wife Alice turned the land into a dairy farm to deliver fresh milk to their community. As demand shifted over time, the Jones family transitioned to egg and poultry farming. Now the farm is best known for fresh produce, including apples, pears, plums, and pumpkins.
At Jones Farm, farming is a family business. John and Alice’s children Raymond, Chauncey and Almira grew up helping out on the farm, and Raymond and his wife Gladys raised their three “farmer-ettes” Alma, Doris and Alice on the farm too. After more than 100 years, Jones Farm is stilled owned and operated by the same family, and is one of the few surviving family farms in the Hudson Valley.
Owner David Clearwater met us early one morning to show us around the farm. It’s perched high upon a hill, providing sweeping view of the farm and the surrounding land. As we started gathering stones, the skies opened up and despite fighting to save our boots from getting stuck in the mud we carried on as usual. By the time we moved down to the lower field the rain subsided. As we were finishing up our rock haul, we even saw a black bear scurry up the hill towards the farm! Likely looking for an easy meal. David went to warn the neighbors while we gathered the last few stones.
With a bed and breakfast, country store, art gallery, gift shop, bakery and a cafe, The Shops at Jones Farm has become a destination for foodies and shoppers alike! You have to try their iced coffee – they use a secret trick in the preparation that leaves you wondering how you didn’t think of it! You’ll just have to visit to find out what it is 🙂
Jones Farm est. 1914
190 Angola Road
Cornwall, NY, 12518