Each and every August, neighbors of the Hopkins Farm on Clover Street in Pittsford are treated to a field of golden sunflowers on their daily commutes. People from outside the immediate area start asking “Are they there yet?” and then word starts to travel…”The sunflower field is alive!” The timing depends on the amount of precipitation they have received all summer. There are several fields used in annual crop rotations, so it moves along Clover anywhere between Calkins and Lehigh Station Roads, trading places with the soy beans, wheat and corn.
Find the sunflowers
Expect lots of people parked along the road on the weekends. If you can venture over early in the morning or evening, a rising or setting sun reveals beauty not witnessed in full sunlight. I went on a Tuesday morning around 7:30am when it was slightly raining and the sky was a soft gray. Such a treat, and I had the entire field to myself.
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Take only photos & leave the sunflowers to brighten another person’s day!
Everyone talks about the sunflowers, but not about the farm that plants them all! Learn more about Hopkins Farm, established in 1813 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places as one of very few 200+ year old farms in this area. There’s a book you can read online entitled Reflections on Big Spring: A History of Pittsford, NY and the Genesee River Valley.
If you’d like to see more, there is a smaller but equally beautiful sunflower field on Spring Street in Caledonia, Frederick Farms in Clifton Springs, and possibly one on Rt 237 in Holley south of Skillington Road, and north of Telegraph Road. New in 2017 is Wickham Farms “Sunflower Spectacular event.
Do you know of any others? Contact us and let us know!