Frederick Farms sunflowers

Sunflowers are Summer’s Last Stand

August is officially Sunflowers month, and we are incredibly lucky to have some spectacular places around Rochester to celebrate!

At each of these farms, you can 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 have visited Hopkins Farm on a Tuesday morning around 7:30 am when it was slightly raining and the sky was a soft gray. Such a treat, and I had the entire field to myself.

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow. It’s what sunflowers do.
Helen Keller

Sunflower Field August Clover and Calkins Rochester NY
Hopkins Farm in Pittsford
Green Sunflowers in Pittsford Closer Sunflower Field
August 3, 2018
Sunflower Field Clover Calkins
August 15, 2018

Hopkins Farm in Pittsford

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, and we all find out that “they’re here!”

I start changing my commute around August 1 to find out for myself! The timing depends on the amount of precipitation we have received all summer. One year, I stopped on August 3 and the field was completely lush and green. Five days later, they were blooming. So each August, if you follow along on Facebook, we’ll keep you posted.

There are several fields used in annual crop rotations, so the sunflowers move along Clover anywhere between Calkins and Lehigh Station Roads, alternating places with the soy beans, wheat and corn. This sunflower field in Pittsford free to visit, with no planned activities or entertainment; just sunflowers.

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. Stop by their produce stand while you’re in the area.

Frederick Farms sunflowers
Frederick Farms in Clifton Springs
Frederick Farms barn sunflowers
Frederick Farms barn photographer

Frederick Farms in Clifton Springs

Frederick Farms’ sunflower field is located about 45 minutes from Rochester. [get directions] 

There are sunflowers for days, with a large pathways carved right down the middle making it easy for everyone to find the perfect backdrop for family photos and sunflower selfies.

The farms offers hayrides at no cost, though encourages a donation to benefit House of John–a hospice in Clifton Springs. You can also purchase sunflower seeds, oil, and flowers.

Sunflowers Clover Calkins

Wickham Farms in Penfield

The sunflower field is located at the Wickham Farms Fields & Orchard. [get directions].

Wickham hosts a weekend, ticketed Sunflower Spectacular Festival around the last few weeks of August and first week of September.

The event feels very much like their fall harvest events: family oriented, playful, cut-you-own sunflowers, hayrides, corn maze, etc.

Frederick Farms sunflowers inside car

Sunflowers of Sanborn

Head toward Niagara Falls on NY-31 about 90 minutes. The Sanborn sunflower field is near the intersection of NY-31 and Baer St. [get directions]

The field is always free to view, but help the family farm out by purchasing concessions & novelties. They also host events like Food Trucks in the Field, art shows, and cosplay day.

Opposite of Wickham Farm, the activities seem geared more toward adults.

Thorn Farms sunflowers
Thorn Farms

Need a few more places to enjoy the sunflowers while they last?

Thorn Farm in Clyde

Stokoe Farms in Scottsville

Lincoln Hill Farms in Canandaigua

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2 thoughts on “Sunflowers are Summer’s Last Stand”

  1. I hate to bring traffic to my town but actually we do have sunflower field in Pittsford, also on Calkins vs Clover but more on Calkins than Clover. Let’s say the sunflower field of last year was at SW corner than this year it is af NW corner but not right at the corner. In other words, move West on Calkins past Clover a bit.

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