A farm stay vacation lets you get get down and dirty
You can help out in the 30-by-30-foot vegetable garden, which boasts -- among other healthy stuff -- broccoli, Brussels sprouts, pumpkins, beans, peas, tomatoes, rhubarb, green peppers, strawberries, raspberries and some of the heftiest zucchini... Handsome Brook in Franklin is among dozens of small farms in the tristate area (and beyond) that offer the appeal of a bed-and-breakfast with a down-and-dirty farm experience. I am in a pigpen on Handsome Brook Farm at the western edge of the Catskill Mountains as a 4-month-old, 200-pound swine (of the Tamworth breed) insistently nuzzles my leg, leaving a smeary mess of mud and who knows what else on my jeans. This is a farm stay, after all, and I've actually chosen to scale the fence to visit with the pigs, having first flipped the switch that de-electrifies the pen.