In the heart of Kings Park you can find a place that brings you back to yesteryear where you pull up to a country store, nestled on a quaint farm, browse through wooden bins and shelves and return home with an assortment of fresh, organic goods. For this reason, visiting Raleigh's Poultry Farm and Country Store is #93 on our 100 Things to Do in Kings Park list.
Walk into the store on any given day and you will find Catherine Raleigh-Boylan and Maura Raleigh-Ruggiero behind the counter. Their parents, immigrants from Ireland, started the farm over 50 years ago. The Raleigh family continues their parents’ tradition of providing farm fresh goods to the community.
At the farm, you will find the expected: fresh, organic, free ranged poultry and eggs. There are also fresh baskets of produce, including carrots, broccoli, onions, potatoes and more. You can find all the ingredients for an organic breakfast. Along with the eggs, white or brown, there are nitrate free bacon and breakfast sausage, jams and organic orange juice.
Raleigh’s also carries a line of old-time health remedies, including ginger syrup, black molasses and elderberry, as well as newer remedies, like chia seeds, coconut water and acai berry juice. On the shelves you will find hummus, cheeses, and assorted chocolates. They also produce their own raw honey. The use of local honey is known for alleviating allergies.
The store offers ready made take home food, which Raleigh-Boylan describes as “healthy kid-friendly meals, such as chicken nuggets and homemade mozzarella sticks.” She says customers come into the store looking for healthy fast food. The store carries homemade soups like squash-apple and a variety of chilis including vegetarian and veggie three bean.
For those with a sweet tooth, the farm offers cookies as well as brownies, and of course, milk to round out the treat.
Customers are encouraged to bring their children, who can visit the farm’s little friends. When you pull up to the store, you are greeted by honking geese, Elmo the goat and several of his friends. There is also a beautiful pheasant, which Catherine reveals she received as a chick over thirty years ago.
Joe Sadowski, a regular customer, described the farm as “the best place on earth,” visiting once a week to stock up on eggs for his family.
Raleigh’s Farm is located at 335 Old Indian Head Road and offers a variety of fresh farm goods and a unique shopping experience.
Category: Family, Food, Shopping, Farm, Organic
Note: Raleigh’s Poultry Farm and Country Store is open Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays from 9 a.m.to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cash or checks only.
Phone # 269-4428
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