Warwick, New York Located fifty-five miles from New York City, The Town of Warwick has a distinctly rural character with rolling hills and farmland dotted with red barns and gracious old farmhouses. The Town of Warwick spans 104 square miles and includes three villages (Florida, Greenwood Lake, and Warwick) and five hamlets (Amity, Bellvale, Edenville, New Milford and Pine Island). Each contributes to the Town's unique quality. Pine Island and Florida's fertile black dirt produces 25 percent of the nation's onion crop as well as organic vegetables, sod, and flower crops. This rich farmland, formed 12,000 years ago by a glacial lake, was cleared by hand in the 1880's by Polish and German immigrants and is farmed today by many of their descendants. Agriculture continues it's economic importance, as innovative farmers seek alternative uses and markets for their crops. Warwick's natural beauty extends beyond it's farmland to mountains. Streams and lakes. Greenwood Lake, the closest lake to New York City large enough to accommodate water sports, has long been a popular summer resort of such famous entertainment and sports figures as Babe Ruth. The ten-mile-long lake straddles the New York / New Jersey border. Farm stands featuring local produce dot the countryside, and families can enjoy "pick-your-own" apples, pears and pumpkins at many Warwick orchards. Arts & Culture Enjoy a day in the country in a town renowned for it's Victorian charm sophisticated culture and agricultural bounty. Warwick is home to many talented artists, musician, craftspeople and performing groups, with two art galleries featuring fine arts and crafts, and two theater groups. Wineries and local cafes feature live music an weekend nights. Area Attractions Warwick is an award-winning town. It has achieved the well-earned status of a "Quality Community" through the office of New York's Governor Pataki. Warwick Valley Farmers' Market has been recognized as one of the best community farmers' markets for over ten years. Warwick's Applefest, in it's 16th year, recently received national recognition by it's designation as one of the country's "Top 100 Events". Settle into one of Warwick's charming bed and breakfasts, or select family style accommodations in an area hotel, motel, inn or full-scale resort. Spring is heralded by the opening of the bustling of both the Warwick and Greenwood Lake Farmers' Markets openings in May. Summer brings a bounty of activities. The Warwick Historical Society celebrates history with museum homes that are open to the public in July and August. Fall finds Warwick bustling with color and chock full of special events, such as A Taste of Warwick and Warwick's Applefest. Cyclists also take to the roads in July for the Warwick Back Roads Bicycle Tour. In the winter months visitors can enjoy the holidays at the historical Baird's Tavern with the Warwick Historical Society's traditional wassail party, and celebrate Christmas Eve caroling at Warwick's Old School Baptist Meeting House. Whatever the season, Warwick's villages and hamlets offer quaint shops with friendly service and unique merchandise. And Warwick's many fine restaurants are renowned for country charm and culinary excellence. Recreation Warwick offers a wide variety of outdoor and indoor recreational fun. Sail or water-ski on Greenwood Lake. Hike along the beautiful Appalachian Trail. Tee-off at one of Warwick's challenging golf courses. Spend the day on the slopes at the local ski center or enjoy a scenic ride at one of Warwick's many horse farms. You'll find it all in the Warwick Valley. The "Black Dirt" Farming Region Rte 6 from Goshen to Pine Island • Pine Island 10969 One of the largest onion producing areas in North America. Home of "Orange County Onions," sweet tasting and world renowned. 14,000 acres of vegetable farms with numerous farm stands to purchase local produce. The "Black Dirt" area was formed from a glacial lake over 12,000 years ago. The area was originally called "the drowned lands" until it was drained to create the fertile farmland it is today. The "Black Dirt" Farming Region Rte 6 from Goshen to Pine Island • Pine Island 10969 One of the largest onion producing areas in North America. Home of "Orange County Onions," sweet tasting and world renowned. 14,000 acres of vegetable farms with numerous farm stands to purchase local produce. The "Black Dirt" area was formed from a glacial lake over 12,000 years ago. The area was originally called "the drowned lands" until it was drained to create the fertile farmland it is today.