Casting June Farms of West Sand Lake Hiring Reality Pilot

WEST SAND LAKE – June Farms, the event location and bar with rolling fields, bucolic woods and resident animals, is hiring staff for the season who will also be part of a pilot episode in development for a possible reality series, the owner said.

Longtime Capital Region restaurateur Matt Baumgartner said an experienced production company that develops shows for cable channels and streaming services has signed on from what Baumgartner described as a “major streaming service” to shoot a pilot over two or three weeks in May or June for a reality show about life at June Farms. The pilot is a precursor to what would become a series that would potentially film for months to come, Baumgartner said. He said he is currently prohibited from naming the production company or streaming service.

The owner of the Los Angeles-based production company confirmed on Wednesday that filming will take place. Given the sensitive nature of the final negotiations, he asked that his company not be named. He said there was interest from several distribution partners and is confident that the June Farms show will be seen by the public.

Seven staff/cast members have been hired, with three key positions still vacant, including head gardener and event/wedding planner, Baumgartner said. June Farms also has other employees who will not be filmed.

Because this is a TV casting call as well as a job posting for an event venue, headlines are needed in addition to resumes, Baumgartner said. Application information is available at instagram.com/junefarms.

The television crew is expected to film for several weeks at the start of the June Farms spring season, with two weddings and several private parties already scheduled and regular public food and drink service beginning Memorial Day weekend. . June Farms is also open daily all year round for walking tours of its 120 acres of fields, forests and an animal population that includes Shire horses, shaggy Scottish Highland cattle, Nigerian Dwarf goats, Tamworth and Gloucestershire Old Spots pigs, chickens, ducks, barn cats named Ginger and Rogers and the farm dog, Frank. Since opening in 2017, June Farms has expanded to offer cabins, teepees and an Airstream trailer for overnight guests.

“The pilot will be all about getting everything up and running, with me trying to manage new staff and making sure everything is taken care of,” Baumgartner said. June Farms has been considered for pilots in the past, but no standalone show has resulted, Baumgartner said. A 2018 wedding at June Farms was the subject of a 2019 episode of the Bravo makeover series “Backyard Envy.”

Food service at the Farm’s Pony Barn bar, snack bar and all events is overseen this season by Will Brown, a longtime chef at Clifton Park-based Mazzone Hospitality who now runs his own business, Crafted Catering + Events. In addition to June Farms’ outdoor pizza oven, a commercial kitchen has been added and a food tent will be built, Baumgartner said.

Since founding the Bombers Burrito Bar in the fall of 1997, Baumgartner has opened several bars and restaurants, including Wolff’s Biergarten, most of which he has closed or sold over the years. Its main focus now is June Farms.

Elsewhere in regional restaurant-related reality TV, a family that owns three Lake George restaurants was the subject of a four-episode Food Network series called “Summer Rush” that aired in 2020.

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