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Food Field Trip: A Day A-Whey to Sprout Creek Farm and Terhune Orchard

Photo: Saxelby Cheesemongers

Photo: Saxelby Cheesemongers

September is a great time for a field trip to Hudson Valley farm country.  You can join uber-cheesemistress Ann Saxelby for her annual Day A-Whey. Here are the details:


A Day A-Whey to Sprout Creek Farm and Terhune Orchard

Sunday, September 27th 2009
9:00 am to 7:00 pm
Trip begins and ends at Saxelby Cheesemongers, 120 Essex Street
for tickets ($95) and more info, visit saxelbycheese.com

Here’s what Ann has to say about her Day A-Whey:

Jump on the bus and come along on our Day A-Whey farm field trip to Sprout Creek Farm and Terhune Orchard!  Join us on our chartered coach as we explore the finest of the Hudson Valley’s farm country at the peak of fall foliage.

The first stop on our Day A-Whey adventure is Sprout Creek Farm, where we’ll see first hand how fine farmstead cheese is made.  After a tour of the farm and creamery, guests will be treated to a lavish picnic lunch featuring locally foraged foods and Sprout Creek cheeses.  In the afternoon we’ll continue on to Terhune Orchard for a few hours of sunshine and apple picking.  The coach will return to the city in the early evening after a full day of farm goodness!

Sprout Creek Farm, located just about an hour and a half north of the city in Poughkeepsie, was founded by nuns in the late 1980s as a place for children to reconnect with nature and learn about agriculture.  After almost 30 years of agri-education, Sprout Creek has come to be one of the premier creameries in the country.

How to Get Your Day A-Whey: For tickets ($95) and information visit saxelbycheese.com

***Please note that the ticket price includes transportation, food, and apple picking***

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Does Obama Hate Asparagus?

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It’s spring and that means asparagus season.  But apparently there’s one person who won’t be eating them–President Obama. The word is that the leader of the free world is no asparagus fan.

Regional Best, an online marketplace that supports food artisans, farmers and other small family-owned food companies across the country, is launching a new recipe contest– Asparagus Lovers Unite for Obama! to find and send to the White House the best recipes for the spring veggie.

Here are the details:

WHAT:

A recipe contest to find the best asparagus recipe in America.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

Food bloggers, home cooks, chefs — anyone that has a favorite asparagus recipe.

HOW DO I ENTER?

Enter your favorite asparagus recipe for everything from appetizers to salads, side dishes and main entrees.  Winning recipes from eight regions of the country will be sent to the White House Chef, as well as showcased on RegionalBest.com and publicized nationwide.

Send recipes by email only to recipes@regionalbest.com. The deadline for submissions is May 20, 2009, with winners to be announced and posted on RegionalBest.com May 30, 2009.

DO I WIN ANYTHING?

The grand prize winner will receive $1,000 worth of farmer and artisan produced foods from RegionalBest.com such as California olive oil, Texas Guajillo honey, Idaho organic lamb, Vermont maple syrup and artisan cheese, Michigan herb chocolate truffles, and New England baklava.

ANY OTHER DETAILS?

Recipes will be judged on taste, creativity and regional flair. Regions include New England, Mid-Atlantic, South, Southwest, Midwest, Rocky Mountain, West, and Pacific Northwest.

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Upper West Side: Will Trader Joe’s Knock Fairway Off the Map?

Trader Joe’s is planning an Upper West Side outpost on Broadway at 72nd.  Here’s NY Magazine’s report:

With locations on 14th Street, Cobble Hill, and Rego Park, [Trader Joe’s] will now open a two-level store in a tower under construction at Broadway and 72nd Street next year, according to a proposal submitted to the local community board. It’s a foodie neighborhood, with Fairway and Citarella two blocks north and Zabar’s on West 80th Street. “Nobody wants to have a bunch of competition, and obviously the same people would shop there as shop with us,” says Steve Jenkins, Fairway’s manager. “But we’ve taken competition before, and we’ve kicked their butts.” Trader Joe’s declined to comment.

With outposts in Queens and on 14th St, Trader Joe’s is clearly seeking beachheads in the various boroughs.  It’s great that the popular store will be servicing the Upper West Side.  Still, despite Jenkins’ intention to fight until the last piece of Fairway cheese has curdled and died,  I worry about the fate of this iconic Upper West Side grocer.

Clearly, Fairway is already feeling the hot breath of  competition from the new guys in the ‘hood.  Over the last few months, the grocer has mailed out coupons to Upper West Side households.  That’s a sure sign the market is feeling the heat, which is only going to intensify with the planned TJ’s opening only two blocks away and with the opening of the new Whole Foods at 98th and Columbus some time in 2009.

After years of Soviet-style deprivation, it’s great to have a plethora of food stores to choose from.  However, I hope the new guys don’t knock Fairway off the block.


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Vermont: Leaves and Happy Chickens

My hubby was dying to see the autumn foliage. Since I have a brother to visit in the Green Mountain State, we figured we’d pop up to Vermont and do the leaf peeper thing. What we didn’t count on was 85 degree weather. It’s been so warm here that the leaves barely sport even a tiny bit of color.

Still, we pumped up the AC in the car to high and went searching for the elusive leaves. We found a few yellow and red clumps near Rutland. Better yet, we found WAAWWE Farm in Chester. A sign said: “farm market,” so we turned down a dirt road, past some happy looking cows munching on grass and pulled up to a barn. There, a guy was selling yummy unfiltered apple cider. In the bar and outside in the barnyard was a squad of pecking, squawking chickens, free-range, that’s for sure.

Inside the barn, a woman was selling intensely buttery cheese made form the milk of those happy cows I saw out in the pasture. There was also honey from the farm’s hives (we watched two guys in space suits taking apart the hive to harvest the honey), jams, quail eggs, and if you get there early enough, eggs from the chickens.

How happy are they? “The girls are very happy and they can’t wait to see me every morning,” insisted the woman selling us the farm fare, which also included the sweetest raspberries I’ve ever eaten. “When I drive up in the morning, they all come running. They know the sound of my car.”

Now those are chickens whose eggs are worth getting up early for.

WAAWWE Farm
157 Thompson Road
Chester, VT
802 875 6576
Open daily 8 am-6pm except Wednesdays

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