- Matt Long
It's that time of year again in the Hudson Valley, when the sun is out, everyone is outdoors, and farmers markets are in peak form. It's also the time of year when farms open up their doors, welcoming visitors in to sample their fare and be a part of the variety of collaborations and ideas for farm dinners that happen throughout the valley over the next few months. Here are some of the upcoming ones for you to check out.
One option is Glynwood in Cold Spring, which will be hosting their second annual Burger Night, as part of Food + Farm Day on July 15. The guest chefs will be the owners of Grazin' in Hudson, who bring their delicious burgers to the farm. While Burger Night is a ticketed event, Food + Farm Day is free. Tickets for Burger Night are $25, and the event is BYOB. If you are buying a ticket to any dinner and don't feel like leaving, you can also book overnight stays at Glynwood. Glynwood.org.
For those who are comfortable paying a bit more, the next few are for you. Taliaferro Farms, a CSA, is just a five-minute drive from downtown New Paltz. Their first farm dinner, hosted by Robin and Pete Taliaferro, is July 15, with an additional one on August 19. They will also host two dinners in September and two in October, though the dates are yet to be determined. Each month, they choose a local chef who creates a five-course menu based on which vegetables are available on the farm. They source all meats, sustainably caught Atlantic seafood, and organic dairy products from the New Paltz region. The evenings begin with a glass of sparkling wine or cider and a walking tour of the farm, before guests are seated overlooking the fields and greenhouses, with the Shawangunk Ridge setting the background scenery. "The dinners facilitate transparency and honesty between the people that grow the food and those who eat it, highlighting the methods and respect that small farms and organic growers have for their land and crops. There is something quite fundamentally pure and genuine about people coming together and breaking bread and enjoying fine conversation while knowing exactly where, when and how their meal was produced," says Pete Taliaferro. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. and runs until 9:30pm. Dinners are $75 per person or $65 per person without alcohol. Taliaferrofarms.com.
- Matt Long
Located in Accord, Arrowood Farms is also offering the chance to dine on local food, in the form of a partnership with Graze Farm to Table to host their mobile kitchen. The kitchen will be open every weekend featuring Arrowood's signature brews, which you can enjoy under their outdoor pavilion. Some of the menu items include local lamb sliders with New York feta, red onion, and herbed mayo for $16 and goat cheese polenta cakes with pea tendrils, tomatoes, and portobello with romesco for $18. On July 22, Arrowood will be having their 2nd Annual Grand Open where the Big Takeover will be playing and then August 19 they'll be having their Hop Festival where attendees can join in and help harvest hops for Arrowood's brews. The event will also feature vendors such as Diego's Taqueria from Kingston, as well as live music and other food. Their final event for the summer is on September 22, called "Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall." It's a chance for them to "celebrate the end of a busy summer and kick off the beginning of fall with everyone", says Blake Arrowood, one of the owners of Arrowood farms. Goodbye Summer Hello Fall will feature Graze Farm to Table, and New Deal BBQ from Rosendale. At this event, attendees will get a chance to drink the IPAs brewed from the hops they harvested during the August Hops Festival. Arrowoodfarms.com.
Le' Express, the modern French American Bistro in Poughkeepsie, will also be hosting farm dinners around the valley this summer. They have one dinner on August 12, at Fishkill farms, featuring the farms local ingredients. Tickets can be had for $75 a person. While the final menu is still being decided you can count on hors d'oeuvres such as chilled pea soup shooters with crème fraiche, bite size Caesar salad, Fishkill Farm deviled eggs, roasted shishito peppers, and beer batter fried artichokes with garlic aioli and Hungarian paprika. Le' Express will also be hosting another event at Angry Orchards on August 24, using ingredients from local farms of the area. "The goal is for us to help represent the area with local ingredients and to pair it with cider that Angry Orchard produces," says John Lecik, owner of Le' Express. Lexpresshv.com.