When Nichole Martini from Fat Apple Farm and Jill Duffy and Lucy Marston from Farm + Field joined forces to host an event, it just made sense. These two mission-driven, farm-centric businesses have come together to create a feast in the field on August 10th to celebrate much of what they love about farming and local community in the Hudson Valley.
With a relationship of mutual admiration—both supporting sustainable agriculture initiatives, community building, educational events, and really, really good food—it feels pretty much inevitable for them to connect and collaborate.
“There’s a symbiotic relationship,” Duffy says, noting that Fat Apple’s environment is the ideal location for this kind of gathering, with the bonus of being immersed in the feel-good energy that radiates from their farm and animals. “It’s a chance to consider ‘what does good farming look like?’”
On the menu, they’ll be serving Fat Apple's Freedom Ranger chicken and heritage breed pork ribs (raised ethically and mindfully on the farm) and the rest of dinner will also showcase many other local growers and makers from the area, including: Rock Steady Farm, Hawthorne Valley Farm, Ironwood Farm, Tienda Salsita, Poor Devil Pepper Co., Jacuterie, and Fortune’s of Tivoli, who will bring a custom-made ice cream flavor just for the feast.
“It’s a completely local feast, from start to finish,” Martini says.“It’s the best of summer.”
Attendees will also get the chance to explore the grounds of Fat Apple’s sustainable and ethical livestock farm (and, of course, get to see some of their unique and heritage breed animals), learn more about Farm + Field's 10-acre farm stay in Ghent, and just generally love up on their friends and neighbors, all while eating amazing local food in the field.
For tickets and more information, visit Fat Apple Farm's event page.
To see more of what both Farm+Field and Fat Apple Farm are up to, visit their websites or check them out on Instagram at @farmandfieldny and @fatapplefarm.