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INTRODUCTION

Soils To Souls
By Cynthia Hochswender

F
ood nourishes our modern America: For young way to teach children about
bodies of course but people who’ve grown up in the benefits of farming
it also nourishes our a world that’s increasingly than to let them go out in
souls and spirit. fragmented and existential, the fields themselves and
That’s part of the reason the farm movement offers a pick succulent sweets such
the farm-to-table movement chance to connect deeply and as these fresh blueberries
has been so powerful in meaningfully with the world shown below, collected
around them, with the soil from the berry patch at the
beneath their feet and with Isabella Freedman Jewish
their own bodies and souls. Retreat Center in Falls
There can be no better Village.
Contents
Finding That Dream ..................................... page 4
Can There Be Too Many Markets? .............. page 7
On A Hot Day, Or Just A Busy One .......... page 10
Getting Fresh In Winsted ........................... page 14
Farm-to-Table Directory and Map .... pages 16-22
Giving Farms, Communities
A Helping Hand .......................................... page 23
FFA Leaves A Lifelong Impact ................... page 25
A Pie Chart You Can Sink
Your Teeth into ............................................ page 28

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THE COUNTRY

Finding That Dream
By Alexander Wilburn

A
s someone who has an imaginary secret world That’s the simple life. Right?
gone from working of autumn leaves filmed In speaking with
Brent Ridge, at in a city with a
population of more than 8
through a gauzy golden lens,
sequestered and cultivated in
husbands Josh Kilmer-
Purcell and Brent Ridge,
left in photo, million to working in a town the back of your mind when it quickly becomes clear
and Josh Killmer- of roughly 5,000 — and
then to living and working
the Formica finish of your
work desk looks especially
there’s nothing about “just
making soap” that’s simple.
Purcell are living in a town of roughly 1,000 unappealing. Today, their brand
the dream at people, it may seem strange I can report this with Beekman 1802 (named
that I still harbor fantasies of some authority. I mean, after Beekman Mansion,
the upstate New quitting my job and “moving listen: Every day at work I the 19th century Sharon
York property to the country.” look outside the window Springs, N.Y., home the two
“The country,” it may and see a horse. Really, what Manhattanites bought in
that they dismay many New Yorkers more could I want? What’s 2007) provides products you
converted into a to read, isn’t a real place. It’s missing from the fantasy? need/want/have to have for
The fulfilling movie your bathroom, kitchen and
working farm. fantasy job. Perhaps one like closet.
in “Baby Boom,” the 1987 Their soaps/sauces/
Diane Keaton film in which decorations and more hit
she gives up her corporate the sweet spot between
corner office and, by mistake, practicality and a cozy
ends up becoming hugely sense of indulgence. You’ll
successful with a line of baby find goat’s milk soap and
food made from fresh fruit shampoo, rosemary candles,
(and that was long before sheepskin hats, goat’s milk
organic baby food was sold shaving butter, stoneware
at every supermarket in bowls, ceramic planters,
America). goat’s milk eye balm. It all
To make one good, can be found online but
wholesome, quality product it’s also sold in pharmacies
and know that was enough. and shops even here in the
To simplify. To make a living Northwest Corner, including
from the land — my own, the Sharon and Salisbury
perfectly manicured land, pharmacies.
naturally. They even have
“The country” is where everything you need to
you get by while just making fill your pantry and quell
soap out of goat’s milk. the hunger pangs of your

Photo submitted

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After the global
financial crisis in
2008, both Ridge
and Kilmer-
fussiest weekend guests,
from gorgeous fruit
After the global financial
crisis in 2008, both Ridge
exclusively refer to as Farmer
John) had lost his farm and
Purcell found
preserves to goat’s milk hot and Kilmer-Purcell found needed a new home for his themselves
fudge and caramel (yes, it
all began with a goat dairy
themselves unemployed and
desperately trying to hold
beloved flock of goats.
The result was a business
unemployed
farm) to black onion jam onto their stately upstate built to safeguard their and desperately
and heirloom tomato sauce
for pasta (most of which
New York home.
The weekend getaway
future on the backs of the
nanny goats and their billy
trying to hold
can now be found at some became a primary residence buddies. Beekman 1802’s onto their
of the bigger area grocery — even though they had no unscented goat’s milk stately upstate
stores, including Market 32 heat for the first year. They soap was the partners’ first
in Torrington). describe watching snow product. New York home.
blow in under the doors in Born uniquely from
It began with a crash the middle of winter — and the close community ties
Beekman 1802 is an not melting. forged in the recession, the
empire that was built less In a similarly dire brand expanded to include
on a dream and more from situation, John Hall (a not just Farmer John but
necessity in the midst of a Sharon Springs native whom
nightmare. Ridge and Kilmer-Purcell Continued on page 6

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… finding that dream
Continued from page 5

more Hudson River Valley Facebook and Instagram,
neighbors, each with unique rural merchants can quickly
talents. Their neighbor Rose elevate a small-town
Marie Trapani, for example, business to the big time.
wrote their 2017 cookbook, Perhaps part of their
“A Seat At The Table: Recipes success, though, is their
to Nourish Your Family, attitude. Kilmer-Purcell and
Friends, and Community.” Ridge aren’t trying to sell a
The farmers and artisans lifestyle.
of Sharon Springs are the They aren’t trying to
not-so-secret backbone tell us how to live; they’re
of Beekman 1802, which sharing products that spring
in turn, showcases locally from a real town and real
produced crafts and goods people’s lives. The brand
on a national scale. really is their farm, their
Pulling all this talent goats, their neighbors.
together is their background Still, they admit, shoppers
in business and marketing don’t buy products, they
(and the connections, buy a feeling. In many ways,
including Martha Stewart) their products are designed
that helped bring all this for someone exactly like me.
quaint local charm to a That “feeling” that their soap
world-class level. holds is likely the feeling
Advancements in I dream up at my desk,
technology have changed the even while looking out at
way small businesses engage the horse across the road:
with their customer base; Country living is always easy,
it’s changed even since the work ends at sunset, and
Beekman boys started their anyone can raise a kid — you
business a decade ago. With know, a baby goat.

Beekman 1802 started small, with soaps
and other products made from goat’s
milk on the upstate New York farm. The
company has since grown exponentially
and offers everything from home decor Photos submitted

items to refined and exotic cheeses.

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FARMERS MARKETS

Can There Be Too Many Markets?
By Leila Hawken

W
eekends in found in nearly every town invited a stop. And then
the area bring and village in the area, and supermarkets introduced
the possibility the numbers are growing. year-round offerings of what
of fresh-picked, baked, In bygone days, farmers used to be seasonal produce
Sharon simmered, preserved and
pickled items displayed in
filled wagons with produce
and hitched up horses (later
at mainly reasonable prices,
in breathtaking supply,
resident Carol artful arrays at the many using trucks) to bring fresh picked a bit early for safe,
Bonci brings farmers markets.
The products are
produce to city dwellers
and suburbanites who had
bruise-free transport.
Convenience, lower cost
her culinary transfered from the hands of neither the space nor the and abundance began to
experience to the farmers/artisans/chefs/ combination of energy and overshadow freshness and
picklers into the hands of time to grow their own flavor.
her spot on the eager shoppers and diners. produce. Convenience and
lawn at The These increasingly For people who took economics also impact the
popular markets can now be Sunday drives, farm stands farmers. It’s hard enough to
Wish House. work from dawn to dusk in
the fields; running a retail
business on the side is a
daunting additional task.
Some years ago, the
growers began to take part
in convenient weekly farm
markets that allowed them
to sell directly to consumers
during the growing season
(May to October). Those
scattered little roadside
farm stands came together
on town Greens and village
centers.
Carol Bonci of Sharon
was developing her own
interest in farm-to-table
freshness, sensing a wave
of what she terms “food

Photo by Leila Hawken Continued on page 8

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… farmers markets
Continued from page 7

consciousness,” and seeing Cornwall. some people even do the
that people were starting to Café Lally continued for bulk of their shopping at
take food seriously. more than three years, and farmers markets, and that
In a recent interview, then Bonci began cooking restaurants are benefiting
the former chef/owner of privately. About 12 years ago, from offering locally grown
Onions are the popular Café Lally in Bianca Griggs invited her products.
a perfect Cornwall (and an artisanal to join the fledgling West “Supporting your
pizza shop in Sharon) Cornwall farmers market. neighbor while you are
vegetable to buy recalled being greatly “I love Cornwall,” Bonci strengthening your local
at a farm stand; influenced by Doc’s in nearby smiled, claiming that all the economy” is one of the great
Washington, Conn., as well children are beautiful and contributions of a farmers
they take up too as the culture of Alice Waters that everything in the town market, Griggs said.
much room to and Chez Panisse, a pioneer seems to shine. The markets have become
of farm-to-table cuisine. Many hours go into so popular that one might
grow in a small “Doc’s was so good,” preparing for a farmers wonder if there can be too
garden. Fresh Bonci said, and then market, Bonci said, noting much of a good thing, if
onions are moist reminisced about starting
Café Lally, featuring only
that her days start as early as
4 a.m. to make the focaccia,
perhaps the farmers and
artisans will be stretched
and fragrant; locally sourced foods. par-baked fresh pizzas, fresh- too thin by having to supply
and they keep “We took it seriously,” she
said, adding that in the early
baked bread and vegetarian
pâté that she still sells at the
so many Friday evening/
Saturday morning venues.
well into the years she bought produce market. William Trowbridge, who
colder autumn only from Ridgway Farm in There are now 15 vendors
at the West Cornwall
sells hand-forged iron at the
West Cornwall market, said,
months. market, on the lawn of “I don’t see how there could
the Wish House near the be too many markets.”
Covered Bridge. They offer But the fact remains
fresh produce, eggs, flowers, that, for now, there are
preserves, baked goods, two markets just in tiny
lemonade, forged iron, Cornwall, competing for
jewelry. shoppers and for foodstuffs.
The season is short. The Gordon Ridgway (the
markets draw a good cross- town’s first selectman as well
section of customers. Bonci as the eponymous owner of
said that a good number Ridgway Farm) echoes the
are long-term, year-round positive sentiments about
residents, but she said that markets in general and
summer people are also loyal the West Cornwall one in
supporters. particular, even though he is
There could never be too a creator of the newer Co-op
many farmers markets, Bonci farm market on the town
said. Green in Cornwall.
Griggs, coordinator of The volume of food being
the West Cornwall market, purchased at farm markets
agrees, seeing the market as is a fraction of what is being
a social hub. She said that consumed, he said. He noted

Photo by Leila Hawken

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that the farmers market is outlets remains minimal.
under the constraints of In other words, no local
being a seasonal business, markets need fear that the
from May to October. One farmers markets will put
needs to make hay, so to them out of business.
speak, while the sun shines; “Farmers markets are the
there can’t be too many original pop-up businesses,”
places and ways for farmers Ridgway noted.
to sell their goods in a short With great markets in Photo by Leila Hawken
season. every area town bringing
Business is up this year just-picked freshness right For anyone without energetic
over last year, he said. Key from the farm, there is every children running around the
to the success within the reason to stop at the next
market is value. one you see. You’ll find good house, true summer luxury is
“Real farmers markets value in fresh produce, along having someone else pick small
offer real value,” Ridgway with other offerings, and
said. With the overall meet your neighbors at the berries, so you don’t have to.
volume of sales being so same time. What could be
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PRESERVING FOOD

On A Hot Day, Or Just A Busy One
By Cynthia Hochswender

I
nevitably, after a summer stick it in a plastic bag and use it, because I don’t have a
of farm and garden you’re done. This works best, microwave oven and I often
bounty, you will find I would say, with medium to don’t plan ahead.
Tomatoes don’t yourself with a surplus of
many things, especially
small tomatoes. But of course
the thing to remember is that
Reading the new cookbook
by Mark Scarbrough and
have to be cooked carrots, basil and tomatoes. they will not defrost as intact Bruce Weinstein, “The
down to be frozen. The basil is easy to figure
out: pesto. There are many
tomatoes; they will defrost as Kitchen Shortcut Bible,”
sauce. taught me something
Lay them flat on ways to make it, including I could digress for pages important: With a little bit of
a cookie sheet, some that will give you a about all the different ways knowledge, you can take raw
way to use up some of your there are to save tomatoes meat and veggies out of the
freeze them and surplus arugula. Good recipes and carrots and onions but freezer and just cook them
then you can put abound. Find one, if you that’s not the point of this right up, without defrosting
don’t have one already. article. The point is that you them first, and have dinner
them into a plastic Tomatoes are also very don’t always have to defrost ready (and delicious) in a
bag until you need easy, although people seem your foods, even your meats, reasonable amount of time.
to want to complicate them. before you cook them. Scarbrough and Weinstein
them for sauce Here’s a surprise tip: You can My tendency is to freeze live in Colebrook and are
or soup. freeze a whole tomato. Just a lot of stuff and then never “local cookbook authors”in
the same way that, say,
Salisbury resident Meryl
Streep is a “local actress.”
They’ve been publishing one
cookbook a year for about
a decade or more and I can
confidently say that their
books sell well (you don’t get
a new contract from your
publisher if your last book
didn’t sell well) and win
awards.
Their books take on
a single topic, from ice
cream to slow cookers to
my personal favorite: goat
meat. I don’t plan to cook or
eat goat anytime soon, but
“Goat: Meat Milk Cheese” is
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You do need a
cookbook (this
cookbook) to
not only a good cookbook it
is also a fun and interesting
Kitchen Shortcut Bible,”
which just came out in June,
This is particularly useful
information if you’ve bought
explain how to
read, kind of a Proustian and turn to the chapter called a big packet of meat from add liquids and
look at Scarbrough’s journey
through life.
“Cook it Right Out of the
Freezer.”
one of our local purveyors of
farm raised beef and chicken,
set the stove and
If you want a full list of There are “lightbulb many of whom freeze their oven temps so
their books (and some recipes
you can try out plus photos
moments” throughout the
book, including one about
meats. To break these packets
up into smaller serving sizes,
that you don’t
of their cute collie, Spritz), refreezing beef. Contrary you need to let them defrost end up with a
go to www.bruceandmark. to what I had believed, first. dried-out mess
com. Scarbrough summarizes it turns out that you can Now you know that, as
the list by saying, “This is our refreeze meat, as long as it long as you follow a few of meat.
30th cookbook at seven New was “thawed at or below guidelines, you can defrost
York City publishing houses 40 degrees (that is, in the those meats, put them into
since 1999, not counting the refrigerator, not on the separate freezer bags and
ones ghosted for celebs.” counter). And it can only refreeze them (obviously this
If you want guidance on have remained in its thawed also works with large packs of
making a quick dinner with state for no more than 24
frozen ingredients, get “The hours.” Continued on page 12

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… preserving food
Continued from page 11

meat that you’ve purchased steaks, which go right onto
A revelation: Meat can be thawed from a big box store or during
the annual truckload sale at
the stovetop.
You don’t need a cookbook
and then frozen again, if you do your favorite grocery store). to tell you that you can
it right. And frozen meat can be There are several recipes in do this. But you do need a
“The Kitchen Shortcut Bible” cookbook (this cookbook) to
cooked without defrosting it first that ask you to prepare an explain how to add liquids
(again, if you do it right). entire dish/recipe ahead of and set the stove and oven
time and freeze it. temps so that you don’t end
The particular chapter up with a dried-out mess of
we are focusing on, the one meat that’s overcooked on
about cooking food “right the outside and undercooked
out of the freezer,” assumes inside.
that you/I didn’t plan ahead. And once you’ve learned
It assumes you/I are taking the basic concept, you can of
either boneless, skinless course begin to expand and
chicken breasts out of the experiment.
freezer and putting them I’ve chosen this particular
directly in the oven; or frozen recipe for this article because
Photo by Cynthia Hochswender

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it not only includes frozen
chicken, it also calls for
frozen butternut squash
chunks and frozen onions.
You can of course buy those
frozen veggies; better still,
you can grow them in your
garden and/or buy them at
a farm market or farm stand
and freeze them yourself.
The recipe promises that
this is “an absurdly luscious
dish for a fall evening,”
and it warns that the oven
temperature is set high
because there are so many
frozen ingredients (the veg as
well as the meat). Photo by
Cynthia Hochswender

Maple and sage chicken with butternut squash Berries, like
From “The Kitchen Shortcut Bible” tomatoes, want
Serves six meat. to be frozen
1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil
Six 8-ounce frozen boneless
Whisk together the maple syrup,
vinegar, sage, salt, pepper and nutmeg
flat first. Once
skinless chicken breasts in a small bowl until blended and they’re hard
4 cups of frozen butternut
squash cubes
uniform. Drizzle this mix over the top
of the chicken and vegetables.
and icy, they
1/2 cup frozen pearl onions Cover the baking dish with can be piled
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes.
Uncover the dish and toss the veg
together in a
1 tablespoon minced fresh sage leaves around a bit. Continue baking until the plastic bag.
1/2 teaspoon table salt squash is tender and an instant-read
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper thermometer inserted into the thickest
1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg part of a couple of the breasts registers
165 degrees, which should take about
Don’t defrost any of the frozen another 20 minutes.
ingredients before you cook them. Cool in the baking dish on a wire
Put the rack in the center of your rack for 10 minutes before serving.
oven and preheat it to 375 degrees.
Pour the oil into a 9-by-13 inch This recipe is excerpted from “The
baking dish; tilt the dish to coat the Kitchen Shortcut Bible,”© 2018 by Bruce
bottom with the oil. Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough. It is
Put the chicken in a single layer in used with permission of Little, Brown
the baking dish, then scatter the frozen and Company, New York. All rights are
squash and onions over and around the reserved.

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FARM TO STORE

Getting Fresh In Winsted
By Shaw Israel Izikson

I
f you drive through But like most Northwest farm — one that’s been in
Winsted you don’t Corner towns, Winsted and their family for generations
automatically think its surrounding towns have — and a neighboring farm.
about agriculture. It’s a city their roots in the dirt. And Two Farms Market
that presents as more of those roots are getting just opened in late April at 244
an industrial center, with a little bit stronger, with Main St. and is already a big
loft-style housing and artist the opening this summer of hit with area residents.
studios now popping up in a market in town where a It is co-owned and
what used to be warehouses mother-daughter team sells operated by the owners of
and factories. produce from their own Barden Farm and MarWin
Farm, which are both in
New Hartford.
Anita Barden and her
daughter, Cara Donovan,
manage the store.
“Farms are part of our
history,” Barden said.
“Over the past several

Two Farms Market
co-owners and
managers Cara
Donovan and her
mother, Anita Barden,
with some of the
locally grown produce
sold at the store,
which opened in
late April.
Photo by Shaw Israel Izikson

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generations, people have varieties of tomatoes,”
forgotten where their food Barden said. “As for the
comes from. Local farms corn, people appreciate
provide people with a eating corn that was picked
connection to their food.” two hours ago instead of
“Too many people from corn that was picked a
the younger generations week ago and shipped to a
have no concept of where grocery store. In addition to Photo by Shaw Israel Izikson
their food comes from,” that, we grow more than 40
Donovan agreed. “Most different vegetable crops.” The store also
of them think that their The store also sells locally is open Monday and sells a selection
food comes from a plastic raised chicken and pork; Tuesday from 11 a.m to 5
container.” mushrooms; maple syrup; p.m., Wednesday through of baked goods
The store’s big sellers and fresh baked goods Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 including scones
this summer have been the including blueberry muffins, p.m. and Sunday from 9
New England classics: corn, chocolate-filled croissants a.m. to 5 p.m. and croissants.
blueberries and tomatoes. and scones. For more information,
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Mapping Fresh Food 15 38

W
e have compiled Stop by your local markets
a list of Tri- and eateries. Venture farther 22
state farmers out for a day trip. Explore. 13
markets, farms, vendors and Have fun. Enjoy good food. 18
restaurants to aid you on Some of the farms listed
12
your search for the freshest sell their goods at stands 14
food possible. The directory or shops, while others
can be found on Pages 18, 19, are working farms. We 21 39
22, 23 and 24. The locations recommend calling or going
19
correspond to the numbers to their website before 20
on this map (which, of stopping by for a visit. 41
course, is not to scale). If you come across a
40
The Isabella
Keep this copy of Discover location that is not on our
Farm to Table in your car. list, let us know! Photos by 28 Freedman
Cynthia Hochswender
Jewish Retreat Center
8 in Falls Village is one
In the musical “Oklahoma!”
7
they sang of corn as high 6 9 of a handful of CSA
27 25 4 10
as an elephant’s eye. The 6 farms that invite
11 29 30 16
stalks and tassels at farms 5 5 the community to
1
such as White Hollow in 11 6 1
participate in the
3
Salisbury might not be 37 24 7 2 5 18 bounty.
17 literally that tall — but 23
7
they do seem to reach to 26 3
17 13 12
the sky.
12 1 4 3
36 9 33
8 4
34 2
10 32
19 10
13 31 11
Map Key 35 15
9
Farmers
Photo by Leila Hawken Markets
One of the joys of a farmstand or farmers market 2
Farms and
is finding yourself confronted with vegetables you Vendors
might not normally cook with. Cabbage, for example. Restaurants 14
Kohlrabi. Mustard greens. Internet advice on cooking and Cafes
with unfamiliar treasures is abundant. Seek it. Cook it.
Eat it.
16 8
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FROM THE SOURCE

A Tri-State Farm-to-Table Tour
See Map on Pages 16 and 17

FARMERS MARKETS Norfolk Saturdays, May 9 to Oct. 10, Amenia Fridays, 3 to 7:30 p.m., in the
Connecticut 6 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., outside Town 12 Amenia Town Hall parking lot,
Falls Village Camp Isabella Freedman Hall, 19 Maple Ave. Details at May to October. Details at www.
www.norfolkfarmersmarket.org. ameniafarmersmarket.com.
1 Jewish Retreat Center/Adamah
CSA, pick up on Thursdays Winsted Summer season runs Millbrook Saturdays, May 26 to Oct.
at 4:30 p.m. at 116 Johnson
Road through Nov. 8. Full and 7 Sundays, June 23 to Sept. 13 27, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or
22, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at shine in the municipal parking
every-other-week shares can be Rowley field. Details at www. lot across from the Bank of
purchased; the cost can be pro- winstedfarmersmarket.org. Millbrook. Details at www.
rated so that it only covers the millbrooknyfarmersmarket.com.
remainder of this year’s growing New Milford Saturdays from May
season. To learn more, go to 8 to November, 9 a.m. to noon, Copake/Hillsdale Saturdays, 9 a.m.
www.fvcsa.adamah.org. on the Green. Details at www.
14 to 1 p.m., May 26 to Oct. 27,
newmilfordfarmersmarket.com. at the Roeliff Jansen Park,
Kent Fridays from 3 to 6 p.m. and 9140 Route 22, across from
2 Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Litchfield Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Roeliff Jansen Community
at 9 South Main St. Call 860-592- 9 in the Center School Parking Library. Details at www.
0061 for details. Lot on Woodruff Lane. Held copakehillsdalefarmersmarket.
outdoors mid-June through com.
West Cornwall Saturdays, May to late October. Details at www.
3 October, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., on litchfieldhillsfarmfresh-ct.org. Hudson Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.,
the Wish House Lawn near the
15 through Oct. 6, at the corner
Covered Bridge. Details at www. Torrington Main Street Marketplace of 6th Street and Columbia.
cornwallfarmmarket.org.
10 will be held in downtown Rain or shine. Details at www.
Torrington on Wednesdays, hudsonfarmersmarketny.com.
Cornwall Cornwall Co-Op Farm July 18 to Aug. 1, from 5
4 Market is open Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Details at www. Pawling Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.,
to 12:30 p.m., on the Green on
Pine Street, across from Town
mainstreetmarketplace.org. 16 on the Village Green from June
17 to Sept. 30. Details at www.
Hall. For details, go to www. New York pawlingfarmersmarket.org.
cornwallcoopfarmarket.com. Millerton Outdoor market held at
Rhinebeck Sundays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.,
Salisbury Saturdays, May 20 to mid- 11 Millerton Methodist Church
5 October, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the
at the corner of Dutchess
17 May 14 to to Nov. 19 in the
and Main streets, Saturdays, Rhinebeck Municipal Parking
Scoville Memorial Library, 38 Lot, 61 East Market St. Details at
May to October, 10 a.m. to 2
Main St. For details, go to www. www.rhinebeckfarmersmarket.
p.m. For details, go to www.
scovillelibrary.org. com.
millertonfarmersmarket.org.

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Massachusetts Ellsworth Hill Orchard and Berry Farm Whippoorwill Farm 189 Salmon Kill
Great Barrington Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 461 Cornwall Bridge Road (Route Road, Lakeville. Ground beef,
5 pork, chicken and eggs. Open
18 1 p.m, May through October, at 4), Sharon. Open daily, 8 a.m. to
18 Church St. Details at www. 5:30 p.m. Pick your own fruit. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to
greatbarringtonfarmersmarket. Baked goods, natural products, 5 p.m., or by request. Details at
org. corn maze. Opens in June for www.whippoorwillfarmct.com
pick your own strawberries. 860- or 860-435-2089.
Sheffield Fridays, 3 to 6:30 p.m., May
364-0025; www.ellsworthfarm.
Weatogue Farm 78 Weatogue Road,
19 25 to Oct. 5, Old Parish Church com.
parking lot, 125 Main St. Details Salisbury. Farm stand open every
at www.sheffieldfarmersmarket. Pine Hill Farm Route 361, Sharon. Eggs, 6 day, May to November, with a
org. seasonal selection. 860-435-0345;
3 honey, candles, soap, bee pollen,
meat, cheese. Open seven days a www.weatoguefarm.com.
FARMS AND VENDORS week. 860-364-0416.
Connecticut Freund’s Farm Market 324 Norfolk
Paley’s Farm Market 230 Amenia Road, Q Farms 63 Jackson Hill Road, Sharon. Road/Route 44, East Canaan.
Pasture-based protein farm
7 Open daily, 9 a.m. to 6
Sharon. Store hours are 8 a.m. to
1 6 p.m., seven days a week. 860- 4
raising and selling heritage pork, p.m. 860-824-0650; www.
364-0674; www.paleysmarket. chickens, fresh eggs, grass-fed freundsfarmmarket.com.
com. beef and raw honey. Farm store
open Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to
5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 9 See Map on page 16,
a.m. to 5 p.m. 917-855-5245; www. Directory continued on page 20
qfarms.net.

Walbridge Farm is a sustainable Registered Black Angus farm
located in Millbrook, New York.
Our pasture raised angus is grass fed and non–GMO grain finished. Their diet consists of
our own silage – cornlage, sunflower meal and haylage – grown on Walbridge Farm’s 900
acres plus the additional 700 acres we farm.
We do not spray our fields with pesticides or insecticides,
our soils and water are tested yearly, our crops are rotated
in order to care for the nutrients in the soils and our cattle are moved throughout our fields in
order to preserve our pastures. To do all this we must invest more.
But it is of utmost importance to us, as committed stewards of the land,
to have a well maintained and healthy farm.

538 Route 343, Millbrook 12545 / 845.677.6221 / For store hours please visit walbridgefarm.com

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… Tri-state farm-to-table tour
Continued from page 19, Map on pages 16-17

Lone Silo Farm 33 Sodom Road, North Mountain View Farm 309 Route 7 Silamar Farm Shop located at 5744
8 Canaan. Grass-fed beef, pork, 16
North, Falls Village. Pastured 24 Route 22, Millerton. Offers
maple syrup, eggs, chicken, meats, free-range eggs, vegetables, plants, flowers,
produce and more. Farm stand organically grown vegetables. gourmet foods and more. 518-
open Sundays, 1 to 4 p.m. 860- 860-824-7439; www. 567-1951; www.solflowerfarm.
453-4085; www.lonesilofarmbeef. mountainviewfarm.farm. com.
com.
Wike Brothers Farm 38 White Hollow Rock Steady Farm and Flowers 41 Kaye
Willie’s Honey 9-33 E Main St., Road, Sharon. Barlow beef, pork,
17 eggs. Call ahead to arrange a 25 Road, Millerton. Community
9 North Canaan. Honey, tomatoes, Supported Agriculture; www.
peaches and more. Open farm visit. 860-364-5765. rocksteadyfarm.com.
weekends.
Lost Ruby Farm 458 Winchester Road, McEnroe Organic Farm 5409 Route 22,
Ford Farm 368 Norfolk Road, East 18 Norfolk. Call 860-542-5806 to 26 Millerton. Market open daily,
10 Canaan. Sweet corn, farm-raised order cheeses and milk; www. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The market
beef, vegetables, cut flowers. lostrubyfarm.com. sells local, seasonal and organic
860-824-5557. groceries, meats, vegetables,
Thorncrest Farm & Milk House fruit. 518-789-4191; www.
Stone Wall Dairy Farm 332 Kent Road Chocolates 280 Town Hill Road,
19 Goshen. Open Wednesday to mcenroeorganicfarm.com.
11 (Route 7), Cornwall Bridge. 24/7
self-service farm store sells raw Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Ronnybrook Farm Dairy 310 Prospect
milk, eggs, honey, beef. 860-248- Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; www.
27 Hill Road, Ancramdale. 518-398-
0332; www.stonewalldairyfarmct. milkhousechocolates.net. 6455; www.ronnybrook.com.
com.
New York Herondale Farm 90 Wiltsie Bridge
Hautboy Hill Farm 39 Hautboy Hill MX Morningstar Farm 298 Mountain 28 Road, Ancramdale. Grassfed/
12 Road, West Cornwall. Features 20 View Road, Copake. 518-329- grass-finished beef and lamb,
Irene’s Country Kitchen’s CSA. 7994; www.mxmorningstarfarm. pasture-raised chicken and
Fresh local food and baked com. pork. 518-329-3769; www.
goods. 860-672-4495. Search for herondalefarm.com.
Hautboy Hill Farm on Facebook. Pigasso Farms 500 Farm Road, Copake.
Chaseholm Farm 115 Chase Road,
21 Pasture-raised pork, beef, lamb,
Ridgway Farm 142 Town St., West chicken and eggs. Store open 29 Pine Plains. Farm store open
13 Cornwall. Organic produce, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 10:30 Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 518-
flowers, maple syrup, eggs. 860- a.m. to 5 p.m. 518-929-3252; 339-2071; www.chaseholmfarm.
672-0279; www.ridgwayfarm. www.pigassofarms.com. com.
com.
Hawk Dance Farm 362 Rodman Road, Full Circus Farm 27 Mils Path, Pine
Marble Valley Farm 170 Kent Road, 22 Hillsdale. 518-325-1430; www. 30 Plains. Community Supported
14 Kent. Organic vegetable farm hawkdancefarm.com. Agriculture. 518-789-0025; www.
with a farm stand offering meat fullcircusfarm.wordpress.com.
and eggs. 860-592-0020. Daisey Hill Farm 438 Indian Lake Road,
Walbridge Farm 538 Route 343,
23 Millerton. Farm stand open May
Mountain View Farm 67 Fuller to October. 518-789-3393. 31 Millbrook. Store features Angus
15 Mountain Road, Kent. beef, eggs, syrup, honey and
860-927-1856; www. more. Store hours are 10 am.
mountainviewfarmkent.com. to 5 p.m. 845-677-6221; www.
walbridgefarm.com.

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Maitri Farm 143 Amenia Union Road, Sisters Hill Farm 127 Sisters Hill Road, Howden Farm 303 Rannapo Road,
Amenia. Organic vegetables,
32 pasture-raised meat and 36 Stanfordville. Community 40 Sheffield. Home of the Howden
Supported Agriculture. Provides pumpkins and sweet corn. 413-
eggs, Community Supported 24 weeks of local vegetables from 229-8481; www.howdenfarm.
Agriculture. 845-789-1522; www. late May to early November. 845- com.
maitrifarmny.com. 868-7048; www.facebook.com/
Moon in the Pond Farm 816 Barnum St.,
sistershillfarm.
Meili Farm 173 Randall Road, Amenia. 41 Sheffield. Raises natural food and
Black Sheep Hill Farm 1891 County offers education on farming. 413-
33 Pork, beef, eggs and honey. 845- 229-3092; www.mooninthepond.
373-4411; www.meilifarm.com.
37 Route 83, Pine Plains. Farm store org.
open daily, year-round. Meats,
Cedar Hill Farm 176 Leedsville Road, eggs, seasonal produce. 518-771-
34
Amenia. All-natural Black Angus 3067; www.blacksheephill.com. RESTAURANTS AND CAFES
beef, all-natural pork and sweet
corn. 860-806-3803; www. Massachusetts Connecticut
cedarhillfarm.net. Taft Farms 119 Park St. North, Great The Boathouse 349 Main St.,

Z Farms 355 Poplar Hill Road, Dover 38 Barrington. Open seven days 1 Lakeville. Rustic ambience,
a week, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Farm fresh ingredients, fine
35 Plains. Certified organic pasture- store features kitchen, deli and dining. 860-435-2111; www.
raised poultry,eggs and seasonal greenhouse. 413-528-1515; www. theboathouseatlakeville.com.
vegetables.  Farm stand is open taftfarms.com.
daily, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. 917-319- Morgan’s at the Interlaken Inn 74
6414; www.zfarmsorganic.com. Equinox Farm 258 Bow Wow Road, 2 Interlaken Road, Lakeville. Farm-
to-table cuisine. 860-435-9878;
39 Sheffield. Visits scheduled by
appointment. 413-229-2266; www.interlakeninn.com.
www.equinoxfarmberkshires.
Continued on page 22
com.

State
governments
and land
conservancies
have made it
possible for farms
such as the Meili
operation in
Amenia to stay
solvent while
providing healthy,
fresh foods to
area families.

Photo by Cynthia Hochswender

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… Tri-state farm-to-table tour
Continued from page 21, Map on pages 16-17

The Woodland 192 Sharon Road,
Lakeville. A country restaurant.
3
860-435-0578; www.
thewoodlandrestaurant.com.

The White Hart 15 Undermountain
Road, Salisbury. Dining room
4
menu highlights seasonal
ingredients sourced from
First come the
nearby farms. The tap room strawberries,
offers British-inspired comfort
food. Provisions offers a casual
in early July,
space for breakfast, lunch and kicking off the
coffee. 860-435-0030; www. farm season and
whitehartinn.com.
a summer of
Mountainside Cafe 251 Route 7 South,
Falls Village. Farm-to-table menu
pick-your-own
5 fun that will end
features food prepared using
locally sourced ingredients. 860- in autumn when
824-7876; www.mountainside.
com/cafe. the last apples
New York
are stored for the
Irving Farm Coffee House 44 Main St., winter. Ellsworth
6
Millerton. Cafe serves Irving Hill Farm in
Farm coffees roasted at its
facility a mile down Route 22 in Sharon is one of
Millerton. 518-789-2020; www. the most popular Photo by Caitlin Hanlon
irvingfarm.com.
area destinations. Massachusetts
Manna Dew Cafe 54 Main St.,
John Andrews Farmhouse Restaurant
7 Millerton. From their gardens to 224 Hillsdale Road, South
the table, local, fresh, organic, 12 Egremont. Regional American
sustainable. 518-789-3570.
Charlotte’s 4258 Route 44, Millbrook. cuisine with an emphasis
Monte’s Local Kitchen and Tap Room 10 Dishes are freshly prepared
on local fresh and seasonal
3330 Route 343, Amenia. Serves each day. 845-677-5888; www. ingredients and Italian regional
8 ingredients from local farms charlottesny.com. influences. 413-528-3469; www.
across Dutchess County. 845- johnandrewsrestaurant.com.
789-1818; www.monteskitchen. Pine Plains Platter 2987 Church St.,
Allium Restaurant and Bar 42/44
com. 11 Pine Plains. Serves breakfast
(all day) and lunch. Daily 13 Railroad St., Great Barrington.
Serevan 6 Autumn Lane, Amenia. specials. Menu highlights Serves contemporary American
Dishes include ingredients from locally sourced and seasonal cuisine with a varying seasonal
9 Hudson Valley farms. 845-373- ingredients. 518-398-0500; www. menu focused on local, farm-
9800; www.serevan.com. pineplainsplatter.com fresh ingredients. 413-528-2118;
www.alliumberkshires.com.

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FARM PROTECTION

Giving Farms, Communities
A Helping Hand
By Cynthia Hochswender

T
he state of New York visitors and home buyers. The Speeter/Jordan Lane
thinks that farms They offer a sense of Farm has been owned by
provide benefits that community; people today the Jordans for nearly two
extend way beyond mere want to buy fresh produce centuries; Betsy Speeter is
food — to the extent that from a farm stand or farm the eighth generation of her
legislators have just put market and talk to the family to operate the 155.65-
more than a million dollars people who grew what acre farm.
behind an effort to help you’re about to eat. Dutchess County
farmers keep their lands in Protected farms also Legislator Gregg Pulver (R-
production. protect the land around 19), who is also the former
This year in July, them — and the rivers, Pine Plains town supervisor,
the Dutchess County creeks and streams. said, “The Jordan Lane Farm
Partnership for Manageable “Each of the three has played a key role in the
Growth (PMG) program farm projects receiving development and history of
allocated $1,002,500 to awards this year protects Pine Plains, and its prime
protect three Harlem Valley critical community water soil will now be preserved
farms in perpetuity. The resources,” Molinaro said for future generations to
The state of funds will help preserve when announcing the farm tend.”
more than 550 acres of funds. They also support “a Glendale Farm in Amenia
New York has farmland, according to variety of important habitats is a 238-acre dairy farm
thrown some Dutchess County Executive and majestic scenic views.” owned by sisters Phyllis
Marcus Molinaro. Appropriately, farms Roosa and Linda Caldwell.
financial muscle For many years it felt like represent not only future It is home to Deere Haven
behind efforts to all news about New York growth but also family Dairy, with roughly 100
state farms was bad news; tradition. The Partnership Holstein cows (59 milking at
support small- the stories were all about for Manageable Growth, any time).
scale agriculture, struggles and foreclosure. Molinaro said, “protects The farm “extends from
In announcing the grant for land and important natural the Harlem Valley Rail Trail,
with a $1 million the three farms, Molinaro resources while fostering where it runs along both
grant to help was upbeat about the future agriculture for subsequent sides of the trail, across
of agriculture here, calling it generations.” 60 acres of federal- and
conserve three “a vital, diverse and growing The three farms protected state-protected wetlands,
area farms. economic engine.” in July are the Speeter/ which provide habitat for
Agriculture is no longer Jordan Lane Farm in the rare and vulnerable plant
an isolated business, here or town of Pine Plains; and and animal species, to a
elsewhere in America. Glendale Farm and Meili scenic ridge-line that makes
Rolling fields full of Farm, both in the town of
edible delights attract Amenia. Continued on page 24

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… a helping hand The Webatuck
Continued from page 23
Creek and its
riparian corridor
up a key part of Amenia’s
viewshed,” according to the
feet of the Webatuck Creek,
50 acres of its floodplain and
farther downstream in the
Ten-Mile river watershed.”
provide habitat
description of the project 58 acres of federal and state “Glendale and Meili for many plants
from Molinaro’s office.
Another well-known ag
regulated wetlands make up
the Meili Farm.
farms offer so much to the
community surrounding
and animals
operation in Amenia is the “The Webatuck Creek them — from aesthetic and serve as
Meili Farm, on Route 343 at
the New York/Connecticut
and its riparian corridor
provide habitat for many
beauty to important
agriculture that serves the
important
border (near Paley’s Farm plants and animals and serve region,” Dutchess County links between
Market in Sharon). The as important links between Legislator Deirdre Houston habitats
Meili Farm has 235 acres, habitats throughout (R-25) said in her statement.
with 115 of those acres in the town,” according to “The Partnership for throughout the
Amenia. It is a livestock Molinaro’s release. Manageable Growth will town.
farm, Meili Farm with “These areas are also allow this land to remain
specialty and hardy breeds. essential in maintaining protected and beneficial for
More than 3,000 linear water quality in Amenia and decades to come.”

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HOUSATONIC FFA

FFA Leaves A Lifelong Impact
By Ashlee Baldwin

L
earning to do, doing organization that teaches themselves (there’s an
to learn, earning high school students valuable emphasis on learning to give
to live, living to skills they’ll use in the real presentations and excel at
serve. For a good majority world. It’s more than just public speaking). They run
of the Northwest Corner farming. the annual holiday tree and
community, these words are Students in the program wreath shop at the high
more than familiar. They’re learn to be arborists, florists, school, with funds helping to
the words they’ve lived by mechanics, environmentalists pay for FFA activities.
during their formative years, (students from Housatonic They also raise and care
the words that shaped them take part in and excel at the for animals that live in the
into the people they are annual national Envirothon barns behind the agricultural
today. Those words are the competition, for example). education (ag ed) wing on
motto of the FFA. But more than that, they the south side of the school
FFA, formerly known learn how to run a business, campus.
as the Future Farmers of how to work co-operatively Many of its members
America, is a nationwide together and how to market go on to start their own
businesses and all of its
member believe in giving
Kate Wohlfert, Class of 2017, East Canaan back to the community.
Housatonic Valley
“Ag impacted my life in Regional High School boasts
many more ways than one. one of the more active FFA
It helped me figure out what chapters in the state of
I was going to do after high Connecticut, with strong
school. membership, leadership
“I started working at the and alumni. High school
Millerton veterinary practice. students from outside
FFA and the ag program the district even come to
helped me get there because Housatonic as tuition-paying
I wasn’t going into the field students to take part in the
without any knowledge or school’s FFA chapter and
experience. the agricultural education
“I’m now thinking about program here in the Region
going to college to become One School District.
a vet tech. I’ve also become I caught up this summer
more involved with horses. with four Housatonic FFA
I’ve been riding more often graduates to talk about how
and taking care of them, the program helped them
like I did with Izzy at the beyond high school.
Housatonic ag ed barn.” Photo submitted

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… Housatonic FFA
Continued from page 25

Nicholas Winsser, Class of 2015, Cornwall
“I work in the field of resources, mechanics and
arboriculture. much more. I decided to
“As an arborist I assess take a landscape design class.
trees on residential We spent most of the class
properties with the intent identifying trees and learning
of improving tree health as about the insects and
well as providing security to diseases that plague them as
both homeowners and their well as learning pruning and
property. climbing techniques.
“My interest in the art “Through the FFA I got
and science of arboriculture a summer job with a local
stems from my time in the tree outfit and have been
FFA. The FFA has programs immersed in the trade ever
for animal science, human since.”

Rene Boardman, Class of 2009, Sheffield, Mass.
“I was a school-choice young lady by the time I
student coming from graduated.
Massachusetts to attend “I grew up on my family’s
Housatonic, specifically for dairy farm [Carlwood Farm
the outstanding agricultural in Sheffield], so agriculture
education program. has always been in my
“To put in only a few veins. I have a passion for
sentences how the program sharing my knowledge
impacted me is really with others about the
difficult because it was such agriculture industry, which
a significant part of my high is why I wanted to become
school experience. Because an agricultural education
of the numerous workshops, teacher. I received my
activities, trips, contests, I teaching certification this
was able to overcome my June, and I’m excited to start
shyness as a freshman and looking for teaching jobs in
develop into a very confident the area soon!”

Photos submitted

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“FFA makes
a positive
Shelby Jacquier, Class Of 2016, East Canaan
difference in the
“My agriculture lives of students
experience? It’s very hard to
put into words. Agriculture
by developing
to me and my family is their potential
more then just a hobby; it’s
our life. During my time at
for premier
Housatonic, I was honored leadership,
and privileged to be a part of
the Housatonic Valley FFA
personal growth
officer team all four years. and career
I am now heading into my success through
junior year of college. The
ag ed and FFA programs agricultural
definitely opened numerous education.”
doors for me.”
— The FFA Creed

Photo submitted

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FARM FRESH BAKING

A Pie Chart You Can
Sink Your Teeth Into
By Tim Abbott

B
efore I decided that the April a touch of white vinegar to the
best way to lose weight By rights nothing should be eggs and cream. I have no idea
was to forgo dessert, I growing in New England that if it will keep as it never lasts
could measure the progress of is fit for a pie in early spring. long enough for leftovers.
You don’t need to the year by which pies were in This is a time for ramps and
season. fiddleheads and tired roots May
wait for autumn I consider pie a New from the cellar. But April is Rhubarb, naturally, though
to make an apple Englander’s birthright, so if also the end of the sugaring this extends to June as well. If
you are of a less abstemious season, and a maple custard you must add strawberries, do
pie; fresh apples persuasion than I find myself pie with graham cracker crust it with ones you have picked
begin to appear to be at present, may I suggest is pure ambrosia. Boil the in June. Go easy on the sugar,
for your consideration the syrup down for about five but diced candied ginger is a
at orchards as following calendar, or pie minutes over medium heat to fine addition. I like combining
early as late chart if you will: reduce it by a quarter and add my rhubarb with sour cherries

August.

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when I can get them, and
use a granola crumble as the
topping.

June
Blueberry pie with a vanilla
bean added to the filling. I
prefer the small wild low-bush
blueberries but their taller,
cultivated cousins will serve
in a pinch. You can use frozen
blueberries but beware their
water content and consider
your thickeners carefully.
Berry pies need to vent steam
or they become watery. A
ceramic pie bird is a great
investment (some of them
are even black). A bit of corn
starch may help.
July: Cherry pie, a mixture
of sweet and sour, with a
lattice crust. Perfection all on
its own. Or, if you prefer, a
black and red raspberry pie,
thickened with tapioca.
Photo by
August Cynthia Hochswender
A fresh peach pie is a their summer congestion. stand up to baking without
glorious thing, whether you Or, if your indeterminate breaking down to mush. This crust is
use the yellow- or white- tomatoes are still producing, Surprisingly, the mundane gluten free and
fleshed varieties. My wife
prefers a French gallette to a
remember that they are also
fruit. Southerners know about
Granny Smith is a decent
pie apple, but so are Esopus
sugar free, made
standard pie crust, wrapping green tomato pie. So should Spitzberg, Northern Spy, with almond
a single pastry dough over a
filling of just fruit, sugar and
you. Braeburn, Jonagold, Roxbury
Russets. Some of the best cider
flour, coconut oil
butter, though she has been October apples are also fine for baking. and an egg; the
known to infuse her dough
with ground cardamom.
Apple pie. We have so many
heirloom varieties at orchards
Nutmeg or cinnamon
works well, but save the full
berries on top
within a reasonable driving curry of Pumpkin Spice for were enhanced
September distance, and in a good apple next month.
with cinnamon,
Too early for most apples, year — which this appears to Some of us swear by a
too late for summer fruits. be — there are dozens from thick slice of sharp cheddar nutmeg and
This is the time for key lime which to choose. as the classic accompaniment lemon zest.
and lemon meringue, a nod The best varieties for pies to apple pie. In Vermont, it
to the lands to the south have a mixture of tart and is practically a requirement.
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… pie chart
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Governor Dean signed H.302 it might be sweet potato).
(Sec. 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3 V.S.A. § Nutmeg, allspice,
512) declaring the state pie to cinnamon and cloves come
be apple pie and calling for into their own here, and
a good faith effort to serve it continue on through the
with cold milk, a large scoop festive midwinter season in
of vanilla ice cream or “a slice mince pies.
of cheddar cheese weighing a
minimum of a half ounce.” December
The Swedes add saffron
November to their Lussekatter buns at
There is never just one pie Christmas. It can also enhance
for the Thanksgiving table, a puff pastry or short crust
Photo by Cynthia Hochswender and ideally there should be pie. Try it with a pear tart or a
Probably the fastest, easiest pie crust several. Whether or not you pistachio custard pie.
in the world is the free-form galette, like pecan or apple, though, If you like meat pies, the
there should always be classic French Canadian
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and thyme. Some recipes The traditional English 6 tablespoons coconut oil
include potatoes to bind the hand pie has a layer of fat One egg
meat together, or feature poured through the vent 1 cup blanched almond flour
poultry seasoning. hole to preserve the filling. I 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt.
don’t eat these anymore but
January through March they were just the thing at an Combine the oil and egg in the food
Savory pies, hand pies, pies outdoor winter sporting event. processor, then add the almond flour and
made with frozen fruit you So, there is my pie wheel salt.
picked last summer. I have for the gustatory year. Of Squish the very wet dough into your
an antique French raised pie course it is entirely subjective pie plate. There will be holes in the
mold that calls for a hot water and readers may feel that coverage area; don’t worry, the crust
crust so it stands up on its I have slighted an obvious expands as it bakes.
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