Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Fishkill Farms

Fishkill Farms, originally uploaded by MaMaRazzi59.

Farm Touring

A great place to start if you are new to farms around Hudson Valley is going through tourism.


They do tours of some of the farms in the area and they are really aiming for the MTA-out of towners-DIA crowd but they are open to the"Locals".
Some of the farms are open to the public but a few are not except for tours.
I recently visited Fishkill Farms, Secor Farms and Shenandoah Dairy Farm.

Shenandoah is part of Hudson Valley Dairy which is a co op of dairy farmers. They sell their milk at Beacon Market and Adams. Just can see it on tours.

Secor Farms in Hopewell Junction is great for pick your own. Berries, peas depending on the season. The owner are very nice and you can be out on your own in the fields.
They are priced well.

Fishkill Farms also in Hopewell Junction has picking but I think they charge a bit more than Secor (someone told me) They have a great FDR history_ the owner was the Secretary of the US Treasury under Franklin D. Roosevelt and the farm was visited by FDR and Churchill.
They also have a CIA chef and the beginnings of an eatery which is still be worked on but you can get great quiche, donuts and homemade ice cream. There is an area where you can seat, eat and take in the view of the farm valley/orchards.

I plan on checking out some more farms in the next couple of weeks...
and longing for more eateries to open in town that are easy on the purse.
We shall see...

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

lemon thyme ice cream sandwich

Beet Vanilla paletas

Beet Vanilla paletas, originally uploaded by MaMaRazzi59.

Zora Dora's Paletarias, Beacon,NY

Zora Dora's Paletarias Main Street Beacon

This place is the best. Steve the chef (mad scientist of ice cream) is really smart guy to come up with the flavors such as avocado, beet, roasted banana with saffron, mint cucumber...he's like willy wonka of ice cream. He and his wife run the shop and have a really nice vibe. Kid friendly dog friendly and new york city friendly. Took my city friends in & they went nuts.
The ice cream comes in pop form like the Mexican street Popsicles called paletas or there are some sandwiches like lemon thyme on the chocolate cookie or beet on a flax cookie. They sound weird but they don't taste it.
They also have sorbets and vegan ice cream.
The one bad thing but not really bad (cause they use local and seasonal items) is there limited runs on some like the mojito. They also have a double chocolate sandwich with valrhona chocolate now gone... so bring your cooler and stock up.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Common Ground Co op

Common Ground Co op, originally uploaded by Cinnamon Growl.


This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.


I love Beacon and food.
I am also in love with farming but I fear I am viewing farming thru cityfolk glasses.
With this blog I want to cover the local farming and food ever growing in the area and put some info out there for others to enjoy.