John Jay Homestead Farmer’s Market opens, featuring exciting new vendors

 

The John Jay farmer’s market opened on Saturday, June 10th, featuring exciting new vendors and changes made by the new market manager, Vanessa Pahucki.

This will be the first year the John Jay market will not require exclusivity, meaning artisans can bring all their products, even if someone else is selling the same thing.  

“We felt exclusivity was a disadvantage to both the customers, who deserve choices, and the vendors, who should be allowed to bring all their local, sustainably grown items to market. We want our customers to have options,” said Pahucki.

The market is also welcoming many new vendors, including Dam Good English Muffins, Will-Yum Spice, Pickleicious, and The Peanut Principle. Pahucki thinks these new vendors will be very popular and bring exciting, unique new products to the market.

 Brandalyn Williams of Will-Yum spices expressed her excitement to be at the John Farmer’s Market for the first time, especially as the first spice vendor. She and her husband, Warren, started Will-Yum spices after the spices they gave out as their wedding favor were very well received.

“The reception has been great, and working at a farmer’s market is really a grassroots way to get out and meet people. Being that we do sell online, it’s a completely different business model actually being in person, and so it’s been great. It’s good to see that people not only come back, buy more, and replace their bottles, they also bring their friends over and buy for their friends and family,” said Williams.

Irvington Delight is another first-time vendor at John Jay, selling homemade Mediterranean and American cuisine.

“All our food is homemade, and all the grape leaves, basil, and mint we use is from our garden. Everything we make the day of or the night before, it’s all authentic, all 100% old family recipes, so hopefully everyone enjoys it” said Jordan, one of the owners of Irvington Delight.

 

Pahucki emphasized with these new vendors, everyone can find something at John Jay for them—from Conte’s, which has been selling fresh seafood in Westchester for over 65 years, to fresh fruit and vegetables from R & G Produce. These new vendors might bring some exciting changes, but the parts of John Jay that make it so special remain the same. Pahucki noted that John Jay’s location is a special and important part of the market.

“We’re on a historic farm, while many farmers markets are in concrete jungles, so when you come here you really feel the authenticity of the farmer’s market,” she said. 

The John Jay Farmer’s Market is open every Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm, June 10th-October 28th. Stop by today to explore its diverse assortment of food!

Katonah Juice

Our Buy It section often celebrates area businesses who buy local food, and Katonah Juice will be juicing local produce all summer long, so check them out!

Growing up with a mother who worked as a cook and baker, Krystal of Katonah Juice has been exposed the food industry for as long as she can remember. While she began juicing in her early 20’s to improve her health, juicing has grown into her passion which she hopes to use to better the health of the community. Today, she co-runs Katonah Juice with Will and Chris Ryder, who own the Katonah Pharmacy. Katonah Juice sells organic fruit smoothies and acai bowls along with juices.

Katonah Juice purchases organic and local produce whenever possible—Ace Naturals, Ryder Farm (no relation to the owners), and Snow Hill Organics are among its favorite distributors. Popular drinks at Katonah Juice include the Green Goddess smoothie, full of antioxidant rich matcha powder, and Krystal’s favorite—Peanut Butter and Jelly. Krystal loves incorporates various types of protein such as bone broth into her smoothies.

Katonah Pharmacy is optimistic that selling these healthy products is a way to forward the Pharmacy’s goal of providing alternate, holistic approaches to health along with conventional pharmaceutical needs.

“We don’t want the pharmacy department to be your only stop, we want it to be the last,” says Will Ryder.

The Juice Bar is located in the back of Katonah Pharmacy and is open 9-5 Mondays-Fridays, 10-5 on Saturdays, and 10-2.30 on Sundays. Stop by today for a delicious and healthy treat!

You can try a turmeric juice recipe from Katonah Juice here

SunRaven Farm Garden Co-Op

sunraven_soilInterest in personal wellness has increased significantly in recent decades. In 2016, the Slow Food Movement celebrated its 30th anniversary, and local food is all around with farmers markets, CSAs, and farm to table restaurants. Additionally the use of complimentary health approaches has nearly doubled since 2002 with approximately 21 million adults practicing yoga and 18 million practicing meditation.

sunraven_harvest           A local organization, SunRaven Farm: The Home of Slow Medicine, aims to satisfy all branches of personal wellness by nourishing the whole being – the mind, the body and the soul.  Participation in a hands-on, working and learning garden experience is offered as a part of this approach.

Located in Bedford, Sun Raven offers a Garden Co-Op, which combines the benefits of a CSA membership with personal involvement growing the harvest, community gatherings and meditation.

This unique Garden Co-Op had 15 member-families this summer who enjoyed coming together for nearly 40 weeks, participating in interactive workshops, centering themselves through mindful activities and rolling up their sleeves to dig in the soil, nurture seedlings, and tend to the life-supporting and lush plants they grew. During harvest weeks they took home shares of the bounty that they grew together including delicious ripe garden vegetables, herbs, teas, flowers and eggs.

The group of participants were strangers in March, but over time became a supportive community to one another. Many expressed that their approach to cooking and eating transformed during the experience because of the nutrients, the positive care and the love they knew went into the food they consumed. According to Sun Raven, the most profound aspect of the connection people make to food through this holistic approach is a respect and stewardship for their own health and for the land.

According to SunRaven’s founder and executive director of the Slow Medicine Foundation, Dr. Michael Finkelstein, affectionately known as the Slow Medicine Doctor, “Participating in a community garden is an integral part of nourishing the whole being –  growing your own organic bounty, interacting with others and with nature, moving your body doing something you love — these all nurture good health.”

SunRaven: The Home of Slow Medicine advertises that it is for those looking to live, study, or facilitate a whole-being vision of health and wellness. For more information about the SunRaven Garden Co-Op and Slow Medicine, visit www.slowmedicine.org.

Local Food is all Around!

Farmers are growing fruits and vegetables, keeping bees, raising livestock, and tapping maple trees all around us.  Bedford 2020 has compiled a map of nearby farms and where they sell their produce to encourage you to buy local food!

Why buy local food? Buying local food supports the existence of local agriculture and supports our local economy. Food from these small farms is often better for the environment than food that travels long distances from giant agricultural operations. Food that is fresh and in season is good for you.  Finally, there is something amazing about the holistic experience of buying food directly from the farm or the farmer who grew it for you. So, buy local food!

Local Farm Map and List of Where to Buy Their Produce. The map and list below are color coded to help you understand where to buy produce from these farms:

Blue indicates you can buy at the farm because these farms that either sell their produce at a farm stand at or near the farm, through a CSA,* or offer U-Pick on the farm.
Brown indicates farms that distribute off-site to local establishments like restaurants or food markets.**
Green is for farmers markets that bring local farmers and artisans to a central location once a week to sell their produce and products.

If you have more accurate information that what we have here, please let us know and we will update this before we print it and create the interactive version on our website.

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Farms with Local
Farm Stands & CSAs

Amato Farm
121 Route 100, Katonah. Farm stand: Thu.–Sun. 11am–6pm, seasonally. AmatoFarm.com

E.B.’s Golden Harvest
Yorktown Heights. CSA, local markets. (914) 962-5666

Fable Farm
1311 Kitchawan Road, Ossining, CSA; Open to the public summer and fall Sun. and Wed. 9am-6pm. FableFoods.com

Farmer and the Fish
100 Titicus Road, North Salem. CSA, Farm stand: daily 10am–8pm, Sun. 10am–4:30pm. FarmerAndTheFish.com

Glynwood Farm
Cold Spring (not shown on map). CSA, Farm store: Tue. & Fri. 3pm–6pm, Sat. 9am–1pm, May–Oct. Glynwood.org

Harvest Moon Farm and Orchard
130 Hardscrabble Rd., North Salem. CSA, farm store: daily, 8am–6pm. HarvestMoonFarmandOrchard.com

Hemlock Hill Farm
500 Croton Ave., Cortlandt Manor. Local restaurants, Farm Store: daily 9am–5:30pm, Sun. 9am–2pm, year round. HemlockHillFarm.com

Hilltop Hanover Farm
1271 Hanover St., Yorktown Heights. CSA, U-Pick: Sat. 10am–4pm. Farm stand: Fri. 1pm–6pm, Sat. 10am–4pm, June–Nov. HilltopHanoverFarm.org

Long Haul Farm
Garrison. CSA. LongHaulFarm

Meadows Farm
329 Underhill Ave., Yorktown Heights. Farm stand: daily 9am–6pm, Sun. 9am–5pm, May–Oct. MeadowsFarmMarket.com

Mill Pond Farm
121 Stone Hill Rd., Pound Ridge. Farm stand: daily.

Rochambeau Farm
214 W. Patent Rd., Mt. Kisco. Farm stand: Thu. & Fri. 9am–6pm, Sat. 9am–5pm, Sun. 10am–4pm., seasonal. RochambeauFarmNY.com

Ryder Farm
400 Starr Ridge Rd., Brewster. Local markets, CSA, farm stand. RyderFarmOrganic.com

Salinger’s Orchard
230 Guinea Road, Brewster. Farm stand: 9am–5:30pm daily. SalingersOrchard.com

Seedswell Vegetable Farm
284 Guard Hill Rd., Mt. Kisco. Local establishments, CSA. Seedswell.com

Snow Hill Farm
North Salem. Local markets, CSA. SnowHillOrganicFarm.com

Stone Barns
Pocantico Hills (not shown on map). CSA, Farm Stand: Sun. 10am–4pm, seasonal. StoneBarnesCenter.org

Stuart’s Fruit Farm
62 Granite Springs Rd., Granite Springs. U-Pick in fall, Farm stand: 9am–6pm daily. StuartsFarm.com

Thompson’s Cider Mill
335 Blinn Rd., Croton-on-Hudson. Farm store: Sat. & Sun. 10am–5:30pm, Sept.–Nov. ThompsonsCiderMill.com

Three Feathers Farm
371 Smith Ridge Rd., South Salem. Gossett Brothers Farmers Market, Farm stand: daily 7am–6pm. ThreeFeathersFarm

White Oak Farm
680 Croton Lake Rd., Yorktown Heights. Farm store: daily. WhiteOakFarm1.com

Wilkens Fruit and Fir Farm
1335 White Hill Rd., Yorktown. U-Pick: 10am–4:30pm. Farm market: 10am–5pm, Sept.–Dec. WilkensFarm.com

Farms that Sell and
Distribute Off-Site

Amawalk Farm
Katonah. Supplies John Jay Homestead Farmers Market. amawalkfarm.org

Amba Farms
Bedford Hills. Supplies Bedford Hills Farmers Market. AmbaFarms.com

Cabbage Hill Farm
Mt. Kisco. Supplies John Jay Homestead Farmers Market. CabbageHillFarm.org

I & Me Farms
Bedford Hills. Supplies area restaurants.

JD Farms
North Salem. Supplies John Jay Homestead Farmers Market. JDFarms.com

Kitchawan Farm
Yorktown.

Mobius Fields
Katonah. Supplies John Jay Homestead Farmers Market. MobiusFields.com

Muscoot Farm
Katonah. MuscootFarm.org

Rainbeau Ridge Farm
Bedford Hills. RainbeauRidge.com

Sugar Hill Farm
Bedford Hills. Donate to Food Bank. WestchesterLandTrust.org

Sundial Farm
Ossining.

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Bedford Hills Farmers Market
Bedford Hills Train Station, Adams St. Summer: Thu. 4–7pm; Winter: Sat. 10-2. BedfordHillsFarmersMarket

Chappaqua Farmers Market
Sat. 8:30am–1pm, year round. ChappaquaFarmersMarket

Croton-on-Hudson Farmers Market
1 Croton Point Ave. Sun. 9:00am–2pm, May-Nov. DowntoEarthMarkets/Croton

Gossett Brothers Farmers Market
1202 Route 35, South Salem. Sat. 9am–1pm, year round. GossettBrothers

Hudson Valley Regional Farmers Market
Brewster. Sun. 10am–2pm, year round. HudsonValleyRegional

John Jay Homestead Farmers Market
400 Jay St., Katonah. Sat. 9am–1pm, June–Nov. JohnJayHomestead.org

Muscoot Farmers Market 
51 Route 100, Katonah. Sun 10am–3pm, June–Oct. MuscootFarm.org

Ossining Farmers Market 
140 Main St., Ossining. Sat 8:30am–1pm, June–Dec 27. DowntoEarthMarkets/Ossining

Pleasantville Farmers Market 
Summer: Memorial Plaza, Pleasantville. Sat. 8:30am–1pm, April–Nov. Winter:  Pleasantville Middle School Cafeteria, 40 Romer Avenue, 9am-1pm. PleasantvilleFarmersMarket.org

Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow (TaSH) Farmers Market 
Patriot’s Park, Sleepy Hollow. Sun. 8:30am–2pm, June–Nov 19. TashFarmersMarket.org

We hope this map encourages you to get out there and meet your local farmers, frequent some farm stands,  check out the local farmers’ markets, and buy local food!

 *CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture in which people sign up to buy a share of the farm’s harvest over a specific period of time in the future so that farmers may better plan for the season ahead.

**We have not listed local restaurants and establishments that sell produce from these farms on this map, but on the website version of this map/list we will provide links to farm websites so that you may look into where they distribute their produce.

Westchester Grown Farm Trail

hilltophanoverWestchester County now has a Farm Trail. It is a designated route that links a series of farms for 17 miles, between North Salem and Sleepy Hollow. The “Westchester Grown” trail is made up of local farmers who grow crops and raise animals locally.

The trail dedication was achieved by the efforts of  the Friends of Hilltop Hanover Farm (pictured above) and the Westchester County Office of Film & Tourism.  According to Lucille Munz, Farm Director at Hilltop Hanover, “It took over 3 years to get the Farm Trail certification, so this is just the beginning of creating a coordinated effort to raise awareness so folks will support these local farms.”

The Farm Trail designation is a New York State program designed to bring attention to productive agricultural lands and interesting destinations for both residents and tourists.  According to Munz, “Farmers often don’t have the resources, time, or skill set to do the marketing and outreach necessary to increase business, so this program raises collective awareness and facilitates collaboration that will help all of the farms on the Farm Trail.”

Ryder farmSimilar to the Wine Trails, Apple Trails, and Beverage Trails around the state, the Farm Trail designation usually results in added signage to encourage people to visit these farms and helps facilitate future planning of joint events and marketing efforts among the “Westchester Grown” farms. Munz explains, “We have applied to the USDA for a grant to facilitate marketing the Trail, creating a coordinated website, working with restaurants and businesses, planing seasonal tours and farm-to-table events.”

Many of these farms and farmers have a long history with the county with strong ties to the community and are supported by local shops and restaurants, which will be designated as the “Friends of the Westchester Grown Farm Trail.”

muscoot pigsTake a look at the interactive Farm Trail Map produced by the Westchester Office of Tourism and check out the photos and information about the 14 Westchester Grown farms that are on the Farm Trail.  Then take a trip out to the Farm Trail and visit a few!

The farms named to the Farm Trail include:

  • Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard
  • Hemlock Hill Farm
  • Hilltop Hanover Farm & Environmental Center, Inc.
  • Muscoot Farm (pictured right)
  • Ryder Farm Cottage Industries (interns pictured above)
  • Seedswell Vegetable Farm
  • Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture
  • Stuarts Farm and Orchard
  • Sundial Farm
  • The Farmer & The Fish
  • The Meadows Farm
  • Thompson’s Cider Mill
  • White Oak Farm
  • Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm

We are excited to see the Farm Trail designation bringing attention to farms in our area. If we want farming in our community, we need to support local farms.  Keep an eye out for Westchester Growers at your local farm markets and on local restaurant menus.

Community Experience at Farmers’ Markets

Bedford Hills Farmers Market has moved to Thursdays, 4-7:30pm

Bedford Hills Farmers Market at the BH Train Station is now on Thursdays, 4-7:30pm

Maybe we are biased, but we think farmers’ markets are so much cooler than the supermarket, and what you find there is so much better for you health, the environment and our community. At a farmers’ market you may:

Find the freshest food around, grown with care by local farmers on nearby farms; Take in the community-building experience of knowing where your food comes from, who grows and sells it, and see your friends and neighbors while you are there; Meet the farmers, artisan bakers and people who make quality, original and delicious value added products; Support our local food system and economy; Often enjoy live music, engage with nonprofit organizations doing good work, watch a cooking demonstration, enjoy an outdoor setting and so much more.

Many people enjoy attending the same market every week because of the connections they make with the vendors and the neighbors they regularly see there. A local farmer, Deb Taft of Mobius Fields, said that because of farm market connections with her customers she often finds herself thinking of specific customers as she is tending to the crops they love to buy, as if she is growing food just for them.

Before you go, remember to bring some cash and reusable shopping bags. You also might want to check what is in season on the NY harvest calendar and have an idea of what you will see and what you might want to buy at the market. Of course, a farm market is not a superstore and you might not find exactly what you expect, so also remember to stay flexible and enjoy the experience.

Here are some of the local markets you might want to visit and consider becoming a regular:

Soapier and Market Manager Maria Spear at BH Farmers Market

Soapier and Market Manager Maria Spear at BH Farmers Market

Bedford Hills Farmers Market, Bedford Hills Train Station, Thursdays 4:00-7:30pm. In its first year, the Bedford Hills Farmers Market, in the heart of Bedford Hills, has moved its time to Thursday evenings. Commuters stop by on their way from the train, residents walk over, and there is plenty of parking for those who drive. Vendors sell fruits and vegetables, seafood, jams, soaps, and other handcrafted goods.  They have a schedule of musical performers including:

  • Jack Serra Lima  6/23
  • Forget Me Nots 8/11
  • students from Hubbels Music School, Fox Lane High School and more!
John Jay Homestead Farmers' Market is open Saturdays 9-1.

John Jay Homestead Farmers’ Market on Route 22 is open Saturdays 9-1.

John Jay Homestead Farmers Market 400 Jay St., Rt. 22, Katonah, Saturdays 9am-1pm. On the gorgeous property of John Jay Homestead, this rural setting makes for a lovely outdoor market experience. Plan to have fresh-roasted coffee and a delicious baked good or some gelato as you stroll around to visit the 35 vendors who sell everything from vegetables, fruits and flowers to prepared foods, seafood and meat and handcrafted local products.

Down Route 35 you'll find Gossett Bros market Saturdays 9-1.

Down Route 35 you’ll find Gossett Bros market Saturdays 9-1.

Gossett Brothers Farm Market, 1202 Route 35, South Salem, NY , Saturdays 9am-1pm. Take a ride down 35 to Gossetts market located at Gossett Brothers Nursery on Saturdays. They offer a wide selection of vegetables, fruits, honey, meats and seafood, breads, prepared foods from a dozen or so vendors each week.

Muscoot Farm Market is open Sundays and fun for kids.

Muscoot Farm Market is open Sundays and fun for kids.

Muscoot Farm Market, Muscoot Farm, Rt. 100, Somers; Sundays 10am-3pm. Muscoot’s market is open on Sundays and offers a nice selection of prepared foods and handcrafted goods as well as local produce from 23 vendors. A fun market to attend because of the farm feeling, especially if you also love to visit the animals on the farm or hike on the park’s wooded trails.

Also fun to visit:

Chappaqua Farmers Market, Chappaqua Train Station, Saturdays 8:30am-1pm

or Pleasantville Farmers Market, Memorial Plaza (next to train station), Saturdays, 8:30am-1pm

Farmers Markets are a community building experience.

Farmers Markets are a community building experience.

A trip to the farmers’ market can be a quick stop for what you need, or you can make it a leisurely activity to enjoy all the community aspects that a farmers market has to offer. When you purchase local food or products at the market, you will not only continue enjoying the market after you leave, you will also feel great knowing that your purchases support our local food system, local economy, local farms and farmers, healthy soil, clean air, open land, good health and more.

Support and engage with your community, visit a farmers’ market this week!

Don’t Despair, Local Food Can be Found in the Winter

We know that we have quite a local food following, and for many of us it is important to eat local food for the impact not only on our health but also on the environment.

Growing your own food, stopping by farm stands, visiting the farmers’ market, or subscribing to a CSA keeps most of us stocked with local food from spring through fall. But what can we expect to find in the winter?

Since this is our last issue of the year, we wanted to leave you hopeful that local food can be found even after VegOut is hibernating for the winter.

Where to find it?

Local CSAs offering a winter share:

winter CSAField Goods: offers different size subscriptions of local produce from small farms delivered weekly to community locations. Customers receive 6-8 different types of fresh fruit and vegetables each week, often including one or two flash frozen items in the winter. Subscriptions can be started or cancelled any time (or placed on hold). The weekly newsletter “In the Bag,” offers helpful tips and recipes for that week’s selection of produce. They already have pick up locations in Katonah and Bedford Hills, and you can establish a new site with 5 subscriptions.

Farmigo: an “online farmers’ market.” You can shop online for local food and pick up at local delivery sites.  They “source 95% or more” of their food “from from farmers and artisans that are located within a day’s drive of our Communities.” There doesn’t seem to be a “box subscription,” so you can choose exactly what you want and pick it up at a community location weekly. We know of a pick up location in Bedford Hills, and a new location can be established with 10 orders.

MyFarmShare.com: a CSA delivered to your door. You can get a 5 box or 9 box winter share. Westchester deliveries are on Wednesdays or Thursdays.

Local winter farmers’ markets

indoor marketBedford Hills Now has a Farmers’ Market! 10-2 on Saturdays at the Bedford Hills Train Station!

The Mount Kisco Indoor Farmers’ Market returns to St. Mary’s Church in downtown Mount Kisco on Saturdays from 9-1, Winter 2015 (according to their Facebook Page).

Gosset Brothers Nursery, 1202 Route 35 in South Salem, has a year round market on Saturdays from 9-1.

Pleasantville moves their farmers market indoors to the Pleasantville Middle School 9-1 on Saturdays after November 21.

Stone Barns Winter Market begins in December and is open once a month on Saturdays, 10-4, inside the Hay Barn.

Grow your own

Of course, if you had a plentiful harvest this year, you might be able to store a lot for the coming winter yourself, especially if you have a root cellar or take some time to freeze, preserve, or pickle!

If you are interested in hydroponic, indoor gardening, Delicious Gardens, in Bedford Hills, can help you get started.

What will we find?

winter veg marketThrough the winter, the local food  available will mostly be storage crops and hearty greens. Of course, all winter you will also find local meats, dairy, eggs, honey, and items that have been canned, preserved, or frozen. There are always local wine and ciders, too.

Storage crops: apples, pears, onions, potatoes, turnips, all kinds of squash, carrots, pumpkins, garlic, winter radishes, beets, celeriac, rutabagas, sweet potatoes, daikon, etc.

Greens: cold hearty field greens, kale, collards, chard, radicchio, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, mustard, herbs, and greenhouse grown greens and shoots

After January you will see more of the stored items than the greens, and by April you will have greenhouse and field grown greens like mesclun and cooking greens, baby kale, mizzen, mustards, bok choi, Swiss chard, etc.

Keep us posted on your winter local food adventures on the Bedford 2020 Facebook Page or on the VegOut Bedford Facebook Page and we will share as well.

Since winter local food means a lot of root vegetables, be sure to check out our root vegetable recipes!

Local Honey & Honey Liquor

Honey_Jars_0014 (1)Buy Local Honey

Fall is a great time for honey. By this time of year the bees have produced enough to last them the winter and the beekeepers harvest the excess. The flavor of every honey depends on the nectar source of flowers visited by the honeybee, so there are many variations to try!

Honey is delicious as a sweetener and contains carbohydrates and potassium as well as a number of other minerals and vitamins. Honey also has  been proven to relieve sore throats and head colds. Since grocery store honey may contain additives or pesticides, and usually has been heated (resulting in loss of nutrients and enzymes), it is best to buy local honey!

You will find honey sellers at John Jay Farmer’s Market and Muscoot Farmer’s Market as well as at Gossett’s Farm Market. You will also find local honey at Table Local Market in Bedford Hills!

These Hudson Valley beekeepers sell honey in our area and sell honey products online:

bottle_1bMix Up Some Cocktails with Krupnikas 

If you follow food trends, you might already know that micro-distilled/artisan spirits are the number one trend in 2015, according to the National Restaurant Association.  Moreover, the Swiss flavor maker Firmenich announced the 2015 Flavor of the Year is officially honey-flavored liquor. So it is no surprise that the local honey liquor distillery is going gangbusters.

KAS Spirits in Mahopac produces small-batch, artisanal liquor distilled with local honey and a blend of spices including vanilla, cardamom, cinnamon, caraway seeds, cloves and saffron. This very sweet alcoholic drink, called Krupnikas is popular in Lithuania and Poland.

Since summer of 2014 KAS has been delivering its hand bottled, 80 proof, flavorful liquor to restaurants and liquor stores all over Westchester an beyond. In Bedford alone you will find Krupnikas at Sette e Vente and Bedford Wine Merchants in Bedford Hills and at Peppino’s and Katohnah Wine & Liquor in Katonah.

Here are some KAS cocktail recipes from simple to complex:

Light N’ Honey:

  • 2 oz. KAS Krupnikas
  • Lemon squeeze
  • Top with ginger beer over ice.

Jade Bee:

  • 2 oz. KAS Krupnikas
  • 4 oz chilled green tea
  • 5oz. lemon juice
  • Shake well with ice and pour into a tall glass.

Baltic Sea Bee’s Knees:

  • 1 oz KAS Krupnikas
  • 1 oz. gin
  • 1 oz. lemon juice
  • Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Kazerac:

  • 1 oz. KAS Krupnikas
  • 2 oz Rye whiskey
  • 3 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • Stir with ice until chilled, then strain into an absinthe-rinsed glass

 

Delicious Gardens

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Aquaponic garden/fish tank

Delicious Gardens, a hydroponic and organic garden supply specialty store located on Bypass Road in Bedford Hills, has everything you need to grow your own food… year round!

If you have not already been by, we highly recommend stopping in to check out all the space age hydroponic equipment, meet their fish Pablo Picasso in his aquaponic fish tank, and see all the lovely plants co-owners Tom Myers and Indira Fermin have grown indoors and started from seed. It’s really unique!

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Rotating hydroponic tower

While Delicious Gardens also carries organic fertilizers and nutrients for outdoor growing, their specialty is indoor hydroponic gardening – meaning growing plants in water combined with nutrient solutions, without soil.

From simple pots and lights, to rotating towers of herbs, to large tents with climate control and timed lights (for starting a small farm in your basement!), Delicious Gardens can help indoor growers, regardless of how much experience or space they have, and support them throughout the year.

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Hydroponic cloning from cuttings

Delicious Gardens now offers gardening coaching services and have a variety of first-time growing kits if you want to get started indoors before your outdoor fall harvest is long gone. In fact, Indira urges, “Now is the time to save seeds from your summer treasures and get your personal indoor produce section started at home.”

Andrew Frishman, a local veterinarian who raises butterflies, went to Delicious Gardens because the host plant for butterflies has been disappearing in nature. Tom taught Andrew to clone and grow Milkweed for his butterflies. Now Andrew uses a couple of indoor hydroponic gardening systems to grow the plants that his butterflies consume.

Andrew, praises Delicious Gardens: “They are such a valuable resource in our community. Everything from the fertilizer to the soil they use is top quality.  Their prices are reasonable and their knowledge is invaluable. Delicious Garden’s help has made me an overall better gardener and better butterfly breeder!”

Tom and Indira are truly passionate about growing food for healthy living, declaring their mission, “From a seed to your plate…harvest year-round.”

Purdy’s Farmer and the Fish

ImageGen.ashx-6You’ll feel like you are at the Cape this summer when you eat fresh seafood with garden-fresh vegetables in this rustic, casual, 18th century house or on its porch amidst the colorful perennials! Purdy’s Farmer and the Fish, right off I-684 in North Salem, focuses its menu on high-quality seafood and vegetables and herbs grown right on the property. This is a popular spot, so you probably want to make a reservation.

Farmer's FieldThe chef, who studied agriculture in college, is also the farmer. In fact, most of the vegetables and herbs he serves in the restaurant come from the 2 acre farm behind the restaurant. The farm also provides fresh produce to the Farm Shop and to individuals who sign up for a CSA share. Down East Seafood has been recognized as a leader in environmental sustainability and is the exclusive supplier of seafood to the restaurant.

purdy's farmer and the fish scallop saladThe seared scallop salad looks gorgeous with fresh greens and a sunny side egg on top. The halibut with snap peas and lemon risotto was drizzled with a striking green pesto full of the flavor of multiple herbs and I loved the delicious, deep mauve berry crisp.

Lunch and Dinner is served daily, brunch served on Sundays and a bar menu available in between. The farm shop is open daily and offers fresh produce, seafood, local dairy products and meats, prepared foods, baked goods, and specialty items.

Purdy's Farmer and Fish farm shopPurdy’s Farmer and the Fish, 100 Titicus Road, North Salem, (914) 617-8380