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 – now closed

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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

John Boy’s: The Outpost

the OutpostWe have seen John Ubaldo at the local farmers’ markets for years selling his fresh meats and produce from John Boy’s Farm up in Cambridge, NY. Incredible demand for his fresh, organic, non-gmo products recently led him to expand into retail, bringing Bedford John Boy’s: The Outpost.

According to John, “In only 1500 square feet you can shop for everything you need to feed yourself without having to read labels to make sure you aren’t buying something you don’t want to put in your body.” John boasts The Outpost is “the only 100% non-GMO store in the area,” and its products support his mission to encourage eating locally, seasonally, without chemicals, without genetically modified ingredients, and all from small farms and small businesses.

beef and green sauce outpostWe found an amazing selection of fruits and vegetables delivered from the farm, grass-fed meats, crazy grass-fed yogurt, cheese and butters, carefully selected organic or non-gmo packaged items, and tons of prepared foods. Amazing meals are cooked daily and brunch on the weekends.

John’s style is to prepare simple meals with the best ingredients, like garlic scape pesto pizza for lunch and short ribs with a balsamic bbq reduction for dinner. We tried the Huevos Rancheros, prepared with farm fresh eggs and fresh picked veggies. The entree was almost too colorful and beautiful to eat, but glad we did because it was delicious!

John Boy’s: The Outpost, 1 Court Road in Bedford Village

Open Tuesday – Saturday 8am-6pm and Sunday 8am-4pm.

John Jay Farm Market

72614jThe John Jay Homestead Farm Market will reopen on Saturday, June 13th on the 62-acre historic site. Local and regional farms remain the focus of the market with both returning and new vendors, which include Cabbage Hill Farm of Mount Kisco, JD Farms of Brewster, John Boys Farm of Cambridge, Mobius Fields of Waccabuc and Do-Re-Me Farms of Orange County.

The market will draw from more than 40 vendors each week. Among the returning vendors are Big Bang Coffee Roasters, Johnny Gelato, Ladle of Love, Om Champagne Tea and Red Barn Bakery. New vendors include Carrot Top Kitchen, Edenesque and Sweet Things and Wild Thyme.

photo 712bThis independent market will offer produce, fruit and flowers, including heirloom varieties, all locally grown, using organic, biodynamic and conventional methods. There will be an array of artisanal baked goods, including vegan and gluten-free offerings, cheese, eggs, meats, fresh seafood, prepared foods, fresh roasted coffee and teas, nut milks and cold pressed juices, hand-made pasta, as well as hand-crafted local products.

Each week the market will host a different non-profit organization. “We are very excited about our non-profit partnerships. June will be an exciting month as we welcome Bedford 2020, Katonah Village Library and the Katonah Village Improvement Society, “said Jennifer Gordon, Market Manager. “KVIS as part of their participation in the month of June will be presenting a Summer Solstice Yoga celebration. It will begin with a gong ceremony and end in an organic juice toast,” said Gordon.

Shoppers will enjoy walking among the 19th century farm buildings and are welcome to explore flower, herb and vegetable gardens, a chicken-and-egg co-operative and a 12-hive apiary, along with wooded trails and a pond. They can take a guided tour of John Jay’s Bedford House, discover the Carriage Barn Education and Visitor Center, featuring state-of-the-art computerized interactive displays or explore the site’s five Discovery Centers, filled with hands-on activities.

“We have lots of exciting things planned for opening day June 13th including local folk/blues band 52 Pick Up, a cooking demo by Chef Maria Reina, a free children’s craft program, which will run the second Saturday of every month. We will also highlight a Mt. Kisco gift shop, Beehive Designer Collective, which features many local artisans,” said Gordon.

John Jay Homestead Farm Market is located at 400 Jay Street, in Katonah, N.Y. and will run from Saturday, June 13 – Saturday, October 31 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. For more information visit www.johnjayhomestead.org.

Gossetts Farm Market

july fm 17One of the hidden treasures of the year-round farmers market calendar is Gossetts’ Farm Market, at Gossett Brothers Nursery, on Route 35. It’s year-round, every Saturday from 9am to 1pm. In addition to the unmatched gathering of local food vendors and craftspeople, Gossetts, as a full nursery, can help you with any stage of your home garden, composting needs, or landscaping project.

In fact, it was the market that enabled Gossetts to go from being a mostly seasonal business to being a year-round hub of activity.

Several years ago, Tom Gossett was looking for ideas to enhance the Nursery’s role in the community during the long winter months, when the Nursery might normally closed. Pat Imbimbo, owner of New England Farms, was managing a small farmers market looking for a location that could host them year round. As fate would have it, Tom bumped into Pat, and in the fall of 2008, Gossetts Farm Market was born.

Instead of describing the mouth-watering options, we’ll let this (not even complete) vendor list speak for itself!

AND THE BEADS GO ON – Beautiful handmade beaded jewelry (every 2nd week).

THE BEE GUY – Honey, beeswax candles, and beekeeping supplies from Guy Hodges Apiary.

BETTINGER’S BLUFF FARM – 100% grass-fed beef & poultry products from Montgomery, NY

BONGO & CAPACCI – Fresh pasta, gourmet raviolis, sauces all locally made.

CASCADE VINEYARDS – Local red, white, dry and dessert wines, Amazing Live Foods cheeses, white wine mustard, and organic olive oil.

CROWLEY CHEESE – delicious cheeses made by hand from fresh, whole, unpasteurized milk without additives or preservatives. Our milk comes from cows certified BST and BGH free in Vermont.

THE FARMER’S DAUGHTER – Homemade mozzarella, sauces, pesto, stuffed Focaccia, desserts and horseradish pickled beets and pickled organic cucumbers.

GAIA’s BREATH FARM – organically raised vegetables, meat and eggs from 265 acres of pure organic bliss situated between the Catskill and Adirondack mountain ranges. Pork cuts and sausages from heritage breed large black pigs. Open pastured veal and pork.

THE GLUTEN-FREE DESSERT KITCHEN – Freshly made Gluten-Free baked goods, Soups, Quiches, Salads, Chill & Pasta made to order in a dedicated GF, Peanut-Free, Shellfish-Free Kitchen.

GO-GO POPS COFFEE – Homemade, gourmet real fruit ice pops, baked goods, and locally roasted, organic, fair-trade coffee.

THE HUDSON MILK COMPANY – Delivering glass-bottled milk, eggs, artisan cheeses, Amish butter, fresh local jams, organic breads, small batch local yogurts, hickory smoked bacon, grass-fed beef, free-range chicken, juices, local, fresh vegetables and more to our customers in Westchester and Putnam Counties of New York, and Fairfield County in Connecticut.

JOHN FAZIO FARMS – Local meats from Modena, NY. Selections include fresh rabbits, chickens and ducks. They also sell London Broil, Rib-eye, T-Bone, NY strip steak.

JOHNNYCAKE MOUNTAIN BEEF – Pasture-raised all natural Black Angus/Charolais beef. No hormones or antibiotics. JohnnyCake Mountain Beef is sold exclusively at Gossetts’ Farm Market

LUIGIS INFUSED OILS – Infused with imported Italian Olive Oil. Produced and bottled in the Hudson Valley. Four delicious Infused Oils to choose from: Sun-Dried Tomato, Basil, Oregano, Garlic & Hot Pepper. Check out his pasta, cheeses and sausage also.

MADURA FARMS – Organic veggies, gourmet mushrooms and free-range eggs grown in the black dirt region of NY.

MAURA & NUCCIA- Authentic Italian artisan desserts: hand-made biscotti and fresh, seasonal fruit crostata. Gluten-free options available.

MIGLIORELLI FARM– Fruit, produce and tomato sauce from the Hudson Valley.

NEWGATE FARMS – Local produce, fruits and berries, cut flowers and fresh pastries made with fresh Newgate farm ingredients.

PRECISION CUTLERY SHARPENING – If it has a blade, Matt can sharpen it and bring it back to its original condition. Bring your kitchenware, hatchet, knife, ax, pocketknife or anything else that needs sharpening. “Your knives will be treated with care and the proper handling that they deserve.”

PICKLELICIOUS – Homemade pickles, olives, sundried tomatoes and sauerkrauts. (every 2nd week).

PIPER LOU PASTRY – small-batch, hand-crafted pastries, cakes, and confections

RENEE’S HOMEMADE JAMS, JELLIES and MARMALADE – Delicious, locally produced jams & jellies. 25 seasonal flavors like gooseberry and apricot-jalapeno.

SEATUCK – Fresh fish and seafood from far off Long Island.

SERINDIPITEA – Variety of hand-blended loose leaf teas, all natural dip mixes, and all natural dry rubs, produced in Connelly, NY with love

TIERRA FARM – organic nuts, nut butters and seeds. Tierra is a small, privately-owned, certified organic producer and roasting in Valatie, NY and sold by one of the most passionate customers, Ashley Diamond.

WAVE HILL BREADS – Local artisan breads, made the morning of the market. Plus great Balsamic vinegar and olive oils for dipping.

Truck Restaurant

 

2014-07-25 16.12.01Truck’s owner Nancy Roper loves Bedford. She says we’ll eat anything – stinging nettles, purple basil and over four hundred pounds of rutabagas last year. Maybe that’s because Truck creates such imaginative seasonal dishes! 

Nancy’s latest creation is a square, straw bale garden just behind the restaurant, with a variety of vegetables and flowers grown right out of the straw. It’s a European technique to get the most from small spaces. The bales are nitrogen-rich and loaded with ingredients that break down easily into rich soil. They act as living walls, and are as beautiful as they are practical.

A restaurateur since 1994, Nancy began to see that what she fed her family at home was often healthier than restaurant fare, and created less waste. With Truck, she resolved to focus on healthy food supporting local farmers and environmentally sensitive practices. For example, she recycles every bottle (not a common restaurant practice, actually) and serves wine on tap to reduce bottle waste.

Most ingredients at Truck are certified organic. For some of her farmers, converting to organic is too costly — farmers have to leave fields fallow for three years before embarking on organic growing — so she also buys from non-certified farms following NOFA’s (Northeast Organic Food Association) organic-friendly guidelines. bilde

It’s no wonder Truck’s parking lot is packed every night when the menu highlights rhubarb margaritas (the rhubarb supplied by Josh and Ashley Frost’s Seedswell Farm on Guard Hill Farm) or salmon burritos with a salsa made of Nancy’s homegrown cucumbers.

Judging from Nancy’s garden, expect the late summer and fall menu to feature her bumper crop of habanero peppers for “Mucho Macho” tacos, tomatillos, three different varieties of basil, and squash galore.

Hilltop Hanover Farm

HilltopHanover_optRight in Bedford’s back yard sits a gorgeous working farm and agricultural center, open to the public for hiking and picnicking, offering classes and seminars, and featuring amazing produce through its CSA shares, farm stand market, and U-pick hours. No, we’re not talking about that place in Pocantico Hills (though that’s a mighty nice farm, too) — we’re talking about Hilltop Hanover Farm, just 10 minutes to the west in Yorktown Heights.

Once a dairy farm that can date itself back to the 17th century, Hilltop Hanover is now a hub of activity devoted to serving as a sustainable food producer and a training center for small-scale farmers and aspirants.

Beyond that, Hilltop models all sorts of sustainable activity and learning, including rainwater harvesting and green-roof technology.

If that makes Hilltop Hanover sound like a serious place, sort of like an outdoor library, push that notion aside. The farm is bursting with fun and activity and, on any given day, it’s a riot of noisy animals and people playing around and enjoying the bucolic idyll. In the next week alone, you can browse the farm, meet the animals, take a cheese-making class, learn canning techniques, work with wool, and even join a couples cooking class.

For these events and plenty more information, visit Hilltop Hanover Farm’s website. Better yet, just pop over to see it for yourself. The farm is open from 10am to 4pm, Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Don’t forget to tell them: Bedford 2020 sent you!

PS: If you go over to Hilltop this week or next, you’ll probably find fennel at the farm stand — it’s featured in their CSA offering for the week. Check out our Cold Fennel Soup recipe here.

All You Need is Love

Lampert OptimizedAn abundance of fresh, delicious and locally sourced ingredients are the heart and soul of Leslie Lampert’s Café of Love restaurant and Ladle of Love take-out shop in Mount Kisco. “We’re all in business together, and sourcing locally is about taking care of each other and doing good to do well,” she says.

Those local sources include farms right here in Bedford, as well as a range of Hudson Valley farms and artisan food purveyors. Lampert describes her relationship with local farmers as collaborative: “We work together to plan menu items based on the growing season. For example, Amba Farms, just half a mile away in Bedford Hills, is growing Heritage Flowers right now, so we added a Heritage Flower Salad to our new summer menu.”

She’s also tending her own backyard garden at Café of Love, having installed a raised bed herb garden. Her own lovage (a celery-like herb) stars in a current menu offering, Corn Chowder with a Lovage Coulis.

Going to Mt. Kisco isn’t the only way to experience Leslie’s great food. Ladle of Love’s farm-fresh prepared food is available Saturdays at the John Jay Homestead Farm Market. You can grab a “Green and Grain” (among other delicious options) perfect for picnicking in the Homestead gardens.

Stop by the restaurant — or the shop, or the farm market — and say “hi!” And be sure to tell Leslie that Bedford 2020 sent you!

John Jay Homestead Farm Market

Hey Bedford, are you ready for a fabulous selection of local food…live music…crafts…and a bucolic, historic venue for picnics and exploring? Get ready to enjoy all this and more every Saturday starting tomorrow, June 14th, when the John Jay Farm market opens for the season!

Veg Out Market ShotVisitors can shop from a selection of produce, fruit and flowers, all locally grown – as well as an array of artisanal baked goods, cheese, eggs, meats, fresh seafood, prepared foods, fresh roasted coffee and teas, organic juices, local wines from the Hudson Valley, hand-made pasta, as well as hand-crafted local products.

The focus of the market is local and regional farms – including Cabbage Hill Farm of Mount Kisco, JD Farms of Brewster, and Mt. Holly Farm of Katonah (to name a just few). Additionally, the market will draw from more than 40 vendors each week. Among the returning vendors are Doc Pickle, Red barn Bakery, Healing Home Foods and Honey Locust Farm House. New vendors include Conte’s Quality Seafood, Hudson River Apiaries, Larchmont Charcuterie and Tousey Winery.

Shoppers can enjoy walking among the 19th century farm buildings and are welcome to explore flower, herb and vegetable gardens, a chicken-and-egg co-operative and a 12-hive apiary, along with wooded trails and a pond. They can also pick-up delicious prepared local food and picnic right at the market.

“We have lots of exciting things planned for opening day, including performances by local band 52 Pick Up and Chef Maria Reina will be doing a cooking demo, “said Jennifer Gordon, Market Manager. “This season there will be more cooking demos, book signings and a crafts table. We will continue to feature local talent and partner with a local non-profit each week, as well as offer free children’s craft programs the second Saturday of every month, “said Gordon.

John Jay Homestead Farm Market is located at 400 Jay Street, in Katonah, N.Y. and will run from Saturday, June 14 – Saturday, November 22 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. For more information visit www.johnjayhomestead.org.