Whether you want to cook a feast or a small repast for family and friends, or even if you just want to eat locally and sustainably grown food prepared by a professional, we can help.
And don’t forget the VegOut Newsletter Archive – an excellent resource for local food purveyors and recipes.
More and more local retailers are sourcing locally, in addition to sourcing from further afield. The more you frequent these stores, the more the supply will increase and cost decrease.
This article explains how local retail stores are committed to educating their customers, providing local, fresh produce, and supporting their communities.
Mrs. Greens Natural Market is a chain of stores committed to offering organic food and providing an alternative to supermarkets.
TABLE is a haven for consumers who seek locally grown, organic food. They offer everything from soup to nuts, have dinners that raise awareness, and offer delicious lunch offerings. It can’t be beat!
Erica’s Kitchen in Bedford Village is a destination for organic, locally grown food—a fabulous market featuring a weekly selection of produce and meats from John Boy’s Farm.
Restaurants and Cafés
Starting with sustainably grown produce, locavore chefs create meals that both promote healthier living and simply taste better. While chefs define “local” flexibly, using produce, meat, eggs and dairy products conscientiously grown or raised on nearby or regional farms can reap additional benefits in terms of nutrition, environmental impact, maintenance of open space, and humane treatment of farm animals.
This site covers the entire Hudson Valley with listings (by county) of restaurants and more.
With links to reviews, maps, cuisine, and price, this site even indicates a percentage of organic products used by a restaurant.
In addition to the list of restaurants below, you may want to consult Slow Food Metro North’s website, specifically the section dedicated to their “Snail Of Approval Program”, which attempts to rate restaurants and food producers, mainly farms, for their organic- and local-ness. They have not obviously been to or know about all restaurants and farms in our area, so we encourage you to go to the restaurants on our list and inquire at community markets about the producers and propose them for inclusion on the snail of approval list if you feel they are worthy!
This online magazine is dedicated to supporting and promoting local agriculture and any small food business.
Cooking and Recipes
Restaurants are wonderful, but the best way to eat well is to cook at home — especially if you’ve grown the food yourself. Once you get the hang of cooking more naturally, with companion spices and herbs, you’ll never resort to Birdseye frozen vegetables again. These sites can help.
Local food writer Judith Hausman posts a weekly recipe for the magazine Urban Farm that focuses on seasonal and local cooking.
Dr. Susan Rubin has an informative, inspirational blog with about 100 recipes, all perfect for the beginning/intermediate cook. Many of her recipes are kid-friendly, as they have been used at the Mt. Kisco Child Care Center.
Type in an ingredient on this site and you’ll find dozens of recipes to choose from.
Kitchen Gardeners International, an organization founded and directed by Roger Doiron, is a crowd-sourced website full of information about gardening.
A Sampling of Local, Farm-to-Table Restaurants
Blue Hill at Stone Barns (914) 366-9600
630 Bedford Rd., Pocantico Hills, NY
This famous temple of local eating features special occasion food, mostly from the adjacent farm.
Café of Love (914) 242-1002
38 E. Main St., Mt. Kisco, NY
This café has a warm setting and creative, thoughtful cuisine, with a French touch.
Dressing Room (203) 226-1114
27 Powers Court, Westport, CT
Locally-sourced and Newman-influenced, the Dressing Room is conveniently located by the nearby live-theater.
Erica’s Kitchen (914) 906-6892
1 Court Road, Bedford, NY
Serving as a market and café for an enterprising local chef, Erica’s is well-connected to local farms.
Farmer’s Table (203) 594-7890
21 Forest St., New Canaan, CT
The chef’s family are farmers and therefore closely connected to this tiny, intimate, farm-to-table spot.
Iron Horse Grill (914) 741-0717
20 Wheeler Ave., Pleasantville, NY
Situated in a beautifully renovated, comfortable old railroad station, this restaurant sites many local sources on this reliably creative and tasty menu.
Juniper (914) 478-2542
575 Warburton Ave., Hastings-on-Hudson, NY
Visit this funky space with its casual, appealing menu.
Purdy’s Farmer & The Fish (914) 617-8380
100 Titicus Road, North Salem, NY
This community-oriented restaurant offers locally grown food and high-quality seafood.
Restaurant North (914) 273-8686
386 Main St., Armonk, NY
The food here is pristine and unfussy, cooked by a committed locavore chef.
Sweet Grass Grill (914) 631-0000
24 Main St., Tarrytown, NY
The atmosphere is casual and friendly, the food is deliciously organic and it is convenient to the Music Hall.
Table Local Market (914) 241-0269
11 Babbit Road, Bedford Hills, NY
A café serving almost as a clearinghouse for local resources; family-friendly and Brooklyn-esque.
Tomatillo (914) 478-2300
13 Cedar St., Dobbs Ferry, NY
Local and Tex-Mex, this spot is easy-going and yum!
Zeph’s (914) 736-2159
638 Central Ave., Peekskill, NY
Come here for independently-minded chefs and a quiet, original ambience.