Farm-to-table dining doesn’t always mean bringing the food off the farm. Some farms are welcoming diners to visit and enjoy a freshly prepared meal. Whether they’re partnering with local chefs or manning the kitchen themselves, Hudson Valley farmers are bringing diners fresh, local, seasonal meals prepared on-site using their own meat and produce. Dining on the farm is all about the food—how it’s grown, who nurtures it, how it’s cooked. It usually emphasizes simple dishes that emphasize natural flavors. Brunches and dinners may be limited to 30 people eating at picnic tables surrounded by the hills and fields that are the source of the meal, or could involve an open invitation for visitors to peruse the farm and experience authentic “farm to table” dining. You just can’t get any closer to the roots of our food culture.
A monthly on-farm dinner ran like a speak-easy until the cult-like following and long wait-list prompted the farm to go public. The 100-acre farm in Blooming Grove, growing a wide variety of organic produce, now sports a warm rustic restaurant complete with bar, serving brunch, lunch and dinner on weekends.
At Westwind Orchard in Accord you can buy or pick your own raspberries, apples or pumpkins, then sit down and enjoy Italian tapas and a thin-crust, wood-fired pizza. And wash it down with one of the six ciders produced at the orchard.
Brooklyn Cider House actually makes it home in New Paltz and Twin Star Orchards, the source of the Brooklyn’s popular sour-style ciders. Enjoy Neapolitan pizza and a bottle of cider under the pavilion over looking the orchard and Shawangunk Ridge.
Home of Doc’s Draft Cider and Black Dirt Bourbon, Warwick Valley Winery converted an old apple packing house to create a tasting room, shop and café—Pané Café offers a bistro menu of housemade breads, pizzas, sandwiches and salads all weekend long.