Feast of the Fields 2017: Farms

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Feast of the Fields is an event celebrating the farm-fresh bounty available in Saratoga County and surrounding areas, and our volunteer chefs get to partner with many wonderful area farms to create unique, tasty, and healthy dishes. Saratoga PLAN is extremely grateful for the tremendous contributions made by our local farms to the quality of life in this region, and we hope that you learn to appreciate them even more after tasting what they produce. Please welcome the following farms to Feast of the Fields 2017!

Photo: Wm. H. Buckley Farm

Anderson Acres, located in Charlton, is a family owned farm proudly offering beef, tomatoes, melons, corn, potatoes, other produce, hay and more. Their motto is Real Quality, Real Honest, Real Local.

Anna Mae’s Homemade Jams’ founder, Anna Mae Clark, makes 84 kinds of preserves, jams, jellies, and spreads! To purchase her fruit jams, look for the lady with the hat brimmed with fruit at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market or visit her farm store in Ballston Spa.

Argyle Cheese Farmer, located in Argyle, was founded in 2007 by Dave and Marge Randles as “the Cheese House” processing milk into yogurt, buttermilk and cheese. The processing facility is located on the family dairy farmstead of 225 acres that’s been in operation since 1860. They produce yogurts, cheeses, cheese spreads, cheesecakes, breads, Greek yogurt, gelato and most recently, cultured, whole buttermilk. Argyle Cheese Farmer is also the first in the area to offer yogurt in a recyclable, returnable glass container.

Bowman Orchards in Rexford invites you to enjoy nature’s beauty on ninety-eight tree-filled acres with over 46 varieties of apples. The Bowman Family also grows strawberries, raspberries, pumpkins, pears, peaches, blackberries, and much more! Bowman Orchards features pick your own apples, berry picking, and so many more seasonal activities.

Cliff’s Vegetables produces seasonal produce, including fresh squash, tomatoes, kale, potatoes, and other healthy veggies.

Dancing Ewe Farm is truly dedicated to preserving the art, technique, and cultural surrounding of Tuscan style cheese making, Salumi and Olive Oil.

Denison Farm is committed to organic agriculture and is certified USDA Organic. The 164-acre Schaghticoke farm is comprised of rich bottomland, wooded ridges, pasture, hayfields, marshes, and streams. The farm has a 21-year history of organic management and CSA marketing.

*Elihu Farm in Easton is passionate about pasture. They raise sheep and lambs, laying hens, ducks and geese on rotated pasture. Many customers say their lamb and eggs are the best ever. Their Romney and Natural Colored sheep and their fleeces have won many awards at fairs and festivals.

*Featherbed Lane Farm is 63 acres of mixed woods, wetlands and fields. Farmer Tim Biello strives to run a successful farm business that produces nutritious foods while building soils, caring for their livestock, stewarding the land, respecting their employees and contributing to the community. Biello says the main reason why he farms with draft horses is he enjoys the process of working, learning, communicating and growing with them, and he loves doing it!

*Hand Melon Farm is a 425-acre working farm in Greenwich. They are always busy with over 20 crops that are raised for market, and pick-your-own crops including strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, tomatoes, sweet and hot peppers, eggplant, and fall squash. Learn more on Facebook.

Hanehan Family Farmstand in Saratoga carries a variety of pumpkins, pie pumpkins, gourds and squash. Specialty items include Jarrahdales, Long Island Cheese Pumpkins, white Silver Moon Pumpkins, and beautiful red “Cinderella” Pumpkins.

King Brothers Dairy is proud to offer the community high quality, glass-bottled milk and fresh, locally produced products, delivered directly to your door. The farm is located in Bacon Hill, an area that is rich in agricultural tradition. King Brothers Dairy provides fresh milk, and grows corn and hay to feed the cows.

Knight Orchards in Burnt Hills has been family owned since 1907. They grow apples, pears, and plums, and produce fresh pressed cider. Check out their store for local maple syrup and honey, homemade pies and tea breads, chocolates, and gift baskets.

Luckey Bee Apiary, in North Easton, produces local raw honey. Fred and Flo Luckey have also branched out into distilling eau-de-vie spirits from their heirloom apple orchard.

Mack Brin Farms is a small family farm located in Ballston Spa. Tending 56 pristine acres, Mack Brin Farms believes in “quietly farming,” working with nature to find peace, harmony, and balance in their farming ventures. Mack Brin Farms grows and produces pastured roaster chickens, free range brown eggs, and heritage cage-free meat rabbits.

Maple Valley Farm’s Donald, Susan, Scott and Timothy Monica represent the 5th generation of the Monica family working the farm in Corinth. They tap 2,000 maple trees and produce 500 gallons of syrup a year, available at The Barn in Corinth and at the Menands Regional Farmers’ Market on Saturdays.

Mariaville Mushroom Men cultivates gourmet mushrooms. They promote the health benefits of many varieties of edible mushrooms, and aim to educate the community on cultivating and identifying these special fungi. They also make special and tasty mushroom teas and raise livestock.

Nettle Meadow Farm is a goat and sheep dairy and cheese company in Thurman. It was originally founded in 1990 and is the home of over 300 goats, dozens of sheep and a variety of farm sanctuary animals.

9 Miles East Farm is in the town of Northumberland, nine miles east of Saratoga Springs. The 29-acre farm was started in 2004 by Gordon and Mary Sacks. Their goal is to grow very safe, very healthy vegetables and make them available directly to customers through a very short supply chain. They encourage you to make an appointment to come visit the farm yourself if you are interested in seeing how they grow and, just as important, meeting the people who do such a high-quality job preparing your food.

Old World Farm in Stillwater takes great care in producing organic homegrown vegetables, fruits and flowers. As practicing chefs, they know the difference that quality ingredients can make and have the motto, “From farm to table, we grow good health.”

Otrembiak Farm brings produce, herbs, and/or seedlings to the Saratoga Springs Farmer’s Market. Everything they grow is done with thoughtfulness, care and natural methodology.

Pleasant Valley Farm in Argyle has over 40 varieties of diverse fruit and vegetable crops, which are grown with organic methods. Paul and Sandy Arnold have been farming for over 23 years, and have enjoyed farming as their sole source of income for more than 20 years.

Saratoga Apple is family owned and operated by the Darrows who have been growing apples for five generations. They offer “pick-your-own” during harvest months, and they sell a wide variety of apples, peaches, plums, pears, cider, fresh baked goods, and produce. Apple cider donuts are made daily all year round.

Shushan Valley Hydro Farm in the Town of Salem was established by Wayne and Phyllis Underwood on an old dairy farm. The farm has four bays covering only a quarter of an acre, providing herbicide and insecticide free tomatoes on a year round basis. Another similarly sized bay provides herbs.

*St. Croix Farm is a family farm in Valley Falls, operated by the Moores since 1932. They raise pasture-based beef cattle, poultry and rabbit offered for sale year-round to individuals and restaurants. St. Croix Farm is also a licensed pheasant shooting preserve.

Thomas Poultry Farm started in 1873 in Northumberland, and today at least 11 of the 17 employees at the farm are direct descendants of Jared Thomas who started the egg operation in 1948 with just 200 laying hens.

West Wind Acres is located in West Charlton. Joshua and Stefanie Rockwood provide families, friends, and the region with an option for healthy food. Their products, including eggs, 100% grass fed beef, pastured pork, and pasture raised chicken and turkey, are raised humanely, and in a manner that is close to how they would grow and flourish naturally.

*Willow Marsh Farm in Ballston Spa is a multi-generational family farm, owned and operated by Charles and Darlene Curtiss. The farm has over 130 acres of permanently protected farmland. The farm produces beef, veal, raw milk, cheeses, and yogurt.

Winney’s Blueberry Farm has been in Byron Winney’s family for over 100 years. This extensive pick-your-own and pre-picked blueberry and currant farm in Bacon Hill features lowbush and highbush blueberry varieties which offer an extended season through the summer and early fall.

*Permanently conserved farm

 

 

Additional Ingredients Supplied By

Cobram Estate of Boundary Bend makes ruthlessly fresh, gloriously unrefined extra virgin olive oil that tastes fancy so you don’t have to be. Their groves in California’s Sacramento Valley and Australia’s Murray Valley allow them to bottle the freshest olive oil naturally possible – twice a year.

Greenfield’s Forever, Greenfied Center, is the producer of Farmer T’s Pickles.

Lou “The Wood Guy” Faraone, proprietor of Seasoned Gourmet Firewood, located in Wilton, has been supplying the tri-county area with quality seasoned firewood for more than 20 years.

Meghan E. Baker supplied fresh pine needles.

Native Farm Flowers is a farm florist, offering arrangements, wreaths, hand-painted oil cloth and unusual garden creations in Greenfield Center.

R&G Cheese Makers of Troy take pride and care to ensure that only the highest quality cheeses and yogurt grace your table.

Rock Hill Bakehouse Cafe provides naturally-leavened, handmade, hearth-baked breads and biscotti, made from scratch with regional and organic ingredients since 1987. Time, intention and skill intersect to encourage a fully developed crumb encased in a magnificent flavorful crust.

Roma Foods Importing Company is a deli, butcher, grocery, and catering legend in Saratoga Springs, providing fresh mozzarella for the Feast of the Fields.

Saratoga Crackers creates clean, fresh, and delicious crackers by hand fifteen minutes from the historic Saratoga Springs Racetrack.

Whalen’s Horseradish of Galway makes the best homemade, hand prepared, coarse-ground horseradish commercially available in Saratoga and the surrounding areas.Whalen’s HR Products

*Wm. H. Buckley Farm offers 100% grass-fed beef, along with pork, chicken and eggs that are all non soy and non GMO. They raise all of their animals without hormones or antibiotics and they are all free-range. They are committed to using sustainable agricultural practices.
*Permanently conserved farm

 

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