Yesterday, I finally went to Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture after meaning to go for a long time after my dear friend told me of her experience there several years ago. Together with my friend, Lauren, we trekked our way upstate in a bus, train, and taxi to get from the Upper West Side to our final destination in Tarrytown, NY.
Thankfully despite the nippy temperatures, it was a bright, beautiful day. We spent the majority of our day at the farm, doing a variety of activities. There were a couple walking tours and plenty of opportunities to nibble at the Blue Hill Cafe. Among many things, we tasted carrot top pesto, scavenged for parsnips, and collected fresh eggs from very friendly hens.
In addition to enjoying the fresh air and time away from the city, I was able to gain a deeper understanding and respect for sustainable farming and food. Joan, one of the fearless staff members at Stone Barns, had a wealth of knowledge and insight to the sustainable food industry. She helped to shed light onto the practices of buying and eating locally-grown, seasonal food. Essentially, it all leads back to what is natural and what was in place before we began farming and altering the earth. It’s about respect and staying true to the phrase, nutritious is delicious.
Needless to say, my visit to Stone Barns was an incredible experience, and I cannot wait to go back. I’ll let some photos and a wee little vlog do the rest of the talking.
Thank you again, Stone Barns + lovely staff for making our first visit a truly meaningful and memorable one.