Hudson Valley Bounty: Delicious Farm-to-Table Fare
The farm-to-table concept—in which chefs seek out ingredients for their dishes from local farmers—is becoming standard practice in the region with the words “grass fed” and “organic” showing up on more and more menus. Plan on a minimum of 4 days to truly taste your way around the Hudson Valley. Topnotch restaurants, inventive farmers' markets, wineries and scenic farms blend the sophisticated with the pastoral. It’s a gourmet delight. Come taste the bounty.
1. Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture
Start your tour at the renowned Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture, a unique farm, dining and educational center in Sleepy Hollow celebrating community-based food production and enjoyment. Stone Barns includes gardens, greenhouses, café, walking trails and the upscale Blue Hill Restaurant, bringing field and pasture to the plate.
630 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills, NY 10591
(914) 366-6200 • http://story.stonebarnscenter.org
2. Aroma Thyme Bistro
Vegans and meat eaters alike will delight in the organic, wholesome menu at the green-certified Aroma Thyme Bistro in Ellenville. Their locally sourced, creative cuisine has earned top ratings from Zagat. They also feature locally produced wines, beer and spirits and have been recognized by Wine Spectator for their extensive wine list.
165 Canal St, Ellenville NY, 12428
(845) 647-3000 • www.aromathymebistro.com
3. The Culinary Institute of America
Back across the river, The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park has provided chefs to restaurants throughout the Hudson Valley for decades. Five student-staffed restaurants and a café offer extraordinary dining experiences at the beautiful riverside campus. Novice or even experienced cooks will enjoy taking one of the many “Boot Camp” or Saturday courses from a CIA chef-instructor.
1946 Campus Drive, Hyde Park, NY 12538-1499
(845) 471-6608 • www.ciachef.edu
4. Sprout Creek Farm
Artisan cheeses made with milk from their own grass-fed cows and goats are the stars at nearby, Sprout Creek Farm in La Grange. In addition to the cheese store and cheese-making workshops, this working farm offers year-round educational programs and a rental cottage on the premises for authentic Hudson Valley farm experiences.
34 Lauer Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
(845) 485-8438 • www.sproutcreekfarm.org
5. Hudson-Chatham Winery
Just a little bit north, taste the award-winning vintage at Hudson-Chatham Winery while enjoying spectacular mountain views from the Catskills to the Berkshires. They also produce their own line of maple syrups and promote a wide range of Hudson Valley artisanal cheeses and products.
1900 Route 66, Ghent, NY 12075
(518) 392-WINE • www.hudsonchathamwinery.com
6. Old Chatham Sheepherding Company
In neighboring Chatham, visit the famous Old Chatham Sheepherding Company, a nationally-known producer of handcrafted sheep’s milk cheeses and yogurt. After viewing the farm and sheep, you can stock up on their cheeses at the Shaker Barn down the farm lane.
155 Shaker Museum Road, Old Chatham, NY 12136
(888) 743-3760 • www.oldchathamsheepherding.com
7. Gracie's Luncheonette
Known for their doughnuts and cheeseburgers, the couple is going brick-and-mortar with a modern diner. The locally sourced menu is focused on classic American comfort foods they make from scratch, from baking bread to curing and smoking bacon. All the condiments and fountain sodas are also created in-house. Doughnuts, pies and cakes are baked daily.
969 Route 23B, Leeds, NY 12451
(518) 943-9363 • www.graciestruckny.com
8. Harmony House Marketplace
A bit farther north, find a great one-stop-shopping destination for a wide selection of local products at the Harmony House Marketplace in historic, downtown Cohoes. Irresistible fresh breads, muffins, cookies as well as homemade soups and spreads will tempt you in the Bake Shop. Downstairs, the Wine Seller features the best of New York State wines.
188 Remsen Street, Cohoes, NY 12047
As you explore Albany, make sure you try the contemporary American market-fresh cuisine at Marché. The use of regional seasonal ingredients is a top priority at this award-winning restaurant at 74 State Street just minutes from the State Capitol, this property also houses a boutique hotel.
74 State Street Albany New York 12207
(518) 434-7410 • www.74state.com/dining/farm-to-marche-fresh
10. Troy Waterfront Farmers Market
Take one more jaunt across the river for the freshest of the fresh at the year-round Troy Waterfront Farmers Market on the banks of the Hudson. Over 50 local farmers and food producers come together to provide the region with their homegrown bounty every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
49 4th Street, Troy, NY 12180
(518) 708-4216 • www.troymarket.org
11. Holmes & Watson, Ltd.
Complete your regional culinary tour with a “world tour” at Holmes & Watson, Ltd., a classic pub and eatery in historic downtown Troy that offers over 60 beers from around the world. This restaurant is known far and wide for its generous portions.
16 Lakewood Place, Troy, NY 12180