* Alchemy Farmhouse *

Fabulous Local Food Weekend!
August 25, 2008, 10:05 am
Filed under: Alchemy Farmhouse
A rainbow of Four Winds Tomato puree...

A rainbow of Four Winds Tomato puree...

This weekend was a celebration of local foods through community events. On Saturday I joined Erin & Sam, the Four Winds Farm interns for some tomato canning. They are located right down the street from us and we are so lucky for that. They have 2200 tomato plants, in a wide array of colorful heirlooms of every shape and size from mini to several pounds a piece! We put in a few hours slicing and pressure cooking and were rewarded with over 2 dozen quarts of puree! It was well worth the work for a few weeks of sun-ripened food in the winter. Four Winds sells their delicious produce on Sundays at the New Paltz Market and Wednesdays at the Woodstock Farm Festival through the end of the season. Stop by and say hey to Jay & Polly, or come to the farm on a Saturday afternoon and do some canning yourself! The public is welcome to come and learn. Supply your own jars and come ready to get messy in the kitchen.

simmering goodness at Four Winds

simmering goodness at Four Winds

The other great event yesterday was the August EatLocalFood.org potluck at Phillies Bridge Farm. there were tables set up noting just how ‘local’ the ingredients were, and everyone’s dish was primarily composed of all local ingredients grown by CSAs, home gardeners, and organic farmers. Bravo locavores, for getting the message out loud and clear about local foods in the Hudson Valley–they are delicious and easy to find & cook! Jess, the Phillies Bridge Farmer took the group on a tour to view the working areas of the farm and along the way we got to try their tasty Concorde grapes. They grow 185 shares of organic produce and offer shares of neighboring farms’ foods as well, in an effort to supply their customers with foods they themselves do not grow, and to encourage the CSA model in more conventional operations such as Tantillos. Phillies bridge also serves as an educational farm project, welcoming local schoolchildren to their grounds for exploration in the fields. Their small-scale ‘children’s garden’ allows for a close-up view of large-scale farming to interest and educate small children and children-at-heart alike. A trip to Phillies Bridge is always worth it, and they hold many events like the potluck as well as fundraisers, auctions, and workshops. Past workshop topics include fermentation and starting a school garden. Check out their website for upcoming events! I will also soon be posting some recipes from the potluck…

Jess leading the tour through the lovely brassicas

Jess leading the tour through the lovely brassicas


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