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February 20, 2012

So this is not exactly a recipe for food but it’s food related.   My husband and I go to Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, New York frequently, at least 3-4 time per year.  Below is a brief description taken directly from their website: Stone Barns

“Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture is a non-profit farm and education center located just 25 miles north of Manhattan in Pocantico Hills, New York.  Stone Barns operates an 80-acre four-season farm and is working on broader initiatives to create a healthy and sustainable food system. Through our Growing Farmers Initiative, children’s education programs, and diverse public awareness programs, we aim to improve the way America eats and farms.”

It’s a great place to see farming at it’s best, where you can see and taste the farm to table relationship.  The farm  houses 2 eating establishments, the Blue Hill Cafe and Blue Hill at Stone Barns restaurant.

The Cafe is a casual restaurant where you can get lunch or a snack.  Whenever we go to Stone Barns, we always stop at the cafe.  The food is made by the Blue Hill restaurant chef and staff.  It is always fresh, innovative and delicious using foodstuff grown on the farm.

The Blue Hill at Stone Barns restaurant is incredibly amazing.  Not your typical fare and not your typical service.  The food served is what is in season at the time and what is available on the farm.  There is no menu.  The service is the best I have ever experienced.  You feel well taken care of.  But it is expensive (we have only been there twice) so it’s best saved for a special occasion.

My husband and I have a special place in our heart for cows, not exactly sure why.  Maybe we are farmers at heart.  Anyway we are always photographing the livestock and the scenery on the Farm and these are my two recent shots:

Amazingly, Stone Barns are neighbors to Rockefeller State Park, so you can extend your walk from Stone Barns to the park.  The park has extensive carriage roads which are wide, not too hilly and paved in a nice gravely dirt.  A good way to walk off anything that you have eaten at the Cafe!!  No food but great scenery.  The park allows horses so once in awhile you might see one or two.  One of the laws of the park is that the horses have the right of way, a point I find amusing but I am sure necessary.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. jensenks permalink
    February 20, 2012 5:50 pm

    I love cows too!

  2. February 20, 2012 10:52 pm

    My niece, who I lovingly consider a Martha Stewart wanna-be, is trying to get a bunch of us to meet at the Stone Barns. I had never heard of it before. I’m looking forward to going!

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