Last week we talked about the importance of preserving farmland in the Hudson Valley and how we can all play an important part. Luckily, what we can do is not only seriously important, it’s also seriously delicious and fun.
Visiting working farms, farmstands and farmers markets is a wonderful way to teach kids (and yourself) about where food comes from, how it’s grown and what happens to it after it leaves a farm. We featured Columbia County farms and farmstands last week. This week we’re focusing on Dutchess County.
Check out this Dutchess County Farm Fresh Guide (published by Dutchess County Tourism). There are so many things to do and places to go that you and your entire family will enjoy. The guide includes farms, restaurants, farmers markets, accomodations, art galleries and suggested itineraries. Just click the image on the left.
With metropolitan New York within commuting distance, development pressure has increased dramatically in Dutchess county, and with that the effort to keep large areas of farmland available for agricultural use becomes more critical. The good news is that the Dutchess Land Conservancy is reporting that as of now, they have successfully protected over 30,000 acres of farmland, wetlands, scenic views and wild life habitat. Click the image to the right to see what land has already been protected and then visit Dutchess Land Conservancy to see how you can participate in protecting open spaces for future generations.
Things you can do right now…
- Buy produce from local farmstands or farmers markets when in season
- Join a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)
- Meet farmers in your area so you know who’s growing your food
- Go to your grocery store and ask them to carry locally grown produce and fruit
- Eat foods in season
- AND, frequent restaurants that use local and/or organic ingredients. Here are a few in Dutchess County that we know of. If you have more to add to the list, just let us know.
Dutchess County Restaurants which Feature Local Ingredients
Gigi’s Trattoria – Rhinebeck, NY
Bread Alone – Rhinebeck, NY
Flat Iron – Red Hook, NY
Red Devon – Bangall, NY
Mercato – Red Hook, NY
Another Fork in the Road – Milan, NY
Stissing House – Pine Plains, NY
Serevan – Amenia, NY
The Rhinecliff Hotel Restaurant – Rhinecliff, NY
American Bounty Restaurant @ Culinary Institute – Hyde Park, NY
Wild Hive – Clinton Corners, NY
Madalin’s Table – Tivoli, NY