The Best Blue Cheese I’ve Ever Had

Part of getting older is a decreasing frequency of new experiences. Thinking about food specifically, when I was 25, I was tasting new things regularly, perhaps once per week or more. But now months or even years can go by without me trying something I’ve never had before. And when I do, the newness is in degree of flavor and experience rather than in it being wholly new.

So it was with great pleasure that I tried Firely Farms’ “Black and Blue” goat blue cheese. It is creamier and far less astringent than any other blue I’ve had, in a category by itself. I have not tried other blue cheeses mad of goat milk, so I can’t say how this compares.

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The Colony-Killing Mistake Backyard Beekeepers Are Making

Spoiler: mites

Source:
NPR’s The Salt

Excerpt:
“The healthy bees managed by Jonathan Garaas are checked every two weeks for signs of a possible mite infestation. Dan Gunderson/MPR News Jonathan Garaas has learned a few things in three seasons of backyard beekeeping: Bees are fascinating. They’re complicated. And keeping them alive is not easy. Every two weeks, the Fargo, N.D., attorney opens the hives to check the bees and search for varroa mites, pests that suck the bees’ blood and can transmit disease. If he sees too many of the pinhead-sized parasites, he applies a chemical treatment. Attorney and hobby beekeeper Jonathan Garaas keeps nine thriving hives outside of Fargo, N.D. Dan Gunderson/MPR News Garaas has lost hives in his first two years as a … Read the rest

Pugh Farms Poultry

We are Pugh Farms Poultry, and we run our own poultry CSA. We offer chicken, duck, and turkey. We raise everything here in the Hudson Valley on locally milled grain. Our birds are on pasture as soon as they’re able to tolerate the weather. Birds raised in the spring, summer and fall, spend their entire lives thereafter on pasture. The winter birds are in the barn when there’s snow on the ground or freezing temperatures. We don’t treat our birds or land with any herbicides, pesticides, hormones or antibiotics.

Our poultry products are available for CSA pick-up or purchase at farmers markets in Suffern, Haverstraw, West Point, and Rye Brook. The Suffern and Rye Brook markets are year round, and we attend each market once a … Read the rest

Tamarack Hollow Farm

Our CSA is available for pick up at the Union Square Greenmarket on Wednesdays, from June 12 to the end of October- a 20 week share. The CSA is a weekly share of certified organic vegetables, with the option to receive free range pastured meats and free range pastured eggs, all from our heritage breed livestock and poultry. Our meats and eggs are offered as a credit system; members can purchase blocks of credits and exchange them for meat and eggs as needed, at about 10% off of our market price.

We seed, raise, and harvest all of our vegetables by hand at our pristine Vermont farm. We carefully wash and pack our vegetables to make sure you receive the freshest produce imaginable! As often as … Read the rest

Sprout Creek Farm


“Encompassing 200 acres in Dutchess County, NY, Sprout Creek Farm is really three different entities, distinct yet dynamically entertwined. It is a working farm, raising free-ranging cows, sheep, goats, wild turkeys, guinea fowl, chickens, and pigs.

It is a market, selling our internationally award-winning cheeses and farm-produced meats, as well as local Hudson Valley milk, eggs, vegetables, crafts, and gifts. And it is an educational center, offering day, weekend, and summer programs that help connect young people to the land, the seasons, and the plants and animals that co-exist here in harmonious rhythm.”

http://www.sproutcreekfarm.org… Read the rest

Mead Orchards


“Mead Orchards is our family’s picturesque, 180-acre fruit orchard and vegetable farm, located in the beautiful Mid-Hudson River Valley of New York! We’ve been here since 1916, and now grow nearly 40 varieties of apples, as well as peaches, pears, plums, cherries, strawberries and other berries. We also grow a wide variety of delicious greens, summer vegetables, winter squashes, pumpkins, and decorative gourds.

On Weekends during the harvest season (plus the national Monday holidays of Labor Day and Columbus Day), some of our fruits and berries are available for you to “pick-your-own.” We also bring our produce to several farmers markets throughout the week. We’re located about 100 miles north of Manhattan, 50 miles south of Albany, and just 4 miles east of the Hudson River.”… Read the rest

Fishkill Farms


“Fishkill Farms is an apple orchard and diversified fruit and vegetable farm in the town of East Fishkill, New York. In addition to 40 acres of apples, we grow peaches, pears, nectarines, black currants, cherries, several acres of berries, and pumpkins, all of which are available in season for pick-your-own. We also have a diverse, organically grown vegetable garden, and pasture-raised chickens and sheep.”

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Quail Hill Farm

‘Quail Hill Farm, one of the original CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farms in the U.S., is located in Amagansett, New York, on land donated to the Peconic Land Trust by Deborah Ann Light.

Since it was established in 1990, Quail Hill Farm has grown to 30 acres serving 200 families, as well as provides produce to a local school, nearby restaurants, a farmers market, and food pantries. Each year, Quail Hill Farm signs on to the “Farmer’s Pledge” of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York: ‘to sustain the land in healthy condition for future generations.'”

http://www.peconiclandtrust.org/quail_hill_farm.html… Read the rest

Holton Farms


“Holton Farms is owned by cousins Seth Holton and Jurrien Swarts and family friend George Hornig. The Holton family, among the first settlers of Westminster, Vermont, has been farming this quaint village for over 200 years. As eighth generation farmers, we take farming seriously. We use sustainable farming methods, not because it’s in fashion, but because it makes sense and it’s the right thing to do.

Our farm produces a diverse selection of agricultural products including organic and conventional vegetables, herbs and fruits, grass fed beef cows, pigs, lambs, chickens, turkeys, eggs, maple syrup and honey. We also offer high-quality products from a number of neighboring farms and other local artisanal producers.”

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Browders Birds


“For the 2010 season, we are pleased to announce that Browder’s Birds will be offering its pastured poultry on the North Fork and in New York City through our own and partner CSAs. We will also be at the Westhampton Beach Farmers Market every Saturday from June – November. We are very excited about giving you the opportunity to enjoy our pastured, local, healthy and delicious chickens.”

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Pampered Cow


“Pampered Cow was born to help market, promote, and distribute New York State’s artisinal farmstead cheeses. Pampered Cow views the Hudson Valley Region of New York as one of the most significant and beautiful gastronomic destinations in the world. We are dedicated to promoting the region’s rich agricultural history, working farms and value added farmstead producers.

We represent some of the finest cheesemakers in the region including Hawthorne Valley Farm, Old Chatham Sheephearding, Nettle Meadow, Brovetto Dairy and Cheese Farm, Berkshire Blue, Four Brothers Goat Dairy, R & G CheeseMakers and our own licensed creamery at Twin Maple Farm.”

http://www.pamperedcow.com/index.html… Read the rest

Minard Farms


“Pick your own New York apples in the Hudson Valley! We are located 75 miles north of NYC in the mid Hudson Valley with breath taking views of the Shawangunk (the Gunks) and Catskill Mountains.

We have over 100 acres of orchard full of easy-to-reach, beautiful ripe apples. We also grow peaches, nectarines, asian pears, raspberries & strawberries (for making jams & jellies), pumpkins, gourds and various vegetables.”

http://www.minardfarms.com/… Read the rest

Migliorelli Farm


“Migliorelli Farm is a family-run fruit and vegetable farm located in Northern Dutchess County in the Hudson Valley Region of New York. Originating in the Bronx in 1933 when Angelo Migliorelli first brought the broccoli raab seeds when he immigrated to New York from the Lazio region of Italy.

Migliorelli and his son, Rocco peddled their vegetables by horse and cart up and down the Bronx, sun up to sun down. Eventually Co-Op City was to be built therefore pushing the last of the farmers out of the Bronx. Farming was Rocco’s passion so he brought his family to the Hudson Valley. Now in its 3rd generation, Migliorelli Farm is growing over 130 different varieties of fruits and vegetables, including the same strain of broccoli raab. … Read the rest