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FIELD TO FORK
Dutchess County has a long, proud agricultural tradition. If farm-to-table eating is your passion, come spend three days enjoying the bounty of our fields, vines, and trees! These sites sites—farms, restaurants, wineries, markets, and more— welcome visitors to take tours, participate in seasonal activities, and bring home goodies from their shops.
S = Seasonal attraction or activity
SE = Open during scheduled events
Day 1: Southern Dutchess
Sprout Creek Farm, Poughkeepsie
This 200-acre farm is a working farm, educational center, rental cottage, and market all in one. At the creamery, watch the award-winning cheesemaker transform the rich milk of resident cows and goats into artisanal farmstead cheeses. In the market, stock up on charcuterie, jams, honey, fresh eggs, pasta, breads, chocolates, granola, and seasonal produce. www.sproutcreekfarm.org
Zoe’s Ice Cream Barn, Poughkeepsie
Visit Zoe’s where handcrafted ice cream is made with only Hudson Valley Fresh products. Zoe’s is all about LOCAL localmilk from local cows and local fruit from local farms.And FRESH - they boast that their ice cream goes from cow to cone in just 3 days! Enjoy a treat in a barn-like setting while learning about Hudson Valley dairy farms. www.zoesicecreambarn.com
Millbrook Vineyards & Winery, Millbrook
Considered one of New York State’s top wineries, Millbrook has been producing award-winning wines on its 130 acres for more than 30 years. After a guided tour, enjoy tastings of the current varietals: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Tocai Friulano and Riesling. Or plan your visit during an outdoor jazz concert, wine blending workshop, or “Art in the Loft” exhibit. www.millbrookwine.com
Dinner at Farm to Table Bistro, Fishkill
Enjoy sophisticated New American dishes among the rustic-chic décor in this centrally-located restaurant that sources most of its ingredients from local farmers and creameries. Changing Seasonally, Your dinner the menu often features steaks from the New York Beef Company in Lagrange, lamb from Meiller Farms in Pine Plains, and cheeses from Sprout Creek Farm in Poughkeepsie, apples from Meadowbrook Farm and vegetables from Obercreek Farm in Wappingers Falls and more. www.ftbistro.com
Day 2: Northwest Dutchess
Red Hook Farms (S)
The day starts early on a farm, so you should, too. Depending on the time of year, the farms of Red Hook offer seasonal opportunities to pick-your-own produce, or shop at farm stands. In the summer, get your peaches, pears, plums, cherries, and strawberries at Mead Orchards. In the fall, find apples at Rose Hill Farm. At Battenfeld’s Anemone Farm, a fourthgeneration local farm, you can buy greenhouse-grown hybrid anemones from September through May, and Christmas trees in November and December.
Farm Fresh Shopping in Rhinebeck
Head south to the bustling Village of Rhinebeck to shop for both sweet and savory. Named one of the Top 10 Chocolatiers in North America by Dessert Professional Magazine, Oliver Kita and his artisan and fair trade fine chocolate shop on West Market Street is not to be missed! On Sundays from 10-2, visit the Rhinebeck Farmers Market. Consistently voted best Farmers Market in the Hudson Valley by Hudson Valley Magazine readers, you’ll find over 40 vendors during the outdoor season and 25 at their indoor Winter Market. Inspired by all this amazing food, head to bluecashew Kitchen Pharmacy to shop for all the items you could possibly want in your kitchen to prepare great meals and entertain.
For a casual lunch, tuck into a sandwich made with handmade organic bread at Bread Alone Bakery, find out how local ingredients are used in the “Hudson Valley Mediterranean” menu at Gigi Trattoria, or enjoy a special meal accompanied by a New York State craft beer at award winning Terrapin.
Dinner at The Culinary Institute of America
For a very special dinner, continue south along Route 9 to the world’s premier culinary college. Your dinner at American Bounty, Bocuse, or Ristorante Caterina de’ Medici could be created by the next Charlie Palmer or Roy Yamaguchi. Founded in 1946, the CIA has trained culinary icons including Grant Achatz, Anthony Bourdain, and Cat Cora. www.ciachef.edu/newyork
Day 3: Northeast Dutchess
Dutch’s Spirits, Pine Plains
Raided by prohibition agents in 1932, 400-acre Dutch’s Spirits at Harvest Homestead Farm was once home to the most elaborate illicit liquor producing operation ever found in Dutchess County—reportedly financed by mobster Dutch Shultz. Now, it’s been transformed into a contemporary farm-to-bottle distillery, offering year-round tours, tastings and special events. www.DutchsSpirits.com
Village of Millerton
A hybrid of historic and eclectic, Millerton is a walkable district with shops, cafes, and art galleries galore. There’s also the indie Oblong Books & Music, the Gilmor Glass studio, and the venerable Harney and Sons tea room. www.enjoymillerton.com
McEnroe Organic Farm, Millerton
You can’t miss the big red farm market on Route 22 between Amenia and Millerton. Whatever grows on these 1,000 acres is sold, including a full range of produce and nursery stock. You’ll also find meats, specialty groceries, prepared foods, and fresh baked goods. Have an organic garden at home? You can also purchase their good-as-gold compost and top soil! www.mcenroeorganicfarm.com
Madava Farms, Dover Plains
Continue south, straight to the source of the world’s purest maple syrup. The 24,000 red, black, and sugar maple trees on this property produce the acclaimed Crown Maple syrup. The 45-minute tour covers the process from sustainable tree-tapping through bottling. Time your visit to enjoy the café, then grab a trail map and head for the walking paths on the wooded grounds. Open on weekends only and for special events.