Where Good Food Comes From

January 14th, 2009 by megan · 5 Comments

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No recipe post today (I promise I’ll have some good ones up this week) – just some pictures of what I’ve been up to for the last few days. Through volunteer work with an organization called Farm to Chef, which hooks up New York State farmers with New York City chefs, I had the opportunity to visit several farms over the last few days in Washington County, New York and the surrounding area. Because I think that good food comes from good, healthy, sustainable family-run farms, I wanted to show you some of the farms I visited. We can all afford to think more about the source of our food.

Our first stop was Battenkill Creamery, where we were graciously given a run-through of the farm’s bottling process. The creamery produces delicious local milk and cream from their herd of dairy cows. This girl felt like hanging out in the snow.

Dairy Cow at Battenkill Creamery

Dairy Cow at Battenkill Creamery

We went to Mountain View Farms next, where we visited with the local pigs in multiple stages of development – from the tiniest piglet to the most enormous breeding male.

A Berkshire piglet, in the arms of farmer John Ubaldo

A Berkshire piglet, in the arms of farmer John Ubaldo

John Boy Farm's Berkshire Pigs

Mountain View Farm's Berkshire Pigs

The beautiful pigs at Mountain View Farms are of the Berkshire variety, bred right on the farm. Some of the pigs felt like hanging out in the snow – we even saw a few of them munching on icicles – presumably for fun! The pork tenderloin from the farm was some of the best pork I’ve ever had.

Finally, we took a drive to Vermont to visit Consider Bardwell Farm, makers of delicious goat- and cow’s-milk cheeses, where we visited with the cheesemaker, checked out the production rooms, and hung out in the cheese cave.

If you have the opportunity, get to know a little bit about your local farms and farmers – it will make your cooking better and it may open your eyes to the way our food system works.

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Cheese in the Consider Bardwell cheese cave

Consider Bardwell Cheese in the early stages of production

Consider Bardwell Cheese in the early stages of production

A happy goat at Consider Bardwell Farm

A happy goat at Consider Bardwell Farm

5 comments

Chocolate Shavings Jan 14, 2009 at 7:11 pm


It’s great to be able to get see how the food that makes it to our table is produced. And it really makes a point of showing how important eating locally is. Thanks for a great post!

The Duo Dishes Jan 15, 2009 at 3:33 pm


Ohhhh that baby pig is just tooooooo cute!!!!! We’d like to snatch him up and maybe 3 or 4 rinds ‘o cheese.

Marc @ NoRecipes Jan 15, 2009 at 5:00 pm


Sounds like a cool organization! The cheese looks delicious.

priscilla (a.k.a. aymagrup) Jan 21, 2009 at 11:37 am


Great post…and excellent photos too.

adam Dec 3, 2011 at 11:16 pm


first of all: the cow pic is from Battenkill Creamery, the pigs are from Mountain View Farms and the cheese is from Consider Bardwell Farm. This is not just one place. Secondly these places are great.

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