Natural Awakenings Foodie Guide

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Find local, natural and organic food and drink options here in Natural Awakenings’ Foodie Guide for Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess NY.

BAKERY

Baked by Susan 

Scratch-made Cakes, Cupcakes & Cookies

163 Grand St, Croton on Hudson, NY

914.862.0874; BakedBySusan.com

CAFÉS

BREAD ALONE BAKERY

45 Market St., Rhinebeck NY

845.876.3108

BreadAlone.com/Rhinebeck-cafe


GET JUICED

Artisan Juice Bar/Cafe

8 East Market St. Red Hook,NY

845.835.8402

GetJuicedAmerica.com

Hayfields, LLC

1 Bloomer Rd

North Salem, NY

HayfieldsMarket.com

914.669.8275

The Outpost

100% Organic & Non-GMO Food

1 Court St, Bedford, NY

914.205.3900; FB: The Outpost

The Freight House Cafe

Natural. Local. Good

609 Route 6, Mahopac, NY

Behind music store

845.628.1872

TheFreightHouseCafe.com

TRAILSIDE CAFÉ

Juices.Smoothes.Farm to Table

1807 Commerce St. Yorktown, NY

914.302.7331; Trailside-Café.com

 

COFFEE & TEA

BIG BANG COFFEE ROASTERS

1000 N. Division St. #9
@ The Hat Factory, Peekskill
914.402.5566
BigBangCoffeeRoasters.com

FARMERS’ MARKETS

CONGREGATION SONS OF ISRAEL ORGANIC MARKET

1666 Pleasantville Rd

Briarcliff, NY  Sundays

914.762.2700; CSIBriarcliff.org

info@csibriarcliff.org

DOWN TO EARTH FARMERS MARKETS

From our Farms to Your Kitchen

914.923.4837

DowntoEarthMarkets.com

 

GOSSETT’S FARM MARKET

& GOSSETT BROTHERS NURSERY

1202 Rt.35, South Salem, NY

914.763.3001; Gossettnursery.com

HARVEST FOR HEALTH FARMERS’ MARKET

at NewYork-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital

1980 Crompond Rd,

Cortlandt Manor, NY

nyp.org/hudsonvalley

1st & 3rd Tuesday, (May-Nov) 11-4pm.

 

HUDSON VALLEY FARMERS MARKET

Greig Farm, 223 Pitcher Lane, Red Hook, NY

914.474.2404

Facebook.com/HudsonValleyFarmersMarket

 

HUDSON VALLEY REGIONAL FARMERS MARKET

Sundays, 11am-3pm

15 Mount Ebo Road South

Brewster, NY

845.878.9078 x 4115

 

PEEKSKILL FARMERS MARKET

Outdoor June-November 21

Bank Street, Peekskill, NY

PeekskillFarmersMarket.com

FARMS

HARVEST MOON FARM & ORCHARD

130 Hardscrabble Rd

North Salem, NY

914.485.1210

HarvestMoonFarmAndOrchard.com

HILLTOP HANOVER FARM & ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER

1271 Hanover St,

Yorktown Heights, NY

914.962.2368

HilltopHanoverFarm.org

THREE FEATHERS FARM

Grass-fed beef & eggs
371 Smith Ridge Rd, S. Salem
914.533.6529; jhaberny@aol.com

JUICE & TO GO

 

o2living

7(1/2) servings of organic

vegetables in one serving

of green juice to go.

914.763.6320; o2living.com

MARKETS

BEWIES HOLISTIC MARKET

Organic Juice & Smoothie Bar

430 Bedford Rd., Armonk NY

914.273.9437; Bewies.com

 

Green Organic Market

275 S. Central Park Ave.

Hartsdale, NY

914.437.5802

FB: GreenOrganicMarket

 

Whole Foods Market

Whole Foods Market
575 Boston Post Rd,
Port Chester, NY
914.708.1985
1 Ridge Hill Rd, Yonkers, NY
914.378.8090
110 Bloomingdale Rd,
White Plains, NY
914.288.1300
WholeFoodsMarket.com

 

RESTAURANTS

Clock Tower Grill

Local. Sustainable. Organic

512 Clock Tower Dr., Brewster

845.582.0574; ClockTowergrill.com

Jewel of Himalaya

Nepal, Tibet, Indian Cusine

34 Triangle Ctr., Yorktown Hts.

914.302.2886

SPECIALTY FOODS

KONTOULIS FAMILY GROVES

Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil

914.834.1525

KontoulisFamily.com

To join Natural Awakenings’ Foodie Guide in both PRINT and ONLINE, call 914-617-8750 or email DanaB@NaturalAwakeningsMag.com.  Find additional Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess NY local food resources on our Eat Well page on WakeUpNaturall.com.

Mark Bittman to Speak at Bedford 2020 Food Forum

b20-foodforum-emailart-v3On March 4, 2017, Hudson Valley residents are invited to celebrate local food, farming and cooking at the first Bedford 2020 Food Forum, featuring two “food-world rock stars”—New York Times food journalist Mark Bittman and sustainable food pioneer Michel Nischan, a three-time winner of the James Beard Award.

An event for all community members—home gardeners, chefs, cooks, teens, parents, activists, health-conscious individuals, or anyone who wants to learn more about local food—the forum will be held March 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fox Lane High School on Route 172 in Bedford. Participants can engage with experts about our food system and the benefits of local farms and food, and explore initiatives to eliminate food waste and increase food distribution to the needy.

The Bedford 2020 Food Forum was born out of an overwhelming desire from community members to come together to learn, meet the stakeholders and share information about the local food scene in Northern Westchester and surrounding areas,” says forum Co-Chair Olivia Farr. “Our goal is for each attendee to leave the event with inspiring information and one or two specific action plans relevant to their own personal food, health and community priorities.”

The event is organized around four central food themes: Eat (celebrating and advocating for local food, and exploring strategies for better local cooking); Buy (exploring ways to evaluate, purchase and afford local foods; Grow (learning how to cultivate a backyard harvest); and Share (learning about local food security and accessibility, eliminating food waste and how to get involved and help throughout the community).

The keynote presenters will set the stage for the event’s themes of local food and taking action. The opening session will feature Bittman, a renowned author and self-proclaimed guru in “making food in all its aspects understandable.” Later, a general session will be led by Nischan, who founded Wholesome Wave, a leading organization aimed at ensuring affordable, healthy, local food for all.

“We are thrilled to provide the opportunity for community members to interact with these eminent thought leaders in the world of food. Both Mark and Michel bring an incredible depth of knowledge, a deep passion for local food and a unique ability to help individuals make beneficial food choices in line with their own personal goals,” says forum Co-Chair Karen Simons.

The Bedford 2020 Food Forum will also offer dynamic interactive workshops and expert panel discussions on the subjects of Buy, Eat, Grow and Share. Among the topics are The Skinny on What’s Really in Our Food; The Inside Scoop on Shopping a Farmers’ Market Like a Chef; Increasing Healthy Food in Our Schools; How to Get Involved With and Drive Food Policy; Local Success Stories in Feeding the Hungry Among Us; Backyard Bees and Chickens; and The History of the Food Movement in Our Area.

“With nearly twenty workshops, there will be something for everyone,” Simons notes. “A special set of workshops will be tailored to high school students who want to learn about topics from being a food justice leader to careers in food and agriculture.”

The Bedford 2020 Food Forum Expo, a hands-on display and learning venue, will feature an indoor famers’ market, live cooking demonstrations, a book corner, gardening and composting demonstrations, and lively discussion around food health, sustainable food systems, food justice advocacy, food waste and more.

“We anticipate over 50 expo booths at the food forum,” says Bedford 2020 Program Manager Ellen Calves. “The selection criteria for expo participants requires they provide a highly experiential, hands-on opportunity for people to dig in to local food.”

The $25 admission price includes keynote sessions, three self-selected workshops, the expo and a lunch made from seasonal local food. Students are admitted free, and scholarship tickets are available.

This event is anticipated to sell out. Purchase tickets at Bedford2020.org/foodforum. For more information, email Info@Bedford2020.org or call 914.620.2411.

 

Whole Foods Donates $14K to Westchester Land Trust

wlt_whole-foods-nbWhole Foods Market: Westchester County has donated more than $14,000 to the Westchester Land Trust (WLT), the result of a community giving day held at each of the store’s three Westchester locations: Port Chester, White Plains and Yonkers.

“We are deeply grateful to all in the Westchester community who made a special effort to shop at Whole Foods Market on their 5 percent community giving day in December, and for Whole Foods for selecting Westchester Land Trust as their beneficiary,” says WLT President Lori Ensinger. “Whole Foods Market Westchester has long supported WLT’s sustainable agriculture programs and our efforts to preserve our region’s remaining farmland. This recent donation will help us support local farmers and ensure that community members have access to locally grown and nutrient-dense food.”

On WLT’s farm plots at its Sugar Hill Farm headquarters, the organization teaches hundreds of volunteers of all ages to grow organic vegetables and “green” their communities. The produce raised at the farm is donated to WLT’s partner, the Food Bank for Westchester, for distribution to families in need throughout the county. During the 2016 growing season, WLT volunteers harvested a record-breaking 2,670 pounds of produce, providing more than 12,900 individual servings of nutrient-rich food.

“We were thrilled to support the Westchester Land Trust and their Sugar Hill Farm project,” says Karen Greene, Whole Foods Market’s metro marketer for Westchester County. “We couldn’t be happier to provide financial support for their ongoing work and dedication to preserving and protecting the environment through various programs, in addition to providing fresh food for the underserved in our communities.”

Whole Foods created this fundraiser to give back to local communities through support of nonprofit organizations whose programs directly benefit the communities surrounding their stores. Four days a year, each store selects a local organization to receive 5 percent of its net sales on that day.

Based in Bedford Hills, WLT works with public and private partners to preserve land in perpetuity and enhance the natural resources in Westchester and eastern Putnam Counties, a densely populated region under persistent threat from the pressures of development. Through the use of conservation easements and outright acquisition, WLT seeks to benefit the long-term health of these communities by safeguarding air quality, food supply and community character, as well as critical watershed areas. Since its founding in 1988, WLT has preserved almost 8,000 acres of open space, including more than 700 acres of preserves owned by the organization which are free and open to the public.

For more info about WLT, visit WestchesterLandTrust.org, follow them on Facebook and Instagram (@WestchesterLandTrust) and on Twitter (@WLT_NY).

 

Fable Farm in Westchester Launches Barnraiser Campaign

fableFable, a small farm in Ossining, has launched a Barnraiser campaign to raise $15,000 to expand its sustainable operations. The farm grows and sells produce for farmers’ markets, the New York Presbyterian/Hudson  Valley Hospital, Turco’s in Yorktown Heights, and its Farmstand.
Located off Route 134 near the Taconic State Parkway, Fable grows crops year-round in a hydroponic greenhouse. Among its specialties are herbs, leafy greens, tomatoes, squash, garlic and eggs. The goal of the Barnraiser campaign is to help make healthy, sustainable farming the norm by pioneering the next generation of responsibly grown food and humanely raised chickens. By raising $15,000, Fable could double field production, install a cold storage room, construct beehives and lengthen the chicken field to accommodate 300 free-range chickens for fresh organic eggs.
The Barnraiser campaign ends December 9, 2016 at 9 p.m. Donators can pledge any amount, although “rewards” are listed at specified levels. If Fable does not reach its $15,000 goal, it will not receive any of the funds and donators will not be charged. Find the campaign at Barnraiser.us/projects/help-us-grow-the-farm.

For more info, visit FableFoods.com.

Hayfields Market Is “A New Take on an Old Store”

hayfields-customersHayfields Market, which opened last year in North Salem, is “a new take on an old store,” says co-owner Renea Dayton. It serves breakfast and lunch every day and sells provisions and other goodies, and its menu is a blend of traditional (classic sandwiches and fresh-baked goods) and and modern (world-class Illy coffee and espresso). Or as Dayton puts it, “We have free Wi-Fi, free dog treats and free carrots for your horse.”

The owners, who live locally, get their inspiration from the many hayfields all around town, Dayton says, and their goal is to keep prices reasonable and quality high. Hayfields serves hyper-local products from several bakers and farmers in the North Salem area, as well as local foods from a partnership with Hudson Valley Harvest. It offers a variety of gluten-free and some vegan options. “The gluten-free cheese roll has become a highlight for any sandwich on the menu,” Dayton says.

Although Hayfields is typically known for its summer business, the store will be open all winter long. In preparation for the holidays, the market is taking orders for fresh, locally raised turkeys. It also stocks a variety of seasonal candles and coffee table books for holiday gifts. Show them this news brief for a complimentary coffee or espresso.

Hayfields Market is located at the corner of Bloomer Road and Route 121, at 1 Bloomer Rd., North Salem. For more info, visit HayfieldsMarket.com or call 914.669.8275

Organic Health Food Store Opens in Lower Westchester

green-organic-market-insideGreen Organic Market, an independently owned health food store with a mission to offer high-quality items at competitive prices, is now open on Central Avenue in Hartsdale, NY.

The new store offers a wide variety of natural and organic products, including all-organic produce as well as highly rated supplements and personal-care products at a deep discount. It has a juice bar and a deli with vegan and vegetarian options, including fresh-squeezed juices and an assortment of sandwiches and salads. According to the owner, staff members are experienced and trained to assist customers with all their supplement and nutritional needs. The market provides free limited delivery service within five miles and with a $50 minimum purchase.

Store hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Green Organic Market is located at 275 S. Central Ave. (Mid-Central Plaza, near Dunkin Donuts), Hartsdale. For more info, call 914.437.5802.

BeWies Expands Its Fresh-Baked Gluten-Free Menu

BeWies baked goodsWhen BeWies Holistic Market and health food store began offering baked-from-scratch gluten-free cinnamon muffins a few months ago, the response was so great that Amy Berman and Julie Wiesen, the mother-daughter team that owns BeWies, decided to add even more fresh-baked, gluten-free fare.

“We are now baking gluten-free chocolate chip cookies, carrot breakfast muffins and banana breakfast muffins,” Wiesen says, “and are continuing to expand our assortment of gluten-free baked goods for customers to eat here or take home.”

She says their favorite part of their job is meeting new customers, and since they’ve introduced their gluten-free menu they’ve had plenty of new customers who come into the store having been diagnosed with an illness or food sensitivities requiring a special diet. “We’re able to work with them to help them select foods that support their health and nutritional goals,” she says. “We’re also constantly working with our produce suppliers to bring in the most local, seasonal and delicious fruits and vegetables. We use the produce to make fresh salads daily that are vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free.”

 BeWies Holistic Market is located at 430 Bedford Rd., Armonk, NY, in the Moderne Barn Plaza. For more information, call 914.273.9437 or visit BeWies.com.

 

Second Chance Foods is Reducing Waste and Hunger Locally

by Julianne Hale

Alison and Second Chance Foods 2Ask any urban American eight-year-old where their food comes from and you will get a quick response: the grocery store. Thanks to the unprecedented efficiency of food production and distribution in the U.S., Americans tend to take their food for granted, leaving it in the refrigerator to rot and buying much more than we can possibly eat. This tendency has resulted in record levels of food waste, something that Executive Director of Second Chance Foods Inc. Alison Jolicoeur takes very seriously. “I was inspired after watching Last Week Tonight with John Oliver on HBO. He did an in-depth segment on food waste and I was blown away when I learned that 40 percent of the food produced in this country ended up in the garbage,” she says. “I was truly inspired to take action and become a part of the solution.”

Jolicoeur’s solution was to create Second Chance Foods Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to rescuing healthy unsold, unserved and aesthetically imperfect food and distributing it in an effort to reduce food waste and hunger. “We work to recover food from the waste stream and upcycle it back into the distribution stream,” explains Jolicoeur. “We pick up food from grocery stores, farms and other purveyors and distribute it directly to soup kitchens, food pantries and shelters. We are currently operating in southern Dutchess and northern Westchester counties.”

While a 40 percent food waste rate is a disturbing reality, the number grows even more daunting when the hunger rate in the U.S. is taken into consideration. “One in six Americans is food insecure, which is really a politically correct and watered-down way of saying they’re hungry. They don’t know where their next meal is coming from. That is 50 million people in our country that are hungry, including more than 15 million children,” contends Jolicoeur. “Reducing food waste by only 15 percent would provide enough food to feed 25 million people in the U.S. each year, half of the estimated number of hungry people in our country.”

Hunger is not the only ethical issue associated with food waste. There are serious environmental consequences to tossing out so much food. “Landfills have been identified by the Environmental Protection Agency to be the largest source of methane gas and a large portion of the organic waste in landfills is, in fact, food waste,” Jolicoeur says.

The environmental cost doesn’t stop with landfills. She explains, “We are disconnected from the whole process—all of the resources that go into the production of food: the water, the human power, the gasoline for transportation and electricity for refrigeration. And then there is the bigger picture: the sunlight, the moonlight, the rain, the nutrients in the soil and the animals—it’s all wasted when we throw away food.”

Jolicoeur emphasizes the financial loss associated with wasting food as well. “When you throw away food, you are also throwing away money and, for many, that will be the greatest motivating factor,” she says.

Alison and Second Chance Foods In her work at Second Chance Foods Inc., Jolicoeur attempts to alleviate the environmental, financial and human cost associated with the high rate of discarded food in this country but she can only do so much. She encourages individuals and families to conserve food in their homes using simple, common-sense suggestions. “One simple tip is to utilize your freezer. If you see there are leftovers that you aren’t going to get to in time, simply freeze them,” she suggests. “Having a clear menu plan when shopping and sticking to it can be helpful, as well as purchasing food for a couple of days rather than the whole week.”

In addition to running Second Chance Foods Inc., Jolicoeur is also a health coach. This has made her a passionate advocate for healthy food choices and connecting with the source of food. “What we eat, we become,” she explains. “Our food is the information that makes up our cells. We need to remember that we are connected to our food and the earth and to each other. When we really connect with that truth, perhaps we will value our food more and waste less.”

Second Chance Foods is currently raising money to purchase its first refrigerated truck to help make food stretch further. “We will continue to work daily and weekly to expand our network of donors and recipients so we can rescue more food and feed more people,” says Jolicoeur. “As a country, food waste is one problem I know we can solve if we raise awareness and take action by supporting organizations that are addressing the issue, either financially or by volunteering and committing on a personal level to reducing waste in the home. Together we can make a difference.”

For more information or to make a tax-deductible donation to Second Chance Foods Inc., visit SecondChanceFoods.org or Facebook.com/secondchancefoods.