Tilly’s Table in Putnam County, NY, Opens in June 2017 with Celebration

The weekend of June 3 and 4, 2017,  will be particularly special in Putnam County, which is celebrating the grand opening of the newly renovated Tilly Foster Farm, as well as Tilly’s Table, the county’s first farm-to-table event venue and restaurant. Weekend festivities will include a live broadcast on KICKS 105.5 radio, live country music, children’s activities and a farmers’ market.

The farm will be open to the public Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Tilly’s Table will host public seatings with a prix fixe menu at 5, 7 and 9 p.m. On Sunday, Tilly’s Table will host the first of what will become a weekly event, the Farmers Sunday Brunch, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 845.808.1840 for reservations (required).

The grand opening is the culmination of several years of planning. The revamped Tilly Foster Farm will offer regular family-friendly activities such as hiking, community gardening and cooking classes, as well as special events. Tilly’s Table complements the farm’s culinary arts program and taps into the growing interest in local, organic food and farm-to-table cuisine. The restaurant will be operated by Al and Joe Ciuffetelli of Homestyle Catering, in Mahopac.

For more info, visit PutnamTillyFoster.com.



Food Workshops at Hilltop Hanover Farm Summer 2014

hilltop-farmstandHilltop Hanover Farm and Environmental Center is a working crop farm and environmental education facility in Yorktown Heights. Formerly a dairy farm, and with roots dating back to the 1600s, it now serves as a regional educational hub, offering programs on healthy and sustainable food production, skills for small-scale suburban and urban farmers, and sustainable living practices for local communities. The farm features demonstration models for backyard farming, animal management, rainwater harvesting, organic composting and green-roof technology.

The farm is open Tuesday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and hosts a U Pick program Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The regular farm stand is open Fridays from 1 to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All its produce, which is grown on site, is free of pesticides, herbicides and synthetic fertilizers. A list of the crops available at the farm stand and through the U Pick program is online at HilltopHanoverFarm.org

The farm offers an array of workshops throughout the summer, including “Preserving the Harvest: Pickling” (July 7 at 1 p.m.); “Couples Cooking” (July 18 at 7 p.m.); “Cheese Making” (July 26 at 1 p.m.); “Pests and Disease in the Garden” (July 26 at 2 p.m.); “Planning the Fall Garden” (August 2 at 2 p.m.); “Preserving the Harvest: Canning” (August 9 at 9 a.m.); “Couples Cooking” (August 15 at 7 p.m.); “Cheese Making” (August 23 at 1 p.m.); “Seed Saving” (August 30 at 10 a.m.); and “Fermented Foods” (August 30 at 1 p.m.). Workshop fees vary depending upon the activity.

Hilltop Hanover Farm and Environmental Center is located at 1271 Hanover St., Yorktown Heights, NY. For info about upcoming events, workshops or other activities, visit HilltopHanoverFarm.org.

A Feast to Enjoy and Support Healthy Eating at Hudson Valley Hospital

Harvest-of-the-Hudson-ValleyIn keeping with its new initiatives to promote healthy eating, Hudson Valley Hospital Center (HVHC) will hold a unique, farm-to-table event at Glynwood Farm in Cold Spring, NY, on September 27, 2013. “Harvest of the Hudson Valley,” which is designed to celebrate local farms and encourage people to eat locally for better health, will honor Chef Peter X. Kelly, Joseph Pallante, A.I.A. and Elliott Sumers, M.D.

The evening features cocktails, dinner and a silent auction, with all proceeds benefiting HVHC’s new demonstration and teaching kitchen. Construction of the kitchen is underway in the historic Dempsey House on the Pataki Center campus, adjacent to the hospital. HVHC plans to offer cooking classes in an effort to teach patients and community members how to cook healthier meals at home. It’s the final piece in the hospital’s multi-faceted plan to highlight nutrition as an integral part of healthcare.

Last year, HVHC opened its “Seeds for Health” organic garden, followed by the opening of a farmers’ market. This year, the markets were expanded to twice a month and the hospital implemented a new food service, Cura Hospitality, which features locally sourced foods and “from scratch” cooking.

Tickets to “Harvest of the Hudson Valley” are $600 and seating is limited. For further information and reservations, visit HVHC.org or call 914.734.3526.