Heritage Applefest in Garrison


Apple with a view at Boscobel

Boscobel House and Gardens will host its Heritage Applefest, featuring live music, sweet and hard cider sampling, press-your-own cider and family games and activities, on October 6, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to sweet and hard cider, apple cider doughnuts, butter and syrup will be available for purchase from local vendors.

Applefest celebrates the agricultural history of the Hudson Valley and Boscobel, which was constructed in the early 19th century, when the apple was America’s favorite fruit. Boscobel’s apple orchard still features some of those heritage varieties as well as many newer ones.

During the festivities, the Historic House Museum will be open for visitors to explore at their own pace and direction, with expert guides stationed to offer insight and information.

Cost: Pay what you wish. Location: 1061 Rte. 9D, Garrison, NY. Rain date: October 13. For more information, call 845.265.3638 or visit Boscobel.org.












Family-Friendly Fall Farm Fest in Ossining


Tom and Kristin Deacon of Fable: From Farm to Table

Fable: From Farm to Table, in Ossining, will hold its Fall Farm Fest on September 23, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. With its family-friendly activities and prices—admission is $3, and children under 5 are free—the festival is an opportunity for parents and kids to get outdoors together and celebrate the autumn harvest season.

Visitors can take part in arts and crafts for all ages; hear live music; try a variety of culinary treats, including grilled fare, hearty dishes and baked goods from local shops and food trucks; buy farm-fresh produce grown in Westchester County; enter a raffle drawing (no need to be present to win); listen to live music; and try some Yoga at the Farm. They can also feed Fable’s chickens, tour its hydroponic greenhouse and pick a pumpkin and take family photos in the pumpkin patch.

Tom Deacon, Fable’s owner, says the Fall Farm Fest is a fun way to remind people of the benefits of eating sustainably. “We would like to make local and organic farming the norm,” he says. “Not only can we grow food that is delicious to eat, it is the medicine that will make you healthier as well.”

Fable: From Farm to Table is located at 1311 Kitchawan Rd. (Rte. 134), Ossining, NY. For more info, call 914.862.0205 or visit FableFoods.com.










Great Local Food Eats in Chappaqua


75 South Greeley Ave. Chappaqua, NY

914.238.0698; ChappaquaLocal.com

Tuesday – Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.,

Friday/Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.,

Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Situated in the heart of the Chappaqua community, Local is a cafe and ice cream parlor serving delights to satisfy the appetites of the health conscious and “free eaters” alike.

Owners Adam Strahl and Danielle Zinaich, both vegetarians, began Local with the desire to merge the city feel of a great cafe with a fine dining touch in the suburbs of Westchester County. Originally a musician, Strahl ran private events for seven years at Blue Hill at Stone Barns restaurant before resigning in 2010 to broaden his horizons and build Local. Zinaich brings a background in homeopathic education to their partnership, and they both call upon their world travel experiences to create the Local menus.


Adam Strahl, owner of Local in Chappaqua

Local was intended to be an ice cream parlor with a few soup and sandwich options but customer demand helped this concept evolve into what we see today. Local’s menu features soups that are all vegan, pressed sandwiches made with fresh artisan breads from the New York bakery Balthazar, baked goods from Briar Cliff bakery, seasonal salads with greens from such local farms as Kitchawan, and other delicious farm to table dishes. Their decadent natural ice cream, free of preservatives and artificial coloring, comes from the famous SoCo Creamy and Ronnybrook farms. Local also has gluten-free options for those with wheat sensitivities or celiac disease, and Strahl creates recipes that can be customized for those with food allergies or dietary restrictions. Some of the featured dishes this season include smooth pureed butternut squash and the house winter salad with pomegranate and red pears.

As parents, Strahl and Zinaich also wanted Local to be a place for the younger crowd to enjoy. Some nights they feature live music or screen documentary films on their walls. If this does not wet your palate, you can strike up a conversation with Strahl, who is passionate about environmental awareness and great food. His philosophy is that all of the café’s meals and ingredients must be fresh and mindfully chosen. This integrity, along with sundaes that ooze homemade organic chocolate sauce and caramel, is what sets a restaurant like Local apart.

Natasha Bernardez is the Executive Chef of Clean Plate Culinary Inc. Her team specializes in farm to table culinary services, including catering and other customized offerings. To learn more about their services visit CleanPlateCulinary.com.