Farming Is Charming at Stone Barns

“It’s nice to see the animals roaming free, not sad.”
“Oh, like in Food, Inc?”

If and when I get a pile of money, I’m moving to a gentleman’s farm. (No fancy-pants Hamptons for me.)  I’ll get a place like Stone Barns Farm, where I went today. The Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture is an idyllic working farm and educational center dedicated to sustainable agriculture, located 50 miles north of New York City in Pocantico Hills next to Tarrytown.

Over one hundred years ago, Stone Barns was a dairy farm owned by John D. Rockefeller Jr.  This, that, the other, and nothing much happened until 2004, when David Rockefeller, John D’s grandson, turned the 80 acre farm – backed by his 30 million dollars – into an environmental education center dedicated to showing urban dwellers the source of their food. Bless his heart. Martha Stewart’s favorite restaurant, Blue Hill at Stone Barns, is a part of the center. Both the fancy restaurant and the café, where I ate, serve dishes made of local ingredients, preferably from the farm. I ate in the sunny courtyard.

Besides the animals, the greenhouse, and the trails, the Farmer’s Market was open. It’s almost wintertime on the farm, and so the market sold mostly carrots, beets, parsnips, turnips, celery root, “rouge chicken”, baked goods, yarn, and a very nice raspberry leaf tea that is soothing to the reproductive systems of women and men alike.

I hope you enjoy my pictures from the farm. I’m psyched to return. Meanwhile, I plan to start reading Storey’s Guide to Raising Chickens as soon as the library opens tomorrow.  You know, you just can’t start raising chickens overnight!  I have to get to studying now.