No matter what part of the country you live in, this is a terrific time of year to visit a nearby farm stand to savor the last of the summer fruits and veggies and to catch a glimpse of what the fall harvest has to offer. On a recommendation from friends and after reading high praise from a lady who knows a “Good Thing” when she sees one…
my family and I recently visited Daisy Hill Farm Stand in Mount Kisco, NY. We had such a nice time enjoying the property, feeding the animals and -of course- shopping the farm stand. Today I’m sharing some snaps I took at Daisy Hill — which is just a short (roughly 20 minute) drive from Greenwich:
A horse named “Bear” is the one-man welcoming party:
The crops — call ahead or check the website to find out what’s in season:
My children loved visiting the animals:
…And were particularly charmed by this carefully labeled “feed dispenser:”
Not appreciating that he might be throwing off the world order, my well-intentioned son wound up feeding the pigs the duck food that the finicky ducks thumbed their bills at.
The main attraction, however, is the well stocked farm stand:
Kale, lettuce, corn, squash, etc…
An extensive selection of tomatoes:
“Joe’s Dough” artisan bread (so good!):
Not to mention a huge selection of locally sourced dairy products, fresh baked goods, a wide variety of house made jams, interesting prepared foods, penny candy, coffee and other seasonal delights. We left with several large bags of goodies.
What to do with your haul from Daisy Hill? Here are some of the things that we whipped up:
First, we found fresh ricotta cheese in one of the dairy cases and dressed it up with chopped fresh rosemary, sea salt and lemon pepper. We drizzled on some EVOO and slathered it on toasted slices of “Joe’s Dough.” Delish! Can you possibly go wrong with any combination of ricotta and fresh bread? Me thinks not.
Next, a farm fresh salad — we added sauteed yellow squash and zucchini to ours.
For a main course, I felt that all of the cherry tomatoes were begging to star in Ina’s classic “Summer Garden Pasta” — which is so easy to make and always a crowd pleaser.
Finally, for dessert, you can pick up a fresh pie or select some gorgeous fruit to make a crisp or cobbler of your own. We, however, were wooed by the small batch local ice creams and felt that -with flavors like “Backyard Mint” and “Local Black Raspberry” – we might do well to try them “straight up.” Needless to say, they did not disappoint.
I hope you get a chance to meander over to this little gem of a farm stand in the coming weeks. If you head that way, please do let me know what you find and what you decide to prepare with your selections. And, apologies in advance if you hear the pigs quacking.
Photos: Martha Stewart, Honestly Yum, T. Wootton, Barefoot Contessa. All other images: CT.
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