Farm to Table in Greene County
The farm-to-table movement may not have started in the Great Northern Catskills, but the philosophy of prioritizing locally sourced, sustainable products purchased from the meat producers, gardeners and farmers themselves over manufactured and mass-produced goods certainly matches up well with verdant abundance in this region of New York State.
Chefs and restaurateurs took notice and many of our most celebrated places to eat owe their success to the farm-to-table philosophy. At Ladoria Ristorante at Villa Vosilla, a famed all-inclusive family resort, guests and outside diners are treated to a menu deeply rooted in the idea that local ingredients make the best meals and that food should always taste real. The five-course chef’s tasting menu offers whatever is fresh that day, from veal piccata to filet mignon.
But if you think farm-to-table equals steep prices or fancy menus, think again! The philosophy is deeply rooted in the idea of simple, yet elegant cooking. A weekend jaunt to one of the Catskills’ farmers’ markets may lead to an impromptu meet-up with a local chef happy to share their favorite recipes for what’s fresh that day.
Mama’s Boy Burgers in Tannersville serves up local, grass-fed black angus beer from regional farms, and ice cream made just across the Hudson River in Kingston. Simple yet wholesome, and who doesn’t love a burger and fries?
Across the region, Catskills restaurants proudly declare their support for local producers. Swing into the Windham Local Public House for a locally brewed beer, or dine a-la Francaise at Rive Gauche in Athens and experience the Great Northern Catskills’ farm-to-table cuisine. Crispy duck wings anyone?
Greene County's farmers' markets offer an array of local produce, baked goods, meats, and cheeses. The farmers market is an experience to share with the family, from healing art demonstrations to live music there is so much to enjoy.