To be interested in food and not food production is clearly absurd. – Wendell Berry
And so began a trip to visit farm after farm in Vermont.
My boyfriend and I became so excited about farm voyaging that our first stop to one actually occurred before ever exiting New York. The farm – Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills – was one that would set a precedent for the remainder of the trip. Gorgeous, gorgeous pesticide-free produce grown amidst picturesque backdrops.
Stone Barns is an 80-acre operation dedicated to creating a sustainable food system through testing and utilizing farming methods that support this. It is a learning center for farmers, children and people from all over the world, and acts as an inspirational destination to connect people to the land that grows their food.
Take a stroll around and you’ll find ingredients of all kinds. For all four seasons throughout the year.
In early fall, that means greens on greens on greens. Walking through the field above felt like walking through one of a Vitamix’s dreams. Endless green smoothies of all different leaves. Not a bad feeling.
The farm is connected with renowned restaurant Blue Hill, known for elegant and innovative, multi-course feasts inspired by seasonal produce. It’s seated guests like Barack Obama and his lovely date Michelle, and was rated by Food & Wine as one of the world’s top 10 life changing restaurants. The decor was beautiful, and while I didn’t get a chance to dine there, I can only imagine what comes out of the kitchen.