Hawaii Mom Blog: Visit New York: Stone Barns Center




August 18, 2022

Visit New York: Stone Barns Center

I've read a lot about Chef Dan Barber and his philosophies over the past few years, so it was exciting to visit the Stone Barns Center for the Explore: The Innovation Labs & The Farm tour.

Due to traffic, we missed some of the beginning of the tour, but once we arrived, we met up at the farm, where we learned about what is grown, why certain crops were grown (eg cover crops; nitrogen-fixing), and even got to taste some freshly picked items (like buckwheat).

We then made our way to the herb garden, where we got to taste a drink, and were encouraged to pick some herbs and see how it changes the taste of the drink.

We then went to the bakery, sampled some rye bread, and learned about the process that goes into the amazing bread.

The last stop was at a grill, where we tasted a sausage made from pork and oats, and were told about how bones were recycled into charcoal and dishware.

The tours are led by cooks and farmers who are knowledgeable and friendly, and very passionate about what they do.

After the tour, we walked through the gardens and greenhouse.  It was so neat to see all the flowers and veggies.

On property is a kiosk where you can buy plants, produce, and some souvenirs.  A cafe is also on site should you wish to grab a bite to eat.

At the heart of the tour is the notion of delicious food being the result of healthy soil, and the Stone Barns Center emphasizes this philosophy through food, workshops, and more. 

Blue Hill at Stone Barns restaurant was bought out for a wedding that night so we couldn't have dinner, but hope to return one day!

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