Sunday, October 7, I had the privilege to participate in Dutchess County Tourism Farm Fresh Tour. A joint effort of Metro-North and Dutchess County Tourism.
This particular tour was titled:
The Perfect Trio! FALL HARVEST WINE, CHEESE & APPLE PICKING WEEKEND
Visitors from NYC boarded Metro North Train at Grand Central to Poughkeepsie (photo top left). Where the Dutchess County Farm Fresh Tour shuttle (photo top right) awaited them for a day-long celebration of the fall harvest of wines, local cheeses, and apples.
The 1st stop was: Sprout Creek Farm a model of sustainable agriculture, also known for its artisanal cheeses lovingly produced by a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America.
At the Market & Creamery we sampled 9 different variety of cheeses, 8 hard and 1 soft. Sprout Creek’s cheeses are all about soil, seasons, grasses, and happy cows! Grass-fed Jersey, Guernsey, Milking Shorthorn and Brown Swiss cows.
Besides cows, there are goats, lots and lots of friendly goats.
There are also chickens and ducks and turkeys. And more chickens and ducks and turkeys.
The 2nd stop was: exploring the charming Village of Millbrook known for its rolling hills and horse farms.
Millbrook is also home to many eateries. I had lunch at Aurelia. The salad was the perfect pairing to my ham & cheese panini.
Originally I was going to lunch at the Diner (photo top left) but it was packed.
Photo top right, don’t you just love the name of this hair salon?
A must visit is Millbrook Tribute Garden Park. The park was created by the Millbrook Garden Club and planted with trees, shrubs and flowers native to our country.
Millbrook Tribute Garden Park
In this thoughtfully planned park, there is also a “Happy Playground” for children.
A small but beautifully laid out and well designed garden at the entrance of the Tribute Garden Park.
The 3rd stop was: the Millbrook Vineyards & Winery Located in a renovated Dutch-hip dairy barn with views of it 130-acre estate. The winery produces high-caliber wines using classical French and Italian wine making techniques.
You can also have your own personalized wine label, how cool is that! The private label wine served at Walkway Over the Hudson Starry, Starry Night was produced at the winery.
Guided tour of this award-winning winery was part of the package. Wine tasting also available for an additional $8 per person. The 4 wines tasted on that day were all New York State wines. The chair in the photo below was made from wine barrels.
The 4th and final stop was: Terhune Orchards, a 70 year old family-owned and operated farm in Salt Point.
Also there to welcome us were, left to right, Jan Cezch, owner of Tehune Orchards; Lydia Higginson, orgainzer of Farm Fresh Tours; and Roger Roth a friend of Jan.
One can wander the 70 acres of fruit trees and vegetables. Take a hayride, pick your own apples (not this year) and marvel at the incredible open-space vistas. The market features preserves, butters, spreads, pies, donuts, breads and much more.
What a great way to educate people about how food grows, where it comes from and build relationships between dutchess county producers and New York City folks.
The shuttle stayed with the group the whole day, transporting us to the various locations and brought us back to the Poughkeepsie Train Station for the return trip home.
It was an incredible day-trip, the perfect one-day getaway from the New York City area. Everyone, including the many well-behaved children, had a wonderful time.
Dutchess County Fresh Farm Tours are a series of, summer and fall, weekend day trips offered through the joint effort of Metro-North and Dutchess County Tourism and have brought over 5000 people up from NYC on these tours over the last 5 years.
Check back in June, 2013 on dutchesstourism website for info on 2013 tours.
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