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Using Local Ingredients for the Holidays
When it comes to the holidays, it’s always about food in our family. We’re passionate about supporting our local farms and truly believe that local, organic ingredients make the freshest and most delicious meals.
Farmer’s Market

During the warmer months, one of our favorite weekend activities is to spend a day at the local farmer’s market. While many of the outdoor farmer’s markets typically close by the last Saturday before Thanksgiving, there are a few winter markets still open for holiday shopping. In Fairfield County, You can visit the Westport Farmers’ Market every Saturday from November 16 through March 14. The Westport Farmers’ Market is committed to providing fresh, local and seasonal food all year round. For hours and directions, please visit their website. In Westchester County, be sure to visit Down to Earth Winter Farmers Market. There is a location in Mamaroneck which opens on January 4, 2020 and occurs every Saturday until April 18. Visit their website for additional information.

Community Supported Agriculture

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a food production and distribution system that directly connects farmers and consumers. Consumers can purchase a portion of the farm’s harvest in advance and receive crops as they are harvested throughout the season. This money supports the farms through their harvest season. Foods include honey, eggs, plants, fruits, vegetables, dairy products and meat. CSA Farms in Fairfield County CSA Farms in Westchester County

Delicious Holiday Meals

We purchased a majority of our main ingredients from local farms through the TaSH Farmers’ Market in Sleepy Hollow, NY, and the remainder of our ingredients were purchased at Whole Foods. We cooked everything from scratch, and ended the day proud to know that we supported and celebrated local farmers through our delicious meals.

Shaved Vegetable Salad

Using the diakon and watermelon radishes from Meadowland Farm in Clinton Corners, NY, a completely biodynamic farm, we made this fresh, crunchy salad as an appetizer. It was the perfect healthy start to our dinner. Find the recipe here.

A Fresh Starter
Creamed Kale and Caramelized Shallots

Such an easy, creamy and delicious side dish, this was a new addition to our holiday menu and will be sure to stay! We purchased the shallots from Meadowland Farm and the lacinato kale from Peace and Carrots Farm in Chester, NY. To please our Italian family, we added some parmesan cheese to make it extra creamy and delicious! Try this delicious recipe

Maple Roasted Delicata Squash and Red Onions

Also from Peace and Carrots Farm, we used local delicata squash to create this simple side dish, which both sweet and savory. We wanted to create a meal that had a perfect balance of flavors and textures, and this was a great way to add a starchy vegetable without mashed potatoes. This nutrient dense dish is sure to please! Here’s the recipe we used. 

Cornbread Stuffing

With many gluten sensitivities in our family, we always strive to create naturally gluten-free dishes. We made our own cornbread and then combined it with a few simple ingredients, including apples from Mead Orchards in Tivoli, NY, to create an amazing stuffing with a sweet touch. We used this recipe as a guide, with a few minor adjustments, such as leaving out the sausage and pecans. We used the natural juices from the turkey as a seasoning. 

Plated Meal
Homemade Gravy

No recipe needed here! We made a roux from grass-fed butter and oat flour, then added chicken broth and seasonings, such as salt, pepper, garlic powder and thyme. Once the turkey was done roasting, we also added some turkey drippings to give it extra flavor.

Roasted Turkey Legs and Thighs

These turkeys were from Hemlock Hill Farm in Cortland, NY, and were fed vegetarian, non-GMO grains with no growth hormones and no antibiotics. They are free range and eat fresh grass, seeds, insects and other produce from the garden. And you could truly taste the difference! We made our own seasoning with Primal Kitchen Green Goddess marinade, lemon juice, salt, pepper, thyme, and garlic powder and let them marinate overnight. This was the first time we opted to use legs and thighs instead of a whole turkey, and it was a great decision. They also made for some great leftover turkey sandwiches!