I read about this Foodie Tour through Brooklyn Based and couldn’t resist the urge to rent a car and go on an adventure. So last Sunday Aaron, our friend Angela and I hopped in a rental and drove an hour and half outside the city to see some farms.
All of us being cheese lovers, the first on our list was Catapano Dairy Farm, where they make award-winning goat cheese. We could hardly contain ourselves as we drove up, all eager to learn how the cheese was made. But a little disappointment set in soon after we walked up, apparently the owner wasn’t interested in talking about her operation and walked away as we approached the table to taste the cheeses. But luckily we did have a nice woman to give us all samples of the different cheeses, including chevre, gouda and a blue, and two types of fudge. Yum! They were all quite tasty. We were able to walk around and see the baby goats playing on their jungle gym and also witness the adult goats fighting, including one that looked like a unicorn. So that was exciting. We also saw some lovely chickens, but other than that we left wanting more.
On a whim we stopped by Sang Lee Farms to kill some time before visiting another stop on our tour. Oh boy, it turned out to be an excellent decision. Sang Lee was established in the 1940′s and soon after started supplying New York City’s Chinatown with quality Asian vegetables. Today they grow over 100 varietes of specialty vegetables, heirloom tomatoes, baby greens, mesclun, herbs, specialty Asian greens and flowers. We walked up to the farm stand and there in front of us were the most beautiful tomatoes I’d ever laid my eyes on. I mean, truly lovely little works of art in the most amazing colors and shapes.
Then I walked inside and there were lovely greens and other vegetables, along with a few coolers filled with things like fresh pestos and sauces made by owner Karen Lee. I picked up a container of Asian Pesto and as I was perusing the vegetables, Ms. Lee asked if I needed any help. Soon we were deep in conversation about ways to use the pesto and then about these lunch time talks she’s started in her community. You can read more about them in the latest edible east end. To top things off, we got to pick tomatoes from the vine, perhaps popping a few in our mouths every now and then. We were feeling pretty good as we made our way to our next destination.
Tomorrow look forward to two other awesome farms, Shinn Estate Farmhouse and Pipes Cove Oysters.