Just outside of New York City, Stone Barns is an 80-acre farm and non-profit with the goal of increasing public awareness of healthy, seasonal and sustainable food. Training farmers in resilient, restorative farming techniques, and educating children about the sources of their food, and prepare them to steward the land that provides it.
Many people have heard of Stone Barns because of it's affiliation with Blue Hill restaurants. I have been lucky enough to experience a dinner at Blue Hill at Stone Barns, and I had always hoped to come back and tour the farm. It seemed like something my parents would enjoy, so we signed up for the Insider's Tour. For $20 you see the animals, the crops, the property and of course hear first-hand about the amazing things going on around the farm.
Their work is truly inspiring. Here are a few pictures from the day…
The crops are rotated to maintain soil quality, and each year the farm hosts hundreds of young farmers who want to learn more about sustainable farming techniques.
The back of Blue Hill Restaurant.
They have the most amazing gift shop, where they sell a highly curated collection of home goods, accessories, books and children's toys. They also sell wool socks made from their sheep!
The trusty sheep dog...
While we were there, they were preparing for Harvest Fest which is this Sunday, October 5th. They were making beautiful dried flower crowns in anticipation of the event.
Sadly, the festival appears to be sold out. They host it every year though, so mark your calendars for 2015!
It was an absolutely delightful visit. After our tour we had lunch at the cafe. Just like the restaurant, the cafe offers seasonal and local foods. There is no menu because the options change by the day, but everything is delicious. If you ever get the chance, it's truly worth the visit.
They have amazing programs for kids too!