Katchkie Farm ever since we discovered their stand at the Rock Center Farmers' Market. My affinity for their ratatouille has reached near obsessiveness. When the friendly folks at Great Performances invited us upstate to see where the magic happens, Blondie and I knew it was time for a road trip...
Katchkie Farm is situated on 60 acres in Kinderhook, New York, about two and a half hours upstate, if you don't get lost (ahem). When we arrived Bob Walker, Katchkie's Farm Manager was nice enough to give us a tour of the grounds. In addition to two large greenhouses were are now currently housing tomatoes, peppers, and basil there were plots dedicated to fruit--strawberries, cantaloupe, honey dew and three kinds of watermelon, all manners of vegetables--squash, broccoli, swiss chard, cabbage, zucchini, peppers, onions, garlic, beets, eggplant, tomatillos, spinach, lettuce, cucumbers, the list goes on and on, and herbs like basil, cilantro, dill, parsley, sage, and more.
Bob explained a bit of background about the farm--Great Performances purchased the land in 2006 and in addition to the farm stand, the Katchkie veggies go into the Katchkie artisanal products like Katchkie Ketchup®, Thunder Pickles from Katchkie Farm®™, Pickled Beets, Pesto, Bob-B-Q Sauce™, Sweet Vellies, and Katchkie Farm Spice Packets. Bob did mention that this year they may venture into salsa territory. Judging by the looks of the tomatillos and peppers being picked, I think this could be a very good idea indeed.
If you can't make it up to Katchkie, Katchkie is will be coming to you in several forms this summer. First there are the Farmers' Markets at the Port Authority and Rock Center.
Katchkie @ the Port Authority Bus Terminal
Beginning June 18 and operating every Thursday. (Year round)
Hours: 8 AM – 6 PM
Katchkie at the Rockefeller Center Greenmarket
Between W. 50th and W. 51st Streets
Friday, July 31st through Friday, September 4th
8 AM to 6 PM
Additionally Katchkie is hosting several Farm to Table events in and around the city throughout the summer and into the fall. These meals are sourced from within a 100-mile radius of New York City. What could be better than sustainable agriculture and good old local deliciousness?
The first event will be tomorrow, Wednesday, July 15th at 5:30 at 620 Loft and Garden. Tickets are $125 per person and the menu is not to be missed. Here's just a small taste of what's being offered: Miller’s Farm Braised Pork Belly with Roasted Sour Cherries and Baby Katchkie Farm Greens, Dines Farm Roasted Lamb Quarter served with Roasted Beets and Carrots, Katchkie Farm Bordeaux Spinach, and Berkshire Berries Blackberries, Blueberry Cloufoutis, Raspberry Linzer, and The Ultimate Cherry Milk Shake. Blondie and I will definitely be there. Hope you can make it, too!
*More Katchkie Farm posting to come this week with plenty of photos! In the meantime, enjoy this slide show of our visit to the farm...