Bees Knees Café Kicks Off the New Season with a Lamb Roast and Farm Tour
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Sunday, May 27 will be the season kick-off celebration at the Bees Knees Café at Heather Ridge Farm, Preston Hollow, New York. A lamb roast and chicken barbecue is planned, rain or shine, under the big tent.
The meal features lamb and chicken raised at Heather Ridge Farm, with side dishes and dessert made with ingredients from other nearby farms. The cost is $20 adult, $10 child. Reservations are required. Serving is from 12 noon to 3pm.
A farm tour will begin at 11am at the café, starting with the new huge solar panel array that completely supplies all the electrical needs for the building. Then the walking tour will go on to the pastures and see the variety of animals raised on the farm.
Lunch patrons sit at picnic tables with shade umbrellas overlooking a valley to the Catskill mountain range beyond, or inside the 1830s farmhouse. For the lamb roast, a big tent will also be erected for additional seating.
The Bees Knees has been serving lunch featuring dishes made from its own products and from other local farms for the past three summers. All grassfed meats, pastured poultry and honey used at the Café are raised at Heather Ridge Farm. Organic vegetables and fruits from Stoneledge Farm in South Cairo, and local farm stands, are used in the expertly prepared dishes. Local cheeses are featured in dishes and highlighted on the popular cheese and charcuterie platter special. Menu ranges from soups, paninis, sandwiches, salads, hot specials, cheese platters and their famous award-winning Oink and Moo Chili. Homemade breads, specialty ice teas, homemade ice cream and desserts complete the menu.
The Café and farm store opens every Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 3pm, until Columbus Day weekend. The farm store and café are open every Saturday year-round.
All of Heather Ridge meat and poultry products are available fresh or frozen at the farm store. Items can be purchased individually, or a new CSA subscription box service is available for poultry or meat. The changing café menus are listed each week on the Heather Ridge Farm website, www.heather-ridge-farm.com.
Farm tours are scheduled monthly in the summer and fall. The farm can also be explored by new self-guided walking trails, where you can see farm animals, woods, an old cemetery and great views of the mountains. You can take a picnic lunch to the table at the top of the farmland, starting in July.
Carol Clement, farmer and owner of Heather Ridge Farm with her husband John Harrison, notes, “It’s so satisfying to see how much people enjoy the results of our labor. We get to be involved in the full experience from growing the poultry and livestock, and then serving superb food!” Carol adds that she is joined by former restaurant owner/chef, Billie Potts, in the kitchen, and occasional guest chefs who “add their own special touch” to the local products.
The Heather Ridge Farm store and the Bees Knees Café are located at 989 Broome Center Road, outside of Preston Hollow. Call 518-239-6234 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more reversations. Credit cards accepted.
Heather Ridge Farm
989 Broome Center Rd, Preston Hollow, NY 12469 (518) 239-6234