There are almost too many reasons to list why you must visit Blue Hill at Stone Barns! It is one of the most special places in the state of New York. You have likely heard about it, but I am here to give you all of the reasons you must go whether your live in the city or anywhere else.
New York City might be one of the best cities on earth, but we all need a break from it once in a while. Would you ever guess that a sustainable, organic farm is just 30 miles north of New York City? While it is hard to believe, it is true! And it is the perfect escape.
For years I have been dreaming of the day I would finally visit Blue Hill at Stone Barns which was opened in 2004 at the famous Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture, a working four-season farm and educational center. It was truly everything I hoped for and more. I am a firm believer in sustainable and organic farming, so seeing it in action just a short drive outside of the city was an incredible experience.
My Blue Hill tour began at the vegetable gardens. I saw everything from tomatoes to beets to wheat to raspberries growing in their natural habitats. I had the opportunity to pick and eat fresh raspberries, which is something you don’t have a chance to do often enough. I really felt one with nature in a way that I haven’t in so long. I am constantly looking for opportunities to be immersed in nature, but this was really a one-of-a-kind experience.
I continued my tour down to the greenhouses which were filled with everything from shishito peppers to fresh basil. You could smell the fresh herbs all around you. Seeing the farmers in action was also a special part of the tour. You could tell that each person was methodically trained and that they were truly passionate about their work. I then walked over to see all the animals raised on the farm. My personal favorite were the ducklings who had just been fed and were all out scarfing up seeds.
We ended our visit with the most incredible multi-course meal at the Michelin-starred Blue Hill restaurant. We had so many courses, I honestly lost count, but my guess is that it was around 25-30 courses. The meal was one of the best meals I have ever had and getting to see the behind the scenes in the kitchen was the cherry on top of a perfect farm day. I would tell anyone to visit Blue Hill! It is really a special place just a quick drive outside of one of the biggest cities in the world where you can feel one with nature and experience on of the freshest and tastiest meals.