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Hudson Valley Farms Sprout Real Estate Appeal: NY Daily News
From The NY Daily News, By Jason Sheftell, Friday, July 15th 2011
On a Saturday morning in June, Tessa Edick drove 6 miles from Copake Lake to Herondale/Sol Flower Farm to pick up her weekly produce. On the way back to her wood-cabin home, she stopped at Pigasso Farms to buy a free-range chicken, eggs laid that morning, a flank steak and farm-made sausage.
The bill came to $90. Edick fed seven people on a table filled with votive candles, sunflowers and food as fresh and antibiotic-free as humanly possible.
The vivacious culinary consultant has been dining like this every weekend for the better part of a decade. Shuttling two hours between New York City and Hudson Valley, the foodie entrepreneur who founded Sauces n’ Love has helped chefs become superstars by packaging and marketing their recipes.
Focusing on her own backyard, Edick recently created a showcase for what she believes to be the most important part in today’s food chain — the farmer.
“Farming is sexy and cool,” she says, emphatically. “You have to know your farmer and where your food comes from. It’s time to opt out of processed food and celebrate the table and what’s on it as a center of pleasure. We also have to ensure succession happens, so that children of farmers take over their farms. First, we celebrated food, then the chef, but no one was cheerleading the farmer. The farmer is the secret ingredient.”
On July 30, Edick’s company CulinaryPartnership.com will launch the Friends of the Farmer Hudson Valley Food Lovers Festival at Copake Country Club. The all-day fair highlights farmers, restaurants and the resurgence of Hudson Valley as a top agriculture draw. It will raise money for a scholarship for high school students to continue studies in agricultural sciences.
“Hudson Valley is primed to become the Napa Valley of the East Coast,” says Edick, who coined the phrase “Farm On” to promote succession for future generations of farming families. Read Article