Last year the Halsey House went locavore with our first on-site organic vegetable garden, made entirely possible by the efforts of our gardener extraordinaire, Erica Ungleich. It is common knowledge that I (KC) have a brown thumb. Okay, maybe more like a black thumb. If I touch plants, they are destined for the compost pile within a very short time. Under Erica’s hand, the gardens are filling in and becoming more beautiful at both the Halsey House and Clarke’s Cottage on Hidden Pond. We are anxious to get started this year with expanded plantings and some new designs.
In 2010, our new crop of herbs and vegetables became wonderful savory breakfast dishes for our customers to enjoy, such as KC’s Garden Frittata. I may not be handy in the dirt, but I am at home in the kitchen! This year we will adjust our own garden by adding berries, continuing the luscious tomatoes, cutting back on the zucchinis and green peppers (these multiplied like rabbits!) and nixing the cantaloupe and carrots.
And for a source of other local organic produce, we are proud to announce our new membership in a fine Trumansburg CSA, Sweetland Farm. What is a CSA you ask? Here is the explanation from Sweetland’s own website:
“Community Supported Agriculture evolved to bring farmers, farmland, and a community of members together into a meaningful relationship that equitably meets the needs of all three parties. Farmers need a place to farm and make a viable living. Farmland needs to be enriched and nurtured so that it can yield bountiful harvests year after year. Members need a dependable source of vibrant, richly grown food. All of these needs must be kept in balance. Sweet Land Farm is a CSA-only farm, so everything that we grow is for you, the shareholders. This makes the above-mentioned balance nicely transparent. All of the money that we receive from members is either put into the farm, or paid to the farmers and farm workers. All of the produce that the farmers, farm workers, and farmland produces is distributed to the members. As a member you are truly ensuring this farm’s existence and a small farm family’s livelihood.”
A special thank you goes out to Rose at the Inn at Gothic Eves for her gentle persuasion in getting us on board with Sweetland Farm. Rose has been at the forefront of the locavore movement long before it was popular.
Look for our new dishes featuring farm-to-table freshness on the Halsey House breakfast table this year. If you have a great breakfast recipe you’d like to share, we’d be happy to give it a try. Let’s here it for local, fresh, healthy and yummy!