The average New York State food or beverage producer isn’t going to be attending the lavish “New York Farm Day” in Washington, D.C. However, they may want to know how their efforts are being spotlighted at the event, to be hosted next Wednesday, September 9, by U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) in the Kennedy Caucus Room of the Senate Office Building.
The menu for the 14th annual event, just released today by the New York Wine & Grape Foundation (NYWGF) that organizes the effort, runs the gamut of New York farm-based beverages, food products, seafood, and some major restaurants. The annual event is a way to, as the organizers put it, ” tastefully remind Congress, the Administration and others that New York is a major agricultural state, and agriculture is a major part of the state’s economy.”
Besides being a free feed for politicians, government officials and the Washington press corps, “New York Farm Day” targets members of the Senate and House Committes on Agriculture and the Congressional Wine Caucus, legislative chiefs of staff, and agricultural specialists in Congress and the Obama administration, all of whom can influence legislation that has an impact on a state’s food and beverage industries.
Gillibrand, who is from the Albany area, “has been a great advocate for New York agriculture, including the grape and wine industry as well as other farm-based craft beverages,” said NYWGF President Jim Trezise. “New York produces some of the world’s best wines, beers, spirits and ciders, as well as other farm products and seafood, and is home to some of the best restaurants in the world. We are honored to partner with Senator Gillibrand in tastefully proving that to official Washington.”
For her part, Gillibrand, who is the first Senate Agriculture Committee member in four decades, says, “Farm Day is a unique and important opportunity for us to showcase the best of what New York’s farmers and producers have to offer. Every year we bring New York to Washington, D.C., and I am thrilled that this has become such an anticipated event on the Congressional calendar. New York’s farmers and producers are some of the best in the world, and this is a great opportunity to spread the word even further about the quality of our produce. I know we are all looking forward to sampling some of the incredible wine, beer, spirits, cider, milk, food and produce that will be on display.”
The event is organized according to the state’s major wine-producing regions — the Capital Region, the Hudson Valley, the Finger Lakes, Long Island, Brooklyn, New York City, Central New York, the Niagara and Erie areas, and the North Country.
Farming is a $38.4 billion industry in New York, according to a recent economic impact study commissioned by Farm Credit East, a sponsor of the event. About 23 percent of the state’s land area, seven million acres, are covered by 36,000 family farms. New York ranks high among the major agricultural states in America — No. 1 in the production of yogurt, No.2 in apples, No. 2 in maple syrup, No, 3 in wine, No. 3 in grapes, No, 3 in grape juice, No, 4 in dairy, and No. 4 in pears.
The menu for “New York Farm Day” is as follows:
Wines of Long Island — A selection from Bedell Cellars, Bouquet, Harbes Family Farm & Vineyard, Lieb Cellars, Macari Vineyards, Martha Clara Vineyards, McCall Wines, Osprey’s Dominion Vineyards, One Woman Wines & Vineyards, Paumanok Vineyards, Pellegrini Vineyards, Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard, and Wolffer Estate Vineyard.
K&B Seafood — Fresh oysters and clams.
LI-LAC Chocolates — Butter crunch and French mint chocolate, non-pareils, almond bark, and caramel squares.
Jewel — Crescent Farm duck breast, farro salad, blackberry-coffee coulis, licorice greens by chef Thomas Schaudel.
Orwasher’s Bakery — Morning spelt, Levain Locale, ultimate whole wheat, Cabernet Rustica breads made with flour from Farmer Ground and North Country Farms, and starters made with grapes from Channing Daughters Winery.
Micosta Enterprises — Hudson Valley syrups and juices, black and red currants, blackberries, salad and vegetables featuring Micosta Green Supreme Dressing.
New York Wine & Culinary Center — Charcuterie board of local meats, cheeses and accompaniments, chocolate bark with Seneca Salt. Ingredients sourced from Bostrom Farms, Ithaca Water Buffalo, First Light Farm & Creamery, Muranda Cheese Co., Old Chatham Sheep Herding Company, Artesian Foods, Jake’s Gouda, The Piggery, Lively Run Goat Dairy Farm & Creamery, Oak & Osage Farm, Italy Hill Produce, Shimmering Light Farm, Doan Family Farms, Seneca Salt Company, and Luke’s Mill Creek Farm.
Wines of the Hudson Valley — A selection from Benmarl Winery, Brotherhood Winery, Millbrook Vineyards, Robibero Family Vineyards, Stoutridge Vineyard, and Whitecliff Vineyard & Winery.
Schenectady County Community College Culinary Program — Heirloom tomato gazpacho, Hudson Valley duck rillette on a crostini with pickled red onions, carrot cake. Ingredients sourced from Old World Farm and The Carrot Barn at Schoharie Valley Farms.
SUNY Cobleskill — Roasted butternut squash salad with herbed chevre and ricotta cheese drizzled with a black peppercorn maple balsamic vinaigrette, Schoharie County apple cranberry crumb bars.
Wines and Spirits of New York City — A selection of products from Brooklyn Oenology, Brooklyn Winery, and Kings County Distillery.
Food Network — Chilled tomato soup with corn relish and kale, and goat cheese bread. Ingredients sourced from Kelder’s Farm & U-Pick, Flying Pigs Farm, Sycamore Farms, Painted Goat Farm, Hudson Valley Fresh
Chobani — All natural Greek yogurt.
Wines, Spirits and Ciders of the Finger Lakes — A selection of products from Anthony Road Winery, Billsboro Winery, Buttonwood Grove Winery, Honeoye Falls Distillery, Hosmer Winery, Knapp Winery, Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars, Owera Vineyards, Penguin Bay Winery, Silver Thread Vineyard, and Wagner Vineyards.
Cornell University — Consider Bardwell Rupert Reserve, Nettle Meadow Kunik, and Cornell University’s Charter Day Cheddar Cheese.
New York State Maple Producers — Soft maple sugar shapes.
Seaway Trail Honey — Fresh light honeycomb, Three Village Cheese Company Cascadita goat cheese drizzled with light honey, honey chocolate cookies, Wixon’s Honey creamed cinnamon and creamed apricot honey on baguettes, Catskill Provisions Honey Whiskey.
National Grape Cooperative/Welch’s — Concord grape juice, and both red and white sparkling grape juice.
Wines of Lake Erie and Niagara — A selection of wines from 21 Brix Winery, Black Willow Winery, Johnson Estate Winery, Leonard Oakes Estate Winery, Liberty Vineyards & Winery, and Schulze Vineyards & Winery.
Wines and Cider of the Thousand Islands — A selection from Coyote Moon Vineyards, Kaneb Orchards, Thousand Islands Winery, and Tug Hill Vineyards.
North Country Specialties — Maple minis, maple straws, tri-berry jam over Philadelphia Cream Cheese with crackers, and sweet tango apples.
Mercer’s Dairy — Strawberry sparkling, spice, chocolate Cabernet, and red raspberry Chardonnay wine ice creams.
Dessert and Ice Wines of New York — A selection from Dr. Konstantin Frank, Harbes Family Farm & Vineyard, Heron Hill Winery, Hunt Country Vineyards, Lakewood Vineyards, Penguin Bay Winery, Sheldrake Point Winery, Thirsty Owl Wine Company, and Tug Hill Vineyards.
New York Apple Association — Fresh apples and Red Jacket Orchards cider.
Cabot Creamery Cooperative — Cabot New York Vintage, Cabot New York Extra Sharp, and McCadam Empire Pepperjack cheeses.
Empire Brewing Company — Slo’ Mo IPA, a new proprietary IPA brewed with a blend of New York State farm-grown hops.
Wines of the Finger Lakes — A selection from Atwater Estate Vineyards, Dr. Konstantin Frank, Fox Run Vineyards, Lakewood Vineyards, Lucas Vineyards, Red Newt Cellars, and Swedish Hill Winery.