Last year Alli and I were lucky enough to attend the 5th Annual Foodie to Farm tour, put together by our friend Christa Glennie Seychew and her company Feed Your Soul. We visited various farms in the Southern Tier, stopped at a cider mill, enjoyed an amazing lunch by Chef Bruce Wieszala, toured a local winery and ultimately ended the trip at the gorgeous Athenaeum Hotel with a five course meal from Chef Ross Warhol. The food was amazing but it was the experience of seeing these farms and farmers in person that really left a lasting impression on us. We’ve always have been interested in supporting local farms and businesses but we really didn’t ‘get it’ until we saw first hand how much care these farmers were putting into their products. It sounds silly, but meats and veggies are remarkably tastier (and healthier) when they are raised and grown with proper care and respect. Our lives changed dramatically after that trip, so much so that we have gone this entire past year without buying any of our meat, eggs and most dairy at big supermarkets (same goes for most veggies). We take a trip to the Bidwell Farmer’s Market or Williamsville Farmers Market (or Horsefeathers and Tonawanda Market in the winter) and buy our pork from T-Meadow, our eggs and chicken from Painted Meadow, cheese and yogurt from First Light Creamery and the occasional eggs and beef from Green Heron Growers (Lexington Co-op also has a very nice variety of local meat, including T-Meadow). Our meals at home have never been better and we feel so much better knowing we are buying food from humanely raised animals. And for those who are thinking it, no, it’s really not that much more expensive. Seriously.
If you are a foodie and love supporting local restaurants and would like to see first hand where our talented Buffalo chefs are getting their ingredients, then I highly suggest you buy a ticket to this tour that’s happening on September 15th. This year the tour is going north of the city. Attendees will be visiting Singer Farm Naturals (dried fruit, garlic), then T-Meadow Farms (one of our favorites, best pork in WNY) and finally LynOaken Apple Farms and their winery Leonard Oakes for a tasting. A lunch will again be provided by Chef Bruce Wieszala, so you know that will be awesome. (And honestly, visiting the happy pigs at T-Meadow is a treat in itself and so worth the price of the ticket alone; it’s one of our favorite places in WNY).
Last years event was a blast and really made an impact on both Alli and I. We will of course be going again this year. So if you want to hang with us and other awesome foodies and have some fun on WNY farms, I strongly encourage you to buy a ticket (soon, this event always sells out)!