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Vermont Farm to Bar

December 13, 2015 @ 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Blind Tiger Ale House

  281 Bleecker St., New York, NY10014

As we wait for winter here in Vermont, my farming friends continue to do their outside work, with no end in sight. In December, we’re usually kicking back in front of the fire, watching the snow swallow up everything, forcing us to take a break until April. But today it’s 50 degrees, and when you live a life where there’s never enough time, and you’re always racing around trying to get one more thing done before the ground freezes, it’s pretty hard to resist when nature doesn’t shut you down. Instead, you’re torn, part of you praying the warm weather holds so you can pretend you’re catching up, while another part prays a cold front will put an end to the misery, and allow you to rest.

So this year’s Vermont Farm to Bar is unusually welcome. We’ve been doing this event for six years now, giving Tigerites a chance to move beyond their greenmarkets, and connect directly with some small farms from the Green Mt. State. Conversely, it’s a chance for some of my best Vermont friends, including Joseph and Amy Morel of Eastman Farm, specializing in grass feed beef and pasture raised pork, Justin Park of Heartwood Fable Farm Collective, who runs our vegetable CSA, Carin Ewing of Carin’s Kombucha, maker of our favorite herb infused kombucha, Jonny and Christopher Piana of Fable Farm Fermentory, makers of cider as wine and other fermentables, and Chloe Powell, who runs Feast & Field, our Thursday farmer’s market, to take on the big city.

These farmers, as well as Randy and Lisa Robar of Kiss the Cow Farm, a grass-based raw milk dairy, all share a 300 acre piece of Barnard, VT known as the Clark Farm, putting on a weekly summer market featuring live music, farm fresh products, and prepared foods all gleaned from this beautiful piece of land they’re in the process of revitalizing, as well as a bimonthly winter market. They’re trying to make small farms economically viable again by sharing land, infrastructure, and energy in the hope that by banding together they’ll all do better. Each December we honor their efforts with a special fundraising dinner created from their fall harvest.

This year’s feast gives us the chance to also celebrate our new Chef, Jeffrey Maslanka, who recently replaced Chef Tommy (who left us for Colorado). Jeff is putting together quite a menu, which you’ll get to sample on Sunday, Dec 13th, at 5pm. We’ll be serving up this special dinner buffet style, asking those who join us to make a $20 donation, which will go towards bringing in electricity to our Feast & Field Market, which has been running off a generator. There will be a VT-centric beer list, as well as some farmhouse and harvest inspired beer. Fable Farm will be pouring their barrel-aged ciders, and I’ve even been hearing rumors that Jona will make an appearance. So please join us as we bring Feast & Field south to Bleecker Street, in support of a very important cause – reconnecting with the land.

– Dave

Vermont Farm to Bar Beer List

  • Hill Farmstead Double Galaxy
  • Hill Farmstead Table Dorothy
  • Hill Farmstead What is Enlightenment
  • Beanery Milk Stout
  • Lost Nation Mosaic
  • St. Somewhere Anne
  • Kent Falls Field House Rye
  • J. Wakefield Gourdita
  • Other Half All Green Everything

Vermont Farm to Bar Cider List

  • Fable Farms The Sage
  • Fable Farm The Elder
  • Fable Farm The Minstrel

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Date: December 13, 2015

Time: 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Location

Blind Tiger Ale House
  281 Bleecker St., New York, NY10014

(212) 462-4682

http://nycraftbeerguide.com/bars/blind-tiger-ale-house/