It has been an up and down summer for local growers as the beets are going gangbusters while our backyard tomatoes seem to be dropping dejectedly to the ground long before they become ripe. Thankfully the NYS grown organic tomatoes you see above were photographed as they came through our warehouse just last week and can still be had via our produce partners. And we’ve heard more than a few Finger Lakes vacations have been waylaid by unseasonably cool weather. No matter we say… the good food must roll on and our burgeoning micro distillery scene has plenty of indoor seating for those cloudy Saturdays when you don’t feel like a fine Riesling.
And as far as not giving up on Summer yet… We are launching a new vegan cream from DF Mavens and have continued to roll out the amazing Blue Hill yogurt too. You can click the link below to read all about these great new items and more in our monthly PDF below. We will talk to you soon.
This is one you really do have to try… The premium yogurt category has been doing well in retail for awhile but this one still manages to raise the bar. It hits every single point you would want in a high quality unique local product: 100% grassfed milk, live cultures, flavor and nutrient packed veggies, terrific packaging , and a company with a great reputation and mission to boot. If you need a sample let us know, otherwise just pick some flavors and get them on your shelf ASAP. The Blue Hill website has DOZENS of amazing recipe ideas, videos, and pictures to get you excited and inspired.
Blue Hill has dairy in its roots. Blue Hill Farm—our family farm in the Berkshires, and the original inspiration for our Blue Hill restaurant in New York City and Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, NY—was a working dairy from the 1860s through the 1960s. Three decades later, we refurbished the farm and brought the dairy back to life. The story of Blue Hill Farm is in many ways the story of the Blue Hill restaurants: sustaining the iconic landscape of the Northeast in pursuit of great flavor. And now Blue Hill Yogurt is a natural extension of the same idea: supporting farms that raise dairy cows in the best possible way and using their well-pastured grass-fed milk; sourcing delicious, local vegetables from neighbors in the region; and preserving a dairy tradition that connects our family, Blue Hill, and the Northeast. This is what it means to “know thy farmer”. We hope you enjoy this taste of Blue Hill.
After a month of quiet we are excited to resume talking to all our great customers about whats on deck for August.
On the new product front we are delighted to finally be distributing Finger Lakes Grapeseed Oil. Its a terrific product that really demonstrates the innovation that is still driving our local producers. With all that wine being produced, its great to see the normally wasted seeds being turned into a delicious product that grows the Finger Lakes brand even more. We live here, we love it!
On the sales front we are doing a nice discount on the Tortilleria Nixtamal tortillas in both the 1# retail ready packages, and the 5# for food service. They are a product thats in EVERY Regional employees fridge for a reason. The 1# retail now come in a resealable package too. And also check out what will be a regular focus for us: meat and cheese from local producers and internationally regarded specialty producers as well. This month, its new fresh cuts from our local heroes The Piggery and cured meat from the renowned Olli Sallumeria.
And as far as whats coming soon… Does the name “Blue Hill” ring a bell? We thought so. Their unique vegetable yogurts will be out later this month and we will finally have a vegan ice cream too from DF Maven’s. Summers not over yet, and we can’t wait for the coconut, almond, and soy recipes the wizards at DF Mavens have come up with.
We have been loving the new cheese creations from Lively Run: the Finger Lakes Gold Aged Goat Cheese, the Blue Yonder Aged Cows Milk Blue Cheese, and the Lake Effect Cheddar too! Now is your chance to really immerse yourself in local food systems and meet our friends and neighbors at Lively Run. And east some cheese while you are at it. Whats not to love? Take a picture of yourself at the event, and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org for 10% off your next order of Lively Run cheese.
Une Escapade à la Campagne – A French Summer Day at Lively Run Dairy !
Lively Run Dairy celebrates French culture! Families will come to the farm to eat delicious French-inspired food and participate in French activities on a beautiful summer day.
Lively Run will be providing French food and beverages including sweet & savory crêpes made with Lively Run cheese, Charcuterie boards featuring Lively Run cheese and local Finger Lakes meats, wine from Cayuga Ridge Estate Winery, cheesecake made with Lively Run cheese, a French non-alcoholic bubbly apple cider beverage, coffee and tea.
Activities will include: French education about language and culture, French trivia, kids games, cheese tastings, and “Meet the Cheese maker” tours.
Chaw Chang, Lucy Garrison-Clauson, Greta, Ezra, and baby Rhoda farm just 100 yards from Regional Access 4.5 miles outside of Ithaca, NY. They grow a wide range of vegetables, including lettuce, cooking greens, summer and winter squash, heirloom tomatoes, beets and spinach. Their produce can also be found at the Ithaca Farmers Market, Greenstar, Wegmans, at local restaurants and on the Seneca & Cayuga Wine Trail.
Produce supplies are limited and are sold on a first come first served basis. You can ask to receive weekly emails detailing that weeks offerings. Our farming partners all practice sustainable, chemical-free agriculture; some are certified organic.