The first rustle of fall has begun to creep into the air, and our thoughts are turning farm-ward. Summer may be nearing its end, but don’t despair! Saxelby Cheesemongers has big plans to get you out of the city and into the cheese with our next Day A-Whey trip to Catapano Dairy. Read on and see if you’ve got what it takes to get down with the goats!
A Day A-Whey to Catapano Goat Dairy
Sunday, September 21st
8:30 am to 7:30 pm
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The North Fork of Long Island, once known for being the stinkier of the two forks (they grew boatloads of cabbage and cauliflower there…) is now home to an astonishing array of agricultural enterprises. Goats, ducks, fruits, veggies, and vines all have a home on the North Fork. On our next Day A-Whey we’ll try to cover just as many farm bases as possible, starting our day at Catapano Goat Dairy, relishing a picnic lunch and wine tasting at Corey Creek Vineyards, and stopping off at a local farmstand to collect some booty on our way back home. We couldn’t think of a better way to ring in the fall!
Up till now, we haven’t been able to go out and visit with goats on any of our Day A-Whey trips… a grievous barnyard omission in my opinion. Happily, the hour of the goat has arrived! Karen Catapano makes some of the most delicious fresh chevre that these mongers have ever tasted, and she’ll be kind enough to share some of it with us on our foray into goat-dom. We’ll spend the morning carousing around her farm, hobnobbing with the herd and learning what it takes to make delicious and tangy goat cheese.
Come lunchtime, we’ll head to Corey Creek Vineyard, one of the North Fork’s oldest wineries. Corey Creek is the sister vineyard to Bedell Cellars, which got its start in pretty modest digs (i.e. the back of a potato barn) in 1985. Corey Creek is home to a beautiful cacophony of vines that produce red, white, and rose wines of impeccable quality. Daytrippers will be treated to a guided tasting and picnic lunch featuring Karen Catapano’s cheese and other fresh goodies culled from the Union Square Greenmarket.
Following the visit to the winery, we’ll stop off at a local farmstand to load up with North Fork produce. Come late September, the harvest will still be in full swing, and we’re sure to find heaps of delicious fruits, veggies, pumpkins and maybe even pies.
We think it’s downright fitting to celebrate the end of summer with lots o’ goat cheese and good times… hope you can join us!