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Our love of heirloom vegetables started from a few terra cotta pots on the fire escape we called a “terrace” in our NYC apartment.  So enamored were we by the fruits of our labor that just 4 years later we had a 60 acre goat farm in upstate NY where we grow over 110 different varieties of heirloom vegetables.  With canning, freezing, fermenting and pickling there’s more than enough to keep us through the winter, so this year we started a special project with our friends at The  American Hotel where we created new recipes for the menu each week using the produce from our own garden.

Green Bean "Slaw"

The Green Bean "Slaw" recipe we created just for Rachael's Visit

The word quickly spread, and before we knew it, Rachael Ray was knocking on our door as part of her Food Network special, Rachael’s Vacations:  Farm to Table which will begin airing on Nov 6.  (Check here to see when the episode will air in your area.)

Rachael and her husband helped us pick raspberries in the heirloom vegetable garden and then spent some time grazing with the goats out in the field.  They brought along their dog, Isaboo, who also seemed to enjoy the country life.  Later, Rachael bought us out of nearly every bar of Beekman 1802 Goat Milk Soap we had on hand.

Issy played on the farm and never once chased the goats.  Good girl!

Issy played on the farm and never once chased the goats. Good girl!

Rachael had surgery on her vocal cords just prior to her visit.  As a joke, someone made funny signs for her to hold up.

Rachael had surgery on her vocal cords just prior to her vacation. As a joke, someone made funny signs for her to hold up.

Since Rachael’s visit, we (and all the goats) have been very busy, and this month we launched the first artisanal cheese from our farm.  It’s called Beekman 1802 Blaak (the Dutch spelling of the color), so named for its gorgeous black rind. 

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When Rachael hears about that, she may just have to pay another visit!  Try it before she gets her hands on it!  Click here to buy!

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