Thursday, June 3, 2010

Under The Tent: Farm Market Doings!

Hello Everyone! Even though the official date of summer is in the third week of June, Memorial Day Weekend was the kick-off of yet another season of setting up the Millbrook Vineyards & Winery tent at local farmer’s markets in Westchester County and Brooklyn. I came on board with Millbrook to help with this venture last year, after much planning had already been done by the great team at Millbrook. They basically set me up with the usual "farm market necessities" and my husband Joe and I managed to fit it all into our Honda Civic and set out on a new adventure touting Millbrook's wares at five markets.

Well, thanks to all of you "market-shoppers" out there who came and tasted and bought wine, we've now tripled the operation! You can find Stephanie at Park Slope on Sundays, and Eric or Kellen rotating in Westchester County, and I'm making the rounds in Mount Kisco, Pelham, Croton, and sometimes Hartsdale.

It seems more important than ever to support one's own community and local growers, so shopping at a market is not only good for your health (eating locally has been said to improve overall well-being) it's also good for your local farmer, who depends on your patronage to keep delivering amazing products. In my time out there in the market community, I have found these hard-working folks to be friendly, warm, earth-loving people who would welcome you to chat them up about anything from growing conditions to recipes. In the Millbrook tent, we set up a "mini tasting bar" for you to sample four of our phenomenal New York State wines. We can answer questions for you about how to serve it, what to serve it with, directions to the winery, and more. It's good to be able to taste what you're buying, so find your way to the Millbrook Farm Market tent and come say hello! Visit, taste, laugh, enjoy, and buy some great wine!

-Marika Becz

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