Culinary Arts Microadventures in New York's Adirondack Region
Adirondack Region, N.Y. - In the Adirondacks, there's a new crop of hip, community-minded Adirondack farmers, cheese makers, butchers, brewers and distillers who are breathing life into the agritourism industry in the Adirondacks by working together to build a sustainable market offering deliciously unique, farm-fresh goods.
Check out these new and upcoming agritourism stops during a spring trip to the Adirondacks:
Aged & Farm-Fresh Cheeses
Sugar House Creamery in Upper Jay is a raw milk dairy and farmstead creamery churning out some of the most delicious cheese in the Adirondacks. Troubadour, Pound Cake, Dutch Knuckle and Little Dickens are sold in regional stores, incorporated into restaurant menus and available for purchase at their Upper Jay self-serve farm store, along with products from neighboring farms.
North Country Creamery at Clover Mead Farm in Keeseville is a 100% grassfed, non-GMO and Animal Welfare Approved dairy offering an array of cheeses, milk and yogurt. Fresh and aged cheese are available at their Mace Chasm location, including Cheeseville, a spreadable soft cheese similar to fromage Blanc, Couronne, a semi-hard tomme, and Herdmaster, which is akin to Swiss.
Lowville Cream Cheese Festival is held annually in downtown Lowville in the western Adirondacks. As the world's largest producer of Philadelphia Cream Cheese, how else would this farming community celebrate than with a day devoted to cheese?
Savory Delicacies - Meats Meet Farm to Table
Oscar's Adirondack Smokehouse in Warrensburg is a carnivore's paradise, offering smoked meats and cheeses made with all natural seasonings and secret recipes. Located on Raymond Lane, open all week.
Mace Chasm Farm offers a weekly menu of meats, eggs and cheeses at their Keeseville location, including lamb, bacon and bacon burger. Open Tuesdays - Fridays.
Kreature is a butcher shop located on Sentinel Road in Lake Placid specializing in locally sourced meat, stocks, dressings, breads and desserts. Open throughout the week. Located next to sister-restaurant Liquids & Solids.
Distilling the Wild Flavor of the Adirondacks
Lake Placid Spirits is a small-batch producer offering four distinct spirits distilled from ingredients harvested in the Adirondacks. They are: P3 Placid Vodka, 46 Peaks Vodka, Alpenglow, and Blue Line Gin. Available at area liquor and wine stores, as well as select Adirondack restaurants.
Lake George Distilling Company in Fort Ann offers five essential liquors: 32 Mile Moonshine (named for the length of Lake George), Indian Kettles Smoked Corn Whiskey, Lake George Apple Pie Moonshine, Lake George Lemonade made with corn whiskey, and Bullhead Bourbon. Available at stores throughout the Adirondacks.
Springbrook Hollow Farm Distillery in Queensbury produces handmade, high quality spirits using local grains and fruits, including: Two Sisters Vodka, Sly Fox Gin and Howl at the Moonshine. Free tours and tastings are offered Friday through Sunday, noon until 5 pm.
Raquette River Brewing in Tupper Lake specializes in small-batch Adirondack ales, and currently brews an IPA, Blonde Ale and Red Ale - each incorporating a mix of local and exotic ingredients. Visit the brewery's Balsam Street location for tours and tastings.
Ausable Brewing Co. in Keeseville set up shop across from Mace Chasm Farm and is churning out growlers of beer and sodas. The Tap Room is open Thursday through Sunday, and feature brews with names such as North Country Common, Face Cord and Plowman's Lunch.
Paradox Brewery in Schroon Lake is a small-scale microbrewery offering tastings and growlers of Beaver Overbite, Black Fly Porter, or Paradox Winter Lager at their Route 9 location Friday through Sunday.
Plattsburgh Brewing Company in Plattsburgh features the microbrew "Plucky Rooster Ale" a beer crafted to commemorate the Battle of Plattsburgh Bicentennial and made in the same way our forefathers made beer 200 years ago. The brewery also offers tastings and growlers of Angry Musket IPA, Macdonough's Ghost Oatmeal Stout and Dr. Beaumont's Brown Ale. Open all week.
Livingood's Restaurant and Brewery in Peru is the newest brewery on the Adirondack Coast. Choose from one of seven brews including Livingood's Hefeweizen, Peruvian Pilsner, Brewer's Gold, Oktoberfest, North Country Pale Ale, Check Mate, W.I.P.A and Bear Swamp Stout. Open Tuesday through Sunday.
Adirondack Wine Trails
The St. Lawrence Wine Trail is an 80-mile trail highlighting several winery and brewery stops, including River Myst Winery in Ogdensburg, High Peaks Winery in Winthrop and Bella Brooke Vineyard on Black Lake, as well as the St. Lawrence Brewing Company in Canton.
Additionally, the Adirondack Coast Wine Trail links seven wineries and cideries along the coast of Lake Champlain. Hardy, cold-weather grapes produce deep, flavorful wines with crisp acidity and long finishes. Explore by bike or car and stop to sample an array of vintages, ciders, farm brews and more.
For more information about the culinary options available in the Adirondacks, go to www.visitadirondacks.com.
About the Adirondacks:
The Adirondack Region is home to the six-million-acre park offering limitless recreation amid 2,000 miles of hiking trails and 3,000 lakes and ponds. Part of the largest temperate forest in the world, the Adirondacks are also home to 103 towns and villages. Connect with the Adirondacks online at Facebook.com/visitadirondacks or Twitter.com/visitadks, Instagram.com/VisitAdirondacks and search Adirondack events, attractions and Adirondack vacation packages at www.VisitAdirondacks.com.