I often say that one of the best things about living on the South Fork of Long Island is the North Fork of Long Island.
Last Saturday when I visited the Fair Food Market at Bay Burger in Sag Harbor, I experienced a stunning B. C. A. (Biforkal Culinary Adventure).
Having grown up in Western New York, I have a hard time trusting a good-looking farmer. But on that fine morning I allowed Goodale Farms’ Kevin Dunathan’s cow’s milk to seduce me. It comes in a GLASS bottle! Even better – it’s fresh and creamy, clean as grass.
To spur further adventure I also picked up a bottle of Goodale Farms’ goat’s milk. Yum, it’s just the thing to lighten my tea! I can’t wait to try all of Goodale Farms’ cheeses – but, it turns out, I’m kinda late to the party. One of my favorite chefs, Keith Luce, of Luce + Hawkins in Jamesport, has already put some Goodale Farm cheese on his menu. Small wonder – Goodale Farms of Aquebogue was awarded first place by the American Dairy Goat Association at its 2011 National Convention held in Grand Rapids, Michigan, for both its plain chevre and unflavored feta cheeses, beating numerous national competitors. Go North Fork!
Goodale Farms was originally founded by Hal Goodale, whose family has been farming the East End of Long Island for about 150 years. Dunathan joined Goodale this fall to fulfill his lifelong dream of owning and operating a farm. Together with accomplished cheesemaker Karen Danzer, Goodale Farms claims to offer the best artisanal cheese on Long Island.
Goodale Farms is a full-service farm which believes in traditional farming. Its cows and goats are raised on the farm.
Goodale Farms was just licensed for dairy production LAST SPRING – I can’t wait to see and taste what they do next!
Their full line of products currently includes cheeses (Wasabi, Walnut Cranberry, Horseradish), butter, bottled milk, bottled cream, yogurt and cream cheeses, old school sauerkraut (with carrots in it!), pickled cauliflower and dill pickles, eggs, vegetables and fruits in season and jams, jellies and salsa. Keeping the “Good” in Goodale, all of these goods can be purchased at Goodale Farms’ on-site farmstand.
Dan’s Papers Sections Editor Kelly Laffey met up with Hal Goodale on the farm last Thursday and she photographed loads of rural scenery—check out a gallery of her photos here!
I’m heading back to the Fair Food Market at Bay Burger this Saturday to load up on delightful, last-minute holiday gifts.
What I don’t eat in the car on the way home is sure to make some lucky people very happy.
Goodale Farms, 250 Main Road, Aquebogue. www.goodalefarms.com.
The East End Fair Food Market is open every Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Bay Burger, 1742 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, Sag Harbor. Dairy, veggies, preserves, prepared goods, Greeny’s hot soups, handcrafted tote bags and gifts. www.turtleshellhealth.com.