NORTH SALEM, N.Y.--Harvest Moon & Orchard off of Hardscrabble Road, one of North Salem’s first-generation family-owned farms, welcomed the public for the first time to its grounds for a family-style, farm-to-table dinner.
The sunny weather held out for the July 19 event, where guests were met at the farm’s entrance by a tractor for a ride up to an outdoor seating area situated at the top of the farm’s rolling hills.
Aside from a fundraiser held earlier in the summer for the North Salem Foundation for Learning and Saturday morning yoga classes, the farm-to-table dinner was the first occasion the outdoor area was opened to public.
The seating area was built in 2015 when Christine Covino, now the farm’s manager, married Alex Covino, whose family purchased the farm in 2011. After their September wedding that year, the family has been brainstorming ways to enjoy it with guests.
“Not only did we want to showcase our beautiful property and land but all the produce that we grow on the farm, and the meat,” Covino said.
The rest of the farm is open for visits during the warm months and the fall harvest. Primarily an apple-orchard, Harvest Moon is an apple-picking destination in the area.
Farm owners also dabble in cider production, which was served at the dinner, and the farm recently supplied apples to the Captain Lawrence brewery in Elmsford for a new brew, Pomme Sauvage. A few acres of the farm are reserved for vegetable crops, grapes and flowers.
Harvest Moon also offers grass-fed, antibiotic-free meat sourced from a second location in Upstate New York. Covino said there they raise cattle, pigs, turkey and chickens for eggs.
The meal was prepared by Paul Aversano of Aversano’s Restaurant & Pizza in Brewster using only locally sourced foods from either Harvest Moon or Hudson Valley Farms. With dishes such as duck meatballs and potato croquettes, there was something for everyone.Covino said Aversano’s was the perfect choice when it came to catering the event.
“We’re long-time friends with the Aversano brothers,” Covino said. “ Both mine and my husband’s family grew up eating pizza at Aversano’s, so our families have just known each other for close to 25 years, so they were an obvious pick for us. We just know them so well and their food is delicious.”
The event was publicized via the farm’s Facebook page and on its website. With a turnout of 150 guests, Covino deemed it a success. She and Marisa Tartaglia, inventory and marketing manager of Hardscrabble Farms and Harvest Moon, said they plan to continue hosting farm-to-table meals in the future.
“I think people are looking for these types of events to go to, and something to do out in the open on a beautiful night and enjoy the food on the land where it was harvested,” Covino said.