The Best Camp in the World

Last summer my dear little one and I went scouting around Westchester looking for things to do that did not involve netflix or having tea. We fell upon a farm built by the Rockefeller's in 1930. We felt so far away from the noise and hustle of the city (and suburbs) and were transported to a bucolic wonderland of flowers, bunnies, trees, chickens, sheep, and a gorgeous barn complex made of stone. We could pretend that we were in another time, hiking in the shady hills, checking on the lambs, trying to name the flowers. "I want to go to camp here," my girl announced.

And so it is that we have been traveling to Stone Barns every day the past week. The girl is addicted to weaving lanyards, but she has also learned to make hummus, zucchini sticks, and artichoke/spinach dip! How cool is that? The campers feed pigs, collect eggs, dig for potatoes, play games, and (of course) make lanyards. I get to buy farm fresh eggs and vegetables when I go to pick her up—and have an iced coffee. Everybody's happy.

The camp is run by the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, and they hold workshops, have family work days (harvesting and braiding garlic!), cooking classes, and tours to promote their mission (raising public awareness about farm and food issues). They also have a highly rated restaurant (Blue Hill), which is supposed to be so popular that it's difficult to make a reservation. I haven't tried and have been happy with the iced coffee and egg salad at the cafe.


Anonymous said...

I think I read about this restaurant in an issue of Gourmet a few years back. That is wonderful that Esme has a fun camp to go near by. Also, I started to scan the entry you wrote below about how food is mentioned in novels and one a few below that about using the microwave. With that, I wanted to recommend Jeffrey Steingarten's book "The Man Who Ate Everything" . I think you would love it.


SF Mom of One said...

Welcome back, Deb. I love that E. chose her camp and you gave it to her..and it turned out to have a food theme!

Anonymous said...

Sounds fabulous! Do they have camp for adults? I wouldn't mind learning the ins and outs of farming and a few new recipes!