The farm and restaurant at Blue Hill provides one of the best sustainable, local dining and farming experiences possible in New York. Guests can see where their food is grown before sitting down to an elegant dining experience unlike anything else in the area, all while knowing they are helping sustain and protect the environment.
David, Dan, and Lauren Barber, the family of proprietors that started both Blue Hill properties, originally purchased the area from dairy farmers that weren’t taking very great care of the property. According to the family, the farm was run down, dirty… but ultimately incredibly inspiring and calming. They offered to buy the farm on an almost weekly basis but were constantly being told “no” by the brothers that ran the dairy farm, until one day their luck turned around and the property passed to the Barbers, who made it the important spot it is today. It opened in 2004 to critical acclaim and has been going strong since then.
Blue Hill is a working farm that offers a variety of food related experiences - dining, cooking classes, as well as special food related events.
Functioning as a non-for-profit farm as well as an educational center, the farm features as much locally grown (on the actual farm) produce as possible to show the public that responsible and sustainable agriculture is possible, as well as preferred.
Guests can tour this four-season farming operation with advance reservations. The farm stands on approximately six acres, with the majority of those acres being used for vegetable/produce production. Guests can see the roughly 200 different varieties of produce that is grown year-round, in both field and greenhouse beds. There are also seasonal varieties grown as well, including some rare and unique varieties. There are no pesticides used on the farm.
This farm is so important and well known to the area that an episode of Top Chef, a popular Bravo television cooking competition, was filmed there during season eight.
The dining at Blue Hill is, as expected, the most popular “attraction” on the grounds. Guests can expect to experience a one of a kind dining experience every time they come to the farm and restaurant. With all produce sourced from the surrounding pastures and fields (guests will see them as they approach the restaurant as well as having the opportunity to tour the grounds). The restaurant also sources from a few other local farms, making sure to highlight the many options grown in the Hudson Valley area.
The restaurant actually has no set menu, instead choosing to offer a multiple feature tasting menu with the best current offerings from the area. The cost can be fairly expensive, over $200 per person. Allergies and dietary restrictions (vegetarian, vegan, etc) can all be accommodated with advance notice. Wine is also offered for an additional charge, although guests are also welcoming to bring wine with them as long as it isn’t represented on the current wine list. Guests should also plan for the dress code, as men should wear tie and suit jacket. No shorts are allowed. No photography is allowed as well.
Blue Hill offers special events by reservation, allowing private dining for no more than 14 guests as well as an area, named the Hayloft, which has restaurant seating for anywhere from 40 to 260 guests.
For guests looking to rent space for other functions, including meetings, retreats and other both family and corporate related outings, there are facilities onsite that can accommodate up to 260 guests and have optional team building exercises and activities led by some of the chefs and farmers. The indoor area is over 15,000 square feet in size.
Weddings are also an option at Blue Hill, and can be hosted in the Hayloft as well. Ceremonies are also able to be performed with reservation, and can be catered by the experienced staff with advance notice. The staff can also help with the planning and also coordination of events and timing. Call the farm for additional information or to schedule a consultation.
While on the grounds, make sure to visit the market and shop the wide variety of goods available, like cookware, gifts, and housewares. Pick up some Blue Hill exclusives to remember a visit, or purchase some grains that were grown on the ground that guests can cook at home to recreate their experience.
Blue Hill Farms, 630 Bedford Road, Tarrytown, NY, 10591, Phone: 914-366-9600