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Chowfancy~ Let’s bring back the old!

I love January… I love Sundays, good food, time spent with family, beautiful dishes, clementines, fancy perfume, rustic recipes, fresh-cut flowers, cookbooks, everything french, quality handcrafted and useful objects, fine chocolates, special cheeses and prosciutto, Champagne, Cabernet and a top quality steak…that has been grilled to perfection. I am inspired by …people with artistic vision, kind hearts, lively conversations, vintage…

Fresh From the Catskills!

Over the past year our family has fallen in love with upstate New York.

When you have young children it is a wonderful escape, that doesn’t break the bank, and is simple to get to!

On many of our trips to the Catskills we have stopped at beautiful roadside farm stands. Each time bringing home fresh vegetables, syrups, jams, pickles and cheeses.

Below are photos from our “field trip” to the Brovetto family Dairy in Harpersfield NY. (Schoharie County). We couldn’t get enough of their cheese….so we went to visit the cheese house to see how its made and for some additional tasting! What fun! It didn’t take much convincing for the butcher to agree to carry Harpersfield Farmstead Cheese at R&S Meat Market. It’s simply delicious!

What’s even more wonderful than the taste of the cheese itself, is the story of how it began.

Corinne and Ron Brovetto were originally from Long Island, NY where they were raising their four children. While searching for a better way to spend more time as a family they were drawn to the Catskill mountains. With the help of family and friends they slowly built their barns and cheese house which includes a cheese cave built into the side of a mountain. Over the years their business has grown to include a herd of 68 dairy cows (30 of those are milkers).

Every Wednesday is cheese making day. Ron wakes up at 3am to start the process of cutting the curd. The cheese making process is a family affair and will last until 11pm. It takes 4000 lbs. of milk to make 400 lbs. of cheese. Wow!

Click on each photo below to see the cheese making process:

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