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The Occasional Farmer

Over the past week or so, I’ve spent more time down at our Brooklyn restaurant than in the past six months combined. We’ve had some really wonderful staffing changes, and I’ve been there to manage the transitions.  Being submerged back … Continue reading

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A Late Autumn Snowstorm, Pig Bits, and Frozen Compost

We got about eight inches of snow the other night.  Sometime around 2:15 a.m., I heard the awful sound of howling wind mixed with what could only have been sleet.  Like the chatter of a Tommy gun in a WWII … Continue reading

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Please Eat the Flowers

I cannot stand inedible garnishes. You don’t see them quite so much anymore, but back in the 80s and 90s, they were ubiquitous. Every restaurant was throwing sprigs of parsley or wedges of citrus fruit onto the side of a … Continue reading

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Meet-the-Farmer Dinner: Take Two

Last night was our second applewood farm Meet-the-Farmer dinner at applewood restaurant in Brooklyn. We arrived a little after 2:00 p.m. to deliver all the produce for the dinner and then proceeded to hang all the new photography.  It made … Continue reading

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Shhh… Don’t tell the New York Times

Ever since opening applewood in 2004, we’ve maintained a set of guiding principles from which we have never wavered.  We wanted a restaurant that served only sustainably-sourced foods, whether grown locally or farther afield, with an emphasis on supporting small … Continue reading

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Little Shop of Horrors (hoop house edition)

I love tomatoes. I won’t buy them in the store anymore.  Store-bought tomatoes don’t taste like tomatoes; they don’t really taste like anything at all.  A real tomato tastes like summer–sweet and juicy and incredibly delicious–to say nothing of how … Continue reading

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Pig in a Day: From pig pen to plate in eight hours

We are getting better at finishing pigs here on applewood farm. Our first go-round was on November 5th of last year and we made the grievous error of choosing to finish all three pigs in one day.  It was a … Continue reading

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