What I like about this product is the taste and the ingredients. It is thick like Greek yogurt - strained - but not as thick as some. Best of all it is produced by Evans Farmhouse, wonderful, down to earth people and local. While the product is not organic - the cows are pastured and that allows them to live in their natural environment. http://siggisdairy.com/
Chobani yogurt, another local producer, is made from milk largely from factory farms that confine their cows 24/7. The founder, Hamdi Ulukaya has brought some revitalization to the area's job market. However, reports that "his ex-wife Dr Alyse Giray is suing Ulukaya for $1.5 billion, claiming she gave him money to start and expand his original business in exchange for a 53% stake." Ulukaya says the suit has "no merit" I wonder when the case will be determined? I hardly think any locals know about this. But that has no bearing on the yogurt product of course...
If I had to choose a Greek yogurt for taste, the runner up would be Fage, also made in New York State.
We have alot to celebrate with so many yogurts made in New York State. Here is a list of some:
Agro Farmer - Chobani
this is the pineapple heirloom - a great slicing tomato!
My favorite food consumption this year included oysters at a local restaurant. Cleaned and served chilled with fresh lemon and hot sauce is one of the truly simple and delectable treats. I found these purveyors posted on the Martha blog. I have not tried them yet, but intend to in the future for parties!
These are reasonable prices, especially if you are having guests and need 100 oysters!
for smoked salmon, you may try russ and daughters:
My all time favorite food - is the fresh heirloom tomato plucked from our farm gardens and sliced on Italian bread topped with mayo. Nothing else screams summer to me, except the beach! Purely delectable...
here is a sandwich with tomatoes, my cousins great fried hot peppers, and chunks of provolone cheese.
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