We travelled across the Rip Van Winkle Bridge yesterday, from our home in the Catskills to the beautiful, bucolic hills around Hudson, New York. Why you ask? A raw milk run, of course! I'm sure there are dairies closer to us, but who doesn't enjoy Sunday driving?
The drive made us hungry. Once we arrived in Hudson, we stopped in at Grazin' Diner, the newish venture of Dan Gibson, proprietor of Grazin' Angus Acres, a grass-fed & grass-finished meat operation in the nearby town of Ghent.
Grazin' Diner is the first Animal Welfare Approved-certified RESTAURANT in the country – this is huge! AWA is an auditing agency for animal husbandry dedicated to sustaining the highest standards in raising animals humanely.
To quote the AWA site:
The Animal Welfare Approved program audits and certifies family farms raising their animals humanely, outdoors on pasture or range.
So back to the good stuff, the Uncle Dude burger. WOW!
Six ounces of Grazin' Angus Acres ground beef (cooked rare), house-made chipotle mayo, Hawthorne Valley cheddar, Grazin' Angus Acres bacon, jalapeno relish, fresh greens, tomato and raw onion on a Hawthorne Valley Farm custom-baked bun. Just typing in the ingredients make me hungry all over again! The Uncle Dude burger came with french fries like my grandma used to make, you know, hand-cut potatoes fried until crisp and delicious.
All in all, a totally satisfying Sunday lunch, and to top it off, we met Dan and slotted him in for a farm visit and interview in the spring.
Oh how I love it when everything works! The raw milk pick-up at one of my favorite farms, the delicious grass-fed burger, the opportunity to meet a cool producer of humanely raised animals for meat, and a beautiful spring-like drive in the country. Yes, it's true, living in the Hudson Valley is heaven.
So the next time you find yourself in Hudson, check out Grazin' Diner. Say "hi" to Dan for me.
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