Hostess with the Mostess: Elizabeth Talks Farm-to-Table & Cider Dinners

Uncategorized Oct 16, 2019

Download Elizabeth's course, "Hosting Farm-to-Table & Cider Dinners" here

Elizabeth Ryan is a renowned fruit grower and cider maker. Elizabeth bought Breezy Hill Orchard in Dutchess County in 1984 and has since expanded to operate two more orchards. What started out as a roadside fruit stand selling fresh apples has evolved into the area’s most unique purveyor of local foods grown using sustainable farming practices. Stone Ridge Orchard is a 114-acre ecologically managed orchard in the Hudson Valley, which produces Hudson Valley Farmhouse Cider. They have just planted a dedicated hard cider orchard with a number of traditional cider apples. Elizabeth has a degree in Pomology from Cornell University and she has also studied cider-making in Somerset and Hereford in England. She is one of the founding GrowNYC Greenmarket farmers, received the Cornucopia award from Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, and was a Smithsonian Fellow.

In her training course, learn how to diversify your income in an industry that may have uncertainty from year to year. As a farmer, cider maker, etc., get creative to supplement when faced with less than stellar crop years or economic downturns. Elizabeth with share her tips for offering tours, festivals and pop-up events as well as best practices for on site hospitality and logistics.

"Staffing will make or break an event," she explains. Learn the other key components of a successful farm-to-table event in this 27 minute training.

Download Elizabeth's course, "Hosting Farm-to-Table & Cider Dinners" here

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