Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Adirondack Family Activities:
BBQ, Bluegrass at DaCy Meadow Farm

DaCy Meadow Farm in Westport is once again bringing a summer of localvore living to the Adirondacks.  According to owner David Johnston the annual Blues and Burgers has been reinvented as a Barbeque and Bluegrass Pickin’ Party for July 21 and September 1 from 6 pm – 10 pm.  The two events are just a sampling of the “Farm to Table” opportunities.

“We have different events all the time with the focus always being a unique food experience,” says Johnston.  “In addition to our Sunday Brunch we have Chef Kevin McCarthy come and provide a gourmet slow food experience. The family-style meal emphasizes on the preparation of local foods. He comes out after each course and answers questions.”

The BBQ and Bluegrass Pickin’ event will take place rain or shine at the property’s barn. Though there will be a tent set up, Johnston feels that the barn and picnic tables offer enough space for guests.  There is no charge for the event, just for any food or beverages consumed. The BBQ will feature DaCy Meadow’s own pulled pork, burgers and fresh garden vegetables as well as a sundae bar featuring local toppings. Live music is provided but Johnston encourages people to bring instruments and join in the fun. Join the bands Roosters and The Back Porch Society for an evening of blues, traditional bluegrass and Cajun sounds.

“We don’t allow alcohol on site. This is always a great family event that only happens a few times,” says Johnston.  “I am always so pleased when people show up and start playing music togehter. We leave plenty of open time for other musicians.”

David and Cynthia Johnston purchased a 72-acre hayfield in 2003 and have built an active farm of heritage livestock. The DaCy name comes from the first two initials of the couple’s first names. Since each of the Johnstons grew up on family farms and came from educational backgrounds, the farm’s activities are a natural blending of interests to help educate people in the local food movement.

“We feel Farm to Table isn’t about discovering but about reconnecting and reestablishing,” says Johnston. “We have youngsters come from Camp Dudley and school groups throughout the year. A big part of what we do is educatioaln tours. We encourage anyone to call ahead and schedule a tour. It is an important part of what we do.”\

Photo courtesy DaCy Meadow Farm, Westport.

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Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time. She writes about ways to foster imaginative play through fun-filled events and activities in the Adirondack region.

From her home in Saranac Lake, Diane also writes a weekly family-oriented newspaper column for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and keeps her own blog Adirondack Family Time. Her writing and photography has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, marketing companies and advertising agencies.

She even finds time to assist her husband with Adirondack Expeditions guiding families and young adults in the High Peaks.

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