Writer and chef Annette Nielsen recently conducted a series of cooking demonstrations at Gardenworks Farm in Salem, NY. She prepared several flavors of deviled eggs – from classic, to Buffalo-style, to bacon and cheddar. The eggs were harvested from the farm’s chickens housed a few feet away from Annette’s demonstrations. Annette also made savory spinach and mushroom crepes with spinach from organic farmer Seth Jacobs at Slack Hollow Farm, and cream and milk from Battenkill Valley Creamery. Both farms are located a few miles away from Gardenworks. In addition to savory crepes, Annette also prepared dessert crepes with the beautiful raspberries and blueberries that are grown at Gardenworks. The eggs also found their way into scratch made hollandaise sauce that was served over roasted asparagus.
Started in the 1980’s, Gardenworks Farm is a twelve-acre, third generation farm. Each summer, the greenhouse is home to hundreds of annuals and perennials, and the dairy barn hosts a market that offers local cheeses, meats, organic vegetables and baked goods from the farm’s commercial kitchen. The farm’s market and gallery also sport local handcrafts and artwork. There is also a drying barn where hundreds of farm-grown flowers are preserved. The farm recently began hosting Farm to Table Dinners and Dinner Theater. A cafe is available to visiting weekenders, as is the historic farm house which can be rented through Airbnb for a country get-away.