1 Last Saturday was an absolutely perfect day for a party at my farm. The weather was cool and crisp and the sky looked surreal.
2 My farm crew worked really hard getting things to look just right for the gathering.
3 Candace Martineau (L) made a pledge to "Living The Good, Long Life" as part of a contest on marthastewart.com. Whe was the winner and the prize was to spend the day with me on the farm.
4 Candace traveled here from Boise, and brought her friend Lily Darais, from Salt Lake City. The two of them explored the farm, got involved with the party preparations, and attended the party that evening.
5 The Bedford Audubon Society's Centennial celebration was held at the stable, which happens to be a great place to entertain.
6 Guests began arriving at 3:00PM and when a large enough group was assembled, I conducted a private garden tour. Latecomers were also given a tour by my gardener, Ryan McCallister.
7 We began by walking through the boxwood allee, which has been pruned in an undulating design.
8 After touring through several garden areas of the farm, we stopped at the terrace of my house for a refreshment of apple cider, ladled out by Carlos and Sanu.
9 Using a good, old-fashioned apple press, Carlos pressed the cider the day before, using apples from the many trees on the farm.
10 With thirsts quenched, we continued on, looping back down to the stable.
11 Guests gathered in the stable courtyard to hear welcoming remarks and a few short speeches.
12 Meindert, one of my Friesians, loved all the attention bestowed on him that day.
14 We arranged those pumpkins and gourds in a giant wicker cornucopia that I pull out for special occasions.
17 Michael created these amazing pumpkin carvings depicting various bird.
18 Historic Hudson Valley puts on the annual Great Jack O' Lantern Blaze, of which Michael is creative director and “head carver”. This is really a must-visit fall event!
21 Plum Plums Cheese donated some wonderful cheeses, including a Sprout Creek Eden and Twin Maple Hudson Red, both from New York, and a Madison Blue from Vernont. http://www.plumplumscheese.com/
22 There were delicious macarons, courtsey of Cafe Macaron in Manhattan. Flavors included passion fruit and dark chocolate. http://macaroncafe.com/
23 Here I am with Cecile Cannone, who runs Cafe Macaron.
24 The Bedford Audubon Society honored Laura O'Donohue, for her commitment to creating a sustainable environment in the community.
25 Laura is the owner of the 100-acre Snow Hill Farm in North Salem, which is committed to preserving and sustaining the land. She donated their grass-fed all natural Black Angus beef to be incorporated into the menu. http://www.snowhillorganicfarm.com
26 That wonderful beef was formed into mini hamburgers, or sliders.
27 If guests liked, the sliders were grilled with cheese and caramelized onions.
28 Sweet and juicy sliced tomatoes were another option.
29 Yum! Yum! And yum!