Valentine’s Day Breakfast on the Farm
This past Valentine’s Day weekend, Heather, Nolan and I bundled ourselves up and drove to a big farm in the black dirt region of Orange County, New York. Upon our arrival, we parked the car near some farm machinery, wandered through a large, cold barn, and eventually found ourselves in one of the most interesting ‘restaurants’ in the area…although I would hardly call it a restaurant by any conventional means.
Rogowski Farm (www.rogowskifarm.com) is just north of the NY/NJ border in the hamlet of Pine Island (near Warwick), and along with supporting a CSA, hosting farmer’s markets, and growing a diverse array of produce, they offer fresh-from-the-farm breakfast every weekend throughout the year. The fresh, local ingredients immediately made a wonderful impression on our tastebuds; our simple veggie omelettes with bacon and sweet potato home fries were just outstanding, and both Nolan and I could not get enough of the ‘just-came-from-the-pig’ bacon!
But this farm-to-table experience was much more than just amazing food, especially since breakfast was prepared, cooked, and consumed all in the same open area. The setup was very comfortable, with tables of different sizes and styles (matched with chairs that are themselves different styles). On top of the tables, no two coffee mugs were alike (at least from what we could see!), and a carafe of hot coffee just appeared on the table once we settled into our seats (which was perfect for a cold February morning). A few small chalkboards described the morning’s options – nice and simple. Friendly waitresses, delicious homemade hot chocolate, a tableside chat with the farm owner, bringing Nolan up to the chef for him to say Thank You…what a great breakfast.
So it goes without saying that I’d highly recommend a farm breakfast at Rogowski Farm, where you can support local farming and fill your belly with deliciousness.
Lincoln Memorial at Night
I’ve been to the Lincoln Memorial twice…sort of. My first visit was more of a run-by, as I passed Lincoln around the 11-mile mark of my Marine Corps Marathon. I was honestly more focused on keeping my eyes peeled for Heather and my parents, who were planning to be there (luckily I spotted them loudly cheering among the sea of crazy spectators), so I didn’t really check out the building itself.
However, I was back in Washington D.C. just about a month later, and the Lincoln Memorial was one of a few places we checked out on our short trip. The way all these structures were lit at night made them even more striking, and I thought the view of Lincoln sitting in his own columned Parthenon from this angle looked a bit majestic. It was a chilly November evening, but I was glad to have the chance to experience this significant site and be reminded of this country’s history.
So Happy Birthday to Lincoln and Washington this month (rolled up into today’s Presidents’ Day). And not to be forgotten, Happy Birthday today to my 9-year-old niece, Madison!