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A Year of Magical Eating

December 3, 2017 @ 11:30 pm - 2:30 am


Our first supper entitled Book & Bread, will be held on Sunday, December 3, 2017. For more event information, go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/book-bread-tickets-39987258968

Stonegate Farm and chef Leon Johnson will be collaborating over the coming year on a season of Sunday suppers at the Farm. Together we will cultivate and curate organic meals, thoughtful conversation, camaraderie, and a coming together around ideas of what it means to live and eat together.

There is much pleasure to be found in harvesting for the table: all of the anticipation of moving from seed to seedling; the patient, careful cultivation; the slow, vegetal foreplay; and then–after months–abundance.

These are meals with a pulse, from land that’s been intimately nurtured, and by sharing them we hope to create a harmonic, balanced convergence of life and community around the table.

Alternating last Sundays – between book-binding meals and themed suppers – Stonegate Farm  will offer beautifully grown food, hand-bound journals, and compelling conversations.


Matthew Benson is the owner of Stonegate Farm, an 1850s carpenter gothic estate farm in Newburgh, NY.  He is a photographer, writer, and organic farmer.  He writes, photographs and lectures frequently on issues of sustainability and organics. His most recent books are: Growing Beautiful Food and The Photographic Garden.

JIll Rowe has had working journeys through most of the creative arts ~ fashion, fine art, film production, food (both owning her own restaurant, The Kitchen and working for a decade as Asst. General Manager of Union Square Café). In addition to co-creating experiences at Stonegate Farm, Jill is creating The Center for Art + Industry in Newburgh, NY. She also works as a creative consultant.

Leon Johnson has just set down roots in Newburgh, NY, and recently completed a kiln-to-kitchen experiment as Chef-In-Residence at The Marble House Project in Vermont. He has cooked professionally in San Francisco, New York, and Detroit, where he operated a much-loved pop-up, and launched a learning lab for young people, Market Studio Kitchen. He sustains a studio practice that includes book-binding and works-on-paper, and is a Kresge Fellow for Film & Theatre.

Stonegate Farm ~ At Stonegate, we like the time-honored, local model, where you knew where your food came from, knew it was fresh and organic, and knew it was sustainably produced. We’ve put our ideas and goals into practice and have created an organic farm for the local community, specializing in fresh salad greens, vegetables, historic tree fruits and berries, honey, eggs, and cut flowers. Stonegate offers unique opportunities for visitors: a chance to experience a 19th century estate farm with its architectural charm and historic footprint intact; locally grown heirloom produce either by CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) subscription or on market days; and all the extras that make Stonegate Farm sustainable and dynamic, including farm-to-table dinners, exhibits by local artists, performance events, garden tours, as well as photography and biodynamic agriculture & floriculture educational workshops.


December 3, 2017
11:30 pm - 2:30 am
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Stonegate Farms
4 Stonegate Drive
Balmville, NY 12550 United States
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