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Perfect Pairing: April Bloomfield and John Gasparini.

Perfect Pairing: April Bloomfield and John Gasparini.

April Bloomfield and John Gasparini meet up at Westwind Orchard pairing a great lamb dish with our Classic Cider.

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Conde Nast Traveler – Why Hard Cider Is the Ultimate American Drink

Conde Nast Traveler - Why Hard Cider Is the Ultimate American Drink

“One of the reasons Europeans, especially the Brits, colonized America is because they thought it would be a great place to make wine,”

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Sweetpaul

Sweetpaul

It’s not uncommon for New Yorkers to dream of decamping to the charms of upstate New
York… but it’s a little less common for them to go from working
in the fashion business to running a full-scale apple orchard and certified organic farm, in addition. But for Laura Ferrara and Fabio Chizzola, owners of Westwind Orchard in New York’s Hudson River Valley, the apples couldn’t be stopped.

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New York Times

New York Times

FABIO CHIZZOLA, a fashion photographer, was 4 years old when his family began leaving their home in Rome to spend summers in the mountains of Italy. When he turned 12, his father started farming a small plot of land there, less than a half-acre on which he grew tomatoes, string beans, onions and potatoes for the family.

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Cherry Bombe

Cherry Bombe

Meet Dora Ferrara, known to the visitors of Westwind Orchard as Nonna. She is the mother of Laura Ferrara, who runs the or- chard in Accord, N.Y., with her husband, Fabio Chizzola. Everyone pitches in, from their son Matteo to Nonna Pia, Fabio’s mother (who visits each fall from Rome to make jam, ciambelle, and crostata di lamponi), to Nonna Dora……

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Hungry Ghost

Hungry Ghost

Last weekend on our way upstate with our friend chef Camille Beccera we made a stop to visit friends Laura Ferrara and Fabio Chizzola who own and operateWestwind Orchards.

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The gastronomes

The gastronomes

Is there any agricultural pursuit more easy to get carried away with romantic thoughts about than the orchard? Fruit trees are beautiful, mysterious …….

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“At the Farm” by Garance Doré

"At the Farm" by Garance Doré

What’s incredible is that the farm is kind of a project they fell into while they were looking for a house Upstate.

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Nowness “Going up the Country”

Nowness "Going up the Country"

“I respect farmers far too much to claim that I am one,” says veteran New York stylist Laura Ferrara

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Food52

Food52

The next year, against all odds, with the help of Fabio’s newfound area of expertise and with the encouragement of his friend Mike, a local pomologist, the apples bore fruit. “We didnt think anything of it,” Laura remembered. Then, after a few years, Fabio planted blackberries and raspberries. “I kept asking him, ‘Why are you doing this?’ And he said, we have this land so I just want to try it.” As the apples and berries flourished, Laura spent her weekends picking apples and making the berries into a jam from a recipe from Fabio’s mother. “I just [make] it the way I like,” she told me, “which is really smooth and not gelatinous. It’s mostly just berries and lemon.” She began selling her goods on a table by the side of the road everyday between her commutes into the city for Fashion Week and editorial photoshoots. To read full article, click here

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