The winner of the 2010 2 Great Men, 1 Great Dinner raffle is…

Anne Gehris! Here’s what she has to say:

I first became Ray’s customer after The Village Voice assigned me a freelance piece about Greenmarkets. I had never shopped regularly at farmer’s markets, but soon I headed up to 97th Street every Friday. It is the highlight of my week. My husband Bill and I will often build an entire weekend’s worth of meals around Ray’s offerings. His dandelion greens are looking good? Let’s turn them into a salad with Ray’s bacon and hard-boiled eggs. A new batch of his pork chops has arrived? Let’s roast them with peaches and Ray’s sage. And those electric yellow chili peppers? Let’s throw them in a soup made of his pumpkins and see what happens. We have become such rabid Ray fans that our 8-year-old makes fun of us: every time we say something tastes good she rolls her eyes and says “it’s Bradley Farm!”

We plan to share our raffle prize with two of our most food-obsessed friends: Petra Heist Spiegel, who makes a mean bacon dumpling and volunteers at Red Hook Farm every weekend; and Miryan Kenet, who goes through gallons of olive oil every week delicately frying everything from skate fillets to Marcona almonds.

Thanks again to all who participated – it has been great being able to harness all the goodwill Ray has generated over the years in such a positive way!

Your Fundraising Dollars at Work!

The Gourmet Guys ( who hail from Rosendale not New Paltz, and want the world to know that) have done an incredible job finishing the front end of the barn.  Thanks so much to the following customers who were able to purchase a dinner raffle ticket and make this possible:

Lawrence B, Heather and Brad, Victor P., Katherine B., Paul F., Will and Sandy, Carlos R., Kevin Z., Josh from 97 St., Gabrial C., Alex and Stephi, Curtis C., Kathie C.R., Joan C., Jennifer B., Chrisianthy M., Tammy G., Matt and Jackie, Bill L., Paul and Steffi, LIsa C., Todd E., Risa B., Allison D., Hank U., Harvey L., Louie, Melinda M., Terry and Julie, Anne G., Camille D., Caryl S., Peter M., Amy T., Anne S., Pauline T., Etienne and Marlene, Rena M., Ken and Melissa,  Katherine R. , Carol S. and Dick S, Dori F.

Farm Festival 2010 Photos

Photos by Etienne Frossard

Farm Charms for Summer… Tic Tac Tomato

Photos by Jenna Fritsche, Cornell 2011

2010 Bradley Farm Festival and Fundraiser

This year we have two exciting ways to raise funds for Bradley Farm. Still a work in progress, our goal is to help Ray finish and open the barn to hold dinners, cooking classes, a farm stand etc. Help us make the barn what we know it can be – give a gift that will give back to you!

1. Sunday September 26, 2010 – 7th Annual Bradley Farm Festival

Farm Festival Tickets – $10 per adult ticket, kids are free!

Spend a day at the farm (rain or shine) . Party starts at NOON and runs until 6!
Great food showcasing Ray’s products – this year’s food theme is a southern style BBQ
Live music, hay rides and a Succah in the field in honor of the harvest festival
Featuring “Chicken-sh*t” BINGO!
One lucky ticket holder will win their weight in tomatoes!
(*note – this event has passed)

2. Dinner Party Raffle – 1 Great Dinner, 2 Great Men…
Win a 5 Course Dinner by Ray with wines by Daniel Johnnes

$100 per raffle ticket… one lucky winner!

Ray Bradley and Daniel Johnnes

For those of you who have never experienced the joy of a Ray meal, here is your chance. Ray will personally craft a menu and prepare a 5 course meal for your party of four…
Read more about the dinner and purchase dinner party raffle tickets now!

Photos From Previous Farm Festivals

Getting to Bradley Farm from NYC

Take the NYS Thruway to Exit 18, New Paltz. Go through the toll both and make a left and drive through the town of New Paltz, down a long hill continuing all the way. Just after the bridge, make the first right( Springtown RD) – It is 3.2 miles to the farm, just bear right at the fork and stay on Springtown Rd. The farm is located at 317 Springtown Rd.

Photos from a Springtime Visit to Bradley Farm

A recent post on the Lagusta’s Luscious Vegetarian Home Meal Delivery Service blog features some beautiful photos of Bradley Farm.

My friend Maresa and I recently paid a visit to Ray Bradley’s gorgeous eponymous organic farm… I couldn’t resist taking some snapshots of the gorgeousness of a working farm in springtime, too.

I use Ray’s super fancy, chef-coveted produce every chance I get. He used to be a sous chef for David Bouley in NYC, so he knows what chefs want to cook with. He regularly sells amazing handcrafted artisanal products like his own paprika, dried hot peppers, pickles, and much more, too.

Bradley Farm sign

Bradley Farm grapes

Bradley Farm dog and chicken

You can see more photos in the full post at