Saturday we were so fortunate to go out to dinner with MattHowk’s parents and grandparents to celebrate their 58th (!) wedding anniversary. (What a massive accomplishment THAT is!) It was a totally new to us experience for all of us, and it was really neat! I had never been to Saratoga Apple but definitely want to go back. A couple of the hard ciders have ignited a deep fire of love in my soul. It’s burning.
9 Miles East Farm is a farm east (9 miles specifically, go figure) of Saratoga Springs NY. They focus on sustainably farming vegetables to provide to the community via a short supply chain. Per their website, their mission is to provide a simplified, healthy family eating experience as easily as possible for today’s fast paced lives. They have a menu on their website of their current meal offerings that you can pick up or have delivered, including pizza.
Saratoga Apple is an orchard and farm stand in Schuylerville, NY. You can pick all kinds of fruit there year round, shop from a variety of fruit products and baked goods, and do all the traditional fall apple stuff this time of year. They also have a tasting room with local beers and hard ciders, including two of their own,
This summer 9 Miles East and Saratoga Apple teamed up to do a pop up dinner once a week. We sat outside on their deck (lots of bees!) which was a little chilly but GORGEOUS. A 9 Miles East employee was our server, and we just had to go inside to the tasting room (where there is also seating) to get our own beverages. The pre fixe menu for the night we went was a noodle series. There was a choice of two lasagnas, a classic red with Italian sausage or a mushroom duxelle. MattHowk and Wicket had the classic, and I had the mushroom.
We had a tomato rice soup to start, then a simple green salad, then out came the lasagnas. They were both so goooooooood. The classic was a little spicy, which Wicket wasn’t totally thrilled about, but he does like noodles and did an admirable job on his dinner for a 4 year old. The mushroom had sauteed mushrooms on top with goat cheese and it was so so soooooo gooooood. I could have cried, I love both mushrooms and goat cheese so much. It all went together so well, it was such a lovely cheesy white sauce love fest. I did wake up in the night MAJORLY garlicky though, You know when you can’t smell it on yourself, or quite even taste it, but you FEEL it inside of you? I hate that. Just a little too much for me. The menu concluded with a warm plum cookie, which looked AMAZING but I couldn’t eat because it had walnuts.
The cider. Typically, in these types of situation, I will choose a beer. I am usually not a hard cider girl. Or I THOUGHT I wasn’t! Consider me reformed! MattHowk went to get our drinks while I hung out outside with Wicket, and when he brought me a picture of the menu I wasn’t super paying attention and didn’t notice the fact they one side was beer and the other was cider. I saw the Awestruck (lavender hops) and said “ooh that one” and off he went. It was soo good. SO GOOD! Just a little sweet but in no way cloying or acidic the way I typically think of ciders as being. I indulged in a second drink, and this time chose the Original Sin rose. THAT was GLORIOUS! Not sweet at all, dry and refreshing and fizzy and not cidery either, with just a little suggestion of floweriness. I LOVED it, I keep thinking about both of them.
This was a great night and a great menu, and I would absolutely and enthusiastically go back again. The food was excellent and high end, but the atmosphere was super local and laid back and never made me feel like I had no business bringing my little kid with me. (Side note, how are kids supposed to learn how to behave when they eat out if they never get to eat out? I hate it when people treat us, and him, like we have no business bringing him out with us) I am definitely going to be keeping an eye out for their pop up series and menus, and I really want to bring Great Carol to try this. This is so her thing.
Now I have to find those damn ciders because they are completely consuming me. Ohmygod they were so good. SO REFRESHING!