Nate Chittenden of Dutch Hollow Farm in Schodack Landing, N.Y., joined with ADA North East to provide a farm-to-table experience with Emmy-winning culinary producer, food stylist, and on-air personality Chef Anthony Michael Contrino. Chef Anthony has a syndicated cooking show on NBC’s Peacock Network called Saucy, and is an advocate for dairy.

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“I think it’s very important for people to know where their food comes from. I appreciate what dairy farmers do and they’re often taken for granted because it’s one of the easiest products to find in the supermarket. We think it just comes from the cow and goes right in the glass but there are so many steps in between. There’s so much passion and effort that goes into producing milk – and I think that people are really starting to understand that more and more. – Chef Anthony

“I really appreciate Chef Anthony’s desire to know how the food he uses starts and that it’s produced locally. He’s interested to know the full story of the ingredient and what it takes to produce it.” – Nate Chittenden

Dairy farmer Val Lavigne, or Dairy Gal Val, of Schaghticoke, N.Y., also participated in the visit to Dutch Hollow, providing lunch complete with cheese and chocolate milk, made from Dutch Hollow Farm milk, for tour members from her family’s catering service, the Farmer’s Feed Bunk.

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