FABIUS, NY (June 7, 2023) – In honor of National Dairy Month, Emmy Award-winning culinary producer and food stylist Chef Anthony Contrino, is touring dairy farms in the Northeast to cook with dairy farmers and learn how they sustainably produce the milk that is the base of so many of his favorite culinary ingredients like yogurt and cheese.
The “Chef Meets Farm” tour is presented by the American Dairy Association North East and will launch on June 7, 2023 on facebook.com/AmericanDairyNE. Barbland and White Eagle Dairy, home to 4,100 cows in Central New York, is featured in the premier episode.
The farm is owned and operated by the Bossard, Huysman, Engst and Carhart families and employs 75 staff who help care for the cows and work the 9,000 acres of corn sileage, grain corn, grass and alfalfa. Johanna Fox-Bossard, one of the farm owners and an agricultural teacher at Hamilton Central School District, wants consumers to know where their milk comes from and how it is responsibly produced. To help make that connection, Fox-Bossard’s daughters Brynley and Raegan started “Fun Farm Facts Friday” on Facebook.
On Fridays, the sisters highlight farm activities about calf care, technology and crops. In a recent post, as the girls ride in the cab of a tractor as it plants corn, they interview driver Alex. The post provides a close up look at how the tractor’s GPS technology system works. In recent years, the Bossard family has also participated in Onondaga County’s annual “Farm Fest,” opening their doors to the community to highlight the latest advances in agriculture.
The farm produces around 38,000 gallons of milk each day, most of which goes into making Chobani yogurt. When Chef Anthony visits the Bossard kitchen, Johanna and her daughters assist in making a perfect summer treat – a banana pudding milkshake.
Two more episodes of “Chef Meets Farm” will air online throughout June. Next week, Chef Anthony will visit Schrack Farms in Loganton, Pa., and then conclude his three-stop tour with a return to Central New York with a trip to Twin Birch Dairy in Skaneateles, N.Y.