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Small though this Dutchess village may be, it’s big on delicious destinations, from fine-dining restaurants to family farms. By Leslie Long
For a tiny village of just over 1,000 residents, Tivoli eats well. The adorable little downtown is anchored by Hotel Tivoli and The Corner, its Mediterranean-inspired restaurant with
an inviting wraparound porch. Chef Devon Gilroy’s own Tivoli Mushrooms make frequent appearances on the menu, and artist-owners Brice and Helen Marden’s Plane Meadow
Farm provides much of the produce. Next
door is the colorful Fortunes Ice Cream with seasonally inspired flavors like buttermilk peach and fig honey balsamic, plus perennial favorites, including darkest chocolate and golden milk.
GioBatta Alimentari is both a welcoming restaurant and a market. Chef-owner Francesco Buitoni — yes, of that Buitoni family — crafts house-made pasta, crisp focaccia, a superb kale salad with pine nuts and pecorino, and so much more. Tivoli General has well-edited grocery items, take-away salads and sandwiches, along with their famed Tivoli-made baguettes, country levain sourdough, and treats like Blood Orange Olive Oil Cake.
Just outside town, there’s family-owned Northwind Farms, where antibiotic- and hormone-free poultry and meats have been raised since 1982. Drive in and choose from all-natural, grass-fed beef, plus pork, chicken, turkey, lamb, smoked meats, and other specialties depending on the time of year. Popular Mead Orchards spans the seasons with pick-your-own strawberries, sweet and tart cherries, blueberries, peaches, and apples.
Another local gem is Upstate Farms NY.
For many years, they delivered Hudson Valley produce (their own and from other farms that met their exacting standards) to Manhattan’s finest restaurants. Since COVID-19, they have been offering Farm Boxes to area residents, with the option to add on local honey, cheeses, dairy, maple syrup, and more. Full of delicious surprises, orders can be picked up on weekends at the farm.
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