Bloom - Lilacs and Appleblossoms Luncheon
Springtime is ethereal on a fruit farm. Drifts of pale pink and snowy
white blossoms line orchard lanes, purple lilacs along the farmyard or
in a pretty vase all paint pictures for us more elegant than any human
hands could ever create. In the orchard we catch our breath with the
realization that each bloom has the potential to become fruit. All hope
hangs on the fragile beauty of a gossamer flower.
Gourmet Spring Garden
, with Grace Wong, harpist
On elegant tables framed by our beautiful herb gardens, we will serve
our gourmet spring menu. While the strains of music float along a spring
breeze and flowers nod along the lavender paths, our servers will greet
you with garden recipes that we have been practicing and perfecting.
Enjoy this special moment in time on our farm. With harpist Grace Wong.
The Perfect Pansy - a May Day
Nodding johnny jump ups; sky blue violas; richly colored pansies. The
blossoms of May paint our days with cheer hinting at the growing season
upcoming. In this charming luncheon we will explore traditional May
celebrations heralding springtime.
Our gorgeous stretch of Ridge Rd, pebbled and sandy and perfect for
fruit trees, is home to the most impressive collection of cobblestone
homes. Their history is tilled from our soil and our heritage, and their
presence fills our landscape with grace and grandeur. This luncheon will
feature delicious recipes from the cobblestone era. In addition it will
be our privilege to enjoy a brief presentation on cobblestone
architecture by Historian Bill Lattin. At the close of the lunch the
Cobblestone Museum Complex in Childs, N.Y. will host a complimentary
tour, and Bill Lattin will open his extraordinary cobblestone home for
viewing. A donation of $5.00 per attendee will be made by Hurd Orchards
to the Cobblestone Museum.
Lunch from an Irish Kitchen
Beautifully rustic recipes featuring the emerald herbs of the isles
grown in the gardens behind our market. Enjoy foods reflecting
heartwarming Irish cuisine from meat pie with our own green tomato
mincemeat to Irish soda bread with our luscious preserves.
A Spring Shower of Herbs
Trios of herbs complimenting dishes that taste delicious and look
just as beautiful. Chive blossoms scattered about a salad, and herb
flecked butter, with green and fragrant creamy asparagus soup showered
with herbs and lemon zest, refreshing minted meadow punch. Take home a
recipe or a bundle of fresh herbs to enliven your kitchen at home!
The Victorian Table
The elegance and formality of the Victorian era reflected in table
settings and a multi-course menu with authentic recipes from the mid
1800’s. Our best china, crystal and silver trays will help convey the
customs and specialness of these meals. The prosperity of our local area
in the late 19th century was proudly displayed in the beautiful
architecture and style of local homes. Enjoy an after lunch tour of a
town and country Victorian home - the Morgan Manning house and the White
Farm both in Brockport NY.
of May Gourmet Luncheon
Our luncheon today will feature all that is wonderful from fields and
gardens both visually and culinary. Our talented cooks and bakers will
share with you wonderful fare, including recipes using asparagus,
watercress, rhubarb and perennial herbs - chives, wild onions,
Lovely Lemon Luncheon,
with Grace Wong, harpist
Once when I was a girl and living in Toronto, Canada, the Queen of
England came to town. While she passed by in a stately parade an elegant
elderly spectator was overheard to remark: ‘Oh doesn’t the Queen look
Lovely in Lemon!’. Since that charming day ‘lemon’ has had a special
place in our homes. Even more wonderful - lemon tastes fantastic with
all of our fruits! This luncheon, served amid the appropriately soft and
melodious strains of the harp, is a formal springtime repast with lemon
embroidered both subtly and boldly throughout the fresh garden tastes.
With harpist Grace Wong.
Poppies and Popovers
By early June the magic of poppies spreads across our flower fields.
Suddenly bursting in shades of carmine and coral, crisp white and true
orange, poppies of every variety sweep early summer with energy and
radiance. This happy luncheon will also feature fresh-from-the-oven
popovers served with warm preserves from the kettle.
Geraniums Red and
Delphiniums Blue Luncheon
'There once was a Doormouse who lived in a
Of delphiniums (blue) and geraniums
And all the day long he'd a wonderful
Of geraniums (red) and delphiniums
... A.A. Milne
A gardener’s poem with the smile of a child. Our barn, our menu, our
pots of geraniums and bouquets of delphinium will be nodding in enormous
The English Cottage
A climbing rose over the garden gate. A sip of tea and a platter of tea
cakes; a fruited trifle with English custard. A lady’s luncheon at its
height set in a bower of garden flowers.
British High Tea
Years ago we took a family trip to England. At the Ullswater Grange in
the Lake Country we were served scones piled with clotted cream and
freshly made strawberry preserves, after a repast of tea sandwiches. In
that moment we understood the calm, the elegance and the spirit of a
high tea in the British Isles. Please join us for this delightful June
high tea, complete with starched tablecloths, pretty tea pots, tea
sandwiches and sweets.
Strawberry Shortcake Luncheon
Big bowls of strawberries with whipped cream and hot, freshly made
biscuits... pitchers of daisies on farm tables nestled between summer
salads and fresh breads with herb butters and jams.
Peonies and Old Roses
Soft and the palest pink peonies have bloomed in the June gardens of the
country for centuries. The elegant peony gives us a sense of suspended
time. A June rose is a bit of annual paradise. Nothing parallels this
moment of summer. Enjoy this luncheon, with wreath rings of blush and
sherbet twined about the punch bowl, and a menu of equal delicacy. Drop
back in time.
Le Dejeuner Sur L'Herbe - A
Picnic with Monet
Imagine enjoying a lovely French luncheon in the gardens at Giverny - or
Hurd Orchards! A Monet moment with a view of our lush countryside in
bloom. Today’s canvass is painted with the flavors of France; ‘confiture
du jour’ right out of our kettle, handmade breads, coq au vin, or
eclairs filled with fruit and creme patisserie…
Blueberries Up, Blueberries
... delicious blueberries all around!
Blueberry soup or blueberry catsup,
Blueberry muffins and blueberry pie,
Blueberry bouquets and blueberry baskets,
Blueberry jam under blueberry sky!
Blueberry Buckle Luncheon
Enjoy Luella Machamer’s famous blueberry buckle topped with whipped
cream. In 2011 we planted five acres of blueberries in addition to our
five acres of mature berries planted years earlier. These babies have
now grown and tempt us with several varieties, several new flavors, and
several opportunities to experiment with new recipes. Come enjoy the
fruits of our labor!
Royal Red Raspberry Luncheon
Today we will feature the exquisite flavors and bright colors of
raspberries. Just imagine raspberry chicken - raspberry maple
vinaigrette on sparkling garden salad - amazing raspberry jam - and
perhaps raspberry Pavlova. You will long remember these wonderful
tastes, and the elegance of the occasion.
Festivals and Fairs in the
There is something magical about the perfect summer evening at the
County Fair. Farm festivals evoke a special spirit of life in America.
Come explore the show - blue ribbon fruits and flowers as well as
handmade breads and prize winning preserves. Find yourself in awe as you
judge a four layer fudge cake with creamed cheese icing, or a rich fruit
crisp served with whipped cream. Let us surprise you with our gourmet
take on playful dishes from easy going times.
Cherries Jubilee Luncheon
Fat Black Tartarian cherries. Elegant Emperor Francis - huge cream and
pink cheeked cherries - spectacular crimson red Cavalier and lemon
yellow ‘golds’ will be featured as garnishes on salads as luscious
appetizers and perhaps dipped in chocolate. And nothing is more American
than Montmorency cherry pie. Come satisfy your cherry craving. The
health benefits are fantastic, but the flavor is unforgettable.
Black Raspberry Luncheon
We’ve figured it out! We grow a full acre of the most elegant black
raspberries - plump, glistening in the July sun, and unrivaled in
luscious flavor. Black raspberries are rare because they are so
difficult to grow.
Summer Pie Luncheon
A slice of pie made with our Yellow Transparent apples is
unlike any other apple pie of the entire year. Yellow Transparents
ripen on August 1st. Their fragrance in the orchard is like perfume;
their flavor is like the sun - mellow and sharp at the same time, warm
and smooth at once. This is my favorite pie of all. In mid summer we
also make black raspberry pies, or fresh blueberry pies, or summer
plum pies - all capture for us visions of back porches in the summer
twilight, crickets and katydids chirping in the eve, apples peeled at
the kitchen table, berry stained fingers and soft voices by lamplight
enjoying the restful feeling of the day’s work done. Enjoy our farm
Canalboat Kitchen - Tales from an Erie Canal Cook
Wine Country Luncheon
The Erie Canal cuts across the south corner of our farm. We
siphon from the canal for irrigation water. As a child I loved
climbing around in the then-tattered ‘mule barn’. Upstairs were burned
the names of the mules and ‘mulies’ and their teams, drivers
overnighting above and teams below. The canal carved our landscape,
helped farms flourish, gave rise to prosperous orchards and colorful
characters and left behind artifacts we still find buried beneath the
plow. Taste Erie Canal recipes from our farm’s own story and lore.
How fortunate we are to live in the middle of world class wine
country! In celebration of the Niagara and Finger Lakes wineries we are
preparing dishes incorporating local wines as well as serving a glass to
complement our lunch.
Herb Luncheon with harpist Grace Wong
With the sounds of music floating over our beautiful formal herb
gardens we’ll indulge in a marvelous menu incorporating specific herb
seasonings with each item. We have magnificent varieties to choose
from - both annual and perennial. Herb bouquets will grace our tables,
and herbs and edible flowers will garnish our plates. Includes harpist
Our exquisite zinnia garden, with dazzling splashes of brilliant color,
hovers and shimmers all the late summer with visiting butterflies. It is
magic. Our carefree luncheon will interpret this fairytale moment in
color and taste... butterfly cookies included! Butterflies are a
gorgeous glimpse at how we share natural world. At the close of this
luncheon please join us for our our ‘Linger After Lunch - Farming in a
Changing World presentation and then - butterfly cookies!
This luncheon has always focused on the exquisite relationship on a farm
between the natural world and the cultivated crop, and our relish and
respect for both. Using this
theme as a spring-board we will take a short moment at the close of this
luncheon to share with our guests our reflections about how the natural
world has been changing around us, and how our farm is adapting in
exciting ways to challenges. Keeps us on our toes! So many new things to
look forward to…!
Monarch Fiesta and the
Beautiful butterflies everywhere! All summer long we have been raising
Monarch butterflies ready to release for their long flight to their
winter home high in the mountains of Mexico. Symbolic of the summer’s
end, and as well of our farm’s partnership with our Mexican friends,
this luncheon will feature a delicious cross-cultural menu. Taste the
tortillas and American apple pie and watch as we release our
Big splashes of yellows, oranges, golds and burnished chocolate make a
striking backdrop for the delectable tastes of August. Our glowing
harvests, from garden and orchard will make this luncheon a delight.
of Summer Luncheon
One last bowl of summer berries. One last day of summer’s enveloping
warmth and ease. Gently fold yourself into the sunset of summer’s
luxuries - sunshine and peaches - tomatoes and basil - green leaves,
blue sky and the garden’s bounty.
and Cream Luncheon
Bushels of amber and coral surround us in peach harvest. Warmth and
bounty abound. The canning kitchen hums with activity and excitement
as jar after jar of golden peaches is neatly packed, ready for winter
enjoyment. The ice cream freezer turns slowly and rhythmically adding
music to our anticipation of an afternoon picnic. There are fresh,
ripe peaches to savor, juice running down our chins. Come join our
There is something about hydrangeas that captures our imagination. Is
it the soft and pillowy blossoms from the clearest blues and crisp
whites in July or the subtly hued and sophisticated burnishing of
autumn? The stateliness of the hydrangea fill our gardens and bouquets
with charm from mid summer until frost. Come see how our inspiration
has crafted centerpieces from fall’s hydrangea offerings. Enjoy a
relaxing lunch and informative talk.
and Bubblegum Plum Luncheon
Featuring our new Bubblegum Plum. Baked as a pudding with whipped
cream, of course, nothing is more wonderful than a lovely fruit
cobbler just removed, steaming, from the oven. Our young plum trees,
sports of a hundred year old variety from South Dakota, will finally
bear enough fruit for us to use in our kitchens. Come taste with us!
Cannery - A Living History Luncheon
Colorful lithographed labels. Marmalades and canned
raspberries. Tomatoes and pickles and applesauce. Trucks and teams
piled high with the harvest. In the 19th century and early 20th
century every village in our Orleans County had a cannery. The fields
and orchards of the landscape provided. After a delightful, old
fashioned farm luncheon featuring original Orleans County recipes and
the treasures of our jam kitchen, we will explore the unique history
of Orleans canneries.
Dahlia Garden Luncheon
By late summer and into early fall the dahlias reign in our fields.
Their watercolor half shades catch our breath - a cream that is ever
so slightly pink and ever so slightly coffee, eggplant purple, red
painted with fire orange edges or salmony gold simply glowing in the
autumn sun. Join us for this colorful lunch. Enjoy our bouquets filled
with prize winning dahlias. Accompany us to our field trials of
dahlias and select a favorite blossom to take home.
The Plum and the Pear
Pear Almond preserves and Nana’s Plum Elegant. Orchard compotes of
warm fruits and savoury spices. Pedestaled still lives with bowls of
fruit and earthen crockery filled with deep purple dahlias and bronze
accents. A September autumn.
Tavern - Cookery from the Inns of Ridge Road
Beneath our little market is the foundation of Mattison’s
Tavern. It was the first building built in our town, the Town of
Murray, in 1817. My mum says that the basement floor - still beneath
us - was herringbone brick, and that bake fireplaces flanked each end.
Its doorstep was on the very edge of the road, having stood there
awaiting coach travelers since it first opened. We still greet guests
with refreshment from this very same spot. And there have been cherry
trees about always, even still. Come taste an authentic traveler’s
Concert Luncheon with Grace Wong
As apple harvest escalates to its most glorious pitch we take this
time amid the gathering to share our thankfulness for a wonderful
season. With the strains of music drifting above the treetops we’ll
enjoy this most wonderful autumn repast resplendent with fall color
and tastes. Includes harpist Grace Wong, principal harpist of the
Day of Fall Harvest Luncheon
Moment Musicale Luncheon
Since ancient times baskets of fruit, shocks of grain, singing and
hearty foods have adorned table and hearth in celebration of the
harvest. Walk beneath our harvest doorway garlanded in festal flair.
Dine in gourmet simplicity as summer slowly gives way to fall.
Enjoy a lyric luncheon with soft strains filling our autumn barn. The
leaves of the forest, dahlias of the field, gourmet foods and September
fruits mingle with music to make this luncheon one of peace and of
insight - a luncheon of orchard spirit and flavor.
An unexpected warm day during the fall is savored. Lingering in this
summer moment we prepare dishes with the last yet sweetest corn, with
one stolen bite of a late peach or tomato or berry and the first of
the autumn herbs and mid September apples.
an Autumn Countryside Luncheon
As fall sweeps across the landscape on a breeze the apples seem more
flavorful and the maple leaves blaze a bit more red in the sunset. The
postcards of our imaginations are stamped with barns and woodland
scenes and pies fresh from the oven. Enjoy this All American autumn
luncheon followed by self guided tours of our gorgeous landscape - the
barns of the town of Sweden, the orchards of Orleans. We will share
maps and insights. Come enjoy our homemade fare and an afternoon in
There is a singular style on the Niagara plains. The farmer’s trees
are full of fruit; their barns are full of hay. Ridge Road and Rt 18
bustle with the business of orcharding. Stands are busy. Trucks are
filled with produce. Old timers and young farmers alike work toward
the goal of quality harvest and the lush lake plains remain sheltered
- bounded by Erie and Ontario and the great Niagara. Here foods are
varied and fresh. Meals are of the season and eaten late. Menus mingle
recipes served for centuries in farmhouse kitchens with those
reflecting the multi-cultural sophistication inherent in our lives.
Reminiscent of the elegant presentation our family experienced at
brunch in Cape Town we will serve this meal from serving tables filled
with platters of meats and cheeses replete with chutneys and sauces,
fresh fruits and juices, breads and cakes and delicacies of the land.
Dance! What’s Old and What’s New in Agriculture
Heirloom Apples and Robert Frost
With honeyed beams glowing and lantern light twinkling and festive
- Dance the Night Away
- Meet the Farmers, Young and Old
- Taste the Treasures of Furrow and Field
- Cash Bar - presented by regional artisans.
Apple Connoisseur's Luncheon
The aroma of apples permeates every corner of our apple barn in
October. For those of us who appreciate the exceptional and
sophisticated apple world, this is an exclusive opportunity to explore
a range of apples with insights from a grower’s and apple breeder’s
perspective. We’ll treat you to tastings of unusual, experimental,
heirloom and contemporary apples from the fifty plus varieties in our
orchards. In addition to seasonal October entree and vegetables, warm
breads and delicious dessert, our luncheon will include apple recipes
from soup to nuts. Try our brand new New York State releases!
One of our favorite poems of all times is Robert Frost’s ‘After Apple
Picking’. So many of his words speak of our world, a country world of
pruning and picking, orchard lanes and farming ways, yet a world more
profound, more simple and more sophisticated than often meets the eye.
Some of our ancient trees, with great and turned trunks and limbs,
through our care still yield the fruits of long ago, fruits telling
stories, and watching the same world, through the same lens as Mr.
Maple Leaf Luncheon - The
Ablaze with colors from our North Eastern hardwood forests, our 200 year
old barn will provide an awe inspiring setting for our sumptuous fall
feast. Canadian tastes from French Canada’s ‘pork tortiere’ to butter
tarts and traditional maple recipes will delight the palette and
punctuate our tasty menu.
Fall Foliage Luncheon
Fall is the culmination of all that is beautiful - the seasonal grande
finale. Gorgeous bronze, red and gold leaves, dahlias and zinnias of
every hue will provide a feast for the eyes, as we enjoy fall fare
featuring squashes, berries, plums, apples and pears. We will tame the
riot of color in the countryside bringing inside branches and blooms to
glow against the soft color of the old beams and boards of our barn.
Pies, Pies, Pies!
Of history and Americana - chicken pies, apple pies, meat pies, fruits
pies, veggie pies, herb pies, plum pies, berry pies! Select from our
festive farmland board of delectable, homemade pies - with some lovely
salads and side dishes included. Come give a blue ribbon to your
Life on the Ridge Luncheon
Our Ridge Road, like a ribbon weaves through the heart of fruit country
from the gorges of the Genesee to the great Niagara. First an Indian
Trail, then a stage coach route, Ridge Road is world famous for its
cobblestone houses and for its fruit stands filled with the finest gems
of the moment. A lunch focusing on history, folklore and lively local
Apple Butter And Apple Pie
Enhancing our lunch du jour will be hot apple butter right out of the
kettle (come watch the process!) served on breads steaming from our bake
ovens. And if you could choose any dessert in the world on October 19th
it MUST be apple pie! Our featured recipes will compliment a delightful
“An apple pie when it looks nice
might make one long to have a slice
And if the taste should prove good too
A little slice would hardly do
So to prevent my asking twice,
Please cut for me a great big slice!”
Apples and Caramel
Hallmarks of autumn both apples and caramel fill our minds and scents
and spirits with memories of weather turning crisp, of bushels stacked
high, golden leaves and warm kitchens bursting with fresh from the oven
cakes. Imagine how delicious this lunch will be.
New Apple Jewels Luncheon
Rubyfrost, beautiful Braeburn, fantastic Fuji, crisp classy Cameo. Our
apple world continues to bring forth spectacular new apple varieties -
apples with charm and style - apples fulfilling our classic images of
the perfect fruit. Taste, learn, and enjoy sophisticated orchard
treasures during this fully fall exquisite luncheon.
Pumpkin Gourmet Luncheon
Pumpkin everything! The fields are full of round orange jack-o-lanterns,
flat grey-green pumpkins, golden squashes, deep paprika bumpy pumpkins
and tiny little mini pumpkins Enjoy this creative luncheon - eat pumpkin
soup, old fashioned pumpkin pie, pumpkin muffins and pumpkin cake, even
pumpkin seeds - they are delicious, believe me, I’ve tried them!
Harvest Table Luncheon
The moment is finally arrived when we have completed the harvest of
apples, berries, flowers, pumpkins and squashes. Can you imagine the fun
you’ll have savoring our special menu and luxuriating in the colorful
harvest gatherings of late October?