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The Rural We: Rory Chase

Rory Chase was born and raised in Pine Plains, and it’s where he’s chosen to run his business, The Amazing Real Live Food Company, located at the multigenerational Chaseholm Farm Creamery. In addition to making artisanal cheeses (you really have to try the Camembert), the Chase family sells raw milk and the meats from its grazed cows, and makes various sauerkrauts and other fermented vegetables. Rory’s passion and pride for his hometown is evident as he talks about his favorite places to hike, fish and eat. Here, the cheesemaker talks all about the area he knows so well.

I was born and raised in Pine Plains on my family’s dairy farm and grew up along with my brother and sister milking cows, making hay and mucking manure. I used to love hanging out with the chickens and fetching the eggs and we would work the family’s vegetable garden together. As proud 4H members we would get to go to Farm Kid Camp every year, which means show our cows and sleep over at the Dutchess County Fair.

One of the reasons I love living here is the natural beauty. When friends come to visit for the first time I like to take them for a hike up Stissing Mountain to the top of the Fire Tower there. You pop out above the tree line and have amazing 360-degree views of the whole of the Hudson Valley, framed at edges by the Catskills on one side and the Taconics on the other. In addition to the Stissing Mountain hikes and others around Pine Plains, I like to go exploring along the creeks of the Roeliff Jansen Kill in spring and summer with my trout fishing rod and drop in near Mount Ross. Plus lovely little hikes for swimming’s sake into the ore beds around Millerton, as well as the tumbling cataracts of Bash Bish Falls in the town of Copake Falls. Bring your dogs…I do.

My favorite breakfast spots are The Farmer’s Wife in Ancramdale for their egg sandwiches and Another Fork in the Road in Milan for brunch. I go to Crossroads in Hillsdale for the beignets; they’re the best.

This region is so special to me because it’s my beautiful home, my verdant pasture, and my blue sky. I think our best is witnessed through the dedication and hard work proliferating throughout the Hudson Valley by way of our emerging producer class. I’m awed by the scope and am thrilled by the talent that is rising like so much sweet cream from our New Economy.

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Posted by Rachel Louchen on 02/27/14 at 05:04 PM •