Guy Jones of Blooming Hill Farm
Guy Jones started farming in the Hudson Valley in the early 1980s, not long after he gave up his storefront law office in Albany, New York. In the beginning, Blooming Hill sold vegetables at farmers markets locally and in New York City at the Union Square Greenmarket. Back then, the farm still grew a very wide variety of specialty organic produce – some of it strange and new even for the burgeoning New York restaurant scene. This attracted the attention of up-and-coming chefs such as David Bouley, Mario Batali, Tom Colicchio and Michael Romano. These would-be restaurateurs began picking up produce from the farm’s Greenmarket stand on a regular basis. Other chefs caught wind of this and began requesting that the farm try growing unique crops from then hard to obtain imported seeds. The farm answered these requests and the word began to spread. Before long, Blooming Hill had a small but loyal group of wholesale customers, and was delivering weekly to restaurants in New York and the surrounding area.
Today farmer Guy Jones and Blooming Hill Farm are still known for the unaltered, eclectic and broad produce offerings: they grow and forage over 200 varieties of fruits and vegetables on a hundred acres in Orange County, NY, and are proud to sell to some of the finest restaurants in New York City, New Jersey, and the Hudson Valley.
Come by for brunch every Saturday and Sunday at the farm from 10am to 2pm.