County Farms at Senator Gillibrand’s New York Farm Day

SUNY Cobleskill is proud to have had two of its culinary students represent SUNY and Schoharie County Farms at Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s 13th Annual New York Farm Day on July 29, 2014, in the Russell Senate Caucus Room on Capitol Hill. Students Christy Camiolo, a Culinary Arts Management BBA student, and Mackenzie Cross, a Culinary Arts AOS student, fused fresh, local ingredients in a trio of salsas each highlighting the distinct use of corn, tomato and cantaloupe, alongside a goat cheese cream and tortilla chips. Six hundred government officials including NY Ag Commissioner Richard Ball, Senator Charles Schumer, and Congressman Paul Tonko were in attendance.

As a state university with a rich history in agriculture, SUNY Cobleskill’s highly regarded culinary program has been a continuous presence at the New York Farm Day event; presenting delicious cuisine artfully prepared with ingredients which are locally produced and grown from the deep-seated agricultural epicenter that is Schoharie County. “Our presence at this event is important because we are allowed the opportunity to showcase SUNY, specifically our campus and our culinary students as well as our local farm community and what is produced in our region,” states JoAnne Cloughly, Associate Professor of Culinary Arts at SUNY Cobleskill. “It’s a great opportunity to show people what upstate New York is all about and how proud we are of our campus and our farming region!”

New York Farm Day was established and previously hosted by former New York State Senator Hillary Clinton to showcase delectable fare from farms and businesses throughout New York State, spotlighting the local agriculture industry and encouraging its growth.