Alexandria, VA—Animal Welfare Approved (AWA) farmer Dan Gibson of Grazin’ Angus Acres in Ghent, New York, first heard the rumor on Sunday morning—the short ribs he had been accumulating and subsequently supplied to a mysterious buyer had been served at the reception following Chelsea Clinton’s wedding to Marc Mezvinsky on Saturday, July 31 in Rhinebeck. The rumors abounded that Grazin’ Angus Acres had been named on the menu. Unable to confirm this, AWA approached the caterer who had purchased the ribs. AWA spoke with Rob Cano at RCano Events to confirm that Grazin’ Angus Acres short ribs were the short ribs being written about by gossip columns and blogs. “I was first approached at the Union Square farmer’s market,” Gibson says of the New York City farmer's market where he sells his 100% AWA grassfed beef and prominently displays his “Proud to be Animal Welfare Approved” sign. “A customer I hadn’t worked with in the past said he was looking for humane, local, grassfed beef for a large event. He asked me if I could supply short ribs for 350 people. At first I said no, but I went back and crunched the numbers and said yes. There are so many events in New York—from charity galas to company dinners—that I really didn’t think anything about it.”
Shereen Alinaghian raises Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW Saanen and LaMancha dairy goats in the hills of New York at Ardith Mae Farmstead in Stuyvesant, NY. The goats enjoy the diverse, seasonal forage, which brings unique flavors to the cheese. In 2004, Shereen was still living in Brooklyn, NY and today, she is making cheeses that have been called, “unparalleled” by Tasting Table.
One of Shereen’s main goals is to allow her animals to be animals. She makes sure her goats are able to climb, explore and sample as many types of forage as possible. The herd has year round access to a lightly wooded five acre paddock and during the growing season they browse on an additional 30 acres of raspberry, grasses and various species of saplings. The rotational browsing system provides the goats with their needed forage and exercise while also improving their soil and vegetation. Ardith Mae established an every-other-year breeding program which alleviates the health stress of a yearly pregnancy and increases the longevity of the herd. The goats are never given hormones or unnecessary antibiotics.
Ardith Mae Farmstead Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW goat cheese is available at the Union Square Farmers Market in New York (every Saturday, year-round) as well as the 80th/Columbus and 115th/Broadway Farmers Markets (every Sunday, year-round). For more information about Ardith Mae Farmstead Goat Cheese, please visit their website or visit their Facebook page.