Nettle Meadow Farm to Host Locally Sourced Food and Drink Pairing in Restored Barn Loft
Nettle Meadow, the Thurman farm whose triple-cream Kunik and Honey Lavender Fromage Blanc have become a hit with cheese authorities across the country, will will host a “Cheese and Spirits Pairing” on Saturday, June 7 from 5:30 to 7:30.
The event coincides with the restoration of the farm’s historic, 1903 gambrel roof barn, whose loft now serves as an event space.
Even in its decline, the barn was a prominent feature of the farm for the past 100 years.
When Sheila Flanagan and Lorraine Lambiase bought Nettle Meadow Farm in 2005, the old barn was sagging badly. After Hurricane Irene in 2011, it began to sag dangerously, and Flanagan and Lambiase feared one more big snow storm would bring it down.
“When the wind blew hard, we expected to wake up and see that barn in a heap on the ground,” said Flanagan.
With the help of Ed Carpenter, a local contractor, who initially shored up the old barn in 2005 to keep it from collapsing, Flanagan and Lambiase found Andy Leblanc, a barn restorer from Indian Lake, who repaired and replaced the timbers one by one and began the slow meticulous process of replacing floors, walls and windows until the old barn was whole again.
That part of the project took more than a year, and the roof had yet to be replaced. Most of the companies called for estimates declined the job, so Flanagan and Lambiase were fortunate to find local builders Joel and Aaron Mosher, who were able to replace the roof and its perlings and trusses one by one until the roof line was straight once again.
The event, which includes music by Ellen Kenney, will benefit the Thurman Station Association, which showcases businesses and organizations in the Thurman region, the Skyler Castro Benefit Fund and the Thurman Food Pantry.
Tickets are $20 per person and may be purchased in advance by calling 518-623-9305 and at the door. Nettle Meadow Farm is located at 484 South Johnsburg Road, Thurman. To view a map and for more more details, visit NettleMeadowCheeseandSpirits.com