Thursday, June 30, 2011

Hurd Orchards

Twelve of us went to Hurd Orchards today.  It was a beautiful day, although it was so windy that they needed to close the doors of the barn near our table so we wouldn't get blown away during lunch.  Before lunch there was the requisite shopping.  How can you not buy some of their breads when you can smell them baking as soon as you get out of your car in the parking lot? 
I got a strawberry bread and a rhubarb bread.  I would have gotten the cherry bread too but I remembered that Larry doesn't like cherries and he's the one who has to eat them - such torture I inflict upon the man.

The theme for our lunch was Juneberry Jam and Watercress Soup

We started with wild grape leaves stuffed with bourin
cheese.  The cheese was homemade and very creamy.
No wonder it didn't taste like what I buy at Wegmans.

The tea was cherry and rose petal

This is the watercress soup with a dollop of sour cream.
All the plates, bowls, etc are lovely and different.
We were served honey oatmeal bread, blueberry
muffins and juneberry and strawberry jams

Here we are
(click on a picture to see it larger)
I'm in the picture below that I took from Audrey's Facebook photos.

Thanks Audrey!!

The main course consisted of a salad with the most delicious chive
blossom vinegar dressing and a ham puff pastry that had parmesan,
gruyere and creme fraiche and a side dish of fresh cherries.
Dessert was Williamsburg pound cake with fresh
strawberries, blueberries, a mound of delicious

whipped cream and topped off with a cherry and mint sprig.

It was a lovely afternoon with a group of wonderful ladies. We are all lucky to be neighbors. And it was Sandy's birthday, what a nice birthday lunch for all of us.  We missed those that couldn't make it but we're planning on doing it again.


  1. Barb - This is a fabulous accounting. I am sorry that I missed it, but grandsons trump Hurd Orchard! Thanks for sharing. I look forward to the next outing, hope I can make that one. Betti Abbas

  2. Wonderful photos and beautiful food usual. Sorry that I missed the fun outing and I'm looking forward to the next time.