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    Posted December 5, 2012 by
    Woodstock, Vermont
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    100 places to eat like a local

    Cloudland Farm Table Dining

    I hesitate to offer up this culinary gem, however, quality food deserves to be shared. On the border between Woodstock and Pomfret, Vermont, lies a small valley called Cloudland Road. The Appalachian Trail crosses the valley just below the Cloudland farm, and the locals covet their privacy and favorite trial heads.

    The Emmons Family has owned the land for generations,and raise some of the best angus beef I have tasted in 30 years. It reminds me of the meat from Montana, my Grandfather would send us each year.

    Cathy and Bill Emmons have built a new dining hall, and Chef Nick selects the meat he will serve, they also sell meat at their property store. He then gathers all the ingredients from local farms. Cheese, vegetables, honey and flours.

    He creates wonderful meals that shine with the best tasting ingredients. Recently, he served balsamic braised short ribs, mashed potatoes and roasted root vegetables. For dessert we savored the panna cotta with thyme infused honey.

    Family style dinners are served on Thursday nights, and plated dinners are served on Saturday.

    The New Year's Day brunch is not to be missed! Come hungry and you will leave full, with plenty of lushes leftovers. You need a spare table for all the food, and it is all delicious!

    What I love about this dining experience is you are at the farm. Cathy runs the dining room, and manages the farm with her husband Bill. They are friendly, passionate and dedicated to a farming way of life. The food is pure and homemade, with all the flavor a New York top chef would appreciate. Chef Nick is creative and works hard to make the dishes balanced and delicious.

    Of all the restaurants in the world, Cloudland Farm is one I wish I could take with me. Farm to table and true to its roots in Woodstock Vermont.
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