In 2019 Elizabeth Starks & Jacob Sackett decided to build a homestead in the farming community where Jacob’s family settled over six generations ago. They wanted to create a place to live, raise livestock, grow food, and welcome visitors. Today their home, Bovina Farm and Fermentory, has a public dining room downstairs that they open for a weekly dinner for guests to eat family style on candlelit tables. The weekly menu includes produce from their own gardens and neighboring farms, and often wild game, all paired with homemade beers and inspired by family recipes. The farm, brewery, and restaurant are run solely by Elizabeth and Jacob, who proudly carry on their family traditions dating back generations in the Catskills, garnering local and national interest along the way.
We’re delighted to share recipes from their Field Day Dinner this past October. Jacob and Elizabeth hosted a group for a guide upland hunt followed by dinner at the farm. The meal featured duck, pheasant, and venison paired with house beers. It was a celebration of Thanksgiving traditions from Jacob’s childhood, which always included a morning hunt with his dad and grandfather, followed by dinner.