Yaddo Farm-to-Table

Featuring Kristin Kimball and Alex Halberstadt

Map to Event

We won’t let a little rain ruin the festivities!!

After much deliberation with our Saratoga Events planning committee, we’ve decided to move the Farm-to-Table event, scheduled for tomorrow evening, to The Pines (Nancy DiCresce Room) at SPAC, an indoor event room overlooking the SPAC lawn seating area. 

See attached map for directions. Event parking is designated to the Hall of Springs lot (#28) with entrance through (#20) The Hall of Springs Gate. Staff will be at a registration table to greet guests and to verify vaccinations. The Pines Building (#8 on the map) is a short walk from the gate but Yaddo staff will be available to transport guests in covered golf carts. Transportation will be available throughout the evening.

The gourmet picnic baskets will be passed out as planned and we will have cocktails, wine, and beer with a featured Apple Crisp drink from Yankee Distillers. The program with Kristin Kimball and Alex Halberstadt will begin at 7:30 pm. Attire is casual.

If you choose not to attend Farm-to-Table, baskets filled with goodies from Essex Farm will be available for pickup at SPAC from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. A staff member will assist you at the registration area. 

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow at 6:30 pm!

Please contact Robyn Iovinella-Waterston at rwaterston@yaddo.org or 518-584-0746.

Since 1900, Yaddo has nurtured the creative work of some of our most distinguished writers, composers, performers, filmmakers, and visual artists, while fostering a multitude of friendships, collaborations, and cross-influences.

Please join us for a Yaddo first— a Farm-to-Table gathering
featuring guests-of-honor Kristin Kimball and Alex Halberstadt

Thursday, September 23, 2021

6:30 pm

on the Great Lawn

The event is sold out

Contact Robyn Iovinella-Waterston at rwaterston@yaddo.org with questions or to make a donation.

Kristin Kimball

Born in 1971, Kristin grew up in central New York. She graduated from Harvard in 1994, then moved to New York City, where she worked at a literary agency, taught creative writing, and freelanced for magazines and travel guides. In 2002, she interviewed a wingnut farmer named Mark, and took more than a professional interest in both him and his vocation. They founded Essex Farm together in 2004 –She’s been professionally dirty ever since. Mark and Kristin have two daughters, and she has three great jobs: mother, farmer, writer.

Since the publication of The Dirty Life, she’s written for O: The Oprah Magazine about what it’s like to change your life completely; for Vogue on physical work, and for Gourmet Live on all sorts of farm and food related subjects; (The Pigs Are Alright, A Corny Story, Tales of Terror, Three Things Every Ethical Eater Needs To Know). Additionally, Kristin has been featured in Food & Wine, the Burlington Free Press, and French Elle.

Alex Halberstadt

Alex is the author the family memoir Young Heroes of the Soviet Union, a New York Times Critics’ Top Book of 2020, as well as Lonely Avenue: the Unlikely Life and Times of Doc Pomus. He’s a regular contributor to The New York Times Magazine, and his writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, Saveur, Travel + Leisure, GQ, Food & Wine, MoMA Magazine and The Paris Review. Nominated twice for the James Beard Award for Excellence in Journalism, his essays have been anthologized in Best Food Writing 2014 and The Best American Food Writing 2018. Alex lives and works in New York.


Stacie and Michael Arpey

Candace King Weir

Nemer Motor Group
Thomas Newkirk
The New York Racing Association, Inc.
Saratoga Casino Hotel
Swyer Family Foundation

Allerdice Building Supply, Inc.
Susan K. DePaula
Willis and Marilynn Goldsmith
Larissa Hawley
Michael and Marcia Phinney

Associates of Glens Falls, Inc.
Susan Brynteson
Capital District Physicians’ Health Plan, Inc.
Brendan Flanigan Interior Designs
Hoffman Car Wash
Lacey Thaler Reilly Wilson Architecture & Preservation, LLP
Jaeger & Flynn, A Marshall & Sterling Company
Elliott and Cathy Masie
Mary L. Passaretti and Fil L. Fina III
The Towne Law Firm, P.C.
Joe and Barbara Tyler
Stewart’s Shops
Zanetti Architectural Millwork


Elaina Richardson

Benefit Planning Committee
Brendan Flanigan, Chair
Sue Allerdice
Barbara Bennett
Susan Bokan
Lisa Clark
Susan DePaula
Tamie Ehinger
Larissa Hawley
Patricia McBride Friesen
Robb Moore
Ashley Simpson
Elizabeth Straton
Tamara Backer Tepper

Sponsorship Committee
Stacie Arpey, Co-Chair
Michael Phinney, Co-Chair
Wallace Allerdice
M. Bruce Cohen
Elizabeth Giblin
Peter Nemer
Candace Weir