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The Outpost: A Good Excuse to Go GMO-Free

Oct 04, 2016 11:00PM

John Ubaldo at The Outpost

John Ubaldo had a pretty simple reason for opening the Outpost: he wanted to lure locals away from factory-farm fare. “I opened the store so people would have access to good, clean GMO-free food and my stuff so they would not go to the supermarket,” says Ubaldo, who owns John Boys Farm in Cambridge, NY. “I actually wanted to eliminate the supermarket excuse. I wanted to be deep-set in the community, where we could begin to really educate by example and have a public space where people could meet, eat and discuss how to make change.”

Two years later, the farmer-owned and -supplied, GMO-free restaurant in Bedford is living up to Ubaldo’s vision. “We serve breakfast and lunch, we have tons of take-home dinners and we spin birds on the rotisserie every day,” he says. On Saturdays and Sundays, diners gather at the Outpost to enjoy smoked Berkshire jowl bacon; “Croque JB” (his version of the French favorite); huevos rancheros; and fresh rotisserie chickens, ducks and turkeys. “Weekends we have a crazy brunch menu all day long,” he says. “All the meats and eggs come from John Boys Farm.”

It’s not surprising that Ubaldo got his dream off the ground so quickly. Before opening the Outpost, he was worker farmers’ markets in the Bedford area—“We still do John Jay,” he notes—as well as restaurants there and in NYC.

Ubaldo grows all the feed for his animals using no chemicals or pesticides, and he grinds it weekly. All his grains are non-GMO, and he uses only US-based sources for the vitamins and minerals he gives his animals as well as for his probiotics, herbs and spices.

Every year he raises 200 to 250 free-range turkeys supplemented with non-GMO grains. “I only sell to individuals,” he says. “We raise Bronze and White Holland turkeys, which are heirlooms, for the Thanksgiving holiday. We’ll do some parts, but I prefer to sell them whole. I do not take orders until November first. We sell out really fast.”

The Outpost is located at 1 Court Rd., Bedford. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday 8 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed Monday. For more info, call 914.205.3900 or visit the Outpost on Facebook.

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