The Culinarian: Agnes Deveraux, Proprietor of The Village Tea Room

By Francesco Mastalia / Photography By Francesco Mastalia | May 15, 2017
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Owner of The Village Tea Room in New Paltz celebrates cooking with local ingredients.
Deveraux started her business before the locavore movement made it big. Now she has a chalkboard in her restaurant noting where she buys locally.

“Originally I was going to open a little bakeshop. Baking is really my passion. But we changed our business plan and decided to open a restaurant, serving local food and buying from local farmers.

There weren’t that many people back then, nobody delivered and you couldn’t buy any meat from a local farmer. But things have changed and now I have so many people offering me local beef, and chicken, it’s wonderful. Our chalkboard downstairs has all the farmers who we buy from, and it’s not just fruits, vegetables and meat. We also have local wine, local bourbon, local gin and local beer.

If I’m going to buy vegetables, I’m going to buy them from somebody I know, like a local farm or business that’s a neighbor, because they are proud of what they do. I believe it’s better: It’s better for you, it’s better for the environment, it’s better for your kids, it tastes better and it’s better for the beauty of the area to have more farms than developments.”

THE VILLAGE TEA ROOM | 10 Plattekill Ave., New Paltz 

Article from Edible Hudson Valley at http://ediblehudsonvalley.ediblecommunities.com/eat/proprietor-village-tearoom-agnes-devereaux-turns-bakeshop-aspirations-culinary-destination
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