Local apiary participates in Buy Local Cookbook
ANNAPOLIS — “It was serendipity I suppose.”
For Lee and Neil Vosters, of Randalia Farm near Chesapeake City, it was a bit of chance that connected them to Gov. Larry Hogan’s 2017 Buy Local Cookout, an annual celebration of dishes created by chefs using Maryland-grown or raised ingredients.
“We occasionally man a booth at a street fair in Annapolis and someone must have bought a jar of our honey and accidentally left it at the nearby Galway Bay pub,” she said.
It was there that chef Kevin Duffy, who was working on his third submission to the annual cookbook, found one of the last ingredients on his list for his Irish spiced beef dish — a corned beeflike meal popular in Ireland at Christmastime.
“I knew I wanted to make a beef dish and I thought a honey mustard sauce would pair well with it,” he said. “I hadn’t really started looking for a local honey though when I came across a jar of Randalia Farm’s in the bar. I just thought, ‘Well there it is.’ I looked up the info on the label to get ahold of Neil to get more of it.”
Lee said the couple, who have operated Randalia Farm off-and-on since 1981, had never heard of the governor’s annual cookout, which produces a cookbook of local recipes and encourages residents to seek out local suppliers. After connecting with Duffy’s recipe, which was chosen for inclusion in the 10th annual cookout on July 20, the Vosters were among the dozens in
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Lee Vosters, of Randalia Farm near Chesapeake City, poses with Maryland first lady Yumi Hogan at the Buy Local Cookout in July.