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The Mexican Restaurant Hidden in a Barn on a Rural New York Farm – Word of Mouth


-A lot of people think
this is the middle of nowhere. ♪♪ You’ve really got to want
to come here to enjoy our food. We have customers that come in
that said they’ve been driving
by this place for years and never really noticed that
there was a restaurant here. Let’s go, girls.
Come on. We don’t do any advertising, so
everything is by word of mouth. So, we’re in the town
of Meredith, New York, about three and a half hours
from New York City, on a farm at the top of
a mountain. I’m Patrick Rider.
This is my wife, Thanya, and we own and operate
Greenane Farms. We had this old dairy barn
we converted into a restaurant, and in that restaurant,
my wife and her sisters and their brother
and the rest of her family produce some
really fantastic food. -When you’re driving in
at the restaurant, and you saw the barn,
you never expect to walk in and look at this. ♪♪ -There you go. -Bye, bye, amigo.
-Bye. -[ Chuckles ]
“Bye, bye, amigo.” First and foremost,
we’re a livestock farm. We farm about 1,000 acres. We don’t use any antibiotics
in anything that goes to meat. Consuming our own meat
is important because we know where it comes from,
we know how it’s been treated. When you take care
of your animals, you end up
with great quality meat. You put it into the hands
of somebody that really knows
how to cook it, then you end up
with something — a really great meal. We met in Mexico 20 years ago. It was for sure love
at first sight, and we’ve been together
ever since. ♪♪ This bale is going to be
about 1,000 pounds. They’ll eat this
in a couple hours. When I was consulting in Mexico, I got an opportunity
to see firsthand how a lot of the food that I was
consuming was being produced. The way that they were raising
livestock, the chemicals that were
being applied to the produce, I was stunned. These are some of
our sheep and goats. We don’t confine them, either. She’s just kind of curious
and coming up to see how we’re doing,
see if she can get a free treat. We were thinking about
starting a family at that point, you know,
so this is going to be the time we’re going to
start a family. We’re going to do it back
in the States. That came together
at the same time that I really learned
about industrial food, and I kind of said, “You know,
I think that’s just one more reason to come up here
to Upstate New York.” -And when he mentioned
New York, the first that come to mind,
that was Manhattan, right? I said, “Well, I can live
in Manhattan for sure.” I didn’t really know exist
New York state. -We started driving and driving
and driving, and then of course,
the city disappeared, and we were in
the middle of nowhere, and Thanya recognized that we
were in the middle of nowhere. This is my son, Patrick. He’s 4 years old,
and he’s quite a helper. All right,
hold right onto the bottle hard. You know, we really kind of
thought of it more on the scale
of a small homestead. We’re going to have
a few cattle. We’re going to have
a couple pigs. We can produce our own meat. We can grow our own vegetables, and that’s really
how it kind of all started. -But I love it,
end up love it here. I mean, it’s amazing. -I don’t think we ever
really thought initially about
starting a restaurant. That was never in the plan,
but as time went on and as more customers
got to know us, we got more and more requests
for prepared foods. You know, before you know it,
she said, “You know, well, why don’t we
just open a restaurant?” -It’s one thing when you
can feed a family, and you do, like,
a party for 20 people, but when you’re running a
restaurant, it’s way different. We prepared for a year
basically, and then we said, “Okay, let’s open.” I was really afraid to do this
because I’m a Mexican, and I think I’m the only Mexican
in the town. Who’s going to come over
to have dinner here, right? And I said, “Yeah, I don’t care. I want it here.” I’m living here in the country
without worry, without having this thing
that you got to lock door. You got to lock your car. You got to watch your back
all the time. I mean, it’s amazing
having my kids here and feeling this freedom
and this safety. I mean, it’s priceless. ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪

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