Businesses Rally to Aid Westchester Family Farm After Tragic Fire

ELMSFORD, N.Y., May 28, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Hemlock Hill Farm in Cortlandt Manor, one of the last working family farms in Westchester County, experienced a tragic fire, destroying the farm's barn, and taking the lives of scores of the farm's chickens on April 25th 2013. Several local businesses led by Scott Vaccaro of Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, will be joining together for a week long fundraising series in June. Their goal is to 'Raise the Barn' and help ensure the vitality and future of Hemlock Hills, one of the last remaining vestiges of Westchester's once rich agricultural roots.

Hemlock Hill opened in 1939, and has been owned and operated by three generations of the DeMaria family. Hemlock Hills has entered into a partnership with the State and County to preserve the land that the farm sits on as protected farmland, safe from development. This has also helped to protect an important part of the areas watershed.

Organized by Captain Lawrence Brewing Co., several area businesses will be holding a week-long fundraiser to help rebuild the barn, and ensure the future of Hemlock Hill in Westchester County. Brew-master/Owner Scott Vaccaro along with farm owners Laura and John DeMaria have organized some unique events at the brewery including the return of CLBC's Annual Pig Roast June 22nd 2013, with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit Hemlock Hill. Scott Vaccaro said of the fundraising events; "We are fortunate to still have productive farms in Westchester. Our hope is to raise enough money to rebuild the main barn, and in the process to give back to a great local business."  

Other local establishments have come to the aid including Restaurant North of Armonk, NY ( Village Dog of Tarrytown, NY ( and The Tapp ( also of Tarrytown. These three great dining destinations will be incorporating meats and produce straight from Hemlock Hill, so that guests at these events can enjoy true 'Farm to Table' experiences. The fundraising begins Father's Day June 16th and runs straight through to the annual pig roast Saturday June 22nd.

About Hemlock Hill & Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. ( located in Elmsford, NY and Hemlock Hill Farm ( have a shared a deep partnership since the inception of Captain Lawrence in 2006. Brewery Owner Scott Vaccaro has worked with Laura and John DeMaria both to give back to our agricultural community, as well as to help minimize environmental waste here in New York State. Captain Lawrence sends spent grain from each brew cycle to Hemlock Hill Farm to be used as cow feed. This mutually beneficial relationship has extended and grown into a great alliance.

Schedule of fundraising events:

  • Sunday June 16th: Father's Day Pilot Batch Takeover.
  • Monday June 17th: Restaurant North 'Farm to Brewery' Dinner
  • Tuesday June 18th: "Just the Tapp" I.P.A. Beer Dinner
  • Wednesday June 19th: Special Beer Release of 'Barn-raiser' Triple I.P.A
  • Thursday June 20th: Hemlock Hill Trivia Night Hosted by Nick Schwartz & Austin Ashley
  • Friday June 21st: Tasting Room Raffle/Beer Auction
  • Saturday June 22nd: CLBC Annual Pig Roast w. Village Dog

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