WHAT’S IN A NAME? – FOUR FAT FOWL
We are committed to making a locally-sourced product that we can be proud of. It seems only fitting that our name should be locally-sourced as well. Our operation is based in Stephentown, a small town in Rensselaer County, NY. This area has a rich history going back to the colonial era. In the seventeenth century, the Dutch colonized the Hudson Valley and established a system of landholding called patroonship. The patroon was the landlord of a large piece of land on which lots of tenants settled. The last patroon of Rensselaerswyck (what is now Rensselaer County) was Stephen Van Rensselaer. Stephentown was named after him. His tenants called him the "Good Patroon" because he was lenient in collecting rent, which for tenants who had been there for seven years or more included "four fat fowl", a day's labor, and ten to twenty bushels of wheat per hundred acres. This fantastic history gave us the perfect name for our group.