Archive for August, 2010

we mourn the passing of the apple lady of Don Baker farm

Thank you to Amy at the Hudson Farmers’ Market for the notice.  I don’t think I could improve on the memorial written here.

food happenings in the northern Hudson Valley – 2010

I love this time of year – not only does everyone have tomatoes (and zucchini) coming out of their ears, but everyone seems to be celebrating food.   Or maybe that’s how it looks through my food goggles .  Anyway…

It’s county fair time – opportunity to eat crazy fried things but also check out some great food exhibits.  Check out the vegetable exhibits, drink 4H milkshakes using Hudson Valley Fresh milk, eat some local chocolates…

On the completely other end of the spectrum, there are cooking classes at the Hawthorne Valley Farm Learning Center:  “The Locavore Way” Cooking classes with Chef Amy Cotler (who also writes on Rural Intelligence).  We missed the classes back in June and July but the next one is coming up quickly:

  • Class #3: The Locavore Way: Locavore Candlelight peak-of-the-season Locavores’ Supper – A Celebration of the Gifts of the Earth Saturday, August 21, 4-8pm (bring your sweetie to the dinner)
  • Class #4: The Locavore Way: Celebrate the Harvest Outdoor Farm Food Feast – On the Farm Outdoor Locavore Harvest Feast Saturday, September 5 (Labor Day weekend), 10am-2pm (family-style)

To register, contact Caroline Smialek at 518.672.7500 x105 or caroline AT

Can we say eating and drinking?  The Hudson Valley Wine & Food Festival is at the Dutchess County fairgrounds September 11th and 12th.

But even more local is the Taste of Hudson NY on Saturday, September 11, 2010 from 11am-2pm in the 200 block on Warren Street.

Will the Columbia County Farm Festival in Valatie happen again this year???  I missed the one last year and so wanted to go – I love Golden Harvest, and Core Vodka

Across the river in Saugerties, the Hudson Valley Garlic Festival happens September 25-26.  You’ve never seen so many garlic themed things (except, perhaps, in Gilroy…).  Garlic ice cream anyone?

Further down in the Hudson Valley, the Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association will be holding the 2010 National Conference: “Biodynamics & the Future of Agriculture; Growing the Food Revolution” September 30 – October 3, 2010 in Chestnut Ridge, NY.  For more information go to

And, across the river the final event of the year is the International Pickle Festival in Rosendale, NY in late November.  Lots of good tasting along with the usual rather awful fair stuff.  Last year there was also a tea-making ceremony in one corner, which was rather random.  But yum!  Pickles!!!



local, delicious and collectible???

Sotheby’s Puts Veggies on the Block.

wandering and eating. again.

I know that yesterday was national dance day, but for me it was a wandering and eating day.

The last Saturday of July is the annual Tivoli Yard sale – you can just wander around and find treasures.  This was my $2 treasure:

The title is about food, the content is not (as if you couldn’t tell): A historical novel of love and intrigue set in the beautiful Hudson River Valley.  Can’t wait.

More importantly, along with the annual town-wide yard sale, Tivoli Bread and Baking holds a pie competition on their front yard.  Note to self: show up at noon next year.

This is the Tivoli pie crowd.  They are each holding a white plastic fork (except maybe the dog) while listening to the announcement of the winners.  But really, most were here to taste.  I managed to try some rustic plum pie, a tart lemony thing with whipped cream and a raspberry, and a blueberry pie.  Since I don’t often bake pies, this was heaven.

I have no idea who won, and based just on these tastes, it didn’t matter (except to the proud winners!).  I wasn’t the only one – there was pie frenzy:

We then realized that we were hungry and while the ham and cheese sandwich at Tivoli Bread and Baking was calling my name (and I was right there!) we went off to try something new: ‘Cue2Go.  We ordered a pulled pork sandwich, a pork in a brown sugar sauce sandwich and mashed potatoes with gravy.  This was a tasty full meal deal which we ate on the picnic table out back.

We ate it all.  But that was it for the day – we returned to the backyard and took a nap in the gorgeous weather.  And skipped dinner.