I have been hibernating this winter, and have the belly to prove it. The Professor asked me if I was on sabbatical. Funny. A friend who loves all things Italian asked if I had joined the Slow Blogging movement (see: Slow Food). All right, all right. I haven’t been writing, but I have been eating. I’ve also had the opportunity to travel a bit this winter to warmer climes, which has meant lots of avocados and Cuban bread and this:
While it may snow in Hudson this weekend (again), the bleak-looking lawns peeking out from the snow/ice and the light that we have gained with the time change point to SPRING.
I may even go for a walk (no snow shoes required).
But I’ve sworn to myself that I will sit all weekend in my new Modern Farmer pig T-shirt and catch up on reading. We’ll see how long that resolve lasts.
I wish I had learned about this restaurant a couple of years ago because then maybe I could be eating dinner here this weekend. Luckily the Indoor Hudson Farmers’ Market will be open Saturday 10am – 1pm so I can stock up on supplies to cook my own meal.
It’s Maple Weekend 2014 this weekend March 22-23 and next, March 29-30. This is your chance to take a little road trip to visit a sugar house and learn how maple syrup and other products are made. Some are little shacks that are a man’s backyard hobby (always a man – why?) and some are 25,000 square foot sophisticated operations. Somehow, there are no sugar shacks listed in Columbia County, so you will just have to stumble upon our (very) local producers, or again, take a little road trip. At any rate, it’s a great way to buy your maple syrup directly from the producer.
CORRECTION: The Farm at Miller’s Crossing is open today for maple syrup!
The 3rd Annual Hudson Valley Beer & Cheese Festival is happening in Kingston on Sunday March 23 from 1 – 4pm. In addition to Keegan Ales, our local brewers Crossroads Brewing and Chatham Brewing will be there along with Ommegang. And there’s cheese!
This weekend I will probably end up just wandering around my backyard, wondering if any of my plants will revive. We had transplanted a bunch of shade plants last year during our big house project, and they had lived quite happily in a random assortment of pots and sometimes just clumps of dirt in the back yard. We transplanted them back to the shade spot last fall where they then spent the winter under a foot or two of ice. That spot really never sees the sun so I’m not sure if the ice will disappear before April. I wonder if the plants will come back… I have to check on my garlic as well. That was the only food thing that I managed to grow last year, and it might be the same this year, although I would love to grow some tomatoes and herbs. Margaret the Gardener pointed me to a post by Hudson Valley Seed Library, makers of the loveliest seed packets around, about the silver linings of a long hard winter. It’s good to keep things in perspective.
And if I feel overwhelmed in my garden, I’ve just learned there’s an app to help me figure out what to plant when. Of course there is.
I’m not the biggest chocolate fanatic but I do love a good dark chocolate – it just makes everything ok. And this latest study proves me right! So take care of that gut bacteria at Verdigris next Saturday, March 29 from 5 – 7pm. The Wine & Chocolate Tasting this month will focus on chocolate from Grenada, which I’m guessing you haven’t tasted before. I haven’t.
Mark your Calendars!
If you missed the Pierogi and bake sale at St. Michael’s today, your next chance is at the Ukrainian Easter Food Sale on Saturday April 12th, 10am – 2pm. The Ukrainians need some support right now, no? But be smart and call ahead to reserve your food or you will leave empty-handed.
The Ramp Festival returns to Hudson for its 4th year on Saturday May 3rd.
The Beer, Bourbon & Bacon Festival appears at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds (Rhinebeck) on Saturday June 21st. This could be interesting.