If ever a massive display of blooming plants, shrubs, and trees was called for to perk up the winter blahs, now is the time. Wandering an Adams Fairacre Farms greenhouse bursting with color and horticultural artistry is a familiar Hudson Valley tradition for many Hudson Valley gardeners which always comes as a welcome event in late-winter, and particularly so this year after nearly a year living with an isolating pandemic.
Start with tomatoes. The advantage of beginning your canning and preserving career with tomatoes is that they are acidic fruits that don’t take hours of complicated processing in order to result in an array of beautiful jars of red deliciousness. From there, your preserved products can sit on a shelf in a cool basement for months on end, until you turn them into magnificent sauces or salsas or soups.
Pat Tarsio, Sr. started the Newburgh lanes in 1959 with professional bowler Lou Campi, also known as “Wrongfoot Louie,” and it has stayed in the Tarsio family for six decades.
This weekend: Adams Fairacre Farms has a sweet tradition of mounting Lawn and Garden Shows at each of its locations just when we need them the most: in the dead of winter. The annual shows take place in each store’s greenhouse and feature live plants and shrubs that have been forced to bloom for our delight.
“For this pitch, you have to feature what’s wrong – total warts-and-all, and we’ve got a few warts in Ellenville. It’s a reality TV show, so we needed to be real.”
Alyson Reidy owns and operates a beloved spot on Route 209 in Stone Ridge where ice cream has been served for nearly 70 years.
Saturday, Feb. 15: “I wanted to create a cookbook for people who had sort of fallen out of the practice of cooking or who had never learned to cook in a way that is flexible, incorporating different ingredients on the fly, which is what you get if you have a garden or shop at the Farmers’ Market. It also helps you avoid waste.”
Saturday, February 8: High Falls artist Jan Sawka (1946-2012), originally from Poland, was known for his diverse creative output, which included paintings, prints, sculptures and a movable ten-story stage set for the Grateful Dead’s 25th-anniversary tour.
Friday, January 17: Matthew Goodman reads The City Game at Oblong Books in Rhinebeck.
Chaminda is from Sri Lanka and Shiwanti hails from the south of India. Heading a growing international team of cooks and servers, their focus is on making people feel comfortable and well-taken-care-of.