Outdoor seating has been a lifeline for area restaurateurs during this pandemic, but it’s now October and the good weather for the year is mostly in the past. As the weather gets colder, restaurants are hoping that heaters and tents will help get them through the winter.
Almanac Weekly | Taste
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.
In the list of apples that I grow, notice that there was no mention of Red Delicious, Honeycrisp, Empire, or other varieties commonly seen on supermarket shelves and at farmers’ markets. These varieties have the combination of productivity, ability to ship and store well, and eye-appeal demanded by commercial markets. But a backyard apple variety can be chosen with only one consideration in mind — flavor! With over 5000 varieties of apples to choose from why not grow the best?
For the first time in three months, local residents will be able to enjoy a sit-down indoor restaurant meal, visit a nail salon, massage parlor or spa. The Mid-Hudson region, which includes the counties of Ulster, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland and Westchester, will enter phase III of reopening tomorrow, June 23.
The Rhinebeck Farmers’ Market began its 26th season on May 3. The market will continue to run until December 27
Locally sourced food has become increasingly more important as people attempt to stay closer to home in the midst of a global pandemic. Growers, farm-market organizers and supporters are working to provide customers with safe, accessible, fresh food while drastically reducing the links in the sometimes overwhelmingly complex food chain. We checked in with farm markets in Woodstock, Saugerties, Kingston and New Paltz. All were either already open or preparing to reconfigure their outdoor spaces while expanding their online offerings.
Wine enthusiasts can still get their favorite Hudson Valley wines, spirits and hard ciders from the Shawangunk Wine Trail wineries delivered straight to their door or pickup curbside.
Sunday, Feb. 16: A $5 admission at the door includes two flavors of hot chocolate. Other activities include blacksmithing and broom shop demonstrations, sledding on Hoot Hill and guided hikes.
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.”