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Sticky business: Local family, cooped up during pandemic, starts home bakery

Sticky business: Local family, cooped up during pandemic, starts home bakery

What began as a fun way to keep busy, provide some comfort to friends and make a little extra money for rent, has turned into a full-scale baking operation in a one-level house in Gardiner. “I’ve always dreamed of owning a bakery,” said Tanya Santos, a local mother of three, whom, like many of us, has been cooped up at home during the COVID-19 pandemic with her family trying to think of ways to stay busy and upbeat. “We were thinking of things we could do and Kaela (her eldest daughter) had rent looming, so I put a post on Facebook asking if anyone was interested in having some freshly baked cinnamon buns delivered to them and the response was unbelievable!”

The Lo Farm gears up to take over CSA at Taliaferro’s

The Lo Farm gears up to take over CSA at Taliaferro’s

For more than 20 years, a 32-acre tract of alluvial land on the banks of the Wallkill River on Plains Road in New Paltz was maintained as a CSA by Sylvester (“Pete”) and Robin Taliaferro. Despite all their years of hard work, the Taliaferros never quite recovered from the financial setbacks caused by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee in 2011. By 2018, the handwriting was on the wall: It was time to find a new tenant to lease the farm and retire. That search has now ended.

What the New Paltz newspapers said 100 years ago

What the New Paltz newspapers said 100 years ago

The winter of 1919-20 was quite a bit harsher than 2019-20. Consider: “The great depth to which the ground is frozen has caused many springs to give out.” … “Crossing the ice is still good between Highland and Poughkeepsie. The taxis charge 25 cents to take passengers across.” … “The present winter is without exception the longest and hardest in the memory of the present generation. There has been 25 snow storms this winter, big and little.”