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How D’ya Like Them Apples?

Panelists taste Hudson Valley and New York City ciders. Story by Erik Ofgang / Photos by Eva Deitch food + drink

Dr. Fermento

After living only on fermented foods and drinks for a year, Derek Dellinger wrote a book about it. Story by Erik Ofgang / Photos by Roy Gumpel



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Seed the Revolution

By Anne Pyburn Craig

Bite into a cherry tomato warm from the summer sun. Gather daisies and pluck raspberries from your own backyard. Watch butterflies dance. There are a million wonderful things you can do with a garden, so much so that the practice has exploded over the past five years—with more than 42 million American households growing food at home or in a community garden in 2013, up 17 percent, according to the National Gardening Association—which, in turn, is inspiring innovative enterprises like the Hudson Valley Seed Library.

Hudson Valley Seed Library’s seed packets are illustrated by local artists.

10 Tips for Making Your House Your Own

Making the Full-Time Move from Brooklyn

By Susan Piperato

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You have to “love where you live,” says home stylist and Hammertown retailer Joan Osofsky. For more than 30 years, that’s been the guiding principle of her work, not to mention the title of her book on home design. Homes, Osofsky writes in Love Where You Live: At Home in the Country (co-written with Abby Adams and published by Rizzoli in 2013), “can and should express the passion and vision—the very soul—of the people who have made them their own.”

It’s just a few weeks now ’til we move to Kerhonkson, a hamlet with 1,600 people that a Brooklyn friend of mine with a second home there (who loves it!) said, “still has more snowmobiles than farmers’ markets.” Well, how did this happen? The process started at a friend’s wedding in High Falls a few years ago. My husband and I could not believe how beautiful the area was and couldn’t wait to get back.

Down By The Rondout Creek, A Culinary Delight Awaits By Haynes Llewellyn

Why not head out this weekend to the Hudson Valley? Enjoy the sights, hike the trails, or sail the waters of the Hudson? Oh, yes, and if you’re hungry, why not stop by the Bywater Bistro to dine with Sam Ullman and his brother Rueben? I guarantee you’ll be glad you did. And if you like, tell the guys that Haynes sent you.

A Haunted Heritage By Kandy Harris

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It’s time

to bring home the harvest. As all things sprouted from the earth

grow Dull and we Wonder

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Niva Dorell is a writer and filmmaker who moved to the Catskills from Los Angeles two years ago and has been writing about upstate people, homes, and lifestyles ever since. She also co-founded WriteUP New York, a collective of professional writers who live in upstate New York. When not writing, she is busy throwing sticks for her dog Ruby. Find her on Twitter @nivaladiva.

Erik Ofgang is an award-winning writer whose work appears in national media outlets, including the Associated Press and Connecticut magazine, and is the author of Buzzed: Beers, Booze, and Coffee Brews, Where to Find the Best Craft Beverages in New England. He teaches journalism at Western Connecticut State University and Mercy College. When he isn’t writing or conducting craft beverage field research, he can be found playing bass for the Celtic roots band MacTalla Mor. He lives in western Connecticut with his wife and designated driver, Corinne.

Born in Brooklyn, raised in Woodstock, Hillary Harvey is a photographer, writer, and Chronogram’s kids and family editor. Her photographs appear in magazines, on websites and book jackets, and in some of the nicest homes around. A diehard yogi and devoted traveler, Harvey lives in an old house in Kingston’s historic Rondout district with her college sweetheart and their three young muses.


Eva Deitch is a visual storyteller and contemplative living at the base of Mt. Beacon with her husband and dog. Her photographic interests include themes surrounding the land, sense of place, and the human spirit and experience. Her work has been published in Condé Nast Traveler, the New York Times, and many regional magazines.

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ike many New Yorkers, Philippe Trinh leads a double life. He works in Manhattan as a menswear designer for Men’s Wearhouse and Jos. A. Bank, hitting the ground running each weekday morning on his way to the Broadway NQ subway station in Astoria. “I jump into a crowded subway train in the mornings and jump out at Times Square to go to work,” Trinh says, “so there’s a lot of pushing and shoving from the second I step out of my apartment.” On Friday afternoons, he buses it upstate to join his partner, Julian Lesser, Luminary Media’s director of sales and product development. At their uptown Kingston home, says Trinh, “One of my favorite things to do is sit next to our Koi pond with a glass of scotch. It’s so serene.” But when Trinh and Lesser bought their property four years ago, it wasn’t the lush paradise they’d dreamed about. “There was literally one tree on our property,” says Trinh. “We now have over 70 trees, and the entire property is landscaped.” Why Kingston? Trinh and Lesser first heard from friends how great the small city is. “I started doing some research and began to see more and more articles about Kingston, there were even ones from the New York Times and Wall Street Journal,” Trinh recalls. “I knew that something special was happening with Kingston, especially Uptown Kingston.” Four years on, Trinh says he’s seen several new uptown businesses add to Kingston’s allure. When he isn’t enjoying the food/drink/creative scene, he and Lesser spend time gardening, working on home improvement projects, and taking their Jackshund, Coco, on adventures. Before the couple bought a house upstate, they were working long hours in the city. “Julian was working at a large-scale digital marketing agency, and I was working for a large fashion house,” Trinh says. “We

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and relaxing along the Esopus Creek, not far from his Kingston home.

worked very hard, and wanted a place to escape to on weekends within a two-hour drive. “We could tell that Kingston had a lot of potential and that Uptown Kingston would continue to grow in popularity,” Trinh recalls. They bought an 1890s Victorian near Keegan Ales and began spending weekends renovating it. They’ve since turned it into a popular vacation rental, The Saint James, which won an award from the Friends of Historic Kingston, and housed actor Michael C. Hall (the star of Showtime’s “Dexter”) during the filming of Cold in July in 2014. The couple then bought another property for their new home, right across the street from The Saint James. But Trinh’s love of Kingston doesn’t mean he’s broken up with New York City. He’s still drawn to the city’s architecture and diversity, which, he says, “contributes to a really amazing and high-energy vibe that I crave.” And the shopping just isn’t the same upstate. As a clothing designer, Trinh prefers Bergdorf Goodman and Barneys in Manhattan. “Designer stores with high fashion are something that I just can’t get upstate in the country,” he says. But living the split life is worth the sacrifice. “Sometimes you just want to go upstate and chill and not have a set schedule,” he says. “Fresh air and nature are much needed after a long week of work and socializing. In the city, things are much more premeditated. Dressing up all week for work usually involves some thought and planning.” Plus, a social life can be more interesting upstate. “I can literally just drop by a neighbor’s house and see what they’re up to,” says Trinh. “In the city, my friends would think I’m crazy.” Trinh still buses it back to New York City on Monday mornings, and says there’s only one drawback to living in two places. “It’s really hard to go back to work on Mondays,” he says. “Like, really hard.” u MORE WEEKENDERS’ STORIES AT

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JAMES KEEPNEWS Jazz Promoter and Musician Hometown: Pelham Lives in: Beacon Favorite Thing About Upstate: “The Hudson River. The views of it I have from my windows are so inspiring—especially the sunsets.” Least Favorite Thing About Upstate: “Gentrification concerns me. I guess I feel a little responsible for some of that, since what I do helps attract people to the Hudson Valley. But I still love living here.” “It’s so important to me, to be able to hear interesting and creative music,” says James Keepnews. “It’s in my DNA.” Indeed, it is, although the guitarist, performance artist, writer, and curator of Beacon jazz and experimental music events didn’t always know it. His father’s cousin was Orrin Keepnews, the legendary producer and jazz journalist who ran the Riverside Records label and worked with Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans, Cannonball Adderley, Wes Montgomery, and other giants—but as a young kid in the sedate Westchester County town of Pelham, James was aware of neither jazz nor his iconic relative’s role in it. “My immediate family wasn’t really into music, and my dad really wasn’t a fan of Orrin,” says the promoter, whose father was a straitlaced insurance superintendent. “He saw him as just this irresponsible hepcat who hung out with the jazz musicians in Greenwich Village. It wasn’t until I’d become a DJ on my college radio station and started seeing Orrin’s name on all of these important records that I made the connection. He was indefatigable.” Indefatigable is also an apt descriptor for James Keepnews, who discovered jazz on his own in his teens and began taking guitar lessons during his senior year in high school. “I bought John Coltrane’s Live at the Village Vanguard Again! album,” he recalls. “I thought, ‘I gotta find out more about this stuff.’” He majored in English and participated in the electronic music program at Hamilton College, where in 1986 he organized his first concert, an appearance by saxophonist David Murray. Keepnews, who is also a technical writer and arts journalist, studied under Robert Fripp in the legendary art rocker’s Guitar Craft program in New York, where he immersed himself in the city’s experimental

jazz and rock scenes. Having earned an MFA in electronic arts from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, he currently commutes by train several days a week to Manhattan for work as a Web developer. His multimedia background occasionally blurs over into his creative side: In 2014, he launched “I Gotta Breathe: A Post-Singularity Blues,” a video/music art project and mobile app, and in 2015 he staged “Feed,” a performance-art installation blending video, spoken word, electronics, and live music. Keepnews lived in Peekskill from 1999 until 2010, when he relocated to a loft in Cold Spring. Although he was able to present some jazz events at its historic Chapel Restoration, he ultimately found the latter town’s antiques-dominated atmosphere lacked the raw edge he craved. He began casting his eyes and ears slightly upriver, to Beacon. “I would come up just to look at all the amazing old buildings,” he says. In 2013, a year after he’d moved into a two-bedroom apartment in Beacon, the owners of local music venue/restaurant Quinn’s invited him to curate a Monday night jazz series. “I just started making calls, and right away we had the first few months booked,” says Keepnews. Since the series’ inception, the club has hosted top names like Marc Ribot, Joe McPhee, Mary Halvorson, Karl Berger, and Andrea Parkins. “Most artists do two sets, and usually there’s no cover,” explains the organizer. “We just ask for a donation.” The series’ success led to Keepnews’s being asked to manage the Beacon Jazz Festival, which debuted last year and returns to the town’s Pete and Toshi Seeger Riverfront Park on June 25 with a bill headlined by the Sun Ra Arkestra. “[The festival] is very diverse musically and feels like a party, with local food vendors and beer and cocktails by local brewers and distillers,” says Keepnews, who in April unveiled a new noise series at Beacon Yoga. Clearly, Keepnews’s jazz genetics and his adopted home are a fine fit. “I was telling a friend recently how glad I was that I found Beacon,” he says. “And he told me, ‘You didn’t find Beacon—Beacon found you.’”—Peter Aaron Listen to James’s music online at

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The Artist’s Outbuilding

“So you want to be a writer?” Charles Bukowski asked in the celebrated poem of the same name.

We’ve got to say he wasn’t very encouraging. “If you have to sit for hours / staring at your computer screen / or hunched over your / typewriter / searching for words, / don’t do it.” But how are you supposed to pen your masterpiece in some old spare bedroom or, worse yet, in the corner of a common room? How can your inspiration survive the incessant interruptions of children or partners or roommates or pets or friends crashing on your couch? Introducing the artist’s outbuilding: a private space of quiet contemplation designed to nurture your passion. Just imagine the torrent of prose that’s waiting to flow through your fingers into the keys of your Macbook, sitting before you upon your finely polished antique writing desk, while you gaze thoughtfully out the window at your water-wise, eco-friendly garden of indigenous plants. Write smarter, not harder surrounded by walls paneled with reclaimed wood, accented by LED-powered brass lighting fixtures. Or perhaps writing’s not your cup of tea? Not to worry! The outbuilding can be configured as a shrine to the muse

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of your choice. Install a belt-sander for your budding selection of handcarved artisanal napkin rings. Throw in a pottery-wheel and slap some clay around for your Oaxacan-inspired ceramic soup ladles. Go ahead, fudge the fire safety code*—because those Italianate iron door handles aren’t going to hand-forge themselves. And don’t forget to install an easel, hang up some canvas, toss crumpled-up paint tubes around, and open up a bottle of mineral spirits for some eau des artistes in order to let people know they need to take you seriously. Worried about the cost? Think of it as an investment in the work your parents always said was really good. Bukowski can shove it; throwing money at the problem is a time-honored American tradition, and if it’s good enough for corporate executives, it’ll be great for your art. So call up some carpenters, landscapers, interior designers, decorators, and antique dealers and get that outbuilding built! * Editor’s note: That’s a joke. For the love of God, DO NOT fudge any fire safety codes.

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Joel Griffith Artist / Mayor Lives in: Tivoli Hometown: Tivoli LIVED IN: France, the Midwest, Brazil Returned to the Hudson Valley from: Brazil


oel Griffith lives by embracing contradictions. On the one hand, he’s a native son, having grown up in the tiny village of Tivoli (population 1,118, according to the 2010 U.S. Census) in northern Dutchess County, where he still lives. On the other hand, he’s a worldly guy who traveled to 33 countries on five continents and lived in Iowa (to attend Cornell College), France, and Brazil before resettling in his hometown. Griffith is an accomplished painter, renowned for his moody, intricate, hyper-realistic depictions of upstate life, paintings that often reveal unexpected, haunting beauty in the ordinary and even the ugly. He earned his MFA in painting at nearby Bard College after growing up as a “faculty brat” with a Bard professor for his father. But he’s also Tivoli’s mayor, a no-nonsense leader who’s all too aware of the benefits (cultural, economic, demographic) and pitfalls (partying students) of having a world-class learning institution three miles away. “I was always sort of a booster for Tivoli,” Griffith says. In the 1980s, when he was growing up there, he was part of a “skateboarding posse” out to prove their village was “cooler” than nearby Township of Red Hook, of which Tivoli is a part. “Like a lot of New York State, it was kind of rundown then,” he recalls. “Tivoli was always just a little put down, and when we were kids we sort of just got tough about it.” Although Griffith had never previously aspired to politics, it didn’t take long for him to decide to run for mayor. “I want to protect Tivoli,” he explains. “We’ve had a handful of nice people who have moved up from the city, and they’ve got a kid or two, and they love Tivoli. They’re like, this is what I’ve been looking for. Your kid can literally ride their bike to the park and the general store, get a candy bar.” As a village trustee for five years, Griffith focused on the problems caused by drunken college students congregating in Tivoli late at night. Gradually, thanks to his persistence, the problem was resolved.

Joel Griffith stands in front of one of his paintings—a depiction of Tivoli’s Main Street on a summer night—which hangs in his office at the Village Hall.

“A residential village of 1,100 people cannot absorb the partying needs of 500 undergrads—we’re just not designed for that,” he says. “So I studied college towns around the country.… They almost all have some version of the same law.” Putting through a nuisance gathering law was his first act as mayor. “Essentially, it says if you have a gathering, fine,” he explains. “But if you have a loud, obnoxious gathering, there are 13 triggers—[including] illegal parking, lewdness, noise, underage drinking, drugs, trespassing, damage to property, etc., you know, like an Animal House party—and if you have one of those parties in Tivoli, you’re going to get two tickets at a minimum of about 400 bucks.” Initially, the law was “hugely controversial,” he admits, “but I knew there was no argument against protecting quality of life for all people in the village.” Ultimately, he says, his own experience saw him through the “contentious” situation. “I identify as a Bardian-Tivolian—I play for both teams,” he says. “I felt like a kid whose parents were fighting. You love them both and you want them to get along. I was like, ‘I can do this because I’ve watched the whole thing. I know I can get this done.’ And it’s changed quickly. There will always be a little back and forth, but it’s livable, and the village, for the first time in years, is feeling good.” These days, Griffith is busy figuring out how to overhaul Tivoli’s 77-year-old infrastructure (“It was state-of-the-art in 1938; it’s not anymore”), recreate its identity (“If Tivoli’s not going to be a college town, we have to be something—what I would like us to be is a fabulous family village with arts and culture”), and carving out time to paint. He’s had significant success so far with the latter goal: Through November 25, six of his nightscapes will be showing at Flatiron Restaurant, located at 7488 South Broadway in Red Hook. “It’s really hard to serve two masters,” he admits. “But I’ve painted for 25 years, I’ve met a lot of my goals in that domain, and now the village is my canvas. It’s a place to exercise my creativity, my work ethic. I think there are some direct skills from being an easel painter that apply here: essentially, imagining what doesn’t exist yet; being able to envision it. It’s like looking at a blank canvas. You can see where you want to go, then you just figure out how to get there.” —Susan Piperato DISCOVER 10 COOL THINGS ABOUT TIVOLI AT 22 upstater

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Farm-to-table chefs feast on the Hudson Valley’s fall harvest.


ere’s a recipe for becoming a food mecca second to none: Start with some very smart people paying attention to farmland preservation back in the last quarter of the 20th century, seeding a movement perfectly positioned to ripen in the sunlight of national eat-local awareness. Season with millions of hungry mouths to feed. Top generously with the secret sauce: the flair that drives creative people, both newcomers and old-timers, to put art, heart, and soul into everything they do. Shake, stir, and simmer gently. It’s no wonder Restaurant Week in the Hudson Valley lasts two weeks. Here, farm-to-fork isn’t just a catchphrase, it’s a culture. In this bubbling cauldron of a culinary climate, you have

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to excel if you want to stay around for long. And excelling in the Hudson Valley virtually requires local ingredients. But while Manhattan restaurateurs prowl the Union Square Greenmarket for ingredients, Hudson Valley restaurateurs get to choose from an even wider cornucopia of even fresher produce, then apply fine-tuned passion. The Hudson Valley harvest season is a peak experience. That’s when the orchestra performance that is local farming reaches its a crescendo, absolutely rocking the house, offering the chance for chefs to get wildly creative. And get wild, they do. So, what do local chefs love most about harvest season? We talked to five renowned culinary masters to find out.

Opposite: Edamame, shishito peppers, and cherry tomatoes at the Hudson Farmers’ Market. Above: Apples from Samascott Orchards in Kinderhook.

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Kevin Pomplun Back Bar

In the heart of Kingston’s Uptown, this intimate, casually elegant Spanish-influenced eatery started with wine, local brews and tapas and became so beloved that a full menu’s been created around chef Rich Reeve’s creative gift. Try the tasting menu to discover personal favorites, or just go straight to the greats: chorizo, truffled mac and cheese, braised meats. Dine like the Colonials would have if they could have. “I love being able to drive by three or four farm stands on my way to work each day,” says Reeve. “[I’ll] stop and get what’s especially good, buy the stuff we’ll use that day—and if I can’t get something, we change the menu. Half our menu changes weekly, anyway, but I can tell you cider will be playing an eminent role. We’re known for morcilla con cidre—it’s an artisanal blood sausage—[served] with local cider. It’s incredibly porky and rich, [served] in a cider reduction [sauce], over a creamy potato puree. And a good local older chicken and red wine makes a beautiful Spanish coq au vin. Then there’s roasted butternut squash filled with scallops and leeks.

Hudson needed a destination for “spirits, vittles, and strangelove,” and Backbar fills that niche with cutting-edge industrial Bohemian design and fine cuisine from one of the chef-owner geniuses who brought us James Beard awardwinner Fish and Game just a few blocks away. The menu, Bakar at Backbar, is Southeast Asian. The vibe is casual; Backbar is close to Club Helsinki and open from “noon till late.” Head chef Kevin Pomplun brings to the venture his 15 years of experience at a four-star Manhattan eatery. For Pomplun, “September is when it all blows up. It can almost be hard to manage the variety; we do a lot of plug-andplay, a lot of spontaneity. For a creative type, it’s fun, you have a lot of colors to paint with. In September, we might have 35 fresh local items to choose from, instead of eight. The September harvest is pretty much everything the Hudson Valley has to offer: ginger, turmeric, potatoes, tomatoes—tomatoes are super fun in September. At Back Bar, I love making classic Malaysian Nam Prik, brined. And lightly smoked fish adorned with beautiful perfectly ripened cherry tomatoes tossed in oil, garlic, chiles, fresh coriander… We do everything local, which is work, but so worth it when you see it on the plate.”

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Amy Lawton Murray’s Housed in a renovated church the staff calls their Sanctuary, Murray’s, on Tivoli’s main drag, is a breakfast-and-lunch spot that takes seriously its offerings of fine food—and coffee (La Colombe brand)—and offers hospitality joyfully. Chef Amy Lawton, an avid forager and food preservation whiz, moved from Rhode Island to the Hudson Valley after seeing a friend’s favorite upstate swimming hole; she’s currently refurbishing a food truck to “hit some events and get even crazier.” Lawton’s pastries and an espresso shot are the perfect finale to a wander around Tivoli bays. When September rolls around, says Lawton, “I love sautéed kale with garlic browned just right, steamed until it’s just bright green and tender and topped with an over-easy egg. The hot peppers start coming in, the turnips and winter squash... I love the bright colors and flavors. When it starts to cool off, the herbs get really happy. And I so look forward to chicken and hen of the woods [mushrooms]. If people are lucky, we’ll have mushrooms and cream... and nice crisp apples. And I’ll poach some pears if I can get them. I love serving and preserving the harvest. Homemade hot sauce, homemade sauerkraut—I love to ferment and pickle and freeze and dry all the good stuff.”

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“ When farms are ready to go on something, we do our best to showcase it.” —Brian Arnoff Above: Fresh herbs from Sparrowbush Farm on display at the Hudson Farmers’ Market. Below: Fresh oyster mushrooms from Township Valley Farm in Hobart.

Brian Arnoff Kitchen Sink Food & Drink Kitchen Sink owner Brian Arnoff’s first food business was CapMac, a “mac-and-cheese-based” food truck in Washington, D.C. It was a big hit, but Arnoff was eager to get back to his native Dutchess County and start working with the local farm folks to serve up globally-influenced comfort food. Today he runs what has become the perfect complement to a visit to Dia: Beacon. “We focus on the information from farmers and producers—when they’re ready to go on something, we do our best to showcase it,” Arnoff explains. “September is the best month for tomatoes—they’re super ripe and juicy—so we do a lot of interesting tomato dishes. I love green tomatoes, in salads, pickled, fried. Then there’s great summer squash, greens, herbs; you’re just starting to edge into butternut and winter squash. Summer squash in season is great on the grill with maybe a chili rub, which goes perfectly with the sweetness you get from grilling—look for the delicata; you don’t have to peel it, and it takes nicely to the grill or the sauté pan.”

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“In September, the flavors

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Tomatoes, peppers, and garlic from Sparrowbush Farm in Hudson.

Peter Milano Dish Bistro & Wine Bar Chef/owner Peter Milano has his own garden of edible flowers at Dish in Mahopac, and serves up internationally-influenced, locally-sourced vegan, vegetarian, and carnivore-pleasing entrees with equal aplomb—but everybody comes together around the mouthwatering vegan chocolate cake. Milano, who grew up cooking with his restaurant-owning grandparents, is in the process of expanding Dish due to popular demand. “In September, the flavors start to pop: broccoli, garlic, peppers,” he says. “Meats and fish, too. Northeastern oysters are best in the fall, and we try to give that plenty of attention. There are so many things ready: peppers, apples, pears, the second

crop of artichokes, chicory, escarole. And it’s becoming much easier for places like me to get ahold of the harvest. Hudson Valley farmers are going out of their way to work with us. I’ve cooked and eaten all over the world, in Italy and Ireland and Japan—[I’ve been] to Portugal and Spain, harvesting mussels and inspecting wineries—and I try to bring those experiences home and interpret a concept or a flavor for our guests with Hudson Valley ingredients.”

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Two restaurateurs, a brewer, two cider makers, and two food writers walk into an orchard.... Clockwise from Erik Ofgang, who has his back turned to the camera, are Tim Reinke, Chris Kavanagh, Ryan Burk, Christopher Basso, Leif SundstrĂśm, and Peter Barrett.

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How D’Ya Like Them Apples? Panelists sample the products of the Hudson Valley cider house boom. We were brought together by a love of cider.

On a summer’s evening in late June, seven of us gathered on the grounds of the Angry Orchard Innovation Cider House in Walden: two food and beverage writers (myself and Peter Barrett, author of the forthcoming Project 258: Making Dinner at Fish & Game, scheduled for a February 2017 release) one brewer (Christopher Basso, cofounder and brewmaster of Newburgh Brewing Co.), two Hudson Valley cider makers (Ryan Burk, head cider maker at Angry Orchard, and Leif Sundström, a longtime wine industry veteran who launched Sundström Cider in 2015), and two restaurant owners (Chris Kavanagh, co-owner of The Hop in Beacon, and Tim Reinke, owner of Birdsall House in Beacon and co-owner of Gleason’s in Beacon and Blind Tiger Ale House in Greenwich Village). Angry Orchard is located on a 60-acre farm that has been an apple orchard for about 100 years and a farm since the 1700s. Today, the orchard’s apple trees are framed against the backdrop of the Shawangunk Ridge and the facility serves as the cider world’s

answer to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. On the drive in you’ll pass an expensive treehouse, inspired by the label art on the brand’s bottles and there are also several acres where rare varieties of apples, designed for cider making, not eating, have been planted. The taproom overlooks the orchard and there are outdoor tables and a fire pit. Together, our group of seven tasted more than a dozen ciders from nine New York cider makers who hailed from throughout the Hudson Valley, including Brooklyn Cider House from New York City. We also enjoyed abundant pairings supplied by Bistro-to-Go in Kingston. We drink just feet away from Angry Orchard’s actual orchard. The sky was slightly overcast and as the evening wore on a storm rolled in, giving the orchard an appearance that more than lived up to the “angry” portion of its name. For several hours we engaged in a lively and passionate discussion about both the ciders we sampled and cider’s place in New York, liquor stores and the universe at large. Though none of us knew one another well at the start, by the end of the tasting we were trading jokes and sharing rare bottles. What follows are some of the highlights of our great cider tasting. FA L L 2 0 1 6


The Hudson Valley is a historic apple region, and cider is fast becoming our signature tipple.

Big Apple State New York is the second-largest producer of apples in the country, trailing only Washington State. The Hudson Valley is known as the “apple belt” for its high concentration of apple growers. A growing number of cider makers in New York City and beyond are taking advantage of this crop by making innovative ciders. At the same time, there is a growing appreciation for cider culturally; this is evident in New York City at Wassail, a Lower East Side bar and restaurant passionately dedicated to cider that opened in 2015, and in events like Hudson Valley Cider Week, a multiday festival that takes place each summer at dozens of locations in the Hudson Valley. “Cider has reentered American culture in recent years, reviving old traditions while sparking new discoveries,” says Sara Grady, vice president of programs at Glynwood, an organization that promotes food and farms in the Hudson Valley. “I believe it is part of the evolution in our relationship to food and drink—cider is a beverage that can connect us directly to land, nature, farms.” Grady, who also helped create the New York Cider Association, adds, “The Hudson Valley is a historic apple region, therefore cider can be our signature drink. Orchards define our landscapes, and so should cider be at the center of our cuisine. Although cider may be a less familiar beverage at our tables, apples have grown well here for a very long time, so cider is in fact a most appropriate and defining beverage for the Hudson Valley.” The region’s long-established apple culture and burgeoning cider culture are part of the reason that Angry Orchard, owned by the Boston Beer Company, which makes Samuel Adams, chose New York for the site of its physical orchard. In the fall of 2015, the national brand opened its research and development center in Walden. The facility, which is open to the public, specializes in small- and test-batch ciders with an emphasis on barrel aging and wild fermentation. These ciders also showcase the unique flavors and characteristics of New York apples, since, like wine, the best ciders draw their distinct flavors from the terroir of the region in which they are grown. Grady says that the unique characteristics Hudson Valley apples provide cider are still being discovered. “Many of the craft cider makers who are also apple growers are seeking to create ciders with a sense of place — to produce cider that is an expression of the fruit,

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e! Round on

Clockwise from top left: Some local apples; Angry Orchard’s Walden Hollow Hard Cider; The eight types of ciders tasted in the first round.

the trees, and the land. These ciders tend not to be manipulated by method or altered by flavorings, and in style they often tend to be dry, perhaps even still or naturally sparkling, more refined, even austere.” We sampled a perfect example of this with Angry Orchard’s Walden Hollow. The limited-release cider was made with apples from the company’s orchard and other New York apples. Designed to be a “snapshot of a place and time,” according to its label, it’s a tasty one. Dry and light with subtle, bright flavors, it won over all of the panelists. “This is the kind of thing where you’re naturally going to drink it again,” remarked writer Barrett, as he reached for a second sample. Basso, from Newburgh Brewing Company, enthusiastically proclaimed, “This is how you get beer drinkers.”

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Brooklyn use’s Cider Ho Dry Still Bone

Above: Sumdström Cider’s Leif Sundström pours the panelists a round of Orchard Hill Hard Cider as they delve into Bistro-to-Go’s array of pairings. Below: Angry Orchard’s Ryan Burk (left) and Newburgh Brewing Company’s Christopher Basso contemplate the latest round.

Draft Dodging As we sampled solid ciders, including Brooklyn Cider House’s Still Bone Dry and some of Orchard Hill’s smallbatch ciders, we talked about cider’s place alongside beverages like wine and beer. Barrett remarked that although most people think of cider as more like beer, it is far closer to wine. “That’s part of the conundrum,” Angry Orchard’s Burk responded. “What are we to most people?” Cider was once one of the United States’ most popular drinks, but Prohibition, matched with changing drinking habits, led to a long decline for the industry, from which it has only recently begun to rebound. As as a result, most people are still learning how to drink cider. At Newburgh Brewing Company, noted Basso, one guest tap is devoted to cider, but those who order it often don’t pay attention to which brand they’re getting. “Nobody orders it by name,” he said. Instead, “They say, ‘I want the cider.’” Kavanagh, from The Hop, said he would like to carry more ciders at his establishment, but lamented the fact that many high-end ciders are not available on tap. In order to get beer enthusiasts at places like his to cross over to the cider world, he added, they need to be able to try a high-quality product by the glass.

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Passionate discussions flowed about the business, techniques, and philosophies of cider making.

Sugar, spice, but maybe Not So Nice A variety of hopped and otherwise flavored ciders were submitted for the tasting. In the past, I’ve enjoyed some hopped ciders and flavored cider concoctions, but I have to admit that, compared with some of the more traditional-style ciders we tried, these flavored ciders didn’t quite measure up. Yankee Folly Cider tasted too sweet next to some of the earlier ciders. Awestruck’s Lavender Hop Cider’s combination of intense flavors seemed to overpower the apple flavor. Hopped ciders from Naked Flock and Nine Pin received mixed reviews. “I think a hopped cider should be a cider first and a hopped cider second,” said Burk, who makes a hopped cider at Angry Orchard. But he praised Nine Pin in general. “I’m a big fan of Nine Pin cider. I think it’s clean, and it’s repeatable,” he said. I agree, and feel that Nine Pin’s signature cider is a good everyday cider and strong alternative to macro cider company offerings. In addition to the ciders sampled that evening, I tried several ciders from Joe Daddy’s Hard Cider, produced by Brookview State Winery in Castleton. Even though it was flavored, my favorite was Joe Daddy’s cranberry cider. Its tart cranberry flavor paired well with its acidic apple flavors. Sundström was the strongest critic of flavorings in cider, suggesting that these types of beverages should not be allowed to be classified as cider, the same way there are strict definitions of what constitutes spirits like bourbon and scotch.

Sunström Cider’s Sponti was a favorite. Its smooth profile showcased the tartness of its apples.

Apples of our eyes Our tasting concluded with a sampling of Orchard Hill’s Ten66, a brandy that’s distilled and aged in French oak wine barrels, and then blended with fresh, nonalcoholic sweet cider and returned to the barrel for extra aging. This drink, we all agreed, was a tasty spirit and a fitting cap to the evening. Previously, we had tried two ciders from Sundström Cider. My favorite was the Sponti cider, a smooth and slightly tart cider that earned praise from all present and left me craving more. Barrett said that although this high-end cider would not be out of place at a restaurant specializing in fine dining, it would also work equally well paired with barbecue food. “This is totally a red meat cider,” he said. Sundström shared with us that he prefers not to offer his cider in smaller 375 ml bottles because he wants the experience of drinking it to be a communal one. “I want you to share this with somebody,” he said. “I want you to share the experience.” And after sharing cider, stories, thoughts, and theories with my fellow panelists, the concept of cider as a communal beverage is one that I can certainly drink to. Cheers! u Read the true story of johnny appleseed at 36

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THE CIDER HOUSE RULES Cider may drink like beer or wine, but it mixes better than either of them. Take your cider further with these cocktail recipes recommended by some of our featured cider makers. Or better yet, get creative and invent your own drink, because rules are meant to be broken.

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a roll in the hay

2 oz. Albany Ironweed Rye Whiskey 6 oz. Nine Pin Ginger Cider 1 teaspoon of wildflower honey Garnish with a cherry

1.5 oz. Cornelius Applejack 1 oz. peach liqueur 2 oz. Soons Orchard Hill Sweet Cider Top with Orchard Hill Gold Label Demi Sec and a splash of Tuthilltown Basement Bitters

Source: Nine Pin Ciderworks LLC

Source: Orchard Hill Cider Mill

Lavender Limeade

Sweet and Sour Tea

.5 oz absinthe .5 oz lime juice 6 oz. Awestruck Lavender Hop Cider Garnish with two lime slices and a sprig of fresh rosemary

6 oz. honey-sweetened iced white tea (Jasmine recommended) 2 oz. Tuthilltown Cassis Liquor Top with Brooklyn Cider House’s Half Sour Garnish with orange peel

Source: Gravity Ciders, makers of Awestruck Ciders

Source: Upstater staff

Peachy Keen

Tulip Queen

1 oz. peach puree 2 oz. Galliano 4 oz. Naked Flock Original Cider Garnish with a cinammon stick

2 oz. Nine Pin Cider 2 oz. Cornelius Apple Jack (from Harvest Spirits) 2 oz. ginger liqueur 2 oz. pomegranate juice

Source: Upstater staff

Source: Nine Pin Ciderworks LLC

The Upstate Mule

Gin and Juice

.5 oz. fresh lime juice 2 oz. your favorite vodka 6 oz. Awestruck Hibiscus Ginger Cider One hand fresh ginger root, julienned

1 oz. Gin 4 oz. Joe Daddy’s Cranberry Cider 1 oz. tonic water Garnish with lemon

Source: Joe Daddy’s Hard Cider

Source: Gravity Ciders, makers of Awestruck Ciders






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Doctor Fermento A Year of Eating Strangely



erek Dellinger is fascinated with fermentation. Nearly every day with the passion of an alchemist he combines yeast strains, souring bacteria, hops, and other ingredients that then engage in an intricate microscopic dance that results, after the fermentation process is complete, in beer. As the head brewer at Kent Falls Brewery, a small but increasingly popular brewery located on a farm in Kent, Connecticut, Dellinger produces some sought-after beer. But beer is only the most visible fruit of his fermentation fascination. A 31-year-old writer and former homebrewer who splits his time between Beacon and Kent, Dellinger says that when he started as a homebrewer, it led him down the rabbit hole of the fermentation world. “Beer involves all these different fermentation agents, all these different microbes and the craft beer community at large— and especially the mindset of a home brewer—kind of invites this sense of creativity and experimentation that led to me breaking out into all types of fermentation,” he says. After beer he made cider, kimchi, sauerkraut, and even beet kvass, a pickled fermented beet beverage. (“Beet kvass tastes pretty much like what it is: a sour, salty, earthy beet-flavored tonic,” says Dellinger. “Personally, I like beets, and I love the taste of beet kvass. It’s not necessarily something I’d drink a pint of with dinner, but it’s really enjoyable to sip with lunch or breakfast. It’s very flavorful, so you only need a few ounces to get your fix, and it’s extremely healthy as well.”) In 2014, he embarked on a yearlong experiment with himself as the guinea pig—vowing to consume nothing but fermented foods and beverages from January 1 of that year until January 1, 2015.

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A Fermented Odyssey He chronicles this culinary odyssey, where too much kimchi was his Scylla and intense guacamole cravings his Charybdis, in The Fermented Man, published July by Overlook Press. In this tell-all food memoir, Dellinger recounts the highs and lows of the experiment, delves into the science and history of fermentation, and examines its culinary value and nutritional impact. With an engaging writing style and keen sense of humor, he jumps into Michael Pollan food territory with a Hemingwayesque sense of personal adventure, at one point traveling to Iceland for hakarl, fermented rotten shark meat, a quest that left a bad taste in his mouth, literally. The book began as a sort of thought experiment for Dellinger. “Doing all this homebrewing, doing this research, I suddenly realized that there’s this whole land of fermented foods out there that make up this giant contingent of what we eat on a daily basis. The thought just slipped into my head that this is such an expansive, all-encompassing world of food that you can probably live off of fermented food,” he says. When he ran it by publishers at the Overlook Press, they loved the concept, and the thought experiment became an actual experiment— or, as Dellinger puts it: “It sort of accidentally just turned into a real book idea and all of a sudden I agreed to do this.” Reviews of the book have been positive. The work has earned praise from the Weston A. Price Foundation, and Kirkus Reviews wrote that “Dellinger ably explains the wide range of fermented foods, the role flavor plays, health benefits, and the basic processes, and he includes a few recipes....The author hopes his intriguing experiments will open eyes and palates to the culinary and health benefits of fermented foods.” While there’s a tendency for people to look at this yearlong undertaking as an exercise in Spartan-like discipline, or a Morgan Spurlockesque take on stunt eating, one of Dellinger’s goals in writing the book was to show how widespread fermentation is and therefore

Derek Dellinger with some of his homemade fermentations.

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how well one can actually eat on a fermented diet: “It was something that I realized wouldn’t be that difficult and [the yearlong experiment] would be a hopefully cool and interesting way of demonstrating to people how universal fermentation is,” Dellinger says. “This is a hook to make you realize that fermentation is everywhere in most of the things we already eat on a daily basis. There’s a lot of things that people don’t realize are fermented, like yogurt or cheese. Cured meats are the big one that kind of blows people’s minds, that you can ferment meat to begin with, and that a lot of the meat we eat on a regular basis, like salami and prosciutto, is fermented.”

Unexpected Health Effects Though he praises the health benefits of fermented foods, he has not remained fermented-only and stresses that he is not recommending that course for others. “This is not a diet that I’ve created to go on ‘Dr. Phil’ and encourage other people to follow. It’s a diet that I only followed for a year, just to educate people within the framework of this book. It was a bit arbitrary as a diet. It was more of a culinary and educational experiment than a health experiment.” However, there were likely healthy side effects. Fermentation is human society’s original method for preserving food, and many experts praise fermented foods for the healthy microbes they contain that can help increase the health of our guts. In addition to consuming these healthy microbes, Dellinger also found himself, by necessity, avoiding processed foods and eating more simply. “In a general ongoing sense, it’s good to eat simply and to keep your meals true to their basic elements,” he says. While sticking to fermented foods, “You find yourself eating more pure, natural foods. You’re eating things as they are; you’re not making these elaborate dishes all the time where you tend to overeat.”

For his book, Dellinger ceased eating or drinking anything that wasn’t fermented, for a full year, from January 1, 2014, to December 1, 2014. Just after midnight on New Year’s Day, 2015, he ended the diet by downing a bowl of guacamole.

Back in the Land of the Supersized Dellinger recounts in the book that when he came off the diet it took some time to adjust to society’s supersized servings. “Compared to the elementary meals I’d been eating for the last year, the sheer size and variation of ‘normal’ meals, the meals that restaurants have trained us to think of as a standard serving size, seem truly gluttonous,” he writes. While on the diet, Dellinger says one of the hardest things to adjust to was its simplicity. “What I missed the most was probably elaboration, there’s that psychological weird trip that it just didn’t feel right that I wasn’t eating elaborate meals all the time,” he says. In addition, there were specific foods that had no perfect fermented substitute. “I would miss things like burgers even though I could eat similar sandwiches that had meat, cheese, and bread and sauce; I could eat things that were similar but not quite a burger, and that not quite getting what you’re craving begins to itch after a while.” Beyond all other foods, he craved the bright freshness of an avocado. “Avocados are really best fresh,” he says. “It’s very difficult to ferment an avocado. I did have one fermented avocado at this high-end café in New Orleans that used this elaborate Japanese pickling method to ferment avocados, and they were pretty incredible.” But even those expert-fermented avocados weren’t quite the real thing, and as the end of the experiment approached, Dellinger’s cravings for guacamole grew stronger. “The first thing I ate when the diet was done January 1, after midnight on New Year’s Eve, was a bowl of guacamole. I shoved it down my face and got full pretty quickly,” he recalls.

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Today, Dellinger is not eating exclusively fermented foods but says his diet has changed since the experience. “I’m certainly eating more fermented foods now than I was before, and it’s definitely opened a whole new culinary world to me, a world of food with health benefits that I wasn’t aware of before,” he says. The end of the book is full of fermented recipes that Dellinger developed and continues to make and enjoy. These include aged dishes like Kimchi Sourdough, Honey-Fermented Garlic, and LactoFermented Salmon. And Dellinger’s experiments with fermentation are far from over. He continues to brew professionally at Kent Falls Brewery and is set to offer even more IPAs in addition to the brewery’s farmhouse offerings, as well as more barrel-aged products. He also plans on staying busy as a writer. He’s not yet sure what his next nonfiction project will be, though it might be beer related; he also hopes to publish some works of fiction. As to how he finds time to manage the intense demands of both a writing and a brewing profession? “I have no life, and I don’t go anywhere,” he jokes, before adding, “I certainly could have picked two easier career paths to juggle, but they both feed off of each other and, fortunately, they’re both complementary.” u Find out 5 reasons to eat fermented foods 40


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Lisa Selen davis author Hometown: Saratoga Lives in: Park Slope, Brooklyn Moved to Hudson Valley: Never (Yes, really) Favorite thing about upstate: “It feels like part of my identity. I have always loved the Catskills. It’s the place, for 23 years, that I escape to when I need to escape.” Least favorite thing about upstate: “I’m not fond of driving, and I can’t see well at night. So, the darkness is both what’s inviting about it and what’s difficult about it.” Full disclosure: Lisa Selin Davis, the co-founder and former editorial director of, has never actually lived in the Hudson Valley per se. Although she grew up in Saratoga, and once rented temporarily a semi-renovated barn on an estate in Tivoli, as an adult, she has yet to own a house upstate or live there full-time. Nevertheless, Davis arguably knows upstate better than some fulltime residents. Much of her accomplished writing career (she’s written for Time, the New York Times, New York magazine,, The Wall Street Journal, Parenting, AARP and many other publications) has been about the connection between the city and upstate. Her forthcoming young adult novel, Lost Stars, which comes out on October 4, is also set “vaguely in the Catskills.” Inspired by her March 6, 2014 New York Times “Modern Love” essay “What Lou Reed Taught Me About Love,” about Davis’s falling in love with her first boyfriend at age 16, while working at Saratoga Spa State Park, Lost Stars is about “a very troubled girl in a summer of reckoning with herself and her past and her family,” says Davis. And even though the setting of Lost Stars isn’t identified as Saratoga, the story is set in the house where Davis grew up. Davis speaks of Saratoga with nostalgia and credits the city for spurring her interest in writing about upstate New York. After her parents’ divorce when she was five, Davis spent summers at her father’s house in Saratoga and the school year at her mother’s house in “a sad little Massachusetts suburb.” This led her to become obsessed

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Lisa Selen Davis in Saratoga, which is where she grew up, and where her new young adult novel, Lost Stars, is set.

with all things urban planning: architecture, real estate, housing, design and the environment. “In Saratoga, I felt part of a community. Every other place, I didn’t,” she recalls. Years later, while pregnant with her second child and contemplating raising kids in a Brooklyn fourth-floor walk-up with little access to nature, Davis began thinking about where her family could move. Her search for a place upstate led to a discussion with her friend Alia Hanna Habib, a literary agent, who also wanted to move upstate and was contemplating starting a website for upstate real estate like Brownstoner, a Brooklyn real estate website. Davis had already begun developing a similar website of her own. So, in 2011, Davis and Habib combined forces and founded Upstater. Davis became fascinated with Newburgh (“There’s no better example of beauty and tragedy than Newburgh,” she says), as well as bungalow colonies, groups of one- to three-bedroom furnished bungalows that had their heyday upstate in the ’50s and ’60s (she’s written about both topics for the New York Times). In fact, she once almost bought a bungalow community to recolonize (another topic she’s written about), but missed out to a couple of New York City designers. These days, Davis doesn’t get upstate as often as she would like. She has two little kids (four and seven years old), a husband who works in educational technology (alas, not a job that can be done upstate), and a full-time freelance career. In a perfect world, Davis would have a bungalow colony upstate with friends, as well as her place in Park Slope. But most of the time she wishes she could live in Saratoga, which is how she’s felt most of her life. “I think that a lot of people have kids and then experience that urge to go home,” she muses, “wherever that home may be.” —Niva Dorell Discover 10 cool facts about Saratoga 42 at

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Manza Family Farm 730 Route 211, Montgomery  (845) 692-4364

Kelders Farm 5755 Route 209, Kerhonkson (845) 626-7137

The Hudson Valley is apple country far and wide. With over 60 orchards to pick from, there’s no reason to purchase Galas at the supermarket. Instead, pick your own apple from the orchard of your choice. There are over a dozen apple varieties available throughout the region, along with pumpkins and grapes. Here’s a selection to get you started pickin’.

Masker Orchards 45 Ball Road, Warwick (845) 986-1058

Liberty View Farm 340 Crescent Avenue, Highland (845) 399-9545

Ochs Orchards   4 Ochs Lane, Warwick (845) 986-1591

Maynard Farms   324 River Road, Ulster Park (845) 331-6908




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Cedar Heights Orchard 8 Crosby Lane, Rhinebeck (845) 876-3231

Altamont Orchards 6654 Dunnsville Road, Altamont (518) 861-6515 Indian Ladder Farm 342 Altamont Voorheesville Road, Altamont (518) 765-2956 West Shaker Farm 925 Watervliet Shaker Road, Albany (518) 869-1922 C olumbia C ount y Don Baker Farm 183 County Route 14, Hudson (518) 828-9542 Fix Brothers Fruit Farm 215 White Birch Road, Hudson (518) 828-7560

Golden Harvest Farms 3074 Route 9, Valatie (518) 758-7683

Greig Farm 223 Pitcher Lane, Red Hook (845) 758-1234 Hahn Farm 1697 Salt Point Turnpike, Salt Point (845) 266-3680 Mead Orchards 15 Scism Road, Tivoli (845) 756-5641

Love Apple Farm 1421 Route 9H, Ghent (518) 828-5048 Philip Orchards 270 Route 9H, Claverack (518) 851-6351

Smith Farms 200 White Birch Road, Hudson (518) 828-1228 V&R Saulpaugh & Sons 1960 Route 9, Germantown (518) 537-6494 Yonder Farms 37 Maple Lane, Valatie (518) 758-7011

Meadowbrook Farm 29 Old Myers Corners Road, Wappingers Falls (845) 297-3002

Mr. Apples Low-Spray Orchard 25 Orchard Street, High Falls (845) 687-0005

Sleepy Hills Orchard 1328 Route 284, Johnson (845) 726-3797

Prospect Hill Orchards 340 Milton Turnpike, Milton (845) 795-2383

Wright Family Farm 329 Kings Highway, Warwick  (845) 986-1345

Saunderskill Farms 5100 Route 209, Accord (845) 626-2676 Stone Ridge Orchard 3012 Route 213, Stone Ridge (845) 687-2587

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Dr. Davies Farm   306 Route 304, Congers (845) 268-7020

Secor Farms 63 Robinson Lane, Wappingers Falls (845) 452-6883

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Tantillo’s Farm   730 Route 208, Gardiner (845) 256-9109 Trapani’s Blackberry Rose Farms 730 Lattintown Road, Milton  (845) 797-6917

Westwind Orchards 215 Lower Whitfield Road, Accord (845) 626-0659 Wilklow Orchards 341 Pancake Hollow Road, Highland (845) 691-2339

S ullivan C ount y Cunningham’s 233 Hurd and Parks Road, Swan Lake (845) 583-4083

Weed Orchard 43 Mount Zion Road, Marlboro (845) 236-7848

Goold Orchard   1297 Brookview Station Road, Castleton  (518) 732-7317

Rose Hill Farm 19 Rose Hill, Red Hook (845) 758-4215

Wrights Farm 699 Route 208, Gardiner (845) 255-5300 W e Stche Ster C ount y Apple Farm 37 Tarrytown Road, White Plains  (914) 288-9521

Ace Farm 351 Route 105, Highland Mills (845) 783-1381

Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard 130 Hardscrabble Road, North Salem (914) 485-1210

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Apple Bin Farm 810 Broadway, Ulster Park (845) 339-7229

Boehm Farm 233 Route 26, Climax (518) 731-6196

Apple Hill Farm   124 Route 32, New Paltz (845) 255-1605

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Dressel Farms 271 Route 208, New Paltz

Stuarts Fruit Farm Granite Springs Road, Granite Springs (914)245-2784

Apple Dave’s Orchards & Distillery 82 Four Corners Road, Warwick (845) 986-1684

Dubois Farms 209 Perkinsville Road, Highland  (845) 795-4037

The Orchards of Concklin 2 South Mountain Road, Pomona (845) 354-0369

Hurds Family Farm 2187 Route 32, Modena (845) 883-7825

Thompson’s Cider Mill & Orchard 335 Blinn Road, Croton-On-Hudson (914) 271-2254

D utchess C ount y Barton Orchards 63 Apple Tree Lane in Poughquag (845) 471-2879

Lawrence Farm Orchards 2290 Albany Post Road, Walden (845) 778-1432

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WigStreeten Farm 59 Wigsten Road, Pleasant Valley (845) 235-7469


Slate Hill Orchards 2580 Route 6, Slate Hill (845) 355-4493

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Apple Ridge Orchards 101 Jessup Road, Warwick (845) 987-7717

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Minards Family Farm 250 Hurds Road  Clintondale (866) 632-7753

Best Berry Farm 1078 Best Road East, Greenbush 518-286-0607

Oriole Orchards Feller-Newmark Road. Red Hook 845-758-9355

Hotaling’s Farm Route 9H Claverack (518) 851-9864  

Salinger’s Orchard 230 Guinea Road, Brewster  (845) 277-3521

Montgomery Place Orchards 8 Davis Way, Red Hook (845) 758-6338

Heller’s Farm 48 Hover Avenue, Germantown (518) 537-6076

Samascott Orchards 5 Sunset Avenue, Kinderhook (518) 758-7224

Fishkill Farms 9 Fishkill Farm Road, Hopewell Junction (845) 758-1234

Pennings Orchard 169 Route 94, Warwick (845) 986-7080

Outhouse Orchards 139 Hardscrabble Road, North Salem (914) 277-3188


Jenkins & Leuken Orchard 69 Yankee Folly Road, New Paltz (845) 255-0999


Wilkens Fruit Farm 1313 White Hill Road, Yorktown Heights (914) 245-5111

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Oakwood Friends School As one of the oldest coeducational boarding schools in America, the Oakwood Friends School strives to strengthen students’ conscience, compassion, and accomplishment. Focusing on the individual learner and creating a diverse community, the campus takes on a strong practice of inquiry, reflection, and silence. Guided by Quaker principles, classes look at depth over breadth and learned viewpoint over factual recall.

UPSTATE Address: 22 Spackenkill Road, Poughkeepsie Founded: 1796 Grades Middle School, Grades 6-8 Upper School, Grades 9-12 Number of Students in Student Body Middle School: 20 Upper School: 140 [Total: 160; 90 Boarding, 70 Day] Student-Teacher Ratio 5:1 Special Features Boarding students are from 13 countries, including Rwanda, Ghana, Afghanistan, China, Korea, and Vietnam, and domestically from California to New York. Two-acres of solar paneling offset 100 percent of yearly electrical consumption and a four-season greenhouse that’s used in both the middle and upper schools’ curriculum. Service-based learning initiatives are offered at all grades, including peer tutoring in public high schools, Youth Services Opportunity Program in New York City, local soup kitchen / food pantry, and animal shelter volunteering. There is a black-and-white photography program with a multibay darkroom, as well as 3-D design and printing. Tuition Middle School: $25,686 High School: $30,422 (base price, excluding fees) 5-Day Boarding and Tuition: $46,325 7-Day Boarding and Tuition: $54,319 Financial Aid Strong commitment to financial aid and socioeconomic diversity, with close to $2.3 million in aid awarded in 2015.

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Comparing Quaker Schools Upstate and Downstate

Finding the right educational fit for your child can be an arduous task. There are so many different factors and angles to consider: What is the right sized school for your child? Will the classes be individualized enough so your child receives the accurate amount of attention? Does it stand behind the philosophies you can live by? Can you afford a school that fits the requirements you seek? That last question, of course, can leave you in a bind. We took a look at two Quaker schools, one in Manhattan and the other right in our Hudson Valley backyard. The Quaker belief adheres to the Religious Society of Friends, following the practiced discipline of silence, study, and service. Here we’ve broken down the information you’ll need, like special features and, of course, tuition and financial aid, to give you a closer look at how each school is run.

Friends Seminary Friends Seminary is the oldest continuously coeducational school in New York City. Creating a diverse community of scholars, athletes, and artists, the campus holds a strong dedication toward practicing coherent expression, critical thinking, and keen observation. It works to mold the cultivation of creative thinkers, opening the minds of curious and imaginative observers while staying strongly rooted in the Quaker discipline.

Downstate Address 222 East 16th Street Founded 1786 Grades Lower School, Kindergarten to Grade 4 Middle School, Grades 5-8 Upper School, Grades 9-12 Number of Students in Student Body Lower School: 265 Middle School: 227 Upper School: 275 [Total: 767] Student-Teacher Ratio 7.3:1 Special Features There’s a 1:1 iPad program. Five languages—Spanish, French, Arabic, Chinese, and Latin—and 35 sports teams are offered between the middle and upper schools. The campus is currently in the early stages of a redevelopment project with additions and restorations set to be finalized by 2019. The project will add a greenhouse, 100 percent ADA accessibility, maker spaces, and expanded performing arts spaces. Additionally, the changes will enhance green space by planting new trees and greenery. Through Service Learning, Friends Seminary drives a hard focus on its diversity and inclusion programs, which will find a permanent home in the Center for Peace, Equity, and Justice once the development is finished. Tuition $39,800 per year for every grade Financial Aid 168 students, or 22 percent, on financial aid. Financial aid represents 16 percent of the school’s operating budget each year and is need-based only. There are no merit-based scholarships. Financial aid does cover beyond tuition, including school-sponsored costs like transportation, after-school activities, sports equipment, and the lunch program.

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Tracy (left) and Jamie Kennard behind the bar at Brunette.

JAMIE AND TRACY KENNARD Wine Bar owners / Marketing Consultant / Graphic Designer Hometown: Toms River, New Jersey (Tracy), and Rochester, New York (Jamie) Live in: The rural area between Kingston and Woodstock Work in: Kingston and New York City Lived here since: 2006 as weekenders; full-time since 2014 Moved to HV from: Sunnyside, Queens High school sweethearts Jamie and Tracy Kennard never realized how well their talents could dovetail—or how much fun they could have as business partners—until they moved to the Hudson Valley, where they opened Brunette, a wine bar in a former barbershop in Kingston’s Rondout waterfront district, in 2015. Why did they choose downtown Kingston for their venture? “Beautiful architecture, the waterfront, the history,” says Tracy. “But the one reason we hadn’t considered was all the wonderful people who live there. In such a short time, downtown Kingston has come to feel like home.” After spending a decade upstate as weekenders, the Kennards began putting down roots two years ago in a house located directly on the Kingston/Woodstock border. And despite the long hours they spend most nights a week at Brunette, they both still hold down independent city gigs. Jamie’s graphic design business is going strong after 15 years, and Tracy’s consulting firm, Kennard & Daughters, serves independent creatives, both up- and downstate. “I help them with things like brand strategy, business development, HR, and operations,” she says. “It’s super holistic, because that’s really how business is these days—everything is intertwined.” “Keep the core simple, but sweat the details” is the Kennards’ shared philosophy, and it’s expressed in Brunette’s décor, a combination of elegance, fun, and coziness. There are painted white brick walls; bentwood stools and chairs; a curved marble bar; pale pink

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paper doilies; a fun, chatty, retro-style menu; thrift-store porcelain swans as accents; a collection of framed photos of famous brunettes in the restroom (check out the young Charlotte Rampling); and light gourmet snacks that pair perfectly with each featured wine. Tracy, whose sartorial choices are often observed by patrons to be as flawless as the wine bar’s décor, is surprised whenever anyone remarks on her style, which she describes as “colorful nun on her day off.” Although she insists she’s “not much of a shopper,” she also admits, “I have a lot of clothes. And I worked in fashion for 15 years, and still have a lot of clients who work in fashion, so I benefit from that access.” In the rare stints of free time that the Kennards manage to carve out, Jamie likes to head outdoors for “fly-fishing, hiking, skiing, motorcycle riding, and exploring,” Tracy says. “My fun tends to revolve around food and friends: dinner parties; swimming hole picnics; quick trips to Albany for soup dumplings; hanging out at friends’ upstate businesses, like Brushland Eating House, Gaskins, and the Spruceton Inn.” The couple’s closest friends are Michael and Teresa Drapkin, who own the Kingston Wine Company just up the street, and with whom the Kennards have long shared a love of sampling “the finest natural libations from everywhere,” a continuing adventure that helped bring about the opening of Brunette. But what really keeps Brunette alive is the Kennards’ happy discovery of just how much they love hospitality. “That anticipation, before the doors open, is something I hadn’t expected,” says Tracy. “Every day it’s so much fun to see who’s going to walk through the door, what fun people we’ll meet. I don’t think that new-day excitement will grow old.” —Anne Pyburn Craig Discover five favorite fall wines 48at

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W hen it comes to thrifting and antiquing 17B in the Hudson Valley, Sullivan County, located in the western Catskills, is where it’s at. This sprawling rural area remains largely untrammeled, especially when it comes to finding great antiques, vintage items, all-out kitsch, and cool junk at bargain prices. In fact, Sullivan County is so proliferate with thrift stores, antiques shops, and flea markets that it helps to be prepared before you head out, so make sure you’ve got a big vehicle, plenty of cash, and a plan. The big vehicle is to get all of your purchases home. The cash is for some of the smaller shops as well as any of the flea markets you might see along the way, which often aren’t set up for credit cards. And your plan should include shopping venues as well as eateries and scenic byways, all of which are numerous enough to spend a whole day scoping them out.

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While the drive out into the western side of the Hudson Valley tends to be long— reaching Monticello takes about an hour M o n g au p va l l e y from the New York State Thruway’s Exit 19 (Kingston/Woodstock) or about two Montice llo hours from Midtown Manhattan—it’s an incredibly scenic route, so you can enjoy the ride as much as the shopping and eating. Check out the Sullivan County Visitors Association ( for a lengthy list of the area’s thrift, antiques, vintage, and junk stores. Fair warning, however: If you want to hit each and every one of them, it’s going to take more than a day, so plan to stay in the area for a while—or use Upstater’s selective guide, starting in Liberty and ending in Callicoon. To reach Liberty, take Route 209 from the Ulster County hamlet of Napanoch to Route 55 around the Rondout Reservoir all the way into the hamlet of Grahamsville. From there, continue west on Route 55 to the Neversink Reservoir and then another 10 minutes west to the village of Liberty. E

Stop 1: Town & Country Antiques

1 North Main Street, Liberty

Part of the pleasure of shopping at Town & Country Antiques, which is housed inside of a funky patchwork midmod building right in the center of town, is getting lost among its aisles of ephemera. This store’s inventory is hand-selected by its buyers, and includes furniture, knickknacks, clocks, books, glassware, dinnerware, clothing, collectibles, and toys. Hours vary according to season. From September through June, Town & Country is open Thursday, Friday, and Sunday, 10am to 5pm; on Saturdays, the store closes at 3:45pm. / (845)292-1363

In Liberty, Town & Country’s midmod building houses funky fashions and collectibles from throughout the 20th century. FA L L 2 0 1 6


Mary Ellen Liepins, owner of Town and Country Antiques in Liberty.

Green curry with brown rice at Sweet Basil Thai.

stop 2: Sweet Basil Thai

19 John Street, Liberty

Located right around the corner from Town & Country, this no-frills Thai restaurant offers the usual favorites like pad Thai, Thai noodle soup, Thai fried rice, and an assortment of curries like Massaman and Panang with lots of veggie and meat-centric options. Yelp reviewers and Facebook fans love the place, piling accolades at its virtual feet, like “The food is amazing, just amazing” and “I’m obsessed with it!” Sweet Basil Thai is open Tuesday through Saturday, serving lunch from 11am to 2:30pm and dinner from 5pm to 7pm.


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“Wait, there’s a second floor?” Better give yourself extra time at the Antique Palace Emporium in Liberty.

Stop 3: Antique Palace Emporium

300 Chestnut Street, Liberty

If the sight of rich mahogany sends you scrambling for your wallet, have it at the ready when you step into this 4,000-square-foot building filled with antique furniture. Expect to find items like c. 1920s leather-topped end tables, ornate tea carts, and hand-carved Victorian bed frames, with all furniture custom restored in-house. Open year-round, seven days a week, 10am to 5pm. / (845)292-2270

Stop 4: The Catskill Attic

481 Broadway, Monticello

For reasonably priced vintage clothing, head south on Route 17 out of Ferndale and into Monticello. Catskill Attic is a consignment and secondhand clothing store that also offers a selection of antique décor, jewelry, and housewares. One shopper on Yelp referred to Catskill Attic as “a real treat of a business to have on this street.” Open year-round, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10:30am to 5pm, and Wednesday and Saturday from noon to 5pm.


Russell and Denise Reeves, owners of the Antique Palace Emporium.

Make sure you’ve got a big vehicle, plenty of cash, and a plan.

Stop 5: Tilly’s Diner

34 Raceway Road, Monticello

This chrome-plated, 1950s throwback is beloved by locals and visitors alike and is lauded online as offering “the perfect breakfast” with large portions. Tilly’s banana cream pie is “to die for,” according to another reviewer. Open year-round, seven days a week, 6am to 10pm.

(845) 794-6540.

After a throwback lunch at Tilly’s Diner in Monticello, the antiques in your car may seem almost contemporary.

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The Museum Shop at Bethel Woods offers memorabilia and contemporary apparel.

to October 10, 10am to 5pm; open October 11 to December 24, Thursday through Sunday, 10am to 5pm; December 26 to 31, open daily, 10am to 5pm. Museum admission is $15 per adult, $13 per senior, $11 per youth (8–17), $6 per child (3–7), and free for children under three. / (866) 781-2922

Stop 8: Lee Hartwell Antiques

33 Lower Main Street, Callicoon

Callicoon, located along the Delaware River at the New York / Pennsylvania border, is the perfect place to end the day. The town is packed with shops, and thrift stores abound. Lee Harwell Antiques offers vintage items for interior decoration. Its inventory includes pottery, glass, lighting, art, metal, wood, and jewelry. This store is definitely more on the “antique” than the “thrift” side of the spectrum. Open Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 11am to 5pm; Sunday, 11am to 4pm; or by appointment. Vintage lighting can be found among the treasures at the Country Bumpkin in Mongaup Valley. / (845) 887-6727

Stop 9: The Trash Queen

21 Lower Main Street, Callicoon

Stop 6: The Country Bum’kin

1100 Route 17B, Mongaup Valley

Continuing west on Route 17B toward Mongaup Valley, you’ll find Country Bum’kin Antiques off Exit 104. This multidealer clearinghouse for antiques and collectibles has a constantly revolving inventory, which means new items all the time. That also means that if you find something you like, you’d better buy it now. Merchandise includes jewelry, pottery, artwork, midcentury pieces, and Woodstock ’69 memorabilia. Open year-round, seven days a week; closed Tuesdays and Thursdays after Labor Day. Call for hours. / (845) 582-7937

Stop 7: The Museum Shop at Bethel Woods

200 Hurd Road, Bethel

Nostalgic for 1969? In the market for some Woodstock memorabilia? Head 20 minutes farther west on Route 17B to Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. The Museum Shop at Bethel Woods offers an array of Woodstock-related apparel, including plenty of tie-dye, jewelry, books, and CDs, as well as memorabilia, and you don’t have to pay museum admission to shop there. But if you do decide to check out the museum, your visit will fit right in with antique hunting, as both activities have a decidedly nostalgic nature. The museum itself is housed within a LEED-certified green building, and its main exhibit, “Woodstock and the Sixties,” includes artifacts related to the 1969 music and arts festival that happened on its very site. The museum and shop are both open daily April 30 to September 5, from 10am to 7pm, and from September 6

Here you’ll find a riot of vintage items with an emphasis on midcentury kitsch. The Trash Queen is also the kind of place where you’re just as likely to find a musical instrument or a cool windup retro toy as a hand-tooled piece of wood furniture or a French crystal and brass chandelier. The store also holds a daily “indoor yard sale” with new merchandise weekly and markdowns up to 75 percent. The Trash Queen was named Best Vintage Store by the River Reporter. Call for hours. / (845) 866-3867

Stop 10: Peppino’s Family Pizzeria and Restaurant

31 Main Street, Callicoon

The term “hidden gem” gets thrown around a lot in reference to eateries in the Catskills, but Peppino’s is the real deal. Glowingly reviewed on Trip Advisor as “a sweet surprise” that offers nothing short of the “best food in the area,” this traditional Italian restaurant serves pizza, pasta, and entrées in an atmosphere so friendly it made one reviewer feel as if he were being “welcomed with open arms.” Open Monday through Saturday, 11am to 9pm, and Sunday, noon to 9pm. / (845) 887-6767



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Jamie Hammel founder and President, the Hudson Company HOMETOWN: Reading, Pennsylvania LIVES IN: Brooklyn Heights WORKS IN: Dumbo (showroom), Pine Plains (headquarters), and on the road EMPLOYS: 35 people in Pine Plains with full benefits. “I’m proud that we’re bringing manufacturing back to New York [State].” LOVE/HATE RELATIONSHIP WITH: Ikea. “I’ve got some Ikea pieces and they’re great. There’s a place for Ikea in this world. But I don’t think people want to live in an Ikea world.” Walkingaround the Hudson Company’s headquarters in Pine Plains, northeastern Dutchess County, is like walking through the detritus of the 20th century. Mountains of wood are stacked outside, and company founder and president Jamie Hammel knows where every piece came from. There’s wood from factories in Pennsylvania built just after the Civil War, fallen barns from the Hudson Valley, and decommissioned water tanks that once perched atop New York City roofs. But the Hudson Company isn’t a graveyard. It’s a place of rebirth. The company rescues the region’s architectural history and turns it by hand into floors, beams, paneling, and molding for architects’ use, including in some major projects. Last year the Renzo Piano Design Workshop and Cooper Robertson Architects turned 60,000 square feet of Hudson Company’s reclaimed heart pine into the new Whitney Museum’s floor, creating the largest reclaimed floor in the country. “There’s a strong trend in consumers to want to know where their product came from and how it was made,” says Hammel. In 2010, when Hammel founded the Hudson Company, the reclaimed wood industry had a bad name. Materials were often harvested using unscrupulous practices (including outright theft), and there was no guarantee that a floor would be delivered as ordered. But Hammel took advantage of the antique lumber marketplace’s growing hunger for bespoke, handmade products by developing a high standard of quality with guarantees and warranties. “I like design, and the floor is the canvas on which you build everything,” he says.

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Jamie Hammel stands among his ever-growing collection of reclaimed wood at the Hudson Company’s mill in Pine Plains.

Before reclaimed wood became trendy, Hammel often got wood for free from demolition crews. Now, people with old barns on their property or developers taking down factories look to see if they can sell Hammel the materials. “In New York, the architectural landscape is evolving so rapidly,” he says. “Buildings are constantly coming down. I’m always out looking at barns.” Sometimes the journey from the wood’s origin to its final destination is short. When the elevated railway in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District was being transformed into the High Line urban park, the Hudson Company recovered its beams and joists, took them upstate for processing, and returned them for reinstallation. The project’s carbon footprint was essentially nil. But the environmental benefit of reusing old wood isn’t always what attracts people. “We don’t get a lot of clients who say ‘I want to do the right thing for the environment,’” he says. “People like reclaimed wood because they like stories. They like the insect tracks, the nail holes, the ferrous stains, the patina. They want to be able to say, ‘Oh, this came from a barn in Ohio,’ or ‘This was the Coney Island boardwalk.’” The company also deals in “select harvest” woods: storm-felled trees, dead standing trees, and trees cut down by independent sawyers. Sometimes sustainably harvested trees are more appealing than reclaimed wood to clients—and to Hammel himself. “I had such anxiety about what floor to put in our new apartment,” he says about the space where he lives with his wife, son, and daughter. “I’d been hoarding the best reclaimed boards for myself for the past five years, so I had built up this massive collection of really special, unique boards. And in the end I was like, ‘Nah, let’s just go with new oak.’ The planks are nice and wide, and it’s rich in detail and character. I love it.” —Brian PJ Cronin


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A Patchwork House in High falls

Friends helped paint the house’s colorful exterior. O’Sullivan never plans her designs. “I always know what color should come next,” she says.

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The house, which O’Sullivan and Brown have affectionately named Calico, greets passersby with a grin.

Moving right along, O’Sullivan and Brown’s two old school buses match their home.

This story begins with one lost glove.

Kat O’Sullivan had just returned to her Brooklyn apartment when she got a message from a customer. “I’ve lost a hand warmer, can you make me another?” Every coat, dress, and set of “hand warmer” gloves O’Sullivan creates for her popular Katwise Etsy shop is singular. She combs thrift stores throughout the Northeast to find the wool and other natural-fiber sweaters she then upcycles into her one-of-a-kind pieces. “I can never, ever, make another glove,” she recalls, “but I had just gotten back from the thrift store with that exact sweater.” It was a rare sweater and an even rarer coincidence. O’Sullivan wrote back, “Yeah, I guess I could make you that glove.” She’d never met the customer, Pamela Camara, but after re-creating a match and preparing to mail it, she noticed the return address: High Falls, New York. “When you are sitting in industrial wasteland Brooklyn”—where O’Sullivan was living with Mason Brown, her partner in travel and creative living—“High Falls sounds like a pretty name.” So O’Sullivan decided to ask: “What’s High Falls like?” Camara’s answer came immediately: “It’s great! What are you doing this weekend?”

A Pair of Vagabonds Tired of “being kicked around and kicked down” by the city, O’Sullivan and Brown were already considering relocation. A vagabond at heart, O’Sullivan had spent 15 years exploring the world and making crafts, living in a multicolored van and a school bus everywhere from California to the East Village. (Both vehicles, now parked in their driveway, complement their rainbow-colored house.) Equally well traveled, Brown has a degree in Middle Eastern studies, speaks fluent Arabic, and lived in Jordan before becoming a musician in New York. The two were looking for a place that could not only honor their spirit of wanderlust but also allow them to “put down roots and create.” That one lost glove, and the invitation that followed, opened a world for the couple. The next weekend, O’Sullivan walked into the former Egg’s Nest restaurant in High Falls (decorated colorfully with bric-a-brac) and realized “ .” Brown loved the area as well. “We had no idea,” he says, “what a great place this side of the Hudson was.” Camara, a local African dance teacher, became the couple’s unofficial godmother, introducing them to the community they grew to love. (Since then, Camara and O’Sullivan have even traveled through Africa together and discovered they’re distant cousins.) FA L L 2 0 1 6


The Mongolian List During one of their mutual adventures—a trip through Mongolia involving many delays—the couple began writing a list detailing their dream house. In 2010 they found the perfect fixer-upper to upcycle: a patchwork house in Rosendale sitting on 16 acres, bordering the rail trail and state-owned forest. In business and life, O’Sullivan often meditates on the material things that cross her path—“where they’ve been and whose hands have touched them.” Owned by one family for 60 years, the house was rich with memories and spirit. This appealed, and the couple felt a connection to the seller, Faye Schwager. “If she hadn’t been here I don’t know if we would have bought it,” says O’Sullivan. “We feel like we had the house passed to us.” The couple relished the opportunity to make the home new again. It was, however, going to need some work. On their first night as homeowners, the couple literally dug in. Armed with tools and a bottle of champagne, they began to tear up the linoleum floors, quickly realizing there were actually seven layers of it under their feet. It was a harbinger of what was to come. “We didn’t quite realize how much we were going to have to do,” Brown admits. Dating from 1840, the house was “addition after addition after addition.” Too much love and weather had left it in disrepair. Eventually, almost everything—from the septic tank to the well, from floors to the five layers of roof—had to be painstakingly dissected and then either rebuilt or totally replaced. Luckily, friends from the city and their new neighbors were on hand to help. The almost total teardown also yielded some treasures: Letters from the 1850s, newspapers from New Zealand, and accounts of the Foreman-Ali “Rumble in the Jungle” lay within the walls. And they were able to incorporate much of their original Mongolian wish list into the design. (Aquarium wall? Check. Circus tent? Check. Fireplaces? Library? Hammocks? Check, check, check.)

Right: Meandering houseplants and a crazy quilt are the highlights of this bedroom. O’Sullivan is a “fiend for crazy quilts,” hunting for them on eBay, she notes on her website. Below: The downstairs parlor is decorated with the couple’s eclectic mix of paintings, furniture, and textiles, collected during their world travels. Opposite: Kat O’Sullivan and Mason Brown, with their dog, Lucas, in their living room.

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Made Especially for You, by Katwise As with much great art, the couple claim the home is still a work in progress. However, the eye-catching exterior now slows passing bicyclists and inspires tourists to regularly stop and take pictures. The ornate, rainbow-painted walls harmonize with the bright gardens and flowering trees. Gingerbread trim, along with windows and doors from Zaborski Emporium architectural salvage in Kingston, complement the stone walkways and patio O’Sullivan built by hand. A summer of brush clearing uncovered a large pond where the couple occasionally swim. Throughout the interior, wood floors face off with tin ceilings. Each room is carefully designed to honor the artwork and artifacts the couple have collected over the years. Many pieces, including Brown’s childhood rocking chair, are covered with O’Sullivan’s patchwork designs—her version of the Midas touch. In the kitchen, a turquoise toaster spread “like an infection.” Now countertops, a 1957 GE Liberator stove, and the home’s original farmhouse sink are painted the same hue. A sunny breakfast nook, still etched with the heights of the Schwager children, overlooks the pond. Brown, currently a graphic and Web designer, has a study complete with his grandfather’s working phonograph and a collection of globes. A wooden bookcase, handmade by a neighbor, hides a secretcompartment liquor cabinet. (That’s another check on the Mongolian wish list.) O’Sullivan keeps the wainscoted, arched ballroom empty. It doubles as photo studio and occasional clearing area for her business.

Above: O’Sullivan’s sewing room features yet another montage of artworks and pillows atop a crazy quilt-covered day bed/storage area. Left: This kitchen counter was built as a “shrine to the toaster,” which O’Sullivan notes on her website is “the most over-priced, bourgeoisie thing I own. It toasts to perfection.”

Rediscovered Treasures Upstairs, the almost bare white-and-gray bedroom with built-in four-poster bed contrasts with the rest of the house. An adjoining sewing room and attic were repurposed as O’Sullivan’s workspace by raising collar ties and adding skylights. Her collection of needlepoint art lines the walls. “I think about how many millions of hours people put into making these things. They’re often in a bin for two dollars. I just need to save them.” O’Sullivan feels the same way about the quilts she finds and, of course, the sweaters, which often have tags saying “Made especially for you by Grandma.” “I treasure them,” she says. “Anytime I get something hand knit I think about how someone spent all winter working on it. It feels like a privilege I have now—a responsibility—to take it and make something nice.” Those handmade treasures, discarded but not forgotten, are now organized by color into piles on the bright, lake-blue attic floor, awaiting transformation. It’s a visual reminiscent of the photos tourists so often take of their house. Amidst the scraps of hard work and memories, O’Sullivan models her latest creation, a bolero jacket of jade green and hunter wool. Strewn on the floor beneath her feet: the scraps of that project, soon to become new gloves. u


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lagusta yearwood chocolatier Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona Came to the Hudson Valley from: New Jersey Lives in: New Paltz Lived there since: 2004 When she was 12 or so, growing up in Phoenix, Lagusta Yearwood became one of Arizona’s few vegetarians. Her mother joined her. Together, they went to animal rights marches and handed out flyers. But after a few years, Yearwood grew weary of the whole scene. “It wore me out,” she says. “It was too tiring and too sad. I was not really suited to being an activist.” So instead, Yearwood, now 38, became a vegan chocolatier. Today she has a rapidly expanding business that counts a flagship shop in New Paltz, Lagusta’s Luscious; an expansive mail order business; a café around the corner from the original store, Lugasta’s Luscious Commissary!; and Confectionery!, a shop in Manhattan’s East Village. It was a strange and winding path that brought the fast-talking Yearwood to the Hudson Valley. Although she’d never been to the East Coast, she got offered “a weird scholarship” to the University of Rochester—she uses the word “weird” a lot, but maybe that’s fitting for her career arc. It took her a while to realize that during winter, the East Coast’s cold weather doesn’t relent as morning gives way to the afternoon, but she’s fit right in. After college, Yearwood went to the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York City, which teaches aspiring chefs to cook locally, responsibly, and seasonally. And then she began an—illegal—vegan meal delivery service out of her home in New Jersey. It did well enough, even after she decided to get away from the city. “I could pretty much move anywhere,” she remembers. “So I just started looking at where good farms were, because I knew that I wanted to cook. Someone said, ‘Take a look at New Paltz.’” Yearwood liked it there. And what’s more, the then-26-year-old mayor, Jason West, was making national headlines for licensing gay marriages and personally officiating them in front of town hall – long

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before such a thing was legal. “I was like, ‘That sounds like a great town to live in!’” she recalls. “Life has been great ever since, really.” Gradually, Yearwood would learn to make most anything vegan and at home. In 2003, she’d begun making chocolates for fun. That became a business too, which eventually overwhelmed the meal service. In 2011, she opened her first chocolate shop. It took off. “I didn’t set out to have a mini empire,” she says. “I just wanted to work for myself. The whole thing is weird.” At Lagusta’s Luscious, unusual ingredients are combined. Yearwood’s favorite chocolate bar, for instance, is the corn-on-the-cob bar, made with sage, smoked paprika, smoked sea salt, and crunchy bits of freeze-dried corn. “It’s inspired by a summer barbecue, as if you’re eating a chocolate bar in the middle of a barbecue,” she explains. But there’s a philosophy behind these novel concoctions. She likes to remember that the Aztecs originally used chocolate as a savory food. “Now, it’s gotten so sugary and it’s a desert thing, but we make a lot of more savory things that tie back to that lineage,” she explains. “I think people are craving things that aren’t so sweet.” Everything, of course, is made completely from scratch. “I’m obsessed with this idea that for everything you buy, there’s a whole chain of decisions behind it,” she says. “With food, I try to be mindful of that, especially with food that I buy and serve to other people. I feel like I have a huge obligation to use my purchasing power to buy things that are in line with my values. So a lot of times, what that comes down to is, we’ll just make it ourselves.” In a way, Yearwood has become an activist after all. She’s discovered that people will happily eat healthily and responsibly if they enjoy the taste. Her customers in the beginning “mostly weren’t vegan,” she says. “That’s kind of been my goal throughout my whole business life. I feel like now this is kind of like my activist work, having people who wouldn’t be vegan eat vegan food.” —Leander Schaerlaeckens

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ou may not know Maya Kaimal, but it’s quite possible she’s been in your kitchen. She is, after all, the namesake of Maya Kaimal Fine Indian Foods, and her simmer sauces are on shelves in stores all over the Hudson Valley and beyond.

When she started her business in 2004, Kaimal was living in Brooklyn with her husband, Guy Lawson , and their newborn twin daughters, Lucy and Anna. Needless to say, Kaimal had a lot on her plate back then, so she and Lawson decided to head out of the city. First, Kaimal and her family moved to Central New York to be closer to extended family members. But after six months, she says, “We hightailed it out of there” because it was just too remote. From 2005 to 2009, Kaimal and her family lived in Woodstock, but Rhinebeck kept beckoning—“Hands down, it’s one of the prettiest upstate towns around,” she says—so in 2009, they rented a home in the village, and Kaimal moved her business to Montgomery Street in Rhinebeck. For Kaimal, it was inevitable that Rhinebeck would win out as their home destination. “We liked the look of the Rhinebeck school system,” she says, along with the walkability of the village, which includes indie movie house Upstate Films and several restaurants. “It’s close to the Culinary Institute [in Hyde Park], and it really elevates the food scene here to a high degree.” Easy accessibility to New York City via Amtrak from the train station in nearby Rhinecliff was another big draw. “There’s this constant exchange with the city of people and ideas, and I love that connectivity,” Kaimal says. “I really do love New York City, and loved

living there, and I miss it a lot. I like to be able to dip in and out of there.” As a self-described “visual person,” Kaimal says she appreciates the way Rhinebeck “takes care of its character and attributes. It seems, as a town, conscious of what its gifts are, and preserves those.” It’s also a very family-friendly place, with plenty of annual holiday traditions like the Sinterklaas Festival in December and the Memorial Day parade. “I’ve always felt like Rhinebeck has a real pulse to it,” says Kaimal. Although the family struggled to find a property to buy in Rhinebeck village, a three-bedroom home on Salisbury Turnpike in nearby Milan caught Kaimal’s eye in 2011. The house, which was built in the 1950s, was originally used as a seasonal cottage, “one of those summer shacks,” she says. But thanks to a number of renovations over the years, Kaimal and her family came upon it as a turnkey, all-season home with an open floor plan, modern lines, and fireplace. The surrounding property also won Kaimal over. Its slopping, hilly land is studded with white pines and rock outcroppings, as well as perennial gardens, flowering trees, and border gardens. “It’s a little bit wild, and a little bit planned,” she says. But while Kaimal and her family love their country home, they’re currently in the process of selling it, as they’ll be moving this fall into a c. 1895 Queen Anne Victorian house they recently bought in the village of Rhinebeck. Kaimal, who’ll be thrilled to be able to walk to work, spent last summer fixing up the kitchen and bathrooms and adding closet space. “It’s not a gut renovation by any means,” she says. “It’s got beautiful bones, and we plan to preserve them.” u


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aula Redmond has a long history with Rhinebeck. Over three decades ago, she sold one of her first houses there. Today, her firm, Paula Redmond Real Estate, has two offices, one in Millbrook and the other in a charming courtyard situated right in the heart of Rhinebeck’s village. Over the years, she’s watched Rhinebeck’s popularity grow. “One thing that brings people to Rhinebeck,” says Redmond, “is that it is an active community,” offering an abundance of restaurants and charming shops, a twoscreen indie movie theater, a year-round farmers’ market, cultural events at the nearby Dutchess County Fairgrounds, and plenty of quaint holiday parades and festivals—all of which are within easy walking distance. The village, founded in 1686, has retained much of its historical architecture, including several antique churches, the oldest of which was built in 1802, and a plethora of Victorian and Gothic architecture. Other big draws are the highlyranked school system and the village’s proximity to the Rhinecliff Amtrak station. Lately, Redmond says, “the village has been kind of hot,” with houses selling quickly and prices rising. Admittedly, it’s no longer so easy to find a bargain in Rhinebeck. “A lot of homes have been fixed up over the last 30 years,” she explains. “There were a lot of handyman specials back then, and you don’t see that as much now.” However, Redmond reports, there are still good home values in the area. “When you look at places [within] the radius of New York, we still have really good value, the rates are low, and it’s a beautiful area,” she says. According to Realtor. com, Rhinebeck’s current median listing price is $363,000, a bargain compared to comparable villages like Woodstock, whose median price is $440,000, or Cold Spring, where the median price is $499,000. Both second-homebuyers and people looking for a full-time residences are showing the most interest in the village’s amplitude of ornate Victorians, says Redmond; but the contemporary and open-floor plan styles typically found in the surrounding countryside are also popular. In any case, she notes, buyers want their houses move-in ready. “People don’t want to do any work,” she says. Instead, those who move to Rhinebeck prefer to spend their time participating in local activities rather than renovate an old house. “There’s so much going on,” says Redmond. “It’s a great place to be.” —Kandy Harris FA L L 2 0 1 6





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Pre-Civil War Germantown Farmhouse on One Acre 436 Northern Boulevard, Germantown Patricia Hinkein Realty

$319,000 BEDS: 4 / BATHS: 2 / SQUARE FEET: 2,400 LOT SIZE: 1.3 ACRE / TAXES: $6,768 The Southern Columbia County town of Germantown is a treasure trove of antique farmhouses. Not convinced? Behold this shining example currently on the market. Originally built in 1835, the four-bedroom, two-bath house is a study in home preservation and maintenance, with every stitch of its historic character on display in the form of plank floors, large rooms with high ceilings, and two covered porches (front and back). There's nothing antiquated about the mechanicals, however, according to the listing, and the kitchen features modern stainless steel appliances and countertops (oh, how we love stainless steel countertops). It’s a nice size for a family, too, with 2,400 square feet of interior space. Included with the 1.3-acre property is an antique red barn, and it's all situated walking distance from the Hudson River. Other nearby points of interest abound as well, including Hudson, Art Omi outdoor sculpture park, charming Tivoli, and Bard College, which offers the Fisher Center for Performing Arts yearround and Spiegeltent during the summer. Located two hours from New York City.

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Affordability, Privacy, and Style 77 Crest Road, Cold Spring Houlihan Lawrence

$359,000 BEDS: 2 / BATHS: 2 / SQUARE FEET: 1,344 LOT SIZE: 3.54 ACRES / TAXES: $7,898 You don’t have to go all the way to mountains to find a quiet place in the country. This property is located in Putnam County, close to Cold Spring village on the Hudson River and less than 90 minutes from Midtown Manhattan. Convenient though it may be, it’s still at the end of a dead-end road on more than three acres of land, so feel free to spread out and enjoy the blissful silence. A recent renovation means this two bedroom house is ready to go, with hardwood floors, living room and master bedroom fireplaces, two full baths, and a new stove and tile backsplash in the updated kitchen. There's even more space in the walk-out basement for a workshop or rec room. Two-story newly-stained decks offer a full view of the yard and space for entertaining outdoors when the weather is right. Plus, there's a two-car garage and a new water heater. A quick 15-minute drive leads to charming downtown Cold Spring, which is replete with restaurants and shops, as well as a Metro-North train station. Beacon, which is less than a 20-minute drive away, is jam-packed with stores, restaurants, and historic architecture. It's also home to Dia:Beacon, and has its own thriving art and music scene. Live in this house, and you'll be close to it all.

Renovated Brick Rowhouse with Three Living Spaces 79 Broadway, Kingston Westwood Metes & Bounds Realty

$769,000 BEDS: NA / BATHS: NA / SQUARE FEET: 4,400 LOT SIZE: .09 ACRES / TAXES: $5,614 Kingston is rapidly becoming an art and creativity mecca. It’s also home to lots of cool historic buildings, and when creative people connect with old buildings, amazing things happen. This brick rowhouse, located on The Strand in Kingston’s Rondout neighborhood, is one shining example. The Strand extends down Broadway to the Rondout Creek waterfront and marina, and is home to shops, restaurants, and several popular street festivals. There’s certainly plenty to do in this walkable neighborhood. Built in the late 19th century, the building has been completely restored and is currently set up as a bed-and-breakfast with three spaces with separate utilities for each one, and could easily be transformed into three full residences. The first floor is already set up that way, with 2,300 square feet of open living space, separate bedroom, tiled bath, and stainless steel kitchen. Downtown Kingston is central to many of the Hudson Valley's hottest spots. From here, it's an easy 25-minute drive to Poughkeepsie or Woodstock, 20 minutes to New Paltz, 40 minutes to Hudson, 17 minutes to Rhinebeck, and less than 10 minutes to Uptown Kingston. R E A L E S TA T E S E C T I O N


Historic Birchwood Compound on Four Aces in Dutchess County 1018 River Road, Red Hook Gary DiMauro Real Estate

$975,000 BEDS: 3 / BATHS: 3 / SQUARE FEET: 3,345 LOT SIZE: 3.97 ACREs / TAXES: $23,679 Situated near the Dutchess County village of Red Hook, this c. 1840s home is a wealth of hidden treasures and a harmonious combination of design sensibilities. Starting with the stone walls that border the property, old-world touches abound at Birchwood, including three fireplaces (two of which are native stone), hardwood floors, leaded glass, and farmhouse doors. Its front exterior, however, looks for all the world like a bungalow-style home with a Craftsman feel, a rarity among homes of this age. In truth, the house is more Dutch Colonial than bungalow, as is evidenced by the side and back of the house, but all of these aspects combined is what makes this place unique among a sea of impressive offerings in the Red Hook/Rhinebeck area. The 3,345-square-foot interior features a spacious kitchen with modern appliances, a light-bathed glassed-in sitting room adjacent to the living room, a formal dining room with a brick fireplace, a master suite with spa-like bath fixtures, two additional bedrooms, and two full baths plus a half bath. Where this house truly shines is in the details, which


include bold wallpaper choices, a mix of intricate tile and wood parquet flooring, wainscoted ceilings and walls, iron hardware on the doors, and a 1,500-bottle wine cellar below deck. Outside, the compound comes with a wraparound bluestone patio and pergola, tennis court, garden beds, and a park-like yard with acres of room to stretch out. Our favorite exterior feature might be the carriage house/guest cottage, which is equipped with two beds and a full bath. Could it be used for rental income? We don’t see why not. Whether you appreciate it for its comfortable bungalow appeal or its historic nature and vintage details, Birchwood is a winner that's situated in a location convenient to the villages of Rhinebeck and Red Hook, as well as Tivoli hamlet, the Rhinecliff train station, and the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge. New York City is less than two hours away. CHECK OUT MORE HOT SUM M EPOSTS R 2 0 1 AT 5

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adjacent to Rhinebeck V. create privacy & convenience! 2672 SF Colonial, 4 BRs, 2.5 baths, 27 ft. K, FR w/FPL, DR, separate office. 3 outdoor spaces, fenced yard, even a tree house. Immaculate, move in condition! $489,000.


give private access to park & crystal clear Upton Lake for boating, fishing & swimming. This updated passive solar 4 BR, 1.5 bath Contemporary has walls of glass, oak floors, DR & huge FR. 45 ft. deck. Dead end St. $325,000.


is soo special! This Red Hook location is close to BARD, Omega, Amtrak & Rhinebeck. This 3 BR, 2.5 bath Townhouse is the perfect retreat. CA, great K, vaulted MBR suite. Low fees cover outdoors, walk to restaurant. $305,000.

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is located on a huge, quiet, fenced lot in Rhinebeck V, close to restaurants & the V center. 3472 SF includes 4 BRs, 2.5 baths, chef’s K, DR, 3 rm. MBR suite. 2 FPLs, AC. Stunning heated 20 x 40 pool & pool house. $950,000.

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George T. Whalen Real Estate • ES TA B LI S H ED 1 9 2 5 •

your hudson valley real estate specialists homegrown and independent

EDITION FARM—This exceptional offering is a 114+ acre estate and premier thoroughbred farm in the heart of Dutchess County. A classic farmhouse surrounded by pristine land, five fantastic barns, multiple run-in sheds, an exercise arena, caretaker residence, 3 bay garage with office/studio, finely fenced pastures, beautiful ponds, meandering stone walls, riding trails and an in-ground swimming pool. 90 minutes from NYC or 2 hours to Saratoga. OFFERED AT $2,700,000.

1895 country manor high on a hill. 12 rooms, 3 fireplaces, 9 foot ceilings, 6 bedrooms, 6 full baths, library, den, beautiful kitchen, formal dining room and a guest/nanny wing................................$1,475,000

Over 5 magical acres on Woodstock’s finest country road. Everything you can dream of in a retreat: acres of fields, mountain views, in-ground pool, antique barn, stone walls and perennial gardens.......$975,000

Exceptional Woodstock property meticulously maintained. Extensive work & upgrades. Mountain views. Shed with power, and an outdoor stone patio with wood fired pizza oven.............................. $539,000

VIEWS OF COOPER LAKE! Stunning 1905 renovated 8-room farmhouse. Beautiful open LR/DR and gorgeous gourmet kitchen. Finished loft. Stone patio w/fire pit and lake view......$419,000 | woodstock, NY | 845-679-2010

QUINTESSENTIAL HUNT COUNTRY FARM—Lovely estate property, situated on 79+ acres in Millbrook Hunt Country. Originally built in 1880, this is a rambling home with fabulous early details, including pine flooring, 5 fireplaces & beamed ceilings. Grounds w/stone walls, horse stable, fenced paddocks, riding ring, pool and views to Catskill Mtns. 3 BR guest cottage, 2 BR apt. over barn, garage space for 8 vehicles. One of the finest farmsteads in the Hudson Valley. OFFERED AT $1,995,000.

SMITHFIELD VALLEY CONTEMPORARY—This stylish, cedar sided contemporary cape sits in the much sought after Smithfield Valley. 3 BR home with an interior that is light, open and airy. Quality craftsmanship, beautiful wood flooring, custom cabinetry and far reaching views. A 10+ acre offering with a nice mix of lawn and woodlands. Park-like grounds in a superb location, peaceful and private. Minutes to Village of Millbrook or Dover Train Station. Perfect weekend getaway to enjoy the scenic countryside. Offered at $675,000.

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Patricia A. Hinkein Realty

1876 Farmhouse on 2.6 acres located close to the village of Germantown. This 3 BR/1.5 bath house has an open Kit/ DR, LR, wood floors, & covered front & back porches. Outbuilding. Very nice country setting. $300,000.

1835 Germantown Farmhouse with two story barn. Well maintained 4 bedroom home features an open Kit/DR with woodstove, LR with wonderful wood floors, a den, bath and laundry on the 1st floor. 4BRs all with wideboard floors & a bath on the 2nd floor. Front & back covered porches. 1.3 landscaped acres close to Hudson River access. $319,000

Otto’s Market, a thriving Hudson Valley business in Germantown. This turnkey operation includes a 2500 square foot building, inventory, fixtures & a strong track record. This 1927 Grocery story underwent a total renovation in 2008 & offers a mix of everyday groceries with specialty, natural & local foods. $849,000.

Breathtaking Hudson River & Catskill Mountain views! This often-photographed property features approximately 11 acres, an 18th Century Eyebrow Colonial Farmhouse & a vintage Barn on three separate tax lots. Truly a park-like property. Office Exclusive. Call for additional details.

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Specializing in Southern Columbia County, NY

Legend has it that if you look at the Catskill Mountains, you can see Rip Van Winkle’s outline as he sleeps. Well, wave to Rip from this amazing property! Dennis Wedlick, AIA, sited this home to take advantage of the vistas. 3 BR, 2.5 BA, 2200 sf home on 12.9 acres located in Hillsdale, NY. Upon entering, you are greeted with the Catskill views through the oversized windows. Open living/ dining/kitchen. Chef’s kitchen includes a Liebherr refrigerator/ freezer, Thermador double wall ovens, and Wolf 6-burner range. There is even a separate Subzero refrigerator/freezer for beverages and ice, so you’re not in the way of the cook. How smart is that! Gas wall-mounted fireplace. LED or low voltage lighting in the living room, dining room, kitchen and bathroom floors. Exterior remote-controlled colored LED lighting in the stone walls. Many green features such as passive solar, Pella thermopane windows, solar panels and bamboo floors. It would be our honor to show you what all the excitement is about! Adjusted price is $995,000.

Lindsay LeBrecht, Real Estate Broker

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with southern exposure located Upstate in Delaware County. 12 Private acres with Catskill Mountain views, 200 acres of state land and 2 great fishing streams nearby. $379,000.

This stately, circa 1875 home in the heart of the Village was tastefully renovated in 2015 while keeping its vintage moldings, wood floors, marble fireplaces and light fixtures. It offers over 5000 s.f. on 3 levels and includes a chef’s kitchen with local quarried marble, formal parlors, master en suite with elegant gas fireplace and bath. There are 5 additional bedrooms and 3.5 baths. The property also has a carriage barn. Walk to fine dining, theater, and farmers’ market. Minutes to Amtrak and Bard’s Fisher Center. Offered at $1,995,000.

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PRIVATE LAKE CLINTON Charming Farmhouse quietly rests at the end of a long private road lined with ancient Shagbark hickory trees. WEB# PS1335667 | $1,390,000 Jill L. Rose | RE Salesperson M: 914.204.0124

A GORGEOUS HOME POUGHKEEPSIE Pristine five-bedroom Colonial. An abundance of natural light keeps this home nice and bright. WEB# PS1328263 | $489,900 Denise Bertolino | Associate RE Broker M: 845.235.4990

SIMPLY LOVELY PLEASANT VALLEY Retreat to this stunning Colonial set up on a hill in a private, peaceful setting. Panoramic views. WEB# PS1330815 | $484,900 Lori S. Rheingold | RE Salesperson M: 914.489.2354

A DREAM COME TRUE MARLBORO Drive up the road through the apple orchards leading to a cul-de-sac street, stone facade Colonial home. WEB# PS1338573 | $424,800 Arij Kurzum | RE Salesperson M: 845.453.4813

SPARKLING POUGHKEEPSIE Spacious three-level Split. Updates and new features. Central air, pool, multi-level decking. WEB# PS1348290 | $285,000 Lynn M. Simmons | RE Salesperson M: 845.797.5107

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Sweet Pickins “One year a hail storm came through and created specks on the apples, so they couldn’t be sold to wholesalers,” says Josh Morgenthau, the

third generation of his family to manage Fishkill Farms, a 270-acre operation in Hopewell Junction. “They decided to put up signs and let the community come and pick their own. It turned out they did better than ever. There was no turning back.” That was in the 1960s. Fifty years later, on autumn weekends, the farm gets thousands of visitors. “We have 150 acres in production and about 60 acres of apples, and we open most of that to you-pick,” Morgenthau says. Besides apples, the you-pick offers berries, veggies, and other fruits in season. A crew harvests for five farmers’ markets, an on site farm store, CSA shares, and wholesale clients; all told, about 15,000 40-pound bushels were harvested in 2015. Morgenthau is passionate about organic growing and heritage strains; a bonus for the visiting picker is having over 80 varieties to choose from. “Some of the heritage varieties have better tolerance for pests and diseases,” he says, “and over half of our apple acreage is organic now, with an incredible range of colors, tastes, and textures. Cox’s Orange Pippin, Esopus Spitzenberg, Ashmead’s Kernel—you won’t find those in the supermarket next to the Macintosh and Red Delicious. You have to go straight to the farm.”

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Self-service apples cost about the same per pound as at the farm stand; any savings on labor are balanced out by the costs of hospitality. Morgenthau says there’s an intangible that the numbers can’t capture. “We get locals and people from every neighborhood and socioeconomic background in New York,” he says, “and for the visitor, coming to a farm and picking fresh produce puts you in touch with your food in ways that you just can’t be otherwise. And we get to connect with the people eating, who appreciate our hard work. The experience of having the public come in is rewarding on both sides of the equation.” The farm provides the containers. On weekends, burgers, hotdogs, veggie burgers, and organic veggies are served fresh from its applewood grill; during the week, visitors are welcome to bring food and (nonalcoholic) beverage for a picnic. There are flashier farms. “We don’t really do the full-scale ‘agritainment’ thing with a corn maze and a bouncy castle,” says Morgenthau. “We do try to make it festive. We have bands, hayrides, arts and crafts for the kids. The whole experience is very family friendly.” “The joy on someone’s face when they’re back in an orchard where their parents or grandparents brought them in the ’70s or ’80s, that’s priceless. And now that social media keeps us connected, we get people posting pictures for us of their toddler picking her first apple. You can’t get that at the supermarket; I can’t get that just by packing everything off to the wholesaler.” u


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