Lee’s tomatoes on parade: Honey Drop; Honey Bunch and Solid Gold (photo by Lee Reich)

New cherry tomato varieties just can’t compete with perfection

Take your picks from the descriptor grab-bag: Honey, Gold, Drop, Sun, Bunch et cetera. Now put a couple of them together and you might end up with a luscious-sounding name for a tomato…

(Omar G)

Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest and Craft Beer Fest in Rhinebeck

Fellow microbrew-lovers of the Hudson Valley, rejoice! No more must we labor beneath the indignity of being perceived as somehow less sophisticated, cultured or refined than oenophiles. Our time for trendiness has come,…

(Photo by Lauren Thomas)

Silver palate: Taste of New Paltz celebrates its 25th anniversary

The New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce has put a number of new things into play for this year’s Taste of New Paltz event, Saturday, Sept. 19 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m….


Kids’ Almanac: Japanese sash-wrapping, Mexican face-painting, drumming, hiking & youth-made movies

“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.” – Rabindranath Tagore     Families with fourth-graders can get in…

Almanac Weekly garden columnist Lee Reich

Something to chew on

With all the supersweet, tender ears of corn readily available at farms, farmers’ markets, even supermarkets these days, why do I bother to grow my own sweet corn? Because it tastes better, much…

Sloop Brewing’s Adam Watson and Justin Taylor loading the tanks in Elizaville.

Sloop Brewing expands, opens tasting room at Vosburgh Orchards in Elizaville

“Once you put the yeast in, you have to call it beer.” So proclaimed Mark Stier, farm director at Vosburgh Orchards in Elizaville, as Sloop Brewing’s brewmaster Justin Taylor and head of sales…

(Photo by Dion Ogust)

When the Full Moon Isn’t Round

It’s the full moon this Saturday night. But the exact time of fullness is 2:35 p.m. that afternoon. So if you’re observing at 9 p.m. Saturday night, the moon has had 6 1/2 hours to get “out of round” — and…


Tap into history this Saturday at Historic Huguenot Street

Historic Huguenot Street (HHS) will debut the “1677 Huguenot Wheat,” a strong wheat ale inspired by the beers of the early 18th century, this Saturday, August 29 from 1 to 3 p.m. Brewed…


Kid’s Almanac: The Wiz, protecting the president, animal olympics

“I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.” ~ Vincent Van Gogh The Wizard Comes To Woodstock There’s no place like home, says Dorothy in the…

The “passion” that gave passionflowers their name refers to a religious passion: the passion of Christ. The plant was a 17th-century teaching tool for spreading the gospel. (photo by Lee Reich)

A passion so rare: Lee’s unusual white maypop

You would think (or I, at least, would think) that a purple-and-white passionflower would be more passion-inducing than one that was merely white. Not so: The white one displays a passionate juxtaposition between…

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