Frustrated duck at Lee’s house (photo by Lee Reich)

This season’s fruitless & fruitful garden endeavors

Early autumn is a good time for me to find a sunny spot on the terrace with a comfortable chair, pluck a bunch of grapes from the arbor overhead and ponder the fruits of this…

(Photo by Dion Ogust)

Cauliflower Festival in Margaretville

Like other much-maligned members of the cabbage family, the humble cauliflower tends to go underappreciated nowadays. Mark Twain famously wrote, in Pudd’nhead Wilson, that “a cauliflower is nothing but a cabbage with a…

(Photo by Alen Fetahi​

Hudson Valley Garlic Festival in Saugerties

One of the earliest signs that glorious autumn has come to upstate New York is the reappearance of the by-now-venerable Hudson Valley Garlic Festival, which returns this weekend to Cantine Field in Saugerties….

Alice Waters (Gilles Mingasson | Courtesy of the Author)

Alice Waters visits the Hudson Valley

For someone synonymous with Northern California, Alice Waters has been springing up in the Hudson Valley with frequency. The celebrated chef, author and activist, famous for fostering farm-to-table fine dining at her Berkeley…

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Kids’ Almanac (Sept. 25-Oct. 2)

“And I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, ‘If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is’.” – Kurt Vonnegut  …

(Photo by Michael Tutton)

Why I plant my garlic earlier than recommended

Into the ground goes the stinking rose. That’s garlic. As a matter of fact, by the time you read this, my garlic cloves will have been in the ground for a while –…

Almanac Weekly’s Night Sky columnist Bob Berman in his observatory in Willow (photo by Andrea Barrist Stern)

How to see an aurora

Last week a powerful X-class solar flare erupted smack in the middle of the Sun. It was optimally positioned to affect Earth. We broadcast live solar views the next day on our community…

(Photo by Jeff Rozema)

Kids’ Almanac (September 18-25)

“Summer is already better, but the best is autumn.” – Valentin, Finnish writer   Free ham radio classes in Goshen Do you have any current or potential Hams in your family? Ham radio,…

Neptune on Triton’s horizon (NASA)

Neptune is more interesting than you think

Neptune – which these weeks lies at its brightest and closest of the year – is an amazing place. Give me a chance to prove it. Neptune is an enormous blue ball 58…

(Dutchess Hops)

Hoptember Harvestfest at Dutchess Hops

Late summer/early fall is hop harvest season, and more of us would have known that already back in the 19th century, when New York State was America’s leading producer by far of the…

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