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Zahara zinnias (photo by Lee Reich)

Late bloomers: Zahara zinnias and autumn crocuses

And the winner is… Every year boxes of plants arrive at my doorstep, sent by nurseries and seed companies hoping to wow me with their products, which I will then praise and induce you…

(Photo by Dion Ogust)

Kids’ Almanac (Oct. 9-16)

“There once was a middle-aged woman that lived in a van, who had so many passwords to remember, she thought of sticking her head in some sand. Or SAND? or sand998?” – Bonni,…

(Nasa | Bill Ingalls)

A strange total eclipse

Of nature’s greatest sky spectacles, the total lunar eclipse probably ranks sixth. It does not take one’s breath away like a solar totality, a major aurora display, an exploding meteor or bolide, a…

Hudson Food Studio (above) and spicy crab cakes (below).

Hudson Food Studio specializes in superfresh Southeast Asian food

It doesn’t get any fresher and more local than this. With ingredients from down the road crafted unto dishes inspired from across the world, the one-and-a-half-year-old Hudson Food Studio is the only place…

Persimmon fruit on a leafy tree (photo by Lee Reich)

Persimmons now reaching peak harvest

It’s raining persimmons! And every morning I go out to gather drops from beneath the trees. And every afternoon. And, depending on the wind and the temperature, sometimes early evenings also. The fruits…

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Kids’ Almanac (October 2-9)

“How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days.” – John Burroughs   Check out the view from Rhinebeck’s Ferncliff Forest! I drove by Ferncliff Forest for…

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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