As American as Maple Syrup

I recently heard a radio interview of an author who’d just written a book about maple sugaring. That’s a topic near and dear to B&B owners in the Northeast given a propensity for pancakes and French toast. Here are some of the interesting things I gleaned.

  • Maple is one of the few truly North American flavors. Maple does not come from other sectors of the world.
  • 75% to 80% of the world’s Maple Syrup comes from Canada, primarily Quebec. (Just imaging their national flag with that dominant maple leaf.)
  • The rest—1.32 million gallons– comes from the U.S.—Vermont being the #1 producer, followed by New York, Maine, Ohio and Wisconsin.
  • There is a new Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers, called “the OPEC of maple syrup,” and maintains a “global strategic syrup reserve” containing tens of thousands of barrels of maple syrup. Canada in fact, sets pricing of Maple Syrup and is moving to change the labeling of grades
  • The bulk price for Maple Syrup has increased by 89% since 2000.

That’s a bummer. Unfortunately anything that good seems susceptible to getting roped in, controlled, doled out and makes me want to move into a grove of maple trees and make my own. But…

  •  It takes 30 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup! Or about one tree yielding a pint of syrup.

One of my friends was diagnosed with a kind of “fatigue syndrome” some years back and her nutritionist took her off all white foods—flour, sugar, pasta, rice—and told her to use only maple syrup as a sweetener. She got better, and she got very inventive with her maple sweetening. True maple doesn’t cause those spikes in glucose levels like most other sugars.

Of course, none of this has anything to do with artificial maple syrup of the Log Cabin type, which is mainly high fructose corn with maple flavoring. After this frigid winter, the maple season is not projected to be that great. The sap has yet to flow steadily—to do that, it must maintain 40 degrees in daytime, 20 degrees at night—and the weather doesn’t make it likely that pricing will get better. The narrow window of time between ideal sugaring weather and the budding of the maple leaves, which detracts from the flavor of the syrup, can get reduced greatly in a year of late storms like 2014.

Down the road in Dover, Madava Farms, the home of Crown Maple Syrup, opened as we reported back with our Red Chair sagas; their website touts 100% Certified Organic Maple Syrup.  It’s a remarkable operation; the site is worth checking out. MapleFactory


Here’s a quote from their site: “Visit Madava Farms on weekends to sample the week’s fresh cuttings for lunch in our selection of fresh sandwiches, grilled panini, composed salads, hearty soups, maple baked goods and specialty desserts.” They’re open 11am to 5pm most Saturdays and Sundays.

Oh, and by the way, it is officially spring in this hemisphere. Will someone tell the Big Guy?


Hudson Valley Restaurant Week— Bring Your Appetites!

There are seven counties north of the Bronx that claim the historic Hudson Valley as their own. (Hilltop House Bed and Breakfast is in Dutchess county, on the east side of the mighty Hudson.) So when they put together the Hudson Valley Restaurant Week and a .com loaded with delicious details, it’s well worth the gander.
First of all, HVRW is a misnomer since it runs for two weeks, 14 days, beginning March 10th through the 23rd. Nearly 200 top restaurants will spread their collective table clothes to offer up 3-course dinners for $29.95 (plus beverage, tax and gratuity). Some offer 3-course lunch fare for $20.95 (plus beverage, tax and gratuity). You must call the restaurant in advance, but no ticket is necessary—and most, but not all times (usually high traffic seatings of Saturday nights for example) offer the special pricing.





Don’t forget, Hudson Valley is home to the Culinary Institute of America [ CIA ] as we’ve pointed out previously—so the proverbial dart board of great chefs circling it is pretty packed.

The Valley is also home to fabulous apple orchards, wine vineyards, maple sugaring operations, and pure and simple historic tourist attractions. Saute that all together and there’s lots to do, lots to eat, and after this winter, mud season will be welcomed with open arms!

You can find a great listing on their website that maps out the restaurants, has menu listings, shows hours of operation and how to contact them:

And because the Hudson Valley is also flush with local produce and crafts, we’ve edited this list of indoor farmers’ markets in the Hudson Valley that coincide with the Hudson Valley Restaurant Week(s). Bon Appetite! and we hope to see you soon at Hilltop House.

Pier/dock by Sloop Club across from train station
open all year, Sun 11-3

Hudson Valley-Greig Farm
229 Pitcher Ln., Red Hook
open all year, Sat 10-3

Millerton Indoor
North East Community Center, 51 South Center Street
Jan-Apr, 2nd & 4th Sat: 10-2

61 & 80 E. Market St.
open all year, Sun 10-2

Pine Island
W. Rogowski Farm, 329 Glenwood Rd.
Mar 15 & 29, 10-3

Cold Spring Indoor
Philipstown Community Center in Garrison
Nov 24-May, Sat 8:30-1

Palisades Indoor
Palisades Community Center, 675 Oak Tree Rd.
Jan 18-May 17: Sat 9-1

Callicoon Indoor
8 Creamery Road, Delaware Youth Center
Mar 9 & 23; Apr 6 & 27: Sun 11-2

Kingston Indoor
Old Dutch Church, 272 Wall St.
Dec 7-Apr 19, 1st & 3rd Sat, 10-2

Chappaqua Indoor
St. Mary’s Church, 191 Greeley Ave.
Dec-Apr, Sat 8:30-1

Hastings Indoor
Library (Dec, Apr, May); James Harmon Community Center (Jan-Mar)
1st & 3rd Sat, 8:30-1

Mt. Kisco
St. Mark’s Church, 85 E. Main St.
open all year, Sat 9-1
(914) 666-8069

Pleasantville Indoor
Pleasantville Middle School, 40 Romer Ave.
Dec 7-May 10, Sat 9-1

South Salem
Gossett Brothers Nursery
year-round, Sat 9-1


Why Don’t You Come Up and Cook Sometime?

From my class Chocolates and Confections

From my class Chocolates and Confections

CIA's beautiful dining room.

CIA’s beautiful dining room.

Don’t let this cold weather leave you land locked. A marathon’s run away—40 minutes driving—is Hyde Park, NY, where, nested on the eastern palisades of the mighty Hudson River sits the Culinary Institute of America, or CIA as it is called among foodies. Founded in 1946, CIA, as its HOME page on the web states: “is the World’s Premier Culinary College. Founded in 1946, … the proven path to an exciting career in the amazing world of food.”
You could use the following link to read more, but you’d miss the Google search quote that sits beneath its clickable .edu URL “called the Harvard of cooking schools by Julia Child and the best cooking school in the world”. I care less about the Harvard part, but the Julia Child part? Her opinion counts. ”
The pictures are ones I took in a Saturday class “Chocolates and Confections” I attended in 2011. It was tons of fun, culminating in a wonderful buffet lunch served by the students. I am really looking forward to participating in one of the BOOTCAMPS CIA offers. The webpage will explain more. And by the way, the campus and architecture are beautiful.
Since what we really hope for is you to stay with us at Hilltop, and find enticingly delicious adventures nearby, this blog focuses on the extraordinary Winter Dining Events that two of CIA’s eight restaurants have planned for the upcoming weeks.

The Bocuse Restaurant
Just before Valentine’s Day you might want to surprise your sweetheart with Bocuse, named for France’s famed chef, Paul Bocuse, which opened a year ago. To celebrate the first anniversary Monsieur Bocuse and other chefs (noted in italics below) will be recreating the exact opening day menu to include:

A Peach of Foie Gras
Louis Outhier (Dinner only)
Black Truffle Soup V.G.E.
Paul Bocuse
Lobster with Champagne and Caviar
Frédy Girardet
Filet Mignon of Beef with Marrow Custard
Frères Troisgros
Grapefruit Sorbet with Vodka
Craig Claiborne
Three Chocolates
Gaston Lenôtre

L’Anniversaire du Restaurant Bocuse!
Dinner: Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 6 p.m.
Course: B-102 Anniversary $95
Lunch: Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 11:30 a.m.
Course: B-103 Anniversary $55
Reserve Your Spot
Call 845-471-6608, Monday Through Friday, 8:30 a.m.–6 p.m

Ristorante Caterina de’ Medici
Dining at this grand Tuscan-style villa is a culinary escape to another world. You can also enjoy wood oven pizza and other simple rustic dishes in the more casual Al Forno Trattoria. We’re listing just the events, you can find out more about the details by visiting the website directly.

Journey to Jerez
Thursday, Jan. 30 at 6 p.m.
Course: C-100 Jerez
Flavors of Italian Wine
Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 6 p.m.
Course: C-101 Italy
For the Love of Wine
Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 6 p.m.
Course: C-102 Love of Wine
Between Two Seas—Castello Monaci
Thursday, Mar. 6 at 6 p.m.
North Meets South
Wednesday, Mar. 12 at 11:30 a.m.
Course: C-106 North Meets South
Cooking with Wine
Wednesday, Mar. 19 at 11:30 a.m.
Course: C-108 Cooking with Wine
Black Tie and Truffles
Thursday, Mar. 27 at 11:30 a.m.
Course: C-110 Truffle $55
Wine for the Ages—Tenuta Capezzana
Tuesday, Mar. 18 at 6 p.m.
Course: C-107 Tuscan
A Wine Tour of Italy
Thursday, Apr. 3 at 6 p.m.
Course: C-109 Vino

Reservations are needed for all events.
Popular events do get sold out, so plan accordingly.
Call: 845-471-6608, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.–6 p.m.

We love the Culinary Institute and its sweeping—if not windy this time of year—views over the Hudson. It’s another great reason to come visit the Hudson Valley and Hilltop House. As Julia would say, Bon Appetite!



For the Beauty of the Hills


For weeks, I had been looking forward to exploring the Dutchess County Fairgrounds (Rhinebeck) at the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival, which was held October 19th and 20th (for next year, the festival is always the full third weekend in October). It’s an annual event, and one of the largest, if not the largest festival of its kind in the country. It was my first Sheep and Wool Festival so I wasn’t sure what to expect; immediately I walked into display after display of the most amazing, beautiful wool.NYS Sheep and Wool Dutchess County Fair Yarn

You don’t see wool like this in stores; it made me want pull my knitting needles out of hibernation! Everywhere there were samples by fiber artists, knitters, crocheters, weavers, and yarn enthusiast of every stitch!

Sheep5Anyone could try their hand at spinning wool, observe it being hand dyed, help sheer the sheep, watch the llama parade or hang out at the sheep dog herding demonstrations


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NYS Sheep and Wool Herder Course







I also found out about a facebook-like group for knitters et al online  Evidently, it is one of the main reasons why knitting is becoming popular once again. One can put her/his projects on from sheep to sweater and all the steps in between. Beginners can get help from pros etc.

Talk about craft culture! People came from all over the country. I heard tell of a busload from a knitting club that traveled for hours to Rhinebeck. One of my guests told me there are other sheep and wool festivals in this country but none like ours in this heartfelt Hudson Valley with its backdrop of beauty and the partly cloudy sky capping the perfect fall weather.

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Sheep Shearing NYS Sheep and Wool


We’ve reached the off season!

Happy Halloween!

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Halloween marks the beginning of our off season.  What does that mean for you?  Better availability, no 2 night minimum, and lower room rates.  If you’re looking for an inexpensive getaway, why not spend a weekend at the Hilltop House Bed & Breakfast and enjoy some of the great activities here in the Hudson Valley.

Meet some of the local farmers and artisans at the Amenia Farmers Market. It’s here every other Saturday and is a quick walk down the road, but with all the great food, produce, baked goods, and hand crafted gifts, you may want to bring the car.

Many of the historic sites decorate for the holiday and give tours in December.  Visit Dutchess Tourism for a complete list of these homes.  One of the mansions, Locust Grove, does a Twilight Holiday Tour by candlelight and ends with a 4-course dinner featuring recreated recipes from the home’s archives.  Just want the tour?  It’s every Saturday in December and the week after Christmas.  Want the dinner too?  It’s December 3 beginning at 5:30. (Locust Grove Calendar of Events)

Maybe you want to check out ‘A Dinner to Die For’ murder-mystery at Charlotte’s which is about 7 miles from us.  Reserve your table for November 12th at 6:30 to enjoy Murder Cafe’s production of this comedy which has received rave reviews.

Are you a food enthusiast?  Want to explore a new cuisine?  Or bake?  The Culinary Institute offers a variety of classes.  I attended the Chocolate and Confections class.  It was awesome and delicious! Here’s a list of their offerings, Day Classes.

This is just a small handful of the things here.  Be sure that whatever you do, you’ll be returning to Hilltop House for a relaxing evening with fresh baked cookies and rich, homemade hot chocolate.  Then, after a comfortable, cozy night’s sleep, be prepared to wake up to a delicious country breakfast that’s sure to please.


From the Farm to our Table

Hilltop House Bed and Breakfast proudly supports our local farmers.  Some of the local sources for our country breakfasts include:

McEnroe Organic Farm just a few miles away in Millerton, NY, is where we get the coffee and sausage.  Among meats and fresh produce, you’ll also find local honey, fresh jams, pies and other baked goods, soup, and a deli.  Stop by for lunch and enjoy the view.  There’s room in our fridge for anything you pick up.  Did you know, Frommer’s named Millerton one of the coolest small towns in the USA?!

Harney & Sons, also located in Millerton, is where we get much of our tea.

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Adams Fairacre Farms is where we go to buy the freshest produce and the fresh cut flowers around the house.  I absolutely love shopping there.  Not only will you find specialty foods from different regions of the world and all kinds of cheeses (including an espresso crusted cheese that is to die for) but they also have a gourmet chocolate shop featuring chocolate from around the world as well as some local candy makers.  Does a diet need anything besides fruit and chocolate?  Not mine!

The eggs come from one of my neighbors a few houses down.  If you’ve never had farm fresh eggs, you’re missing out.  What a difference!

Ronnybrook Farm Dairy produces the milk and cream we use.  It comes in glass bottles!  They also make yogurt, ice cream, butter, and cheeses.

I love my town and my neighbors.  I’m thrilled to drive around and see cows in the pastures freely grazing where they belong.  I’m happy to support good farming practices.  I encourage you to visit these sites and learn about your food.  The food is pure and it doesn’t get any better.


Autumn is Here!

It’s fall and gorgeous here in the Hudson Valley.  The leaves are turning but falling fast.  To celebrate the season, we’ve decorated the porch with mums, pumpkins, and gourds from Daisi Hill Farm just a few miles away in Millerton.

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Then we made a quick stop at BJs to stock up on Candy for Halloween.  I hope we have enough!

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Are you ready?  Can’t wait to see everyone’s costumes!


Sleepy Hollow

The story says the man died many years ago during the American revolutionary war. His head was shot off. Every night he rises from his burial place, jumps on his horse and rides through the valley looking for his lost head.

by Washington Irving


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Ichabod did not make much money as a teacher. And although he was tall and thin, he ate like a fat man.

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Ichabod [atop his horse about]  the hills that surround Tarry Town …  had never felt so lonely in his life … he came close to the tree where a man had been killed years ago by rebels.

He thought he saw something white move in the tree. But no, it was only the moonlight shining and moving on the tree … There, in the dark woods on the side of the river where the bushes grow low, stood an ugly thing. Big and black. It did not move, but seemed ready to jump like a giant monster.

His shaking voice broke the silent valley … ”Who are you?” The thing did not answer … Side by side they moved, slowly at first. And not a word was said.

Ichabod felt his heart sink. Up a hill they moved above the shadow of the trees. For a moment the moon shown down and to Ichabod’s horror he saw it was a horse. And it had a rider. But the rider’s head was not on his body. It was in front of the rider, resting on the horse.

Ichabod kicked and hit his old horse with all his power. Away they rushed through bushes and trees across the valley of Sleepy Hollow. Up ahead was the old church bridge where the headless horseman stops and returns to his burial place.

… The horse jumped on to the bridge and raced over it like the sound of thunder. Ichabod looked back to see if the headless man had stopped. He saw the man pick up his head and throw it with a powerful force. The head hit Ichabod in the face and knocked him off his horse to the dirt below.

They found Ichabod’s horse the next day peacefully eating grass. They could not find Ichabod.

They walked all across the valley. They saw the foot marks of Ichabod’s horse as it had raced through the valley. They even found Ichabod’s old hat in the dust near the bridge. But they did not find Ichabod. The only other thing they found was lying near Ichabod’s hat.

It was the broken pieces of a round orange pumpkin.

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The town people talked about Ichabod for many weeks. They remembered the frightening stories of the valley. And finally they came to believe that the headless horseman had carried Ichabod away.



Get ready for the Fall Foliage here in the Hudson Valley.

Autumn in New York.  Foliage, farms, wineries, horseback riding, antiques, art and romance all in the Hudson Valley.

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Take a cooking class at the Culinary Institute of America.  Go horseback riding at the Western Riding Stables.  Fill up a basket of apples at a nearby farm. Bring a good book and just relax out on the veranda.

Hilltop House Bed & Breakfast is right off the Harlem Valley Rail Trail.  Mountain bikes are avaialbe at the inn, bike trails are just down the hill!

Here are a few events listed from Hudson Valley Magazine scheduled for Fall 2011 .

Sunday, September 11

Hudson Valley Food & Wine Festival 

Hundreds of wines from New York and around the world — as well as food samples from some of the Valley’s best restaurants — await festivalgoers during this weekend-long event at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds

Friday, September 16

Lend Me a Tenor 

When a famous tenor agrees to sing at a gala fund-raiser, then fails to show up, the show must go on. Dressed as the tenor, a disguised assistant fools everyone, including the tenor’s wife. Chaos and hilarity ensue at this musical in Rhinebeck (

Friends of Historic Kingston Gallery
Noted marine biologist, illustrator, and onetime Kingston resident Anton Otto Fischer — who illustrated dozens of covers for the Saturday Evening Post — has his stunning seascapes on view

Sunday, September 18

Taste of New Paltz 
With tons of food from new and established local chefs and entertainment for adults and children, the 20th edition of this event should please the whole family

Saturday, September 24

International Wine Showcase
Oenophiles and philanthropists alike enjoy wine tastings, live blues music, a silent auction, and a four-course dinner while supporting therapy programs for people with disabilities at this fund-raiser

Hudson Valley Garlic Festival 
A Valley favorite, this tribute to the pungent bulb attracts more than 40,000 people. The two-day festival features five stages of local entertainment, arts and crafts vendors, and thousands of garlic-infused dishes

Sunday, September 25

Woodstock Film Festival

Check out the work of local and international filmmakers during this celebration of independent cinema. Attend screenings of more than 100 films, concerts, workshops, panel discussions, and parties

Friday, September 30

Jim Gaffigan
This actor/comedian brings his award-winning food-based comedy act — with jokes about common products like bacon and Hot Pockets — to the Bardavon

The Glass Menagerie
Tennessee Williams’s semiautobiographical drama deals with emotional hardship, the failure of family structures, and broken promises

Saturday, October 1

Poughkeepsie Regatta
Relive the glory days of the Hudson as crews from five colleges (including Marist) reenact the 130-year-old Intercollegiate Rowing Association regatta — previously held on the river for 40 consecutive years. The four-mile race ends at the Walkway Over the Hudson

Kid’s Expo

This two-day event, taking place on the Walkway Over the Hudson and the Poughkeepsie Waterfront, provides hands-on fun and interactive educational activities for children and their families

Sunday, October 2

Thomas Cole Historic Site 

A self-taught artist, Robert S. Duncanson is the first landscape painter of African descent to gain international recognition. The first East Coast exhibit of his work takes place at the onetime home of Hudson River School artist Thomas Cole, who influenced Duncanson to become a landscape painter

Saturday, October 8

Rhinebeck Antiques Fair 
Now in its 35th year, this indoor antiques show promises to offer “something for everyone’s pocketbook.” Dozens of vendors show off American and European furniture, artwork, porcelain, and accessories of all kinds

Horseman’s Hollow
Ready to be scared out of your wits? With creatures lurking in the shadows and creepy special effects, you’ll need your bravest face when you check out this twist on a haunted house at Philipsburg Manor

Saturday, October 15

Hudson Valley Philharmonic
The Phil presents “Viva Vivaldi!” — a concert spotlighting compositions by the well-loved Italian composer, as well as by Mozart and Liszt — at the Bardavon

Pumpkin Festival
Celebrate fall’s best-loved crop with pumpkin rolling, pumpkin painting, and a guess-the-weight-of-the-pumpkin contest at Orange County’s Hill-Hold Museum

Sunday, October 16

Westchester Fine Craft Show 
Formerly known as the Westchester Craft Show, this annual juried event showcases contemporary American designs from a carefully selected group of artists from throughout the country

Friday, October 21

The Gibson Brothers 
This bluegrass duo — whose CD Ring the Bell won two International Bluegrass Music Awards ­— returns to upstate New York to perform at the Emelin Theatre

Andrew Bird
This young musician sets himself apart with his intricately crafted pop songs about the laments of modern man. Catch him at the Tarrytown Music Hall

Saturday, October 22

Christine Lavin 
This spontaneous songstress’s observations on everyday life, presented with empathy and humor, are sure to bring laughter to audiences at the Towne Crier Cafe

Sunday, October 23

New Deal for Youth 
Mounted in conjunction with the Roosevelt Historic Site in Hyde Park, this exhibit of furniture, pewter, textiles, photographs, documents, and videos helps explain the development of Eleanor Roosevelt’s Val-Kill Industries, and the craft center she helped create in Woodstock

Friday, October 28

La Cage Aux Folles
What happens when the son of a gay couple brings his fiancée’s ultraconservative parents home to meet his family? The answer: mistaken identity, chaos, and lots of laughs all around at Proctors

Saturday, October 29

Audra McDonald 
This Tony and Grammy Award-winning chanteuse comes to Purchase to showcase her multifaceted talents as she sings songs from her new solo album

Sunday, October 30

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze 
If one carved pumpkin isn’t enough for your Halloween celebration, how about more than 4,000 of them? This event at Van Cortlandt Manor has dinosaurs, ghosts, spider webs, fish, flowers, and more — all made from jack-o’-lanterns

Saturday, November 5

CCS Bard
Conceived as a complementary show to the Blinky Palermo exhibit (see Sept. 9 listing),  “If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home by Now” examines the “life” of an art object as influenced by the context in which it is viewed

Sunday, November 6

Chappaqua Antiques and Design Show 
More than 50 East Coast antiques dealers offer their treasures — while a certified antiques appraiser and two interior design consultants give advice about incorporating antiques into the home

Friday, November 11

Woodstock Chamber Orchestra

The orchestra presents the second concert in its Music Director Search series at Olin Hall at Bard College with pieces by Mozart, Grieg, and others

Saturday, November 12

Moscow Ballet
Pirouette into the holiday season with the “Great Russian Nutcracker” at the Palace Theatre. This holiday classic features 40 Russian dancers interpreting Tchaikovsky’s famous score in front of hand-painted sets with 3-D effects

Tom Rush
Credited by Rolling Stone with “ushering in the era of the singer/songwriter,” this American folk music sensation comes to the Emelin Theatre to play songs that have shaped the genre for more than 40 years

Sunday, November 13 

Bill Maher 

Nominated for 21 Emmys, this TV host is known for pushing the boundaries of political commentary. Catch his unflinchingly honest ­— but always humorous — take on politics and society at UPAC

Saturday, November 19

Don McLean 

A former Hudson Valley Troubadour (and a member of the first crew of the Sloop Clearwater), McLean returns to his home turf to perform his signature song, “American Pie,” along with other classic hits from his 40-plus-year career




Take a short train ride from Grand Central to Wine Country

Plan your wine weekend early this fall, celebrate the bounty of the scenic Hudson Valley.

The Millbrook and Clinton Wineries are just down the road.  Spend the day shopping in nearby Millerton, home to internationally aclaimed Harney & Sons Fine Teas, great antique shops and excellent dinning.  Just across the street from the charming tea store is Gilmore Glassworks, exquisite fine art glass scultpure and original stemware.

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Every Saturday many nearby town host Farmer’s Markets, or if you like pick your own.  McEnroe Organic Farm provides first-hand know-how about organic farming and composting. Tour the expansive 700 acre working farm, then sample McEnroe’s gourmet delicacies at the full-service market!

You’ve got to enjoy our locally made artisanal cheeses from The Amazing Real Live Food Company (based in nearby Pine Plains - from the Victualers at the McEnroe Market. The Chaseholm Farm Creamery is a small cheesemaking operation and the home of the Amazing Real Live Food Co. Chaseholm is a family run dairy farm that manages a 50-head milking herd of registered Holsteins. It is from the beautiful milk of these cows that produces probiotic cheeses and fine, artisanal cheeses (Fresh Herbed Farmer’s Cheese, Queso Blancos, Chaseholm Camembert, Moonlight Chaource, and Stella Vallis Tomme.

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The Dutchess County Farm Fresh Link shuttle will stay with you all day, transporting you to the various locations and bringing you back to the Wassaic Station for the return trip home.

Reservations for the Dutchess County Farm Fresh Link shuttle are required in advance by calling 800-445-3131. Reservations must be made at least 48 hours in advance and confirmed before you purchase a train ticket. Shuttle seats are limited, so you must have a reservation.

Once you’ve made your reservation, purchase your rail and shuttle ticket any Metro-North station with a ticket office, at all full-service ticket machines (except Beacon Station). Tickets and shuttle reservations are non-refundable.

Some activities, such as wine tasting, require an additional fee. For more information about these itinerary stops and other agricultural and culinary destinations throughout Dutchess County, please