Saturday, November 20, 2010


The New York Times
November 21, 2010    

Jennifer May (Bees Knees), Sally Ryan (Girl & The Goat), Craig Lee (Prospect), 
Lee Celano (Mike's on The Avenue), for The New York Times

Top from left Borscht with grass-fed beef and local vegetables at Bees Knees Cafe in 
Preston Hollow, N.Y.; chickpeas are served three ways at Girl and the Goat in Chicago.
Above from left Wagyu beef with potatoes, cippolinis, trumpet mushrooms and
spinach at Prospect in San Francisco; Louisiana crab and crawfish cakes at Mike's
 on the Avenue in New Orleans.

The Bees Knees Cafe has hit the NY TImes! This Sunday's travel section! Preview online. The 4 Towns are San Francisco, Chicago, New Orleans and ... Preston Hollow!
Heather Ridge Farm
989 Broome Center Road
Preston Hollow, NY 12469
Thanks to Tim Lippert for calling this to our attention: "Here’s a ‘Local” farm exceeding all expectations in quality and marketing. I’m really proud of John and Carol for their hard work and accomplishments. Berne could have five or six of these type operations!!"

37 Acres given to Huyck Preserve
Huyck Preserve neighbors Jeri and John Woodhouse formally donated 37 acres of their long-held family property to become part of the Huyck Preserve. The land includes fields and shrub habitats, but is dominated by a pristine quality emergent marsh.

Chad Jemison, Jeri and John Woodhouse
Located just along Route 85 just north of Rensselaerville, this large open wetland is easily viewed and can be enjoyed by all. This land has terrific birding potential and is on the edge of being suitable habitat for the endangered bog turtle. Along with being protected in perpetuity, this wonderful gift will be highly valued at the biological field station for research and education opportunities.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Indian Summer

Golden Eagles in Berne From Al Deitz: "Three days straight in October of 2009, I passed the field on the east side of Switzkill Road near the Foxenkill Bridge and saw this Golden Eagle feeding on a deer carcus. On the third day I had my camera, and when I took this photo from my car, I could hear the eagle tear the meat from the bones . When I left the car for a closer photo, this spooked eagle would fly up into a tree to join it's mate. Golden Eagles are rare in Albany County. They are more common in New Hampshire and occasionally seen near Tupper Lake. They're more common out west. Golden Eagles are slightly larger than Bald Eagles. I suspect these two lived on West Mt."

Heldeberg Market Turkeys
The Heldeberg Market will be selling locally raised turkeys for Thanksgiving this year. Varieties will include broad-breasted white turkeys, and heritage breeds with darker meat. If you are planning to order a turkey, please complete the one-question survey linked here: Turkey Survey.
This will let us know how many turkeys to reserve with our farmers.
Thank you for supporting our local farms!

Country Holiday Gift Bazaar
The annual Country Holiday Gift Bazaar will be held at the Thacher Nature Center of Saturday, Dec. 4, 10 am – 4 pm. and Sunday, Dec. 5, 11 am – 3 pm. Meet friends for a day of shopping and beautiful scenery, enjoy baked goods and refreshments, take home beautiful and original items hand made by local artists, crafters and artisans. Jewelry, jams and jellies and maple products, homespun wool products and knitted items, original artwork, pine needle baskets, stained glass, breads and spices, home made soaps and organic beauty products, wildlife and nature photography, Native American style dream catchers and decorative art, rustic holiday ornaments, carved wooden bowls, rustic wooden bears and outdoor wooden items and more! Call 872-1237 for additional information.