Greetings! First off I would like to extend my appreciation for the responses I got on my last post. Yes, a big focus of this blog is food and kitchen-related things, but authenticity was a conscious decision I made when starting this up, and my depression has to be included in that. I know I’m always grateful to find discussions on depression, anxiety, and seasonal affective disorder (SAD) elsewhere on the web, because mental/emotional health has historically been such a taboo topic– I’m here to figuratively and literally help bring it into the light 🙂
On to this morning’s post! Gabrielle Blair of Design Mom has an ongoing series called Love the Place You Live, each post highlighting things of local interest– for Gabrielle, “local” happens to be the beautiful countryside of Lower Normandy, France (!!). I was excited when she asked readers to participate, because a.)highlighting the Hudson Valley in the fall is such a fun, easy thing to do, b.)several events were scheduled for this weekend, and c.) the rain stopped during the day and started up again at night, yay!
Let’s start with Saturday morning: It was gray and chilly and therefore a bit difficult to get an actual start on the day until about 11. The Kingston Farmer’s Market in the Stockade District always has enticing wares. This includes not just fruits and vegetables but also fresh cheeses, flowers, wine and honey, pastries, falafel, and pickles. Since we’re on a bit of a budget lately, I walked forlornly passed the fresh mozzarella and headed for the veggies. My favorite thing to do at the farmer’s market is pick one new veggie each time- we now love patty pan squash. Saturday’s new pick was sweet dumpling squash, from Rexcroft Farm up in Athens:
Further down was Migliorelli Farm, which is based across the river in Tivoli. I bought a bunch of rainbow kale and took pictures of the other produce:
Two blocks away was a cute little event that we arrived juuuust too late for: Scarecrows at Frog Alley (basically, build your own, in a community setting), which was sponsored by Friends of Historic Kingston. Most people had already taken their scarecrows home, but this was my favorite of the ones that were left standing:
Despite living in and around Kingston for the past several years, we noticed this inn on N. Front Street for the first time:
The quirkiest part of our weekend was the Third Annual Rosendale Zombie Festival. Haven’t you always wanted to march down the Main Street of your tiny town with a bunch of freaks all dressed in fake wounds and dripping blood? Where everybody perfects their undead shuffle, hungry moans and unfocused stares into nothingness? Well, then, this is the event for you! It’s sort of hard to believe since most of the year, the village of Rosendale is quite sleepy: there’s the street festival every year in July, and then…a zombie parade! Seeing everyone dress up was like a nice pre-Halloween sneak peek (thanks to Andy for the following photos- and the apple photo at the top!):
We slept in Sunday morning following the zombie escapades and then had some homemade breakfast wraps:
I’m a big fan of Black Creek Preserve, the location of our late-afternoon hike. It’s on a beautiful piece of land that borders the Hudson River: the hiking path starts off at a suspension bridge over the eponymous creek and, in the middle of the loop, awards hikers with stunning river views. It was a lovely time of day to capture the woods- and it never fails, whenever I’m hiking, I always wonder why I don’t do it more.
After the hike we drove a bit further north on Route 9W and enjoyed the more dramatic light from Lighthouse Park; Esopus Lighthouse was perfectly illuminated:
That concluded my weekend here in Ulster County, New York– Next weekend is the Hudson Valley Garlic Festival in nearby Saugerties, which just happens to feature one of my favorite foods. I’m so excited! Thanks for stopping by 🙂
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All that is within me cries out to go back to my home on the Hudson River. —Franklin D. Roosevelt