favorite upstate farm stands
after our heirloom tomato report last week, Josh, from the excellent, all around and NY-ish food site – The Food Section, sent this over… “Mmmm. We just had some ourselves tonight (by way of Chelsea Market). Unfortunately they were a whopping $4.99/pound!! How much when you buy them from the source?”
so we checked and the word on the prices is even better than we thought… at our favorite farm, Green Acres, their wonderful heirlooms are only $1.29 a pound! for any of the several varieties that come in all different colors, shapes and sizes (including one that is green when fully ripe!) each has a flavor that’s so intense and wonderful. we spoke with the Yanick family who grow everything right out back on the farm about their heirlooms. found out that it’s a very tricky crop to grow because the tomatoes tend to split due to their odd shapes (and too much rain causes disease in the plants) they decided to try growing heirlooms 3 years ago and jumped in head first. the quality and flavors have been excellent, but it’s been a rough sell upstate (with the odd shapes and colors.) we encourage any heirloom lovers, stores or chefs out there to visit the Yanick’s for your heirloom supply! (they should be in abundance through the beginning of Sept) they also have amazing peaches, squash, sugar plums and homemade pies!
here’s the scoop on how to get there, and we’ve thrown in info on other stands to check out … there are many great farms throughout NY state; this strip has some of the best we’ve found. there are about 6 stands. a couple are big and have a gourmet-goods slant, but our favorites are the small, homey stands that are directly in front of the farms, and sell only produce that has been grown right there. in addition to the Yanick’s farm known as Green Acres (with a big blue barn) we like the Edger Bros stand for a big mix of home grown fruits and vegetables, and another stand that’s simply a platform truck on the side of the road that sells that best and cheapest corn in the area (in peak season we’ve seen as low as 12 ears for $1)
this strip of farm stands is located in Columbia County on RT’s 23 & 82 (right off the Taconic Pky/Hudson exit, or about 10 miles east of exit 21 on the NY State Thruway – this map points about dead-center in the row of stands)
is that smoke in your panties?
or are you just happy to see us?…
the Party in my Panties party at Tainted Lady Lounge tomorrow looks fun. our girl DJ Laura Lux is mixing live (on a mac!), so the music will be rocking! maybe we’ll see you there…
Buddy’s learning to play and loves him some hand wrestlin’ – lucky for us he’s getting the hang of the “soft bite”
after reporting a couple weeks ago on B & H Dairy’s dispute with their landlord and reopening, on one of the recent cooler days we strolled over to see how the soup was holding up. the low down… B & H soups are still very good. not as tasty as back in the dayz, but their cabbage soup is still packed with cabbage and other vegetables and has a great flavor. and their challah bread is excellent. $3 for a BIG bowl and 2 think slices of challah with butter – classic NYC cheap eats! (update: check out this Chowhound post for more tips!)
just when the baby’s cuteness started to haunt us 24/7, he figures out how to make himself even cuter.
yoga for anarchists
walking home yesterday we look up above our local deli on Allen and Stanton, and see a row of giant windows, brightly lit with no covering, and a room full of sweaty people flexing inside. has a new Lucile Roberts opened in the LES? nope, it’s a big brand new yoga center lighting up all of Allen St – Bikram Yoga Lower East Side. couple of our neighbors look up with us and laugh at the spectacle of half naked bodies dripping sweat and stretching about in the big brightly lit windows and wonder “is this a good thing?”… (not the yoga center, a lovely addition of course, but…) oy vay – do we have to look at those fit bodies as we make our beer and ice cream runs to the deli below?!
aside from the overly bright windows, we’re excited to see them come into the Allen St./LES hood and plan on taking advantage of their “$20 intro special: all first time visitors will receive an unlimited week of yoga for $20.” – take the skinheads stretching!
Buddy and the bean
we tell him it’s a green bone. he can’t get enough of em.
steal this logo – the new and improved CNN light
remember when CNN could be considered a decent, center-line media source? HAHAHA!! these days CNN has no qualms about blasting their conservative, right-wing bias – from increasingly lame coverage and overt avoidance of ANYTHING that could be perceived even slightly liberally, to deliberately uninformative coverage of the democratic convention. their website reads like pure Bush propaganda, with daily front and center Bush video clips/promotions, and insidious quotes peppering so many articles (political or not). even their overall news reporting has become almost remedial.
friends of ours have a brilliant theory that, whether for ratings, political motives, or both – CNN has made a deliberate corporate determination to become more like FOX! and sent us over this amazing logo they put together and hilarious note -
“for neo-cons everywhere introducing the new and improved CNN light with fewer news carbs and great tasting nutra-right…”
we’d love to hear from any readers out there with their own theories… and feel free to download the logo for use on your site, making t-shirts, etc. – ROCK ON!