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Thomas Jensen visits Innisfree Garden in Millbrook, NY

My partner Frances and I visit the historically fascinating 185-acre Innisfree Garden in Millbrook, NY, several times each year. It is a wonder to behold, a treat for the mind, body, spirit. Recently, I met with Kate Kerin, the landscape curator of Innisfree Garden, and also went on a Wildflower Walk with George Petty, a life-long naturalist who has led many wildflower walks for the New Jersey Audubon Society and Innisfree. 

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Living off the land…

Food

I love garden tomatoes, blackberry ice cream, cold cucumber soup, maybe a glass of Riesling.
You know, summer food.
But I’m getting in the mood for morning frost and clothes made of wool and root vegetables at dinner.
So I asked Tim Cocheo, the chef/owner of Number 9 Restaurant in Millerton, NY, for a vegetable dish.   

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It’s Lawn Time, Experts Say

Gardening Scene

The time to rejuvenate or construct new lawns is rapidly approaching. September is also a prime time to fertilize turf grasses. The cooler temperatures and increased rainfall will stimulate new grass growth so any nutrients applied will be put to good use. Fall lawn fertilizers often have increased amounts of potassium relative to the amount of nitrogen as higher potassium values have been suggested to increase winter hardiness.

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Getting Started, Even Now

Gardening

Several years ago, my mother patiently and expertly taught me to garden, to clear the weeds, dig the soil, scatter seeds, and to plant flowers but as the sun shone down and my knees became sore, a dawning realization made clear that gardening was just not for me.
My mother may have been a little disappointed, but it did not dissuade her from donning her sunhat and gloves, trowel in hand, and digging into the soil.
She lives for a good day of gardening.

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Among the Joys Of Summer

Food

I grew up in the Hudson Valley, and remember as a teen eating lots of perfectly ripe fresh fruit. Nothing tasted better to me then. Or now. 

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Swimming With The Fishes…To Get To Work

No matter what the weather, when Jon Ostendorf finishes his daily commute he is soaking wet. That’s because he swims to work, from the beach at the Salisbury Grove to the boathouse at Hotchkiss where he is director of information technology.

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A Curiosity In the Park

Outdoor Life:

Thomas Whitten boasted of a “new sort of manure” he found on his farm in northwest Kent. As he wrote the Committee of the American Mineralogical Society in 1798: “I discovered the mine whence it is obtained, four years ago and by throwing some of it out, I found it made grass grow very largely; and by trying it on Indian Corn, found it to be better than Plaister of Paris or Ashes. Then I gave the farmers about 40 tons, and they carried some of it 20 miles distance, and tried it. — They found it to be good for Cucumbers, Carrots, Beets, Cabbage, Potatoes, and all sorts of Garden roots.”

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It’s Polo Time in Columbia County

Country Life

Have you ever stood a few feet away from 10 horses running full speed directly at you? It’s a rush that brings out something primal in a person — or at least in this particular horse-crazy girl. Add mallets, a tiny white ball, a huge flat field of pristine grass and the bluest sky Columbia County has to offer and you have my idea of the best thing to do on a weekend. Welcome to Mashomack Polo, coming to you in thunderous 3D every weekend between Memorial Day and Labor Day in Pine Plains, NY.

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The Sandwich That Made a Man And a Movie Famous

Food Scene

The Cuban sandwich, an object of new interest since release of Jon Favreau’s film, “Chef,” is, at heart, a grilled-cheese sandwich. A super-charged grilled- cheese sandwich.
Of course I am not talking about the nightmare grilled cheese concocted by those who figure Velveeta is cheese and Wonder Bread is bread and that Crisco substitutes for butter.
No.
The Cuban sandwich is rich, complex, spicy and crisp. And it can, theoretically, along with a food truck and the Internet, catapult a disillusioned chef to stardom.

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Faires, Not Fairs, The Robin Hood Kind

darrylg@lakevillejournal.com

I have been attending Renaissance faires for more than a decade, and I was thrilled to discover one in Connecticut running right now.

My wife, Kayla, and I visited the Robin Hood Springtime Festival in Guilford for the first time last weekend, and I was thoroughly impressed. As I walked through the gates, I was immediately transported back in time to Nottingham and Sherwood Forest.