Sunday, October 28, 2012

Cluckin' A Critter Farm

We recently had the chance to get away from the inn for a moment and visit a local farm - Cluckin' A Critter Farm. This year we wanted to get a Thanksgiving Turkey from a local farm, and Delores, our office assistant, suggested the Cluckin' A Critter Farm, which happens to be just down the road from Delores' home.

According to their website the farm is a "continuing story of two people, four dogs, three barn cats, 1 pet turkey, 30 guinea fowl, 75 ducks, over 225 chickens, 5 German Angora rabbits, 7 alpacas, two sheep and their life long dream to run a little 9 acre farm in upstate New York."

Skip and Vicki sell farm fresh eggs, maple syrup, honey, raw fiber (from sheep, angora rabbits, and alpaca), yarn, free range chickens, chicks, ducklings, Vermont cheese, and in season produce.


It is fun just to visit the farm to see all the animals!





Besides the farm, Skip and Vicki operate Nature's Friend's of Hospice. This is a registered not-for-profit gift shop to benefit the Community Hospice program. As a former nurse, this is a program close to Vicki's heart.


The gift shop features donations of art work, knitted items, and a wonderful selection of gifts of all sorts. Definitely worth a visit and you'll know that your purchases are going towards a good cause!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Fall Color Still Abounds

While we've had an early start to Fall, there is still plenty of color around the inn. Enjoy this little tour around the grounds.










This week there is an appliqué portrait workshop going in our studio. The faces are starting to take shape.


Our workshop program, the Hudson River Valley Art Workshops, offers about 38 workshops a year in painting (oil, watercolor, pastel, etc) and art quilting.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Looking for Mums in All the Right Places

We are lucky to have some fabulous plant nurseries in our area and one of my favorite go-to places is Story's Nursery. It is just 15 minutes from our inn and they always have a wonderful selection.


I like to browse the entire row before getting down to the serious business of picking the mums for this year.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Greenville Day Chili Challenge

Last weekend was the annual Greenville Day celebration. There was a pancake breakfast, farmer's market, antiques appraisal, 5K run, live music, fireworks, and a chili challenge.

The chili challenge was held at Vanderbilt Park, a short walk away from the inn, and we would have walked there except for the threatening rain clouds. I love me some chili, but didn't want to get chilly.

There were about 16 chili challengers set up in the barn at the park.


Each chili chef had their table arranged with a pan of chili and assorted toppings for their chili.


Here's one with a lovely presentation. It was delicious, too.


The chili was hot in more than one way, so it was nice that in the center of the building was a large table filled with desserts, muffins, cornbread, cider donuts, and more to help cool off your mouth between helpings of chili.


Mark lived in Texas for 9 years, so to him chili means Texas and he came dressed accordingly.


Booth presentation was also part of the judging, and hands down, I think Aileen was the one who most got into the spirit of the contest -- plus her chicken chili was my personal favorite! She topped it with a chipotle creama and cilantro.



The last chili we tasted that evening was made by the youngest contestant, shown here with her assistant (her mom).


All of the chili tasters were allow to vote for their favorites with a handful of beans. Each were give a baggy of beans and at each chili station was a plexiglass box for you to vote with your beans. You could give all the beans to one person or divvy them up between all of your favorites.

After the chili tasting, we went outside to investigate the band and to search out the ice cream being served.


The band, "From Dusk to Dawn", was set up in another barn at the park.


The drizzly weather kept the audience to the hardy few, but the fire pit helped keep them warm.


Then we found the ice cream. A fudgecicle for me and a strawberry ice for Mark.


Thursday, October 4, 2012

Pumpkin Pancakes - It Must Be Fall!

We have a new breakfast special for the Fall - Pumpkin Pancakes. So far the response has been unanimous - "Best pancakes ever!"


It's not the special every day, but we do take suggestions if you want to mention it when you check in.

Our breakfast short order menu is all made fresh to order. We don't use mixes or pre-cooked dishes that are just warmed up.