25 More Things Every Hudson Valleyite Must Do!
Back in 2007, we told you about 20 local activities — from dining at the CIA to taking a swim in the Hudson — that help separate true Valleyites from the out-of-town tourists and weekend wannabes. But — we now realize — that list wasn’t half long enough. Here are 25 more can’t-miss Valley pursuits to spice up your late summer/early fall weekends
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12. Visit a local farm
For centuries, residents have been tilling the soil in our fertile Valley. From the Black Dirt onion fields in Orange County to the cattle herds in Dutchess and the fruit orchards in Columbia, these picturesque (and often family-run) businesses are everywhere — and they are in trouble. Large-scale agricultural production has been putting the squeeze on smaller farmers for years. But the burgeoning interest in agricultural alternatives — “slow” food, farm-to-table initiatives, organic farming, and the like — is giving many local farmers a new focus. So, say thanks to our local providers by visiting a farm — and, better still, by chowing down on an ear of butter-and-sugar corn or a just-picked beefsteak tomato (or any number of other types of produce) from a local farmstand.