October 21, 2014

Autumn Color at My Farm!

Dear Readers,

I love fall, and around here, in upstate New York, the season has been quite spectacular- with the leaves providing wonderful color.

Did you know that tree leaves are composed of many colored pigments? Chlorophyll, which gives leaves their green color, hides the carotenes and xanthophylls (yellows) during the spring and summer growing season.

Less sunlight and cooler temperatures in the fall cause the chlorophyll to break down and the yellows to become visible.

Other pigments called anthocyanins, which give the leaves their red and purple colors, are not hidden in the leaves, instead they are synthesized when the chlorophyll begins to break down.

When anthocyanins blend with leaves that have already turned yellow, leaves turn orange!

New York’s state tree, the sugar maple, has magnificent orange color.

I just love Mother Nature!

Enjoy!

-Martha

October 20, 2014

A New Restaurant in Town!

Dear Readers,

I love supporting my local community in Bedford and the surrounding towns. I think it is so important that everyone does this wherever they live!

A new restaurant has just opened in Mount Kisco, not far from my farm. It’s called Winston and it’s named after a beloved rescue dog, a six-year-old American pit bull terrier, adopted by the restaurant’s executive chef Michael Williams. I love the idea of naming a restaurant for a beloved dog!

Michael was formerly the chef of a local restaurant called The Perennial Chef and spent ten years working in some of New York City’s best restaurants including Oceana, Mirezi, DB Bistro, and Park Avenue Café.

Winston is owned by my friends Jim and Leslie Atwood and it's a beautiful new addition to the local community.

Enjoy the photos.

-Martha

October 17, 2014

A New Way to Support International Folk Artists!

Dear Readers,
One of the many things I love about going to work at the Martha Stewart Living headquarters is being surrounded by like-minded people who thrive on all things creative!

Kate Lewis, a long-time employee in our merchandising department, has a passion for international folk art and travels yearly to the International Folk Art Market in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Since 2004, the market has hosted more than 700 artisans from 87 countries in the world’s largest exhibition and sale of works by master folk artists.

Although I know Kate will continue to travel to Santa Fe every year for this incredible event, the market’s new online shop lets anyone, anywhere purchase folk art from artisans from around the world!

Enjoy the photos of some amazing artisans and their work and don't forget to visit this great new site!

-Martha