August 20, 2014

My 2014 Maine Vacation, Part 2 - Planters

One of my favorite areas at my home in Maine is the outdoor terrace, where I feature beautiful antique pots and planters.  All the planters are all filled with plant material that I propagate at my greenhouse in Bedford. A trailer, filled with tropical plants from Bedford, is driven to Maine for intensive planting on Memorial Day weekend. This year I planted pots in an entirely new fashion from years before. Every pot has performed beautifully and I’m happy to share these pictures with you.

August 19, 2014

My 2014 Maine Vacation, Part 1 - Delicious Food

Every summer I try to have a wonderful week or two, uninterrupted, at my beautiful refuge in Maine. This year everything started out fantastically- great weather, a fun birthday weekend, the house filled with laughter and joy- Alexis and the babies, nannies, and Kevin in residence. Then the tragedy of my dear sister Laura’s untimely and unexpected death . We are still reeling from the loss, dealing with all of the challenges such an unexpected event creates. I returned to Maine and my family to try to continue enjoying the comforts and happiness such a place of natural beauty affords us, and this photo gallery and a few more to come, are evidence, I hope, of restoration and “dealing” with loss.

August 18, 2014

A Visit to Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture

Enjoy this revisit.

One of my favorite places to visit in the Hudson Valley is Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture,  located in beautiful Pocantico Hills, New York.  It is a fantastic place developed by David Rockefeller Sr. and his family.  Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture is a working farm, an educational center, a restaurant, and a café, all with a shared mission:  to celebrate year-round farm-to-table agriculture and promote the connection between farming and eating.  They are committed to the ideas and principles of community-based food production, which includes nurturing the land and staying as local as possible in everything they do.  The mission of this nonprofit farm is to teach and promote sustainable, community-based food production. Open to the public all year long, visitors can learn about this organic farm and all its special techniques of producing crops and livestock.  Plus, you can enjoy the food raised at Stone Barns by shopping at their Farm Market, having a bite to eat at Blue Hill Café, or by making advance reservations for a meal at Blue Hill at Stone Barns restaurant, run by my friend, Dan Barber.  It’s simply excellent!