September 30, 2014

An Evening at Stone Barns!

Dear Readers,

On Sunday night, September 28th, I attended a wonderful event to support one of my favorite places, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, NY.

Stone Barns Center is a four-season farm and educational center, and it boasts a world-renowned, farm-to-table restaurant called Blue Hill at Stone Barns.

The center is a nonprofit whose mission is to improve the way America eats and farms. It also increases awareness of seasonal and sustainable food, trains farmers in restorative farming techniques, educates children about the sources of their food, and prepares them to be stewards of the land.

If you are in the area, I encourage you to visit so that you, too, can experience the beauty of this incredible farm community.

If you cannot make it to Stone Barns, I hope these photos will help transport you there.


September 29, 2014

Visiting Beautiful Newport Rhode Island

Dear Readers,

I recently spent a couple of weekends in Newport, Rhode Island - to attend a wedding, and to participate in the Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival.

Newport is one of the most beautiful places in America!  Famous for its stunning shorelines, ocean views, a three-and-a-half mile cliff walk, world-class sailing, and gilded mansions, Newport is really an American treasure.

I wish I had had even more time to take in all that Newport has to offer—but I was grateful nonetheless to spend some time in this magnificent spot.

I hope you enjoy these photos.


September 26, 2014

Winterizing my Terrace in Maine

Dear Readers,

Summer seems to have flown by so quickly, as it does every year!

It's been just a short four months since we planted the terrace at my summer house in Maine, called Skylands--at the end of May.

But now it's getting cold there, so last week we completed the big job of removing all the plants from their heavy stone planters and bringing them back to the greenhouses at my farm for the winter.

It was a huge task, but worth it to preserve and protect so many large and beautiful plants.