Download Chelsea’s course, “Hosting Tastings, Tours & Winery Events” here. As a freelance Food Programming and Events Consultant, Chelsea Snider is serving clients in the Catskills/Hudson Valley to up their hospitality game, boost sales, and enable their space to host big occasions and intimate gatherings. Chelsea will help you identify ways to express your business identity through creating memorable, joyful and educational experiences. In Chelsea’s training course, she will walk you through the do’s and don’ts…

New year, new adventures! Kick start 2020 with weekend getaways to visit the farms, craft beverage trails, bed & breakfasts and other local gems just a day’s drive or train ride from NYC. Check out these great events taking place in January and start this new year (and new decade!) off right. January 4th – 5th: Meditation Retreat in Sullivan Catskills (Glen Spey, NY) The New Year represents a new beginning. It’s an opportunity to…

Download Erica’s course, “Adding Lodging to Enhance the Agritourism Experience” here. Erica Frenay is the owner/operator of Shelterbelt Farm, a small farm near Ithaca, NY producing grass-fed lamb and beef, pastured eggs, fruits and berries, baby ginger, and raw honey. In 2018 she and her husband also began welcoming overnight guests to stay on their farm in glamping tents. For the past 14 years, she has been working for the Cornell Small Farms Program, developing resources…

The local apple orchards may be fruitless with fallen leaves, but if you’re anything like us, you still have lots of the delicious fall fruit on your counter, in your crisper and ready to be cooked, stored and eaten. We just completed our Deck the Halls Holiday Market series, where we gave away 60 boxes of Rubyfrost apples and Snapdragon apples! Now that you’re all stocked up, we wanted to share some delicious ideas for…

Dear EscapeMakers – Tis’ the season to support independent makers, artists and artisans. Lucky for you, the Sullivan Catskills is a holiday shoppers dream come true! Plan a weekend shopping trip; make your list, check it twice. There’s something unique, one-of-a-kind, and made with local love waiting for you… The Farmhouse Project Pop-up Shop Friday-Sunday thru December 22 – 11am – 7pm Shop The Farmhouse Project Pop-Up Shop in Livingston Manor for their new winter…

This holiday season, express your values by giving gifts grown in the earth beneath your feet, on the farms of Central Jersey. Support local farmers, promote sustainability, and encourage healthy lifestyles by shopping small and local. Many Central Jersey farms are open throughout the holidays, selling everything from Christmas trees and wreathes, to gift boxes and baskets, meat and poultry, and other holiday season essentials.  Visit our farms and wineries yourself, or take advantage of…

For over 100 years, Essex Market has served as a meeting place for the Lower East Side community. It is a public market made up of many smaller vendors who pride themselves on getting to know their customers. Its friendly vendors offer a unique array of products in a welcoming, community-oriented environment. You can be on a first-name basis with your butcher, cheese monger, grocer, and fishmonger. And if you’re in the mood to nosh,…

Dear EscapeMakers — As Ithaca’s annual fall foliage display ends, it’s now time to begin planning that peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of the holiday rush. Plan to spend your holiday in a cozy home-away-from-home retreat, or wind-down before or after your typical celebrations by getting away. Either way, between the snow-blanketed hills, frozen waterfalls, and agriculinary-focused festivities, Ithaca is interesting all winter. Ithaca is quirky, and will happily admit to that. How…

Download Danielle’s course, “Social Media and Storytelling for Destinations” here. Danielle is a Capricorn on a mission to help farm, food and lifestyle brands succeed using the power of digital media. For the past 22 years, she’s had her hand in marketing – working with businesses big and small, across all platforms and genres. Working in print, radio and now digital, she’s seen marketing shift like never before and at such a rapid speed. Reading and researching,…

Download Jennifer’s course, “Capturing the Eco-Traveler & Making Green Improvements” here. Jennifer Woofter is the founder and president of Strategic Sustainability Consulting (SSC). In this role she draws upon more than a decade of experience in the fields of organizational sustainability, corporate social responsibility, and socially responsible investing. She has worked with more than 50 clients on projects including Green Auditing, Sustainability Planning, Carbon Footprint Analysis, Stakeholder Engagement, Training and Facilitation, and Sustainability Reporting. She currently…