Roxbury Farm is a community-supported farm, which was founded by Jean-Paul Courtens in 1990. Roxbury grows vegetables, herbs, grass-fed pork, lamb, and beef for over 1000 shareholders representing over 1200 families in four communities–Columbia County, the Capital Region, Westchester County and Manhattan–on 375 acres in Kinderhook, New York. In 2016, Roxbury Farm CSA is celebrating its 26th year as a CSA community. Since 1991, when it started with 30 members in Manhattan, the farm has…

Bring your bike, lace up your boots, grab the bridle for an adventure outdoors in upstate New York. Make the most of the Hudson River Valley landscape. Outdoor recreation in Dutchess County includes biking, hiking, horseback riding, golf, kayaking, archery and skeet shooting. See more EscapeMaker.com videos on our YouTube channel!    

  Dear EscapeMakers — Mmmmmm! Apple season is upon us and New York State apple farmers, growers and cider makers are counting on your support! It’s time to pick, drink, crunch and bake as many apples as you can get your hands on! What’s your favorite apple? For a variety guide, nutrition info and recipes, visit New York Apple Country! Get info info on pick-your-own orchards in New York State! From the Greater Niagara Region…

Autumn, at last, has arrived. And we all know that that means: APPLES! The orchards are swarming with visitors, the apple trees are bountiful with fruit, and the farmers markets are brimming with cider, apple butter, jam, pastries, pies and more. So how can you maximize this delicious time of year near you? There are festivals, tastings and tours galore just outside New York City check them out and share your pictures and experiences on…

Dear EscapeMakers — The perfect Fall Getaways await you off Amtrak’s Adirondack route! Plus, SAVE 15% on Amtrak travel within New York State!   GREAT JACK O’LANTERN BLAZE Sept. 30th – Nov. 13th / The tri-state area’s biggest, most electrifying Halloween event, the Blaze, returns with more than 7,000 illuminated jack o’lanterns, hand-carved on site by a team of artisans. Meander through a historic, 18th century riverside landscape at Van Cortlandt Manor! Click here for…

  Dear EscapeMakers – Amtrak’s Dome Car arrives Sept. 29th! Just in time for the leaf peepers, the vintage dome car returns to the Adirondack® service for the fall season through November 1st! An upper level with windows on all sides, as well as overhead, will provide superb panoramic views all the way from Albany, along Lake Champlain and across the border into Montreal! The dome will be available on the northbound Adirondack® on Thursdays,…

Dear EscapeMakers — Join us for Applepalooza on Friday, September 16th in the Union Square Greenmarket – 10am-4pm! FREE apples, cider, donuts, spirits, hard cider, pie, juice and all things apple! With free tastes from Greenmarket farmers & the New York Cider Association! Plus, get agritourism info from EscapeMaker on local vacations and New York Apple Country on pick-your-own orchards in New York State! From the Greater Niagara Region to the Finger Lakes to the…

Guy Jones of Blooming Hill Farm Guy Jones started farming in the Hudson Valley in the early 1980s, not long after he gave up his storefront law office in Albany, New York. In the beginning, Blooming Hill sold vegetables at farmers markets locally and in New York City at the Union Square Greenmarket. Back then, the farm still grew a very wide variety of specialty organic produce – some of it strange and new even…

Looking for a fun day trip or weekend activity with family or friends? Celebrate quintessential summer days at a local county or state fair near you! From now through October, there are ferris wheels to be ridden, giant stuffed animals to be won, and outrageous fried food to be eaten. Check out some of the top fairs near NYC below and plan your trip today!   Ulster County Fair, NY 8/2 – 8/7 ulstercountyfair.com  …

Sam Wildfong of Obercreek Obercreek Farm is a certified organic farm located in Wappinger Falls, NY and has been in production since 2013. Obercreek grows diversified vegetables for its CSA, wholesale accounts in the Hudson Valley and New York City, farmers markets, and for its onsite farm stand. The farmers grow outside during the season and in four passive solar greenhouses year round. In addition to the vegetable production, Obercreek has a half-acre hop yard and a…