Harvest on the Hudson

Harvest on Hudson – A Birder’s Paradise—Croton Point Park

by Marcie Cuff Ahh, spring! Time to ditch the dreaded snow shovel! Time to get reacquainted with the joy of being outside! Finally it is spring. This month, let’s make a point to become reacquainted with the outside world. There are pockets of wilderness all around us to easily explore. So, thankfully getting out there won’t require hours of travel ... Read More »

Harvest on the Hudson – Be Mine

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by Marcie Cuff February. Following an emotionally exhausting political season, the month of love has finally arrived. Let’s welcome, with open arms, the sweet exchange of chocolates and handwritten notes. But, amidst it all, let’s not forget to regroup and take care of our own selves too. We all have silent battles. Perhaps you, during these past few months, have ... Read More »

Harvest on Hudson – The Winter Warm-Up

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by Marcie Cuff Well, the holidays have quickly passed us by. I only hope that wherever you spent them, you were with the people you love, eating the food you adore, and singing your favorite holiday songs. And I hope that, at some point, somebody handed you something sweet and warm to drink when you walked in the door. Every ... Read More »

Harvest on Hudson – The Zero Waste Thanksgiving

by Marcie Cuff It’s November, and if you’re anything like me, you’re already leafing through dog-eared pages of beloved holiday cookbooks. Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away, and I love everything about it—family gathered around the table, and turkey with all the fixings—gravy, cranberry sauce, potatoes, green beans, stuffing and pie. And more pie. In the end, we always ... Read More »

Happy Fall Harvesting with Apples and Pumpkins

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by Marcie Cuff October in the Hudson Valley is just magnificent with its crisp days, fiery foliage and cornflower blue sky. If you’re anything like me, you spend the majority of the month bundled up leaf peeping and craving anything apple-y or pumpkin-y. My all-time fall favorites are acorn, buttercup, kabocha, macoun, jonagold, and crispin, and I’ll do just about ... Read More »

Harvest on Hudson – Teatown Lake Reservation and Wildflower Island

by Marcie Cuff What began as a gift of 190 acres of pristine wilderness in 1963 has quadrupled in size over the past half-century—Teatown Lake Reservation now spans 1,000 acres in Yorktown, Cortlandt and New Castle. More than 25,000 hikers, cross-country skiers, snowshoers, and environmental educators use its 15 miles of marked and well-maintained trails annually. The trails seamlessly traverse ... Read More »

Birding in the Hudson Valley

by Marcie Cuff Can you hear it? Spring has finally sprung! It’s time to dust off your field guides, head outside and get a good look and listen at who is calling. There are over 10,000 species of birds in the world, and about 925 have been sighted in North America. Here in the Hudson Valley, there are just over ... Read More »

Harvest on the Hudson – Random Acts of Love and Kindness

by Marcie Cuff February has long been celebrated as a month of romance and giving. Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, though written valentines didn’t begin to appear until after 1400. The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he ... Read More »

Harvest on Hudson – Indoor Places to Explore

by Marcie Cuff Winter is a curious thing. All year long we brainstorm snowman and paper snowflake designs, then we stack the wood, clean the gutters, sharpen the skates, knit a collection of sparkly wool infinity scarves, and await the slightest sign of it. The past few years it arrived prematurely with a powerful punch. This season, it’s been more ... Read More »

Wild Wintery Walks

By Marcie Cuff Wasn’t it just a minute ago that you had your hand on a frosty glass of cucumber-infused mint water? Well, now it’s cold outside. And already you’ve put the kettle on and have liberated last year’s winter cocoon—your colossal wool infinity scarf. There is just no way around winter’s merciless brutality. Time slows to a crawl and ... Read More »