Heirloom apple varieties are gems in NY orchards October 11, 2017
Defining what makes an apple "heirloom" — and deciding when it's simply old, or pocked, misshapen or colored outside the norms of commercial apple production — is open to debate, even within the apple community.
"The term 'heirloom' is in the eye of the beholder," said Julia Stewart, spokeswoman for the New York Apple Association.
Gone Since 9/11, Greenmarket Returns to World Trade Center June 29, 2017
It had been nearly 16 years since this part of Lower Manhattan had seen a farmers’ market like this. Bunches of dried and fresh lavender. Vodka made from locally grown purple potatoes. Hand-spun maple syrup cotton candy. And rows and rows of geometrically stacked root vegetables: watermelon radishes, turnips, red beets, yellow beets, rainbow chard, mustard leaf, at least three different varieties of kale.
The morning of June 20 was the first since Sept. 11, 2001, that vendors officially returned to the area where the once-renowned World Trade Center market operated.
Local corn maze open for fall season September 21, 2016
With the fall season just a week away from beginning, a popular corn maze is back for the public to enjoy.
Samascott Orchards corn maze is located at its garden market in Kinderhook at 65 Chatham Street, off of Route 9. This year the maze is in the shape of a cat.
Upstate New York - Farm & Table - Balanced Living at it's Best August 1, 2016
When most of us think of New York our immediate thoughts likely conjure up images of the Manhattan skyline, or the hipstars of Brooklyn. We may also think of folks rushing about, honking taxis, sliced Pizza, late night concerts and crowded subways. But travel just 1 to 2 hours North or ‘Upstate’ of the ‘Big Apple’ and you’ll find ‘Real Apples’ growing from ‘real’ trees.
The Hudson Valley's Coolest Ice Cream Treats August 1, 2016
Sweet Corn Ice Cream, Samascott’s Garden Market
Visit Samascott’s Garden Market and enjoy the taste of summer with ice cream made from one of the season’s most abundant crops—corn! The Sweet Corn flavor is made on-site from fresh kernels grown and cut from the cob right at the farm.
Fruit crops threatened by deep freeze April 7, 2016
The most significant snowfall Columbia and Greene counties saw this year came 16 days into spring.
And with the storm came cold temperatures — so cold that fruit farmers in the Twin Counties are cautiously concerned. Temperatures in the area were actually at their lowest the morning after the storm.
The National Weather Service reported a record low of 14 degrees at 5:44 a.m. Tuesday in Albany and a low of 10 degrees at 5:29 a.m. in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
Region the Napa Valley of Hard Cider? October 16, 2014
With hard cider making a hardcore comeback across the country, apple growers are tapping a juicy new revenue stream by establishing farmstead cideries and planting varieties too tart or tannic for the lunchbox but perfect for smashing and fermenting into distinctive artisanal brews.
Tasting a Snapdragon October 8, 2014
Because apples/autumn/upstate: We finally got a chance to try a Snapdragon apple, one of the new varieties publicly announced last year after being developed at Cornell. We picked a few of them up at the Samascott farm store in Kinderhook.
Wedding Fun and a Trip to the Apple Orchard October 3, 2014
Talk about a fantastic weekend!
The weekend got to be an extra day long, thanks to my friend Eileen’s wedding that was on Friday (I’ll tell ya, that totally threw me off all weekend, but in a good way!).
Raspberries Are Irresistible And Almost Too Beautiful To Eat — Almost September 30, 2014
One of the many nice things about these ruby red raspberries from Samascott Orchards is that they are a reminder of the beautiful summer we had this year. This seasonal crossover fruit softens the blow of returning to school and focusing on work again in the fall.
8 Local Farm Instagram Accounts You Should Follow September 19, 2014
For better or worse, technology lets many of us take a brief virtual escape from our city lives to dwell on our farming dreams. Imagine it’s Monday morning. You are sitting in the train on your way to work thinking nostaligically about your Sunday day trip upstate. The nature, the cute little animals, the farms — “If only I was living on a farm,” you’re dreaming. You catch yourself pulling out your smartphone, scrolling your Instagram feed and contemplating shots of the same nature, the same cute little animals and the same farms you were missing so much a second ago. All the sudden you feel better — so close to them… but yet so far away.
New For Tap NY: Nine Pin Cider Works April 18, 2014
New York State's first farm cidery, located right in my own base of operations, Albany, is the next destination on our introductory tour for this year's TAP NY festival. There was a great deal of fanfare when Nine Pin Cider Works opened a few months back, and the outfit continues making waves throughout the regional beer scene.
Edible Hudson Valley 2014 Local Heroes April 1, 2014
With more and more people participating in the celebration of our local food shed, we learn how multifaceted and complexy broad the local food system can be.
Nine Pin Cider Works February 21, 2014
There can be no doubt about it any longer. This is the year of change. The harsh winter has donelittle to dampen the enthusiasm of the folks all across our region who are primed to ride thecoming wave of locally-made products, in particular, the fermented beverages we have covered soextensively in this blog and beyond.
15 Reasons to Love New York Right Now December 23, 2013
Newtown Pippin: This snappy green apple has a rich and complex flavor, not to mention a lot of history; It was first cultivated in what's now Elmhurst and is the oldest commercially grown native variety in the country.
Cider Bill Making Life Easier for Nine Pin Cider Works Team November 3, 2013
Crafting ciders is not just a hobby for 27-year-oldAlejandro del Peral, it is a passion — and new legislation isincreasingly making it easier to turn that passion to profit in New York.
In Season: NY 428 Apples With Yogurt Mousse and Licorice Caramel October 27, 2013
The name of this sweet-tart apple (available at Greenmarket’s Samascott Orchards stand) does not say it all. It’s a cross between an Empire and a Northern Spy, and as such, it’s remarkably crisp and juicy with nice acidity.
Cherry Season with Samascott Orchards July 13, 2013
I normally don’t choose any favorite anything when it comes to markets because I truly appreciate all aspects of all markets. But I will admit that high summer is my very favoritetime in the farmers markets. Our farmers are harvesting the juiciest fruits, sweetest corn and plumpest tomatoes as I write. And I have been enjoying as much of their bounty as Ican so I can savor the memories in the deep winter while I’m trying to peel a squash without severing a finger.
Diner's Journal: Front Burner: Soft-Serve Versions of Signature Desserts, Sour Cherries and More July 2, 2013
To Bake: Sour Cherries to Pit and Sweeten for a Pie
Just about any fruit will do for that summer pie, but dedicated bakers will seek baskets of tart sour cherries to pit, sweeten and pile into pastry. The fairly reliable Hudson Valley crop, available for just a few weeks in July, has arrived; Samascott Orchards and Locust Grove Fruit Farm have the cherries in several Greenmarkets for $5 a pint.
Look for Five Acre Farms at Your Grocery Store October 11, 2012
For someone who's always looking for high-quality eggs, milk, and produce, but can't always shell out the big bucks, it' salways nice to meet people making them more available and affordable.
Fruit Growers News Visits Samascott Orchards August 21, 2012
Click link below to watch Jake Samascott on FGNtv.
Chestnuts Worthy of Song November 23, 2011
NAT KING COLE owes an apology to the nation. With “The Christmas Song,” in 1946, Mr. Cole conjured the sentimental image of “chestnuts roasting on an open fire.”
The song’s power is Pavlovian. The strings swoop; Mr. Cole croons. Ten minutes later, we find ourselves pulling into the parking lot at the Shop & Slop, still wearing our house shoes. Alas, when we arrive at the produce aisle, the chestnuts are a grim sight. The glossy brown shells appear dull and spongy. Moldering, even.
Greenmarket Recipe Series: Clambake August 1, 2011
Today’s Greenmarket Clambake is made possible by generous donations from the Stuy Town Greenmarket farmers and producers. You can recreate the experience at home using ingredients found at today’s StuyTown Greenmarket. Please see the below recipe to learn where to shop and how to prepare your very own stovetop clambake!
Tales from Farmville: Samascott Orchards
As one of the Columbia Greenmarket’s biggest fans, Bwog likes to stop and chat with the lovely peoplewho supply us with farm fresh produce. This week, Zoe Camp met with the good people of Samascott Orchards—you may know it as the booth with the awesome apple cider.
In New York, Local Meat is Easier to Find June 8, 2010
SO what does a cook have to do to get a Scottish Highland certified organic grass-fed steak in this town?
Well, not that much, it turns out.
Turnips and Chestnuts: It Must be Fall October 31, 2007
The New York Times
Samascott Orchards in Kinderhook, N.Y ., will sell its own fresh chestnuts in the Greenmarkets through Thanksgiving. Last week at the Dag Hammarskjold Plaza market, it not only had the chestnuts, but also the last of its own strawberries, the everbearing kind to be sure, but still,
strawberries with chestnuts, and it's late October.