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If you’re aching for adventure after a long quarantine, take a day trip to Red Hook, N.Y., and get antique apples at the Montgomery Place Orchards farm stand. Photo by Cynthia Hochswender

Day Trips To Find Antique Fruit

There are excellent orchards nearby where you can pick fruit for yourself or buy it pre-picked. Windy Hill Farm in Great Barrington, Mass., has five varieties of apple on offer now and will make other varieties available (including some heirlooms) as they hit their peak.


To accommodate shopping in an age of social distancing, there is a new retail shack at Thorncrest Chocolate Shop and Farm in Goshen, Conn. Through the back window, visitors can see Pretty Lady, a Texas longhorn, and her new calf. Photo by Cynthia Hochswender​

In a World Without Ag Fairs, Still There Is Thorncrest Farm

This is the time of year when, normally, we would head to the Goshen Fair in Connecticut or the Dutchess County Fair in New York and learn the differences between all those types of cows that we see in the fields as we drive around on our country roads.

Decorating By the Book

I bought a house last November. I love this house, and I want it to be my sanctuary: peaceful, harmonious, interesting. But I have always felt insecure about my home decorating skills; I sometimes think they haven’t evolved much beyond Dorm Room Chic, or Frazzled Parent Modern. 

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