Friday, September 12, 2008

Cambridge Happenings: 9/12-14/08 Cambridge Happenings: 9/12-14/08

Leaf season will soon be upon us and September 12-14, is going to be a delicious and beautiful weekend in the Battenkill Valley. As you travel around the "Valley" enjoying the harvest of our lands be sure to stop at one of the many places featuring local products, crafts and artisans. The farm stands and markets are stops to include on your Battenkill Valley Adventure.

Here’s a sampling of what you can do this weekend.

Washington County Cheese Makers
September 13 & 14 10am-4pm

A group of artisinal cheese makers located in scenic Washington County, about one hour northeast of Albany, NY. The county rises from the plains of the Hudson to the foothills of the Green Mountains on the eastern border. It has long been, and still is, a major producer of cow's milk. We are attempting to bring back distinctive cheese making from cow's milk, but also from sheep and goat's milk. We think we're doing a great job and urge you to seek out our cheeses in finer cheese shops in your area. Come visit us at the farm, especially during our cheese tour in the fall.

The Washington County Cheesemakers Guild presents The Cheese Tour. Explore the world of farmstead and artisan cheese in this drive-yourself tour of our cheesemakers in the Washington County area. Farms will be open for tour and will display their facilities, their animals, and best of all, their cheeses. You'll get to know why Washington County has become the regional center of excellence in the world of farmstead and artisan cheese. Cheese Tour information, maps and questions can be found and answered at Moseskill Market Place in Argyle, Greenwich Local Market in Greenwich, Rice Mansion Inn in Cambridge and the Cambridge Farmers' Market (Sunday).

Saturday, September 13 11:00 am to 11:00 pm
Salem Art Works on Cary
Sponsored by the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce.

Salem's first annual HarvestFest will take place Saturday, September 13. Come celebrate the end of the growing season with local food, music, art and activities for the entire family. The FREE all day festival showcases the farmers, artists, organizations and groups that make Salem a wonderful community to live in and visit. All events take place at Salem Art Works on Cary Lane from 11:00 am to 11:30 pm.

For a complete schedule of events click here: HarvestFest

From "Farm to Fork"

Local Harvest Dinner and Barn Dance,
Saturday, September 13 (part of HarvestFest)
Hors d'oeuvres served 4:00-5:30 pm; dinner 6:00-8:00 pm.

Dinner tickets are $15 for adults, children under 10 $5, purchase tickets at the door or at a store displaying the HarvestFest sign. Or click here to purchase a ticket with your Visa or MC.

Beer and locally-produced wine available. Music, light instrumental sounds with Barry Hyman from 4:00-5:00 pm; folk music with Wendy Bordwell from 5:00-6:00 pm; Nathan Knowles and friends from 6:00-8:00pm; and bluegrass music with BlueGrassic Park from 8:00-11:00pm.

Photos provided by the Towns and Villages of the Battenkill Valley

Harvest Palette Artist Reception
September 12 5-7pm

This late summer art show, Harvest Palette, at Gardenworks' historic barn gallery features the works of area artists Catherine Minnery and Tom Kerr; highlighted is the beauty of nearby country landscapes and scenes.

Harvest Palette runs through October 19 and is free and open to the public.

Gardenworks is a marketplace and family-owned flower and berry farm that has been part of the Washington County landscape for nearly a century. Gardenworks is located five miles west of the village of Salem on Route 30.

For more information, call 518-854-3250 or visit

Old World Traditions-New World Market

A Free Tasting and Talk Featuring
Zoe Brickley, Murray's Cheese Shop Affineur
September 13 & 14 at 2:00 p.m.

Gardenworks, a family-owned marketplace and specialty crop farm that has been part of the Washington County landscape for nearly a century, will host cheese tastings and talks with Zoe Brickley, maven of Murray's Cheese Shop in Manhattan. The events take place as part of The Washington County Cheese tou. Brickley will talk on Old World Traditions - New World Market, comparing famous old world cheeses with cheeses made today on small farms throughout the world.

Murray's Cheese Shop, named the world's best cheese store by Forbes Magazine, is located on Bleeker Street, Manhattan.

For a complete listing of area events and happenings check the Towns and Villages of the Battenkill Valley calendar.


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