Spring is bursting with promise - even for our businesses. Terri’s Wine & Liquor opened this week in Washington Hollow just next door to La Puerta Azul. Terri has invited the community to a Wine & Food tasting this Saturday (April 6th from 2-5pm) to celebrate her Grand Opening. It looks like the opening of the Franklin Avenue pharmacy has been postponed until May 1st due to delays in official paperwork, but the new florist next door (Millbrook Floral Design) is scheduled for an April 15th opening and J. McLaughlin for April 12th.
When we lived in France Gerard and I made our own vinegar from the left over red wine at the bottom of the bottles. We tried to do the same here, but for some reason we never have any left over wine. Now we buy our vinegars and I have noticed just how complex the vinegar market has become. Much of this complexity is due to the fact that we now enjoy and cook food from man different culinary cultures, each seems to have its own vinegar, so I found it helpful to prepare a chart for myself to understand which vinegar was used for which purposes and thought I would share it with you.
I had no idea that the “No Farms No Food” message we see on car bumper stickers was the slogan of an official lobbying group until I accepted an invitation to join the group in Albany last week. I received quite an education— both in civics and in agricultural policy.
The American Farmland Trust is a national organization. The New York chapter brought some 100 interested participants to Albany to let our New York State legislators know what we thought was needed to help support farming. As this is considered a truly bipartisan issue, we met with members of both parties. Before doing so, we were well schooled in Lobbying 101 (fascinating) as well as in the main points of each of the key issues and priorities.
Spring seems to be bursting with promise. A florist has taken the space next to the new pharmacy on Franklin Avenue and will be opening mid April. A number of Millbrook Business Association (MBA) members are reporting significant increases in business, and enough funds have been committed and are now being collected to finance the MBA’s Shop Millbrook campaign. Five thousand tri-fold brochures will be printed and distributed through out Dutchess County. Both a full-page ad in the Dutchess County Tourism guide and a half page in the Rotary’s business directory have been reserved. The participating retailers would like to thank the following fellow members who are contributing funds as sponsors of the program: Azar Wellness Spa; The Backyard Pet and Garden Supply; Bank of Millbrook; D'Arcangelo & Company; Franklin Avenue Real Estate; George T. Whalen Real Estate; Houlihan Lawrence; the law firm Iseman, Cunningham, Riester & Hyde; Joseph Velletri's Sons, Inc.; M.
Last week we went back to the Bocuse Restaurant and the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, and this time I ordered the cocoa foie gras, which is served with Orange Marmalade and Brioche Toast. This dish, a creation of Franco-Mexican chef-instructor Sergio E. Remolina, combines his two heritages to create a surprising new twist on the French classic. As delicious as it is beautiful.
Aquafarmed in Maineand sold in Millbrook at Marona’s, Duck Trap’s smoked salmon is a delight—just smoked enough, without too much smoky flavor. Gerard and I serve it on toast with a bit of butter and lemon to accompany a nice glass of French Chablis or other chardonnay before dinner.
The first of eight loft-style condos was sold this week. The buyer is to Laura Kuhn, Executive Director of the John Cage Trust and Professor of Performance Art at Bard College. The redesigned and repurposed Bennett College gymnasium has been transformed by Sloan Architects into upscale condominiums noted for their impressive 24-foot ceilings, hardwood floors, exposed brick walls and large, energy-efficient arched windows. Ranging in size from 1,200 to 2,000 square feet and in price from $264,000 to $324,500, each unit has its own patio and private garage. Known as the Millbrook Lofts, they are located at 6 Bennett Commons Way—a two-minute drive into the village—and are ready for occupancy. According to Sloan, the architecture “blends harmoniously into the American Colonial landscape while offering a fresh, open living plan option for the future.”.
Gino and Gina Iannucci, long time participants in the Millbrook Farmer’s Market, have been named managers for the 2013 season. In a recent meeting with the Millbrook Business Association (which runs the market) pricing and policy were changed to offer new options in an effort to attract more participants. Vendors may now partake on a weekly or biweekly basis, and, new in 2013, there will be a seasonal/occasional option as available and with market managers’ approval. Gina Iannucci explained that many local farmers only have an abundance of specific produce during one or two weeks and without this option market participation was not financially feasible.