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Monthly Archives: September 2010

The Green Party

Quick, call the pavement police!  Nasturtium, purple salvia, azalea, boxwood, hosta, and coleus (not to mention the usual pansy or two) are taking over the sidewalk at Fourth and Warren Streets, where Olenka Bachinsky’s plantings have grown into a huge underfoot salad bowl.  (Under her daily maintenance and care, they are sumptuously taking advantage of global warming by extending their run into autumn; look for them in front of Face Stockholm, Hedstrom and Judd, Cascades, and Bachinsky’s own Galerie Artworks, which is located at the far end of this catty- cornered garden).

Oddly enough, many in town, including a couple of horticulturally inclined  people I know, seem to have missed this gift to the urban landscape.  It’s definitely worth a trip to see—or at least making a mental note to look down towards your feet when passing by.  Time is limited, since much of it will be gone as soon as the weather turns frosty. “I’m one of the few people who doesn’t like autumn—it’s the end of everything blooming,” says Olenka.  Scott Baldinger

House Muses

Victorian vernacular, Nantucket Federal, Carpenter Gothic. If the mere mention of architectural terms such as these tickle your fancy as much as they do mine (I tend to forget that I even  have a “fancy” until I hear them), you’re a good candidate to go on this year’s Historic Hudson house tour. Now devoted exclusively to Hudson proper and including a couple of its majestic public spaces, this year’s October 2 event promises to be, in addition to an inside look at some amazing renovations, an architectural encapsulation of  two hundred years worth of urban ups, downs and in betweens. If you can’t make it person, check out Historic Hudson’s handsomely laid out events page (http://www.historichudson.org/events.htm), which has sharp, informative precis of all of the homes included. And plenty of sexy architectural terms.

Scott Baldinger

Letters to the Editor

There are just some days (weeks…months) when there simply aren’t words for what’s going on (racist graffiti-ing of a local Moslem center, for instance, or the possibility that such sentiments, expressed with a little more politeness, are working politically on a national level). So this week, in lieu of words, I’ve decided to post a few images of a new decorative trend that I spotted on a recent walk up Warren Street –random letters, all for sale.  (One of these I’ve obviously juiced up into collage form.) —Scott Baldinger

Vegetable Love

Those hearty souls who manage to get out of the house before the crack of noon every Saturday are amply rewarded at the Hudson Farmers’ Market,  at 6th & Columbia Streets. This is where less demimondish members of the community gather to meet and buy from local farmers, exchange recipes and menu ideas, and see and be seen in a less stressed-out- than usual weekend mood.

After  getting a cup of coffee from Milt’s and a pastry from one of the marvelous bakers (Churchtown Gardens, Berkshire Mountain Bakery, Triform Gardens, Mary Ellen’s, Red Barn) you can wander around and absorb the bounty of produce grown by our local farmers.  Every vendor has a style and a particular slant on what is fresh and just harvested that week, or that very morning.  September is “high season, ” featuring heirloom tomatoes, dark leafy greens of kale, chard, spinach, beets & late lettuces, fresh garlic, at least 4 varieties of potatoes, the plumpest rosy plums, nectarines and peaches (Don Baker Farm); late raspberries and blackberries in little wooden boxes (Red Oak Farm); artisanal cheeses and wines, jams and jellies, honey, bottled sauces (Hudson Valley Homestead); cultivated mushrooms, pasture- raised pork, beef and chicken (Pigasso Farms, The Farm at Miller’s Crossing); the freshest eggs, potted herbs and cacti, bunches of wildflowers & sunflowers, and exquisite little bouquets called tussi-mussies (Cedar Flower Farm). 

Hudson Farmers Market

Saturdays 9AM-1PM   May through November

                                                                                                                                  — Cynthia Lathrop            

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