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Farm livin’ is the life for me!

At this time of year, "farm livin'" looks even more appealing than usual in the Catskills thanks to autumn colors.
TRR photos by Jonathan Fox

October 2, 2013

Well, in theory, anyhow. Unlike Old MacDonald, I’m not at all sure that I have the stamina to support the desire. I live smack-dab in the middle of farm country and am surrounded by cows, chickens, horses and hay here at Green Acres, and most of my neighbors are farmers. As I traverse the countryside, I often stop to talk to the animals, and they greet me warmly (Dr. Doolittle-style) when I snap a photo or two and (sometimes) let Dharma frolic with her pals. Like me, she adores them all—pigs, alpacas, goats and sheep, and there is no shortage of “Kodak moments” to be found here in the Upper Delaware River Valley. With that in mind (and camera in hand) I set out over the weekend to visit a few of those farms, connect with the folks who put food on our tables and photograph all creatures great and small.

Adding to the bucolic nature of my travels were the amazing fall foliage all around and the spectacular weather we’ve been experiencing, which had my spirits soaring, singing a happy tune and generally loving life. On Saturday, I joined hundreds at Bridle Hill Farms in Jeffersonville, NY ( as proprietors Daniel and Elinor Young opened their doors and hosted an “old fashioned chicken barbeque and barn dance” in support of Cornell Cooperative Extension’s 100th anniversary. The dinner was fantastic, and auctioneer Barry Lewis had me in stitches as he made himself horse, raising funds for the organization, in between square dancing and the dessert, provided by the incredibly talented (IMHO) cake artist Kim Simons, (, who designed a delicious barn that was worthy of photographing (before the masses lined up to taste it).