Summer has a whole new meaning when you are a kid compared with when you are a ‘grown-up’. As a child, summer is a break from the norm of the school year, a chance to play more and work less. As an adult or grown-up summer is pretty much the same… while the attire at the office may be more casual, and if you are lucky, you get to leave early on Fridays, there is still work to be done at the office and around the house. This summer at my house was no different than past summers… my two older boys had too much fun at camp, my husband went off to work sweating in his suits on the subway platforms and Julie’s Beet continued to grow and evolve. My husband works in an industry with a mandated 2-week vacation. Clearly this isn’t any food related industry😊His vacation from work has always provided us with the opportunity to take some time away from the city and really enjoy summer as a family.
This week I have been in Ulster County New York with my family. We recently grew from a family of 5 to a family of 6 so didn’t want to venture too far from home. We are far enough from Manhattan that it really does feel like an escape from the city. We debated going away at all this summer but I really felt like it would be good for all of us to take a real break from our everyday lives before the kids head back to school and business is back to normal. We rented a house with a pool and a big yard so we really don’t have to go too far to find entertainment. What I have found is that there are a lot of really cool things about New York State that I have never experienced until this vacation.
I see a lot of farm names in the supermarket and when I am placing my Fresh Direct order. Driving down the road the other day I spotted 2 different farms that I recognized. We really are immersed in the farms of New York and it is great to put a face with a name, so to speak. On that note there is plenty of fresh produce to find along the side of the road and at local farm stands. We picked out some local tomatoes and raspberries at the local farmers market which were superb. I am not sure what it is but everything tastes better when you know where it came from. There are also a lot of local vineyards, breweries and distilleries. So along with locally grown food products, there is also a lot to drink!
Tomorrow morning, we’ll load up the car and head back to the city. I hope we’ll return feeling a bit refreshed from the week away. I can assure you we have taken in more sunshine and fresh air than we do on a normal week in NYC. We’ve gotten used to being a bigger family and working together to make that successful for all of us. I hope you’re off enjoying the last un-official weekend of summer. I’m not sure about you but I am definitely counting down the days until school starts, just 4 more days until my oldest starts kindergarten!