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How ‘Bout Them Organic Farm Apples? ‘Tis the Season for U-Pick

Looking for something to do this weekend? Take in the best of fall by traipsing through rows of ripening apple trees along a backdrop of cascading auburn foliage at Fishkill Farms (9 Fishkill Farm Road, 845-897-4377). Just off of I-84 in the upstate town of East Fishkill, the family-owned farm is an hour and a half north of New York City by car and hosts weekend apple picking through October 19.

The historic apple orchard has been in the Morgenthau family for nearly 100 years, and in 2007, the third generation, Robert and Josh Morgenthau, took over operations. With over 40 acres of apples, the farm once produced tens of thousands of bushels for local markets. Today, the farm has expanded to include peaches, nectarines, black currants, cherries, and pumpkins, all of which you can pick yourself when the season is right. All vegetables are grown without synthetic pesticides or fertilizers, and the farm remains one of the only orchards in the region to offer pick-your-own apples grown according to organic standards.

Through mid-October, the farm hosts Harvest Festival Weekends, where visitors can pick apples and pumpkins, and, after collecting their haul, listen to a live band play as they line up for apple-wood grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, and farm vegetables. To finish the meal, you can scoop up some fresh-pressed cider and homemade donuts, or devour some Hudson Valley hand-made ice cream.

Admission is $5 per car for picking during peak season. Stop by soon for ecologically grown Macoun, Jonamac, McIntosh, Spartan, and Cortland apples.

 


 

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This Is A Video Of An Upstate Man Having An Orgasm Over A Train *UPDATED*

UPDATE: the traingasm video apparently is a spoof. Click here for details.

Remember how creepy that Youtube video of a guy crying over a “double rainbow” was? Well, he’s got some competition in the creepy-weirdo department.

A video currently is trending on Youtube of an Upstate man having a similar reaction…to a train.

There are grunts, screaming, and “chills.”

“Oh my god! Wooooo! Listen to that horn! She’s beautiful. Ahhhhhhh. Ahhhhhhhh. Oh my god,” the man says when the train blows its horn.

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Dish No. 41: Assorted East and West Coast Oysters at Upstate

New York City isn’t short on oyster peddlers, but anyone who has sucked down a cool, plump, briny bivalve knows that there can never be enough oyster bars in the world. Upstate, located in the East Village, is one of the most recent additions to the city, offering up a menu of interesting East and West Coast varieties along with a selection of craft beers. Other seafood-y plates are available, but it’s the oysters you’ll want.

A recent visit offered Ducka Bush, Dabob Bay, Oakland Bay, Point Julia, Hood Canal, and Quilcene from Washington State; Meetinghouse Creek from New York; and Northumberland, Bras d’Ors, and Salty Aire from Prince Edward Island, all priced at either $2 or $2.25 apiece. We were most taken with the Dabob Bays and Point Julias, both possessing a nice clean flavor and just the right amount of salinity. Throw in a Southampton Double White, and you’ve got yourself the perfect cooling summer meal.

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Anthony Bourdain Makes us Feel Even Better about Foie Gras

Last night, on Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations Holiday Special, we got a mixed bag: part educational, part foodie fantasy land, and part goofy, indulgent “cool guy” time-filler. This is to be expected, but also, as usual, the educational and the fantasy parts overlapped, and made up for the random stuff.

In particular, we were very pleased to see the force-feeding of ducks at Hudson Valley Foie Gras, where Bourdain chatted with a veterinarian who explained why it is perfectly un-cruel to eat their delicious, fatty livers. The birds don’t choke when the tubes are inserted down their throats, because their windpipes are not obstructed, as ours would be. Also, he said that storing fat in the liver is normal for these guys, not a disease, as animal rights groups claim.

He even asserted that foie gras ducks live a less stressful existence than ducks in the wild! So basically, if you believe that guy, eating foie gras is no more wrong than eating any meat. Hooray.