Branching Out

Brian’s family farmhouse is a wonderful refuge from the busy city. Located about 150 miles northwest of NYC, this retreat in the Catskills has already been the site for many wonderful memories for us. Trips to the farm always revolve around good people, great food and fun (well, mostly fun) projects.

The farm at dawn by

The farm at sunrise by

The property has acres and acres of trees, including a crab apple and pear tree near the house. Unfortunately, none of them produce anything you would want to eat. Brian and I decided to change this, and early this year he began doing some research on what types of trees might be able to survive in the harsh climate. He came across St. Lawrence Nurseries, a place that specializes in tress and plants for northern climates. We decided we had nothing to lose by trying and purchased five trees: four apple (Jenner Sweet, Golden Russet, Honeycrisp and Red Baron) and one pear (Ure). We placed the order in March and the trees were sent to us when it would be an appropriate time to plant them. With any luck we could have fruit in just three to five years. Fingers crossed! Take a look at the slideshow below to see how it all came together.

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You’ll Never Guess What’s Hiding In Here…

Cleaning supplies, pet food, yummy snacks—our friends could never guess what’s hiding inside the antique dairy boxes pictured below. And that’s just the way we like it!

Antique Dairy Box Storage by

Antique Dairy Box Storage by

We picked up one on a trip to Maine earlier this year and used it as a place to store excess beer and soda we didn’t have room for in the fridge. It was an attractive addition to our kitchen and we liked being able to discretely stash some things right where we need them. But one box couldn’t hold everything we wanted, so we’ve been on the hunt for another.

A peek inside the vintage dairy box storage by

A peek inside the antique dairy box storage by

We stopped by one of our favorite antique shops, Hodge Podge, on our way to a weekend at the farm in the Catskills. And wouldn’t you know it, they had one sitting right outside the front door!

Hodge Podge is full of other goodies too. We acquired quite a few of the antique wooden crates we used to make our wall unit there. I’ve also scored an iron desk lamp and several serving pieces, and Brian has added a few new gardening tools to his collection thanks to the always-changing inventory. In addition to a tightly packed store, there is an outdoor area that has everything from old road signs to awesome mid-century modern patio furniture that just needs a little love. Definitely stop by this place if you’re in the area.


Hodge Podge

1103 Main Street, Leeds, NY 12451


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