Feeling the summer heat? Cool down with a refreshing glass of sparkling water mixed with some Tait Farm Raspberry Shrub. Shrubs—concentrated syrups that combine fruit, sugar, and vinegar—are resurging in popularity. Typically added to water or spirits, they’re turning up at trendy bars in creative cocktails as well as interesting non-alcoholic alternatives. Shrubs were first popular in England in the 17th and 18th centuries; it was a common way to preserve fruits before refrigeration. The term "shrub" is a variant of the word "shurb" from the Arabic word "sharāb" which means "to drink." Early colonists brought the beverage to America, to places like City Tavern in Philadelphia, where Tait Farm Raspberry Shrub offers a sip of history on its Colonial drinks menu.
Foodie Finds at National Parks Story by Anne Quinn Corr It’s easy to enjoy the great outdoors at any of our country’s 419 national park sites. While only 62 destinations may include the words “National Park” in their names, a multitude of lakeshores, seashores, battlefields, monuments, trails, and rivers are
One of summer’s great joys is celebrating the earth’s bounty by going to a farmers’ market. Purchasing seasonal produce directly from the hand that planted and tended that asparagus spear, strawberry, or tomato offers a visceral connection to the land.
“Find” Dining: Learn to Forage with Expert Guides Story by Ginger Warder Be Safe! Never eat wild plants without the guidance of a local expert, such as those found at the Native Plant Society Forget farm-to-table dining and take a learning leap into field and forest-to-table dining. Foraging—a
Spirits Coast to Coast Distilleries from New York to Montana help each other's businesses thrive. By Katie DeTar Lalley Butte, Montana may seem a world apart from Rochester, New York. But when it comes to unique craft beverages, these cities—and others like them—collaborate with creativity. Out west the city of
Authentic Irish Pubs in the USA Irish culture at straight-from-the-motherland pubs. Story by Ginger Warder Céad míle fáilte (pronounced Kay-od mee-leh foyle-cha) means a hundred thousand welcomes and that’s the kind of hospitality you’ll find in a real Irish pub. There’s a reason Irish people call their neighborhood watering hole
Merry and Bright Holiday Hotel Meals Story by Jill Gleeson When you and yours crave delicious holidays, options abound! While you might choose to prepare a festive meal and even pour some exceptional spirits at home, you might also treat yourself to a getaway to another city or dine out
Fairytales are responsible for the word “pumpkin,” which first appeared in print in the 17th century. Pumpkins served as a magical coach in nursery rhyme long before becoming a symbol for the month of October. Today, foodies enjoy pumpkins’ ability to grow in the garden, add delicious flavor to a wide range of foods, plus stand as seasonal décor from Halloween through Thanksgiving.
Wherever you live, autumn is a glorious time to take a road trip into the country to witness harvest in America’s farming communities, the culmination of so many months of hard work and investment. That’s especially the case on a small farm in upstate New York. But despite all of that hard work, the yield in this little field of corn will be about four bushels per acre. Compare that to the national average of more than 200 bushels per acre of corn.
Today's independent bookstore owners will tell you it's not enough just to sell books. They have to plan events, serve lunch, and offset the bottom line with booze. That's just the nature of the business, but who doesn't like to curl up with a good book and sip from a glass of wine while nibbling on a pastry or panini?