New Yorks Hudson Valley. What a place. It’s just a stones throw away from our beloved Litchfield Hills and has just as much to offer. The Hudson Valley region continues the Litchfield Hills buccolic countryside. What a large, expansive countryside we live in don’t we? This valley echoes small town and to those who live in the valley, they rather keep it that way. Over the past two days, I had the opportunity to spend some time out there enjoying the miles of pastoral countryside as well as spending sometime out on the farm.
For those of you not from the Litchfield Hills, welcome to the other part of our countryside. Gentle rolling hills are dotted with farm after farm after farm. Cows, I’m sure, outnumber the people who live here. Yes, it’s a marvelous little place. A world all your own. Roads that lead for endless miles on end. As previously stated, this is the heart of small town USA. You won’t find many big names out here, it’s more the mom and pops of society which really got me thinking: Why don’t more people in this country support the mom and pops? Much like back in Litchfield County, here in the Hudson Valley it’s about being a good neighbor. After all, these are our neighbors running these businesses. Out here in the country, it’s what we do. We live to help one another.
Continuing on my journey of the Hudson Valley I stopped in Rhinebeck, the
recently popular tourist attraction made popular by Chelsea Clintons recent wedding here. The streets were dotted with small town boutiques, just like good ol’ Brazen Betties here in downtown Torrington. What a lovely place. The locals carving their own paths and making their own name in town. That’s truely the spirit of small town America. However, in recent years, society has shifted to the big corporate world and sadly many of these businesses are finding new unique ways to survive. That’s something that not only the Hudson Valley should work to protect but it’s something that we in the Litchfield Hills should work to protect. As many of you know, I’m a huge supporter of the 3/50 Project, a project in which you pick 3 locally owned businesses and spend $50. If you’ve never heard of the project, I encourage you to take a look.
Working my way back into Litchfield County, I decided to stop by a local farm that was hosting an open house. Ronnybrook farm, a dairy farm that is family run and operated, is located in Pine Plains,NY. If you’ve ever wanted a taste of the green acres life, you’ve come to the right place. Thousands flocked to the farm to see what it was all about. Hayrides, Food,and cows made the day absolutely complete. It was so great to see so many people come out to support the local farms. After all, without farms, we wouldn’t have any food. Healthy food anyways.
In so many ways, we are very different people out here in the Litchfield Hills and the Hudson Valley.We’re rural, tried and true. We’re small town, tried and true. If we want to continue our small town ways of life, then we have got to support the very heart of our small towns: the locally owned and operated mom and pops. It’s time to turn things around for the better by acting locally.
Mike can be reached for comment at: NorthwestCTMike@aol.com