8.13.15 In Person

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photos by george billard

In one month, I will celebrate six years of living full-time in Sullivan County. We bought our tiny cottage as a weekend place in December 2005 and I never could have envisioned the life we would make for ourselves in this area. My visits to the city are now mostly out of necessity and the only thing I really miss are my friends. (Talking on the telephone seems to be a thing of the past and for those of us who grew up during a time when marathon phone chats were a regular bonding activity, texting just doesn't cut it.) Five minutes from our little hamlet of Eldred is Barryville, a town on the Delaware River that is host to our farmers market every Saturday. This year, for the first time, the market is offering hands-on demos from local chefs and purveyors, and I was lucky enough to be invited to participate. 

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surprise visitors

It's incredibly fun to feel a part of the community, to see friends, put names to familiar faces and meet new people. I also love sharing simple ideas for transforming the fresh produce found at the market into delectable summer dishes. I bring several tools from home—cutting board, knife, grater, mandoline—a few prepared dressings or sauces, some of my flavored salts (including The Shizzle!) and a stack of little bamboo bowls for sampling.

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all ages welcome

What a joy to introduce little kids to the pleasures of a sweet raw turnip dipped into lovage salt or a spoonful of ripe stawberries macerated in balsamic vinegar and black pepper! My zucchini carpaccio was also a huge hit.

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happy couple

My biggest fan, who routinely refers to himself as "the best-fed man in America," is never far from my side. (If I'm lucky—he's been traveling for work a ton this summer.) The move upstate was definitely the right one for us.


If you're interested in checking out the area, Barryville has an adorable inn, river rafting and great hikes. Local rentals include this gorgeous house if you're coming with a group (I've made pizza in their pizza oven!), and many options from Airbnb.


I'll be doing demos at the Barryville Farmers Market from 11-11:30 on these upcoming Saturdays: August 22, September 5 and October 17. Hope to see you there!



I just returned from a 10 hour drive and intense 1 day visit to nyc from up here in Canada; the rural homing instinct was always there and the return drive was a hasty retreat not fast enough. Next time would enjoy a detour to the bucolic beauty of your Barryville. Beautiful photos and read. Thank you, Laura.
charlotte on August 13, 2015 at 10:11 am —
Stop by next time!!
laura on August 13, 2015 at 11:31 am —
Lucky you......I love that area!
Diane on August 13, 2015 at 10:29 am —
Come for a visit!
laura on August 13, 2015 at 11:31 am —
I love seeing the joy in your face! Here's to the Country Life!
Suzinn on August 13, 2015 at 10:59 am —
Here here! xo
laura on August 13, 2015 at 11:31 am —
you look gorgeous! and so *in it*. x
Nina on August 13, 2015 at 2:03 pm —
Hi Laura! I am Candy's stepmother. My husband, Michael, spent every summer in that little bungalow you call HOME. His grandfather, Fred Mosbach, built the original structure, then added onto the left side and the back. The original structure was split to the left of the front door, and that area split in half again to make a kitchen in the front, and a bunk room to the back. The right side was the livingroom. Later he added the addition to the left and that became the bedroom, he removed the wall between the kitchen and the bunk room and that space became the kitchen. The last addition that he made was to the back, it was a bedroom and a bathroom. He had 55 acres altogether. He also built the garage to the left of the bungalow. This bungalow was built to look like the outside of his home in Dumont, NJ. 76 Wolcott Rd. I have some pictures of the bungalow and the home in NJ if you are interested. We are so happy that the bungalow is still in service!
Elaine Reiser on August 14, 2015 at 6:01 pm —
What a treat! Viva la farmer's market.
thefolia on August 16, 2015 at 6:19 am —