Saturday, April 23, 2016

It was a good day : Washington County Fiber Tour

I like rural Washington County. I like yarn. I like the company of my friend Gretchen. So this Saturday's outing was a trifecta win for me.

We met in Greenwich (here abouts pronounced Green Witch)  a little after ten this morning and then set off on Washington County's 24th annual Fiber Tour. What you do is pick up a map (or download one here) and then drive from farm to farm through scenic Washington County in eastern upstate New York. You can admire and purchase yarns, knitted items, woven scarves, or buy locally raised cuts of lamb. You can see alpacas, bunnies, goats, and sheep up close. 

Along the way today, we also met lots of lovely people, rescued a turtle from the middle of a road, and saw a lamb being born, right in front of us, right then. 

We met many handsome and friendly animals, ate lovely baked goods from St. Mary's Episcopalian Sisters, bought two used books and some note cards. Gretchen bought some alpaca yarn. We both bought frozen lamb kidneys. For Gretchen's family, they will become kidney stew. For our family, a steak and kidney pie. More conventional cuts of lamb were also available, from local, humanely-raised livestock. There were also farm-fresh eggs. 

Washington County is farm country and in spring, it is a magical place. Vermont's Green Mountains rise up to the east and from certain high places, you can look back at the Adirondack foothills.You drive past freshly plowed cornfields, wood lots with a haze of new green leaves, and lovely old homes whose lawns are edged with daffodils and almost-opened forsythia.

The Washington County Fiber Tour is a good way to explore this beautiful place. The tour will take you up back roads and into a world that many people don't get to see much of any more: a place where neighbors know and help each other, where food is largely what you grow and raise yourself, where people still know ancient crafts like weaving and spinning.  

The 24th Annual Washington County Fiber Tour continues tomorrow, Sunday, April 24, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.. The tour is free. See more information at: