Monthly Archives: August 2015

Local Flavor, Summer Treats

You’ve been patient – you’ve mowed the lawn on a hot summer’s day, encouraged your child’s ball team on the sidelines of a hot, dusty field at General Clinton Park or visited Bainbridge to shop and now you face a drive home. Surely a treat is in order, for you and the family,


Thankfully, Bainbridge has some local delights to choose from – and affordable, too.


What a treat to visit the memorable places in Bainbridge where ice cream cones are so big they can’t be compared to a regular community stands, or large, homemade doughnuts drip with the sugar that has just been drizzled on them. On vacation recently, I was struck by the huge price, small quantity and bland flavor of the ice cream cone I purchased at a stand out of town. I was dreaming of home … where the ice cream is abundant and flavorful. I had clearly taken such treats for granted.


Here are three places that provide sensational sweets:


The Bob’s Diner Ice Cream Shoppe is tucked in a comfortable and convenient setting behind Bob’s Diner. Bob’s is special because of the great milk shakes on the menu inside, which are also available at the windows of the Ice Cream Shoppe. Customers are served fun flavors of soft and hard ice cream that can be eaten on the patio, complete with children’s toys. People often linger at the patio tables, enjoying conversation with other ice cream eaters. It’s open every day until 9 p.m.


Another place for exceptional ice cream is Country Classics on Route 7 near General Clinton Park (Open every day, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.). At this local favorite, you can get great ice cream and grilled items during the […]

Fresh Food Options in Bainbridge!

Late summer and fall is a wonderful time to enjoy the fresh food choices offered in Bainbridge. From open-air produce markets to permanent storefronts, there are some  great speciality food shopping opportunities in Bainbridge.


Year-Round Maple Products
Baker’s Maple is a family-owned business producing award-winning maple products and providing pancake mixes, honey, and local art. Since 1982, the business has been making pure maple that is available all year and by mail order. During maple sugaring time in March, families are invited to learn more about the process of tapping trees, boiling sap for syrup and the making of other maple products by visiting the store. When spring is near, the smell of maple sap boiling for syrup wafts from the sap house.


Open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Mon. – Fri.; 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sat.; 1 – 4 p.m. Sun.


Bulk Food, Distinctive Selection
Spend some time perusing the wide variety of bulk food items at Pine Ridge Grocery, where people come for baking supplies, deli meat and hand-made woodcrafts, similar to an Amish market. Most of the food items are packed in bulk (need a 50 pound bag of flour?) and the store has a large assortment of candies, dried fruits, snacks, nuts and spices. A large variety of dried beans and rice are in stock, as well as food for special diets. To top it off, the staff is very friendly and eager to answer questions or help with selections.


Open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Mon – Fri.; 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sat.


Locally-Grown Produce
From May until October, the Bainbridge Open Air Market takes place in the  Village Green every Saturday morning. A sea of tents and bright colors punctuate the park, as vendors offer fresh produce […]

Summer Farm Stands Make Fruit and Veggies So Appealing

If fresh fruits and vegetables appeal to you, then you will find plenty for your table in Bainbridge during the growing season. The town is privileged with two very different, established farm stands to choose from for a shopping experience:

At Frog Pond Farms, you can find a huge array of produce, live farm animals, and greenhouse stock, and children will enjoy the unique corn box, children’s area and seeing the animals. A visit there can be an experience for the whole family to enjoy. Experience the casual browsing of a farm stand (no cash registers), but the selection of a large grocery, which varies from spring flowers to fall pumpkins.
Open Easter to Halloween, daily, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Riverside Farms is a classic farm stand housed in a new building with items grown locally. Visit for a less hectic experience than Frog Pond, but still a solid variety of fresh produce contained in the building, conveniently located close to the road. The large, enclosed farm stand is set up for a quick in and out access, with high quality seasonal produce and plants and easy parking.
Open during the growing season