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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

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    Paddling a Legacy: Racing the route of General Clinton’s campaign

Paddling a Legacy: Racing the route of General Clinton’s campaign

Today’s General Clinton Canoe Regatta is named after a Revolutionary War event over 200 years ago that impacted the Susquehanna Valley. In 1778, the Upstate New York frontier was a place of many small skirmishes between Colonists and Native Americans who sided with the British. One of the worst was the Cherry Valley Massacre in the Mohawk Valley, where frontier homesteaders were victims of a surprise attack, and 30 people, mostly women and children, were killed. General George Washington the following year launched the Sullivan-Clinton Campaign to respond to these raids and totally cleanse the area of Native Americans, specifically the Iroquois. The interesting part of the campaign was how the Susquehanna River was managed for travel.

 

In August of 1779, a wooden dam was constructed at the head of Otsego Lake. One thousand soldiers had made their way from Canajoharie in the Mohawk Valley to the foot of the lake overland, under the direction of General James Clinton. The group constructed 220 bateaus (flat bottom boats) to move their supplies 160 miles down river to meet up with General Sullivan in Broome County. The plan was to dam the lake, allow the lake level to rise, and then break the dam to allow a good flow of water down the Susquehanna so the boats would be able to float more easily. The dam system proved successful, and the two parts of the campaign met up in Union, NY near Binghamton, a few weeks later. Along the way, the soldiers burned many Native American settlements, including some villages on an island south of Afton. The campaign destroyed the morale of the Iroquois, and the action was considered successful.

 

The General Clinton Canoe Regatta commemorates this 1779 […]

Discover Fresh Experiences Shopping Local!

Enjoy the rewarding experience of market shopping for food that is unique, fresh and often locally grown. You’ll find a number of speciality food shopping locations in Bainbridge, from the weekly farmer’s market to  stores and stands with maple products, bulk food, produce and much more. These shopping locations are a community experience, a gathering place for friends and neighbors to relax and converse, while enjoying the special treats.

 

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

 

Frog Pond Farms
At Frog Pond Farms, you can find a huge array of produce, live farm animals, and greenhouse stock. Children will enjoy the unique corn box, children’s area and seeing the animals. 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.

 

Bainbridge Open Air Market
From May until October, the Bainbridge Open Air Market is located in the Village Green every Saturday morning. A sea of tents and bright colors punctuate the park, as vendors offer fresh produce for sale, along with bakery items, collectibles and crafts.
Open Memorial Day to Labor Day, Saturdays, 8 a.m. – noon.

 

Baker’s Maple Products
Baker’s Maple is a family-owned business producing award-winning maple products and providing pancake mixes, honey, and […]

Syrup Time is a Sweet Treat

In Bainbridge, the cold nights and warm days of late winter can only mean that sap buckets will appear on the maple trees, most with the label “Bakers” on them, to collect sap for maple syrup. It takes 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup, so in the spring, hundreds of maple trees in the area are connected by plastic tubes and decorated with metal buckets to collect sap. Just the sight of the buckets brings the memory of the warm sap fires under the syrup pans and the smell of the strong, sweet maple sap cooking down. For weeks, a plume of smoke drifts up above the Baker’s sugar house building on Freoit street as the sap is boiled – the precious, watery liquid that drips and dribbles out of maple trees and, with considerable effort, is transformed into magical maple syrup!

 

Only certain U.S. states and Canada can produce maple syrup and only in a very short window of time in the spring, and Bainbridge is lucky to be one of those places. New York is second in the United States for maple syrup production.

 

The maple sap will drip into the buckets when temperatures are above freezing during the day and below freezing at night. Once such conditions arrive, the Baker’s crew gathers their supply of buckets, spiles, drills, and tubing to tap the local trees, setting large tubs among clusters of maple trees and hanging buckets on individual maples scattered around the village.

 

Collecting the sap is a daily routine that features the Baker’s mini-tanker truck making its way to each tree. The sap is delivered to the sap house, boiled down, and transformed into deliciously sweet maple syrup, or […]

Get your Green Here – Bainbridge Christmas Tree Farms

If you are looking for the experience of cutting your own Christmas tree, Bainbridge is a great place to come! Lucky guests have the potential for a snowy hunt for their tree, walking along a worn snow path through the tree lot on a feels-like-Christmas kind of day. Whatever the weather, the fresh air and fun of finding that perfect tree will delight any who visit – whether it’s cutting your own down or choosing from the pre-cut options. Tucked into the tree-covered landscape around Bainbridge are numerous Christmas tree farms that open their land to people who want the experience of hiking onto the tree lot, choosing the perfect tree for Christmas, and cutting it down themselves.

 

Sipple’s Tree Farm is closest to the Village of Bainbridge along the back side of the river, on a flat tree lot. Visitors can end the experience at the Christmas gift shop on the premises where a hot drink and a chance to wander through the holiday gifts and decorations awaits. Click here for map.

 

Tucked into the tree-covered hills near Oquaga Creek Park is Baxter’s Tree Farm, where visitors are welcome to experience hiking into the tree lot to cut down their tree or enjoy a free hayride into the acres of trees. Free hot chocolate and cider complete the experience, and the view is an added bonus! Open 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. every day until Christmas Eve. Click here for map.

 

Visitors to Kelsey Brook Tree Farm will climb a small hillside not far from Searles Hill Road in the Town of Bainbridge in search of their tree. The family who runs this small tree farm will help visitors find their ideal tree on the lot […]

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 […]

What’s in a name? Why Jericho became Bainbridge

In an attempt to stop the decline of Bainbridge’s the first impression early Bainbridge was giving to the rest of the world, in the days before towns could manage their reputations on social media, one early resident made a bold move to help Bainbridge start on the right foot.

 

By 1812, the area that eventually became Bainbridge was already on published maps, and people identified with being from this place known then as Jericho: a Biblical name that meant promised land for new inhabitants who had broken through the wilderness, and now called this place home. Jericho had big shoes to fill with a name like that, and, in this case, perhaps the shoes were too big for this upstart village.

 

Jericho began as a small settlement near where Route 7 and the Guilford Road meet. While that area was Jericho proper, some early inhabitants were settling further away, near the crossroads of state routes 7 and 206. In the new area, a group started building a meetinghouse where the Village Park is located, but the structure was never finished, and in 1813, it was mysteriously destroyed by fire. Shortly afterwards, a Jericho merchant was in the Hudson Valley and was asked where he was from. When he told them Jericho, they exclaimed, “Oh, that wicked place where they burned the church.” Upon his return home, he started proceedings to establish an act of the Legislature to declare a new name for Jericho.

 

The following year, the Legislature passed the law to change the name on April 15, 1814, that would take effect on June 1: “… from and after the first day of June next, the town of Jericho, in the county of Chenango, shall be […]

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    Paddling a Legacy: Racing the route of General Clinton’s campaign

Paddling a Legacy: Racing the route of General Clinton’s campaign

Today’s General Clinton Canoe Regatta is named after a Revolutionary War event over 200 years ago that impacted the Susquehanna Valley. In 1778, the Upstate New York frontier was a place of many small skirmishes between Colonists and Native Americans who sided with the British. One of the worst was the Cherry Valley Massacre in the Mohawk Valley, where frontier homesteaders were victims of a surprise attack, and 30 people, mostly women and children, were killed. General George Washington the following year launched the Sullivan-Clinton Campaign to respond to these raids and totally cleanse the area of Native Americans, specifically the Iroquois. The interesting part of the campaign was how the Susquehanna River was managed for travel.

 

In August of 1779, a wooden dam was constructed at the head of Otsego Lake. One thousand soldiers had made their way from Canajoharie in the Mohawk Valley to the foot of the lake overland, under the direction of General James Clinton. The group constructed 220 bateaus (flat bottom boats) to move their supplies 160 miles down river to meet up with General Sullivan in Broome County. The plan was to dam the lake, allow the lake level to rise, and then break the dam to allow a good flow of water down the Susquehanna so the boats would be able to float more easily. The dam system proved successful, and the two parts of the campaign met up in Union, NY near Binghamton, a few weeks later. Along the way, the soldiers burned many Native American settlements, including some villages on an island south of Afton. The campaign destroyed the morale of the Iroquois, and the action was considered successful.

 

The General Clinton Canoe Regatta commemorates this 1779 […]

Stroll Through History in Downtown Bainbridge

Bainbridge is a community of mainly locally-owned businesses which help to give the place its small-town flavor. Visitors can pick up some hardware, browse a downtown gift shop, stop to visit an antique store, or eat a hearty meal in the diner or cafe.

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However, visitors who walk the streets of downtown Bainbridge will also see a village that hearkens back to a past century or two, with interesting architecture that represents a range of nineteenth and twentieth century influences. Bainbridge homes and businesses are generally modest in design, but there are examples of more unusual features such as Gothic, Italianate and bungalow styles, for example. Parts of downtown are included in the Bainbridge Historic District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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The commercial buildings downtown were mostly constructed during a post-Civil War period of expansion, after a series of fires destroyed the previous wood frame buildings.

The downtown district is primarily brick with large plate glass windows in the shop fronts. A substantial part of downtown is the 1910 town hall block, a large, three story neoclassic building where the theatre, the library, the town offices and other businesses are located.

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One of the main features of downtown is the village green with New England-style churches around it, reflecting the prosperity of the town in its early days of growth and the New England origins of its settlers. The white frame structure in the center of town, once known as the Old Jericho Tavern, is the oldest commercial building in the downtown, originally a tavern at the crossroads of two major transportation avenues.

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The homes on West Main Street are some of the most elegant in the village. They are located on large lots […]

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