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About Misty Bleu Farm

Misty Bleu Farm is located in beautiful Washington County, New York at the head of the Black Creek ValleyMisty Bleu Farm produces hops for the R.S. Taylor & Sons Brewery.

Located on 50 acres in the heart of the Hebron Hills, Misty Bleu Farm is the home of R.S. Taylor & Sons Brewery.  The Brewery and Taproom are open to the public Wednesday through Friday from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday 12 noon to 9:00 pm.  Come experience true field to glass farm-brewed beer at our farm, nestled among green hills and stunning natural beauty.  Our farm boasts over 600 feet of frontage on the West Branch of the Black Creek, with waterfalls and rushing cascades.  Tours of the brewery and grounds are available.  The Farm and Brewery are also available to be rented out for special events.  Please visit the brewery website, www.rstaylorbrewing.com for more details and directions.

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Sugaring Off at Rathbuns

Misty Bleu Farm - Friday, April 03, 2015

Anyone who knows me knows that if someplace says it is "world famous" or "world's best" or "world's biggest", I HAVE TO stop and check it out.  I'm still fuming over being denied a visit six years ago to a place in Santa Monica purportedly to have world famous hotdogs because Rich said we didn't have time to stop.  Really. 

That's why I love the scene in the Jon Favreau directed movie, Elf, when Buddy takes Jovie to a dumpy coffee shop and blindfolds her and has her taste "the world's best coffee".  It's so me.

Any of you that are crazy enough to remember The Little House on the Prairie first book might remember the sugaring off party that takes place at Laura's grandparents' house.  It is a fine affair, practically the highlight of the entire country year.  Well, the last two weekends here in Washington County are Maple Weekends, when the sap flows and maple syrup is made. 

We decided to head out to Rathbun's in North Granville to get pancakes and bacon and sausage last Sunday to celebrate the sugaring off.  Well, what a treat!  Not only was breakfast absolutely delicious - best blueberry pancakes I've had in a while!  BUT Rathbun's advertises that they are WORLD FAMOUS!


See!  World Famous! 

AND they had horse and wagon rides, too!



Scenes on the Champlain Bridge

Misty Bleu Farm - Friday, January 10, 2014



North Country Ice Storm

Misty Bleu Farm - Wednesday, January 08, 2014

We made our way north through Ticonderoga and Crown Point, New York on our trip to Middlebury, Vermont.  It was a clear, cold, brightly sunny day.  Two days before the North Country had a fairly heavy ice storm, which left everything with a sheen of ice. 





The Genealogy Chronicles: First Visit to New Hampton

Misty Bleu Farm - Wednesday, September 18, 2013


We are tethered to the past yet at the same time pushed forward into the future, a never ending cycle of birth and death.  

I have never spent all that much time in graveyards, nor much time thinking about them.... until this past weekend.  We made a trip to New Hampton, NH - a small town in the center of New Hampshire founded by my ancestors, the Darby Kelley clan.  It is a beautiful area full of mountain vistas and clear lakes.  I can see why my ancestors would have wanted to strike out on their own there.  And strike out they did.  Many of them became prominent and respected members of the community they founded.  They were Revolutionary War heroes, farmers, doctors, lawyers, members of the State Legislature, judges and founders of schools.  They forged well-lived lives for themselves and their progeny.  From this little town, a diaspora of Kelleys burst forth into every state of the Union.

We visited the Kelley family cemetery on Pinnacle Hill Road and the New Hampton Municipal Cemetery in town.  Most of the grave sites were in good order, with only a few of the oldest stones partially unreadable.  The Town of New Hampton has taken very good care of the Kelley cemetery.  It was well mowed and trimmed and there were American flags on the graves of Samuel Kelley and his son, Samuel the 2nd, both Revolutionary War patriots.  The Kelley Family cemetery is on private land, so one must obtain permission to visit from the current owner.  We found him to be very gracious and accommodating of our request to visit the cemetery.  And he was very curious about the cemetery and those interred there, as he had grown up on the property but did not know much about the Kelley family.   We promised to stay in touch with him and send him some information on the people buried on his land.

Another couple of visits would suffice to complete my research, as we missed another Kelley cemetery at the other end of town, and there are a few more graves I would like to find. 

Note:  If you are a Kelley family descendant and are interested in obtaining additional genealogy information about the Darby Kelley clan, pleases e-mail me at Kelley.gracious@gmail.com

A Day on Lake George

Misty Bleu Farm - Sunday, August 18, 2013

So far, the second half of this summer has not produced many good boating days, but we have been out on Lake George once, at least, this season.  The day started off cloudy and chilly, but finally warmed up enough for us to take off our jackets and swim.  The good news - the lake was actually quite warm - a nice by-product from the heat and humidity of June and July.

Ian and Sarah:


Owen in the bow:


Rich at the helm in Paradise Bay:


The view from Diamond Island, a picnic island:


A lot of people do not know that there is a monument on the north end of Diamond Island.  It appears to be a war memorial. 


The view looking north from Diamond Island. 


Trade Secrets CT 2013

Misty Bleu Farm - Sunday, June 09, 2013

We made the trip to the Trade Secrets CT 2013 rare plant and garden antiques show.  The weather was fine once again.


The grounds at Lion Rock Farm are extraordinary:





Here's my favorite vendor:  Guy Wolf pottery.




The House Wine

Misty Bleu Farm - Thursday, May 09, 2013

In December of 2011, Rich and I had some business to discuss with our business partner out in California, so we decided to dovetail that with a trip to view some of the wineries in Santa Barbara County.  Our friend and business partner, Marc, is a wine-country insider, so you can be sure we got the deluxe tour.

One of our favorite wineries on the visit was the Foxen Vineyard.  They now have two separate tasting rooms.  We preferred "the shack" of course - made famous in the movie, "Sideways".  And who wouldn't?  All I can say is good thing we had a designated driver that day. 


Anywhoo... their Pinot Noir is excellent.  We like to serve it whenever possible.  No shame in that.


The Gideon Putnam Hotel

Misty Bleu Farm - Sunday, March 03, 2013

It was convenient staying overnight at the Gideon Putnam Hotel in Saratoga Springs after the Beer Festival.  No driving home!  In fact, no driving at all.  They have a shuttle that will ferry hotel guests to and fro all around Saratoga Springs.  Special room rates are available this time of year, which makes it an affordable weekend getaway from the Capital District.  The rooms are comfortably bland, but the location is great, the staff is friendly, and the downtown shuttle is a great free perk.

The public rooms of the hotel are nice, although a bit genteel shabby now.  I liked the color of this sunroom with the black and white marble floor.  Dorothy Draper, the famous society designer, designed many of the hotel interiors back in the day.  Wow.


Here's Rich and Alan screwing around in the old hotel phone booths.  What if somebody had to make a call?


Restaurant Review: Boca Bistro in Saratoga Springs, New York

Misty Bleu Farm - Friday, March 01, 2013

We visited DZ Restaurant Group's latest entry on Broadway in Saratoga Springs, the Boca Bistro, twice now.  We visited once as a couple and once as part of a foursome.  Both times, both on busy nights, we were pleasantly surprised to find good service, a convivial atmosphere, and delicious food.  We had been informed by some Saratoga denizens in the know about a recent dining experience considered less than stellar.  I have to say now after two trips, I am thoroughly enjoying this restaurant.  While this is, indeed, an Americanized version of Spanish food, the menu is thoughtful and just ecclectic enough to attract a wide audience.


In a side note:  In the winter, avoid sitting near the entranceway from outside.  The first night we were there we were given a table along the glassed-in entry, and a steady cold breeze blew in around our feet and legs.  The excellent service we received throughout our dinner took the edge off our chill, though.

On both evenings, we ordered the paella - the house specialty.  The seafood paella was studded with plenty of mussels, shrimp and a surprise of tender calamari.  The chicken and chorizo paella, which we had on our second visit, had some seafood as well as authentic chorizo.  It was definitely a bit spicier than the seafood-only version.   The seafood on both occasions was fresh and delicious.

 At $22 per person, it is not necessarily an inexpensive proposition, but the paella is presented in a big paella pan at the table, so it makes for a fun family-style experience.  The portion sizes are more than generous, and the pretty presentation makes it seem very impressive. If you do order the paella, plan on waiting a bit longer than you normally would expect for an entree to arrive.  The server on our first visit was nice enough to point this out, so we expected the wait.  On our second trip, the server did not inform us of it.  They should make a habit of letting guests know about that.  We were told the additional time was needed as each order of paella is made from scratch.  Here's a snap of the seafood paella for two:

The only fault I had with the paella was the use of green peppers instead of red peppers only.  Just a pet peeve of mine.  Also, I detected a few florets of cauliflower and broccoli in there, too.  Not exactly authentic, but at least there were a few vegetables in there. 

In addition to the paella, the rest of the menu is devoted to a few entrees and a tapas-style selection of other Spanish-influenced and Mediterranean offerings.  The serrano ham and cheese fritters are excellent, and the portion size was more than enough for two:


We rounded out our second visit with a few glasses of red wine, a couple of margaritas and some of their house white sangria.  I thought the margaritas were so-so, nothing to write home about.  The white sangria was slightly better than average - again I think they could have done better. 

We skipped dessert the second visit, but I had the churros and chocolate the first time I was there.  Cinnamon and sugar dusted donut sticks with hot chocolate to dip them in?  What can I say?  More restaurants should have this dessert on their menus.  It's a winning combination. 

The damage:  For a party of four with four glasses of red wine, 2 margaritas, 2 glasses of white sangria, 2 appetizers and a paella for 4 with no desserts, the bill came to $162 including tax.  With the tip it came to $200 even.  I thought this was pretty reasonable for an evening out for 4 adults in Saratoga Springs.  We can't wait to go back, and I think at Boca Bistro it's the more the merrier.

Saratoga Beer Fest 2013

Misty Bleu Farm - Thursday, February 28, 2013

Just like last year, the Saratoga Springs Convention Center was packed to the gills with thirsty beer drinkers.  This year, for a ticket price of $40 each, it was all you could drink beer.  Needless to say, the crowd took that to heart.  By 7:00 pm some of the brewers were tapped out (pun intended).  I think the mix of beer brands was a bit more skewed to larger regional brewers and bigger craft brewers this year compared to last year.  I'm feeling the local beer distributor has a heavy hand in this.  There were a couple of outstanding brews - notably from Peak Organic.

Here's some pictures from the Convention Center:



This is an actual working "Keg Cake".  It dispenses beer.  Who cares what the cake tastes like, right?


Rich would have preferred larger glasses: