Hudson Valley Parent

HVP November 2015

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4 Hudson Valley Parent ■ November 2015 ON OUR COVER This month's cover kid is Lauren, 8, from Highland, shown at Plankenhorn Farm in Pleasant Valley. Plankenhorn is one of the 10 farms that make up Hudson Valley Fresh, a Dairy Farm- er Partnership dedicated to preserving the agricultural heritage of the Hudson Valley. Photo by Michael Bloom In this issue COLUMNS FEATURES 6 Editor's Journal: The future of farms BY BRIAN PJ CRONIN 30 Calendar: Great places to go and things to do 38 Marketplace: Hudson Valley products and services HV PARENT READER FEEDBACK What are your favorite Thanksgiving traditions? My sister has a tradition where everyone writes down their favorite foods and that list becomes thanks- giving dinner. One year it was mostly guacamole and tater tots. — Nate Smith We schlep down to the parade because it just isn't the same on TV. Plus we don't have one. — Jill Rubin Dog parade (with prosecco.) — Stacie Merrill We watch the parade, and before we eat our Thanksgiving Feast, I read the story of 'The First Thanksgiving'. — Melanie Lopez I make key lime pie every year. — Katie Runnells Watching the parade of course! That was always my favorite part of the day waking up to the smells of Thanksgiving dinner in the oven and watching the parade. — Elizabeth Damiano Eating. We all like eating! — Mary Ann McCullough 8 I am a Hudson Valley Parent Brandon and Marko Tomassetti: Fostering love BY BRIAN PJ CRONIN 10 Education guide Eight of the best K–12 schools in the Hudson Valley 12 Hudson Valley family farms Where will the next generation of farmers come from? BY KATHLEEN WILLCOX 18 12 winter trails even little legs can explore Short, at trails for fall and winter days BY COLLEEN MCDONALD AND BRIAN PJ CRONIN 22 No days like snow days Our top 4 picks for winter fun plus photos of some cute Hudson Valley Kids 24 Drawing it out Want your kids to read? Just add pictures BY JEFFREY SIMMS 28 HVP sta recipe roundup Favorite recipes from our sta and their families 24 30

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