As a follow-up to postings about diners off the Taconic Parkway, let me report three: Another Roadside Attraction in Milan, Chief Martindale Diner in Hillsdale on #23 east of Taconic, Tagkanic (sp) Diner on the west side on #82. I noted all three on a back and forth run from Tivoli to Stockbridge where I didn't eat at the Red Lion. Someone recommended ARA for breakfast, so I went there and had Maine blueberry buckwheat pancakes with MAPLE syrup, a delicious choice so large that it precluded lunch in Stockbridge.
The other places I named were for the benefit of others who asked about them earlier but were unsure of names.
I also hit the farm stands. Random Harvest on 23 in Hillsdale has expanded in the about 15 years since I used to take my son to camp. The vegetable, fruit, and plant choices were all good. They've added fancy groceries, good bread and baked goods and a back room "deli" (hardly) with a large selection of cheese, including local ones, and fancy salads and cold cuts. I bought a piece of Chatham Sheepherding's camembert, which is buttery and wonderful, a nice baguette, some vegetables. One of these days I'll find Jonathan.
Stopped at Hardemann's in Red Hook where the choices were dismal. I walked out and went to Montgomery Orchard's stand on 9G. Their choices were few but good. The beans were perfect and the corn superb. I went to the orchard this morning to pick raspberries. At $2 a pint, not bad. Lovely choices -- red, purple, black, and yellow. The locals said the berries weren't as good as last year's. It's OK with me.
Finished farmstand chasing at Grieg Farm in Red Hook. I found it a real disappointment. They were also doing pick-your-own berries. I'd already done it and wanted vegetables to take home and was routed from the nursery to the store and winery. Turista trap!! Cutsey stuff -- itty, bitty maple syrup bottles, candles, donuts, huge cookies but no fresh vegetables I could find. I went back to Montgomery Orchard's stand.
Had lunch at Holy Cow on Route 9 in Red Hook. Yes, it's an ice cream only place. For the true chowhounds, the small ice cream sundae is $1.29 (tax included) for about 3/4 of a pint! The dog had the whipped cream; I had the rest.