Ahhh…Labor Day…Thank you for the freedom to work on my own work and not someone else’s. Hence, the chance for me to discover — er — indulge in the wonder of Ulster County’s beautiful barns and farms.  Some were rather dilapidated, some old, rustic, and classic, and some still in fabulous working condition.  Here they are:

Starting from Rt. 44/55 outside of Clintondale, this one isn’t actually a barn, but a repurposed church building with weathered white clapboard siding and stained glass windows:

Next up, on Rt. 208 heading out of Gardiner, I found this severely dilapidated barn, with some equally defunct farm machinery:

this tractor’s sexy…

Turning onto Phillies Bridge Rd., my initial destination was Phillies Bridge Farm Project, but little did I know that I’d find the following gem as well.  Meadow View Farmstand, owned and operated by Bard Colucci, was the absolute highlight of my adventure, and worthy of a little regaling.  I pulled into the Meadow View Farmstand, after missing the turn to Phillies Bridge Farm, and was immediately taken by the three rustic red barns right off the side of the road.  As I parked, a little old man, with a white shock of hair, and crisp yellow polo shirt pulled up from the farmhouse in a little green motor cart.  I stepped out and asked if I could take a few pictures of the barns, to which he replied, “Yes, but…why?” I explained that I was doing some research on barns and farms, gathering inspiration for a little project of my own, and he was delighted, if somewhat befuddled. He went on to explain that another young lady recently asked and has since started using one of his barns for events and weddings.  He said he just didn’t understand why the “kids these days” were so interested in barns and farms.  I responded that it is probably because we’re all just aching to get back to our roots, back to nature and the simpler life.  That was good enough for him, and he eagerly urged me to walk around the grounds, take my time, and take as many pictures as I wanted.  Which I promptly did, and then left with a bag full of produce from the farmstand :) Oh! and did I mention these barns were built in 1840?!

they’ve come home.

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I have a few more pictures to share from the remaining barns I visited, but this little farmer needs to hit the hay.  More tomorrow…