Backroads America: Auburn, ND

When The Railroad Passes By

In 1883, a post office was established in Auburn, an unincorporated community in Walsh County, North Dakota. Founded on the windswept prairie in the northeast corner of North Dakota, Auburn is about 40 miles south of the Canadian border. At one time Auburn had two hotels, a hardware store, a general store, seven saloons, a school, a church, a saddle maker, and many other businesses. In the winter of 1888/89, much of the business area was destroyed by fire. With the construction of the railroad, business activity shifted to nearby Grafton, and the town’s population dwindled. The post office remained in operation until 1943.  As of the 2010 census, the population was 48. Ancestors of one of my sisters-in-law helped settle Auburn and farmed in the area. Her family still has a house in Auburn and farm land in the surrounding countryside.

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Backroads America: Alaska Ice Fishing

On the Ice or In the Fish House

Snow clouds moving in over Chena Lakes in the ice fishing area. It was lovely today. +25 Fahrenheit.

Locavore

I Learned a New Word Today

Locavore

I was schooled today by friends at Kinderhook Farm in Columbia County, New York on the definition of the word “locavore.” Apparently I am behind the times when it comes to the food scene.

A locavore is a person who’s diet consists mainly of locally grown and/or produced food, including meat, vegetables, and fruit.

Celebrity Chef Eddie G, who was visiting Kinderhook Farm, prepared a wonderful meal from local ingredients. He is currently developing a series focusing on the local food movement.

The grass fed beef, with a tangy mustard sauce, was from Kinderhook Farm, which also sells eggs, lamb, pork, and chickens at its farm store. The salad greens were locally grown.

Desert included apple cider doughnuts from Golden Harvest Farm in Valatie, New York.

Paired with great company, including one of my sisters and a millennial niece, the meal was delicious and a true endorsement to eating locally grown foods.

Don’t Fence Me In

Hand Hewn

Old Fence, near Ligonier, Pennsylvania

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Bucolic Bliss

She Speaks To Me

My favorite tree, near Valatie, New York

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Backroads America: Farmstands

Seasonal fruit and vegetable markets are common along American backroads. Staron’s, on County Road 203 in Columbia County, NY, grows much of the produce and many of the plants it sells.

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