The Record-Review – The official newspaper of Bedford and Pound Ridge, New York


AUGUST 26, 2011

Squash, anyone?

A rainy summer has its advantages, and one of those advantages is fresh produce. There are some great additions on the local farm-fresh scene, ones that would make any locavore proud. The exquisite selection of fruits, vegetables, locally raised and humanely butchered beef and poultry, along with jams, jellies, pickles, spices, freshly baked goods and dozens of other delicious specialties rivals food shopping anywhere on the planet.

A recent trip to the new John Jay Homestead Farmers Market illustrated the eclectic nature of the fest, and a great new opportunity for shoppers. Local residents Margery Schiffman and Chuck Dorris were doing a sweet business under the banner of Conant Valley Farms, while Bedford’s Mimi Edelman and Eileen Ziti were presenting their gorgeous heirloom tomatoes and tomatilloes. Next door, Pickle-licious had come all the way from Teaneck, N.J., to provide an irresistible sampling of dills, sours and half-sours. Cabbage Hill Farms of Mount Kisco, Amba Farms of Bedford Hills, Mobius Fields of Waccabuc, Healing Home Farms of Pound Ridge, and Clean Ridge Soap of Pound Ridge were among those providing delicious fare to strollers and shoppers. A personal favorite were the vegan Frankie rolls Little Kabab Station in Mount Kisco. And what a smart place for Energize Bedford to set up an info booth to introduce residents to energy-saving programs. The John Jay Farmers Market runs through Oct. 15, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Homestead, Route 22, in Katonah.

Along with local outdoor markets like Daisy Hill Farm, Seedswell Farm and the Pound Ridge Farmers Market, there’s no need to go anywhere else. 

The great home energy experiment, part 2

Speaking of Energize Bedford — when we left you last, in mid-July, we were in the process of applying for a low-interest home energy loan through a new program from Energize Bedford, the town’s new environmental assistance organization.

The program links homeowners to low-interest loans, reduced-cost energy audits provided by local contractors, leading to potential energy savings at our homes, savings rebates from New York State of up to 10 percent on all work, and, most importantly, the ability to make a difference for our environment.

After the energy audit and report delivered earlier this year by Healthy Home Energy and Solutions, based nearby on Adams Street in Bedford Hills, we began the process of applying for a loan.

Some of the energy-saving measures we could undertake ourselves: we learned that something as simple as living room drapes could dramatically cut down leakage from windows.

Through Green Jobs New York, we were directed to Energy Finance Solutions, a service offered by Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation, a private, nonprofit organization specializing in residential energy efficiency programs and services. The loan application process was almost as detailed and thorough as a mortgage application. It took about eight weeks to receive loan approval.

After approval, Healthy Home sent us a date in early September for the work to begin. The process, they say, will take place over a period of three days. During that time, the contractor plans to install foam in the attic, install dense-pak cellulose in the cathedral ceiling; create access and install dense-pak celluose in the garage ceiling; air seal all perimeter windows, baseboards and trim, and install commercial-grade weather stripping at the entry door, among other energy upgrades.

Afterward, we should be receiving a rebate for part of the cost. The loan will be paid over a 10-year period. Energy savings are expected to come within a period of three years. The premise is that you will save much more than the cost of the installation and materials.

Visit for more information on this important program.

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Pound Ridge/Scotts Corners

  1. Scotts Corner Market – Trinity Corners Shopping Center;  55 Westchester Avenue

  2. Pound Ridge Sunoco — 66 Westchester Avenue    

  3. Sam Parker Country Market — 257 Westchester Avenue    

Bedford Village

  1. Bedford Rexall Pharmacy — Hunting Ridge Mall; 424 Old Post Road  

  2. Village Green Deli — Village Green; Routes 22 and 172    

  3. Bedford Shell — Routes 22 and 172 (at blinking light); 848 So. Bedford Road

  4. Village Service Center —193 Pound Ridge Road (at Long Ridge Road intersection)    

Bedford Hills

  1. Bedford Hills Deli – 7 Babbitt Road    

  2. Bueti’s Deli – 526 Bedford Road (Route 117)


  1. NoKA Joe’s – 25 Katonah Avenue    

  2. Steger’s Paper Mill – 89 Katonah Avenue    

  3. Perks – 197 Katonah Avenue    

  4. Katonah Pharmacy – Katonah Shopping Center; 294 Katonah Avenue   

  5. Bagel Shoppe – Katonah Shopping Center; 280 Katonah Avenue    

  6. Katonah Sunoco – 105 Bedford Road

Mount Kisco

  1. Teamo/Mt. Kisco News – 239 Main Street    

  2. Connie’s at Northern Westchester Hospital
    400 E. Main Street    

South Salem/Vista

  1. JNR Pharmacy – 222 Oakridge Commons;
    Route 123   

Cross River

  1. Bagel Boys Café – Cross River Shopping Center; Routes 121 and 35    

  2. Cross River Shell Station – Route 35    

  3. Cameron’s Deli –  890 Route 35    

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