Taken at Niese’s Maple Farm in our town, Putnam Valley. A 2016 review on Yelp reads:

Niese’s Maple Farm is a gem in Putnam Valley. Making maple syrup from their tapped trees for generations, the Niece family is among the kindest and coolest people around. They have a huge respect for the environment – nature and animals. They make their own local products… from a large variety of maple syrups (plain, cinnamon stick, apple, blueberry and even hot), honey, and maple everything – maple coffee beans, maple breakfast sausage (from their own animals), maple granola, maple fudge and even sell eggs from their chickens, and oh – the baked goodies! Waffles, pies, cookies… And there are always new things to try!

You will be surprised, this cozy shoppe is packed with incredible things. Be sure to ask Mr. And Mrs. Niese about their mapling, local history, or what Mrs. Nurse is planning to bake next – truly delightful!

Great for local “foodie” product gifts, but be sure to buy 2 of everything… you’ll definitely want one for yourself!

Other reviews were not so charitable: “Rude and unfriendly, they don’t say hello when you walk in. The doughnuts are old and stale. They also would not allow me to refill my water bottle at the sink despite the fact that I made a purchase and they don’t sell bottled water! Skip this dump.” I must say that this latter comment is contrary to my own experience. I’ve always found the people there to be friendly and helpful.

There were two goats in the pen and they were playing/fighting. Whichever it was it involved a lot of leaping into the air and then coming down to butt heads.

Taken in June 2013 with a Sony NEX 5N and 18-55mm kit lens.

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