Harvest Fair to showcase local potato vodka

If you're planning to attend the 2nd annual Harvest Fair at Heather Ridge Farm next month, be sure to keep a sharp eye out for the tasting stand for the new Barber's Farm Distillery. That's where you'll be able to sample the Schoharie Valley distiller's new 1857 Potato Vodka.

The year refers to the founding of Barber's Farm, located on Route 30 in Middleburgh, now operated by the sixth generation of a family that has expanded what began as a small homestead farm into a farm market with four satellite truck markets.

While there are numerous craft distilleries throughout the state, Barber's Farm is one of the few making naturally gluten-free vodka from its own potatoes, grown in the valley's rich alluvial bottom land, combined with water from the spring on the property.

The Harvest Fair will be held held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, October 22, at Heather Ridge, located at 989 Broome Center Road in the Rensselaerville hamlet of Preston Hollow. Admission is free.

It will offer local farmers, artisans, musicians, and craftspeople. Hudson Talbott, an author of children's books, will be on hand to autograph his works. Wes Laraway and The Birds of Prey of the New York Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, which has been featured on the National Geographic cable TV channel, will have birds on display. In addition, the farm's Bees Knees Café will be serving food.

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