This past weekend we officially reopened our Bed and Breakfast Catskill Maison after a month of watching Windham rebuild from the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. I’m pleased to report that Windham is open for business, all restaurants (with the exception of Brie and Bordeaux) and most other businesses are open for business!!!! On the other hand the farms that we work so closely with in order to provide that local 3 course breakfast that our guests love didn’t fare well at all due to the storm. Bohringer Farm where we get the majority of our fruit has been damaged to the point where they will not be open for the rest of the year. RSK Farm in Prattsville where we get almost all of our vegetables including our incredible, melt in your mouth Carola potatoes has been very severely damaged. They are selling what they harvested before the storm at their farm-stand on weekends but have nothing to sustain themselves going forward. The product that comes out of RSK farms is extremely special. Please see my past blog posts that discuss their potatoes, corn, and farmstand quality heirloom tomatoes and greenbeans . Bob and Sandy, the owners are not only our purveyors they are our friends and their farm has sustained hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of damage! The farm is their livelihood, they cannot survive without it and we depend HEAVILY on what they grow on their farm. I know that there are people who are skeptical about donating to relief funds because due to the bureaucracy who knows if the farmers who need the money actually receive anything, however there is a fund set up to specifically help Bob and Sandy save and rebuild their farm. We at Catskill Maison B&B are asking our friends, customers, and neighbors to please donate a little something to help restore RSK farm. Please click onto this RSK FARM link to read about what has happened to RSK and to make a donation and please pass this information along to anyone who you know who wants to help in the relief effort for upstate New York for Hurricane Irene in a very personal way!