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Hi! Welcome to Home in the Finger Lakes!

This is a blog for women who want to get back to basics and live a simpler life. You’ll find recipes, how-to guides, and tips to help you make the most out of life in the country. Whether you’re looking to raise chickens in your backyard, bake bread, or preserve the harvest from your garden, I want to help you live a simpler country life.

At the heart of Home in the Finger Lakes is a belief that you can embrace country living, and live a meaningful, productive, and fulfilling life wherever you call home. You don’t have to live on a dirt road, work hundreds of acres, or drive a tractor. It’s about the joy found in simplicity & getting back to basics.

It’s not about what we have or what we do – but how we feel when doing it.

That good things come from small moments of kindness and connection with others.

And that every day has the potential for something new, beautiful, interesting, or important…. no matter where you live.

About Jennifer

Jennifer Morrisey is the founder of Home in the Finger Lakes, a blog that focuses on slow living and embracing a simple country lifestyle full of home cooked meals, raising small livestock, and canning & preserving the garden harvest.

Jen lives with her husband and three children on a small family farm in the Finger Lakes region, where she enjoys her backyard chicken flock, experimenting with Upstate New York regional recipes, and serving on the board for Historic Palmyra- which is located just outside of Rochester NY.

About the Farm

For the Morrisey family, farming is in their blood, and they are committed to continuing the farming legacy and maintaining the family farm. Together with my husband on our 275-acre farm in Ontario County, we tend a herd of black Angus beef cows while cultivating crops like sweet corn, which has been well known for generations as some of the best around. You can find the homegrown produce on the roadside stand on the farm, local farmer’s markets, and it is also delivered daily to local grocery stores just outside of Rochester, NY.


Q: Where do you get recipe ideas from? Are all of the recipes on this site yours?

I get inspiration in a lot of different places. I love to re-create Upstate New York’s signature dishes in my own kitchen, and often look for authentic recipes from restaurants. I source many of my recipes from local cookbooks, online forums, and old newspaper clippings. I make a conscious effort to always include credit where credit is due.

Q: I am Interested in Touring The Willard Asylum, Do you have any Information ?

First, I would like to point out I have no affiliation with the Willard Tour, or it’s organizers, nor am I a spokesperson for the event. 2015 was the seventh and final year of the Willard tour, normally a couple hundred people show up for the tour, but word spread on social media and organizers estimated more than 2,500 people tried to gain admittance. Crowds completely overwhelmed the fundraiser and chaos ensued, the roads to Willard had to be shut down by state troopers, and the tour was canceled. The organizers did their best to accommodate as many people as they could, but simply were not prepared.

No plans for future tours have been announced, it is unclear if they will ever be offered again.

Q: Can you tell me the nutritional information for your recipes?

As far as nutritional information goes, I try to supply that when appropriate. While I do care about healthy recipes, Home in the Finger Lakes focuses primarily comfort foods, and is not a nutrition blog. I have found that including the nutritional information on indulgent treats, not only takes up a great deal of time on my end, but it also leads to a lot of angry emails about salt, fat, or sugar content.

Q: What is your policy on working with brands?

Home in the Finger Lakes does not participate in sponsored posts or paid content.

Q: What is your policy on working with local businesses, groups, and events ?

I am incredibly supportive of local ventures and events. If you represent a business, travel destination, adventure or cultural experience, musical act, festival or community event and are looking for press or media coverage, please email me

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Mike Schaertl

Sunday 20th of October 2019

Nice to meet you this morning in Shortsville while I was walking my boys. If you ever want to come out to our little hobby farm and take some pictures of the reindeer, you are always invited.


Judy Ward

Sunday 20th of October 2019

Thank you for posting the recipe for LAKESHORE PUMPKIN PIE. It is the only brand my grandmother would use. It has a much better taste than Libby. (my own opinion). Unfortunately, I do not have any information about the company who makes it. Only know it makes the best pies I've ever had.


Friday 18th of August 2017

I lived in NEW YORK for all of my childhood and some adult years also. I love it there I have a whole bushel basket of relations still living there. I come from a large family and most of my relations do to. I now live in Kansas. It is great here but never will take the place of my home there. I saw your story about NEWARK STATE SCHOOL I had family members that worked there and had a few that got the 90 day treatment too. I have forgotten most of the things I was told about there. I will try to follow your blog. I like to cook so I sure will try some of your home cooked NEWARK NEW YORK FOODS . I am old now but I love stories about my home town and the places I use to visit and live at.

Karen flynn

Friday 7th of July 2017

Planning a trip to the Finger Lakes

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