Skip to Content


I’m glad so you’re here, and I hope as you spend time poking around that you will be encouraged and inspired to live well, have fun and enjoy life in Upstate New York.

A little about me…

Hi! I’m Jennifer – a work at home, farmer’s wife, mom to 3, living life in Upstate New York! I love sharing tasty recipes, easy do it yourself projects, and little stories of life on a farm in the Finger Lakes.

I live in Ontario County on a small family farm with my husband and 3 teenage kids. I love reading, jogging, sewing, and cheering my kids on during their sporting events.


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?

I love collaborating with great brands and products and sharing them with our audience. Just shoot us an email at

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

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

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

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.