Lakeside Farm - Ye Olde Farmhouse Gift Shoppe, Open for 2015 Season

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
I'm interrupting my Fiber Tour series for this special announcement.....Lakeside Farm reopens tomorrow, April 30th!!!!!  I know you're all full of anticipation about this, whether it's because you're mouth is watering for the delicious breakfast and lunch they serve, perhaps it's because you've been suffering from withdrawal from their cider donuts, or maybe because you can't wait to get back into their newest venture, Ye Olde Farmhouse Gift Shoppe.  Maybe, like me, it's all of the above!  I was lucky enough to get a sneak peak today and since I just happened to have my camera, you get a little sneak peak too!
This photo was taken last summer.
If you happen to be unfamiliar, (although I can't imagine anyone who is), Lakeside Farms is located at 336 Schauber Road, Ballston Lake, NY. (Exit 11 of I-87)  Beginning as a cider mill back in 1948, over the years it has evolved into a very popular country store and restaurant serving breakfast and lunch daily from April-December.  Last year another evolution took place and Ye Olde Farmhouse Gift Shoppe opened in the family farmhouse on the north corner of the parking lot.  Whether you visit early in the morning for one of Lakeside's delicious breakfasts, later in the day for their mouth-watering sandwiches or soups, or on a fall weekend during apple season, you'll find Lakeside bustling with activity.  Today, one day before their spring re-opening, was the only day I can say I've seen it quiet!  Even then, one anxious visitor stopped in to shop unaware that tomorrow was the big day!  The purpose of today's post isn't to talk about the food at Lakeside...everyone knows about that....but to give you a glimpse of what awaits you when you visit the gift shoppe!  Ladies....pamper your spouses tonight because your wallet might be a little lighter tomorrow! we go!

One of my favorite rooms in the shop is the kitchen.  Full of unique but practical pieces, you'll find the perfect gift for the cook in your life.  

 Click on any photo to view in a larger format.
 New this year is Emerson Creek Pottery.  This sturdy pottery is handmade and hand painted in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. It is dishwasher, oven and microwave safe, non-toxic, lead and cadmium free.
 Just around the corner in the fireplace room, you'll find a variety of treasures.
 For your wine-loving friends.....
 Or rooster lovers.......
 Or how about a handmade Mobius - Fashion with a twist, locally made beautiful fashion accessory. 
A new supply of spring colors will be arriving this week.

For the youngsters in your life......
From baby items, rain coats and rain boots, toys and'll love it all!

And on the porch.....something new this season is the "Life is Better at the Lake" room, full of unique and beautiful gifts for you or the lake lovers in your life.

For the fashionistas out about one of these versatile shawls?

 Or maybe a beautiful umbrella....

Thinking you don't have anything for the men in your life?  Think again!  What man wouldn't love anything in this room?

Or, maybe these might be a great way to warm him up after you walk in with your arms full of shopping bags..... keeping with one of the hottest trends today, miniatures Garden Treasure....not just for fairy gardens, but so much more!

 For the garden lovers out there, don't forget to stop in the apple barn for some beautiful and unusual garden accessories.  From bird baths to statues, from garden flags to watering cans, you'll find it all here.

This is just a tiny glimpse of what awaits you when you visit Ye Olde Farmhouse Gift Shoppe.  I couldn't show you everything!  You'll have to see for yourself.  Lakeside Farms Country Store and Restaurant is open seven days a week from 7:30-6:00pm from now until November when they close at 5:00p.m.   Ye Olde Farmhouse Gift Shoppe is open seven days a week from 9:00-6:00pm until November when they too will close at 5:00.  Plan a visit soon and allot plenty of time to have some breakfast or lunch, stock up on some of the freshest produce around and then browse around the gift shoppe.  I betcha can't go home empty handed!   To read more about Lakeside Farm and view pictures from their autumn displays, check out my November post:
Check out their website and facebook for more information.

Happy shopping and be sure to come back soon to Life As I See It when I'll be finishing up my Fiber Tour series with two more great farms.  Thanks for reading.  If you like what you see, please share with a friend!

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