Not a quarter-mile from Random Harvest is Berts Inn. Bert, which is to say Roberta, runs a friendly, laid back place with a pool table and bar where wings get top marks. With Hillsdale being the next town to the east, there are several choices for good restaurants, including the Zagat-rated CrossRoads Food Shop. Less than 10 miles from Craryville is John Andrews Farmhouse Restaurant, in an international list of the 25 Best Farmstead Restaurants by the Daily Meal website.
There are loads of farms in the area; Columbia County has been all about agriculture since forever. One of the local farms that has a website and sells retail is Honey Dog Farm, whose mission is “to improve the earth incrementally by nurturing the soil including the water and the air conjunctly”; they sell fresh honey, sunflowers and vegetables. Then there’s White Oak Farm, a labor of love for Sally and Fred Laing since 1979; Fred’s gone, but their sons make sure you can still get corn, berries, flowers and Pete’s BBQ Sauce, a local favorite. In July the u-pick blueberry fields are ready to harvest. Scarecrow Farm sells not only vegetables, eggs and honey, but they’re also an outlet for local artisans’ creations, like wooden bowls, pottery, baskets, hand-smocked dresses and more. They even sell yarn made from the wool of sheep they raise.