Debby and Erick are the perfect gatekeepers to Brooktondale and nearby Ithaca. Organic farmers themselves and the idealists behind the Brooktondale Market, they are doing much to keep the local culture alive. We found our visit to their B&B not only peaceful and cozy but extremely informative. Erick will take you on a tour of the ancient bean sorting machines in his farmhouse and Debby will guide you to the local market, her brainchild, that is revitalizing Brooktondale. Even as I write this I'm munching on delicious cheddar whales (i.e. goldfish, but bigger and better) purchased at her store. Debby made a delicious breakfast every morning, always accompanied by her homemade granola, and the rooms are comfortable, quiet and tastefully decorated. Their farm is a mere stones throw away from Ithaca, so venture out if you must. We preferred chatting with our hosts, learning about local bean farming, solar energy (their heat is supplied by solar panels!) and the history of the town.