Winter Farmers’ Markets
While you wait for spring, you can find all sorts of produce and local goodies at indoor markets
This ruthless winter drags on and on — it’s snowing again as I write — and I’m counting the days until spring (too many). Looking out at the deep, frozen snow, it’s hard to imagine it will be gone in time for the farmers to plant again. And as my always cheery neighbor pointed out, first it’ll be all floods and mud, as we live through the thaw. I don’t care; I’m getting desperate to see grass and soil.
Farmstands in all their earthy abundance are still a distant dream, but you can catch a faint whiff at indoor winter farmers’ markets, where our always resourceful local growers are selling a surprising variety of products: breads and all kinds of delicious baked goods, root vegetables, cheeses, jams, preserves, chutneys, pickles, honey, wines — some markets even have vendors offering organic meats and poultry, eggs, smoked fish, and vegetables flash-frozen at their peak last season. Did I mention donuts?
The markets are open for limited times, but worth a visit (if only for a donut). Most have coffee on offer and a few tables to sit at, and the one in Rosendale that I checked out a week ago had live entertainment, too: a Joni Mitchell type accompanying herself on the guitar. I also discovered the Long Island Meadery, which is making honey wines — “the oldest alcoholic beverage nobody has ever heard of,” as they like to say. It almost made up for having to wear boots, scarf, hat, gloves and a heavy coat for my drive through the slippery streets.
Here are locations for some winter farmers’ markets to check out:
- Amenia: Second Saturdays through April, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Town Hall on Rte. 22
- Beacon: Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sloop Clubhouse at the train station
- Cold Spring: Saturdays, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Philipstown Community Center on Rte. 9D
- Gardiner: Third Saturdays through April, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Gardiner Library, 133 Farmers Tpke.
- New Paltz: Third and fourth Saturdays through March, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Robins Market on Rte. 32
- Poughkeepsie: Third Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Winter Sun Farms, 235 Main St.
- Red Hook: Feb. 19, Mar. 5, and Mar. 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Elmendorph Inn on North Broadway
- Rhinebeck: Feb. 27, Mar. 13 and 27, Apr. 10 and 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Rhinebeck Town Hall at 80 East Market St.
- Rosendale: First Sundays through May, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m, at the Community Center, 1055 Rte. 32
- Saugerties: Mar. 13, Apr. 17, and May 8, 12 to 4 p.m. at the Senior Center at 207 Market St.
- Warwick: Saturdays through March, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Pennings Orchard and Farm Market in Warwick. (You can also get homemade dog treats at this one)
P.S. If you want a share of farm produce as part of a CSA this year, it’s time to sign up. They go fast.