Best of the Hudson Valley 2008
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Farm Fresh Restaurant Fare
Valley at the Garrison
From farm to table is just a matter of steps at this restaurant, where most of the vegetables and herbs on your plate are grown on the mini (two-acre) Garrison Farm right on the property. Brian Bergen is the mini-farmer (although he’s of normal human size), tending salad greens in raised beds just beyond the dining deck; vegetables in a large fenced garden nearby; and 20-something varieties of heirloom tomatoes in a hoop house a couple of fields over. It’s all organic — and it just doesn’t get any fresher.
Mid-Hudson Farmers’ Market
Rhinebeck Farmers’ Market
The Rhinebeck Farmers’ Market, which has been providing fresh produce to the public for more than a decade, is becoming so popular that this year they added an evening market. Now, in addition to Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., locals can browse through all the farm fresh goodies on Thursday nights, too. From Mother’s Day through November, wander among the booths in this transformed parking lot and shop (they carry the ever-popular Popovich Provisions), watch cooking demonstrations, listen to live music, or catch a special event, like pumpkin decorating day on October 26.
Up and Coming Farmers’ Market
Kingston Farmers’ Market
With a mission to “connect local people with local food,” the Kingston market’s cheerful crowd grows every year. Veggies, flowers, meat, breads, pickles, cheeses (we love Mike Panzarella’s homemade mozzarella), and chocolates are just some of the many choices at this bustling Wall Street market, which is open for business — and fun events like musical performances — on Saturdays in April through October. On October 4, check out delicious desserts that are good for you, too — part of the market’s healthy eating series.
Yogurt, ice cream, and milk, oh my! Whether it’s frozen treats you fancy, the legendary egg nog, or just basic bottled milk, this famous Valley farm churns out the most delicious dairy products. And there’s nary a trace of scary hormones, antibiotics, or additives.
Big-time Farmers’ Market
Troy Waterfront Farmers’ Market
No matter what the weather, you can get your helping of local items — from jam to jewelry — at this year-round market featuring more than 50 vendors. Every Saturday, downtown Troy turns into a festive affair of music, activities, and, of course, booths displaying the finest in local produce, crafts, and dry goods. From November to April, the market is held in the Uncle Sam Atrium, but when the temperature goes up the vendors and the massive crowds move down to the waterfront. So the next time you’re in the Capital Region, be sure to stock up on fresh, locally grown vegetables, cheese, meat, soup, berries, honey, maple syrup, herbs, potted plants, pastries, and hand-crafted soaps and lotions.
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