HVADC Farm-Fresh Food Access Directory
Through the duration of the COVID-19 crisis, shopping directly from the farms,
farm stores, and local food producers in our community is an impactful way to
support small business, avoid high-traffic shopping locations and enjoy the delicious bounty of the Hudson Valley.
Many Hudson Valley farms are offering expanded services to help customers source locally during the pandemic lockdown. Look to the websites of the farms nearest you to see what’s available. Also please consider becoming a CSA member. Learn what else you can do to support local agriculture and food producers.
Here is a list of the expanded services currently offered by the amazing businesses HVADC has worked with. As the realities of the pandemic change, details and individual business offerings are subject to change as well.
6654 Dunnsville Road, Altamont
Xmas Trees and Wreaths
Starting Saturday, Nov 27th, 2021,
Protocols in place to provide safe shopping for customers.
332 Kenwood Ave, Delmar, NY 12054
May to October
Bethlehem Middle School Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
40 Johnny Cake Hill Rd, Westerlo
Open Daily 12p-7p
An organic farm and CSA with produce and meats. Online-overnight shipping available.
1943 US Route 9W, Selkirk
Open daily 10-6pm
Wreaths, Kissing Balls, Bows, Holiday decor and more.
Protocols in place to keep everybody healthy.
Offering online ordering and home delivery of many products grown and made locally.
240 Wade Road Ext, Latham: Mon - Sat 8am-6pm; Sun 9am-5pm
945 Watervliet Shaker Road, Albany: Daily 10am-5pm
Open and also offering an option for shopping online for garden and landscaping supplies.
457 NY RT 146, Guilderland Center (Mixed Breed Brewing)
Open July - September
Online ordering available for onsite pickup.
342 Altamont Road, Altamont
Open for pickup and delivery of cider, beer and food.
1094 Route 9J, Stuyvesant
Orders can currently be made via email for farm pickup and delivery can also be arranged.
Beth’s extensive line of jellys, jams, preserves, and more can be purchased through the online store and at retailers across the region. visit them online to find a store near you.
2304 Route 203, Chatham
Open daily 8am-6pm
Copake Hillsdale Farmers Market
9140 State Route 22 (Roe Jan Park), Hillsdale
Saturdays 9am-1pm, May - October
80 Angus Lane, Hudson
Inquire through email.
81 Roxbury Road, Hudson
CSA shares and onsite pickup are available.
123 White Birch Road, Hudson
Known for their amazing Pick-Your-Own fruit selection keep an eye on Fix Bros’ brand new website for updates on what’s in season and changing info.
104 Black Bridge Road, East, Chatham
Order pork shares through Graylight’s easy website.
327 County Route 21C, Ghent
Orders can be made to the farm store over the phone for curbside pickup and local deliveries are now offered as well (a small fee applies). Orders must be received by 8pm for delivery the following morning.
1822 Route 9, Germantown
For now, Hearty Roots is no longer open for in-person shopping. Instead, they are offering online pre-order for curbside pickup at the farm. Pickup will be available Thursday afternoons 2-6pm (place your order by Tuesday night midnight) and Saturday afternoons 2-6pm (place your order by Thursday night midnight).
Hudson Farmers Market
The Elks Lodge at 201 Harry Howard Avenue, next to High School
Saturdays 10am-1pm, Winter Market repoens February 6th
4269 U.S. 9, Hudson
Order by phone and the fish farm will shipp fresh Steelhead trout directly to your door. The company is also giving back during this difficult time, donating hundreds of pounds of fresh fish to the Feed HV program. Visit their website for more information.
320 County Route 6, Germantown
Using local grain, Hudson Valley Malt uses traditional floor malting techniques to service regional breweries and distilleries. Those in need of malt should contact them through their website.
103 County Road 9, Ghent
Weekly preordering of produce can be done through their well-appointed web store for pickup at the farm. Visit them online for more information and updates.
34 Fischer Road Extension, Kinderhook
CSA Shares available.
1958 County Route 21, Valatie
Kinderhook Farm’s extensive meat selection can be ordered in advance online by cut or in bulk for onsite pickup.
Great small batch jellies and preserves are available through the online store.
4161 U.S. 9, Hudson
Letterbox has recently launched a new, robust online store for ordering and safe pickup at the farm. Check the website to learn when the next ordering period is open. CSA shares are available for veggies and meat.
541 White Mills Road, Chatham
CSA shares offered and beef boxes can be ordered by email or phone.
1421 State Route 9H, Ghent
The farm store is open daily but the Café is now closed. Staff is working to keep the store clean, safe and stocked. Preorder and pickup is available by phone.
709 County Route 11, Ancram
The Farm Store is open and now products can be ordered through their online store for delivery and pick up.
5956 NY-9H, Hudson
The farm has launched a new online store. Order online, and pick-up at one of two locations: The Farm Store, Tuesday - Saturday from 10am - 5pm or The North Plain Farm Store, Wednesdays & Fridays from 11am - 6pm.
111 County Route 34, East Chatham
Visit Raven & Boar online for ordering and updates.
310 Prospect Hill Road, Ancramdale
Ronnybrook products remain widely available at markets throughout the Hudson Valley and the farm offers home delivery in certain locations.
2501 State Route 9H, Kinderhook
The robust CSA program is available now and the hard working farm staff is actively addressing how to safely deliver food throughout the season. Information on how they are adapting to new challenges is available on their website.
5 Sunset Ave, Kinderhook
With an update to their online store, Samascott has made it easy to place orders from their wide selection for curbside pickup. They are also offering delivery to the community within 5 miles of the store.
2409 Route 9, Hudson
The Farm CSA is taking members and while the bakery is no longer attending area farmers markets they are supplying extra bread to stores across the region. Visit them online for a full list of vendors.
323 Warren Street, Hudson
The store is open for curbside pickup and many items can be purchased and shipped through their online purchasing system.
63 Apple Tree Lane, Poughquag
Both the Apple Core in Lagrange, and the Farm Market at Barton Orchards in Poughquag are now open daily and offer free delivery and curb side or in-store pick up. They are following stringent cleaning protocols to keep employees and customers safe.
115 Chase Road, Pine Plains
Chaseholm dairy products remain available in many local markets. Check back online for updates for changes.
79 Farmstead Lane, Wappingers Falls
Common Ground is committed to fostering food access in the community. Beacon Farmers’ Market pre-orders are now available. They say they are working quickly to build in food access to the market program. They are also now taking pre-orders for their annual plant sale. Programs, including Preschool on the Farm and Common Ground Homeschool have been cancelled.
Albany Post Road, Rhinebeck
Dutchess Creamery has been providing free milk at the Del’s roadside stand every Thursday starting at noon. Their milk is available at many other locations as well. Along with offering free milk to those in need, they have been promoting other ways to support the community through their website and social media.
383 Main Street, Beacon
these inventive syrups and mixers can be purchased and shipped through their online store.
Dutchess Outreach Farm Stand
Free farm stand cancelled until further notice due to COVID-19.
Find out how to get produce through this crisis through the link below.
The Dutchess Outreach Farm Stand is open to ALL. Don’t miss out on FREE fruits and vegetables!
9 Fishkill Farm Road, Hopewell Junction
The farm store is closed but they are selling organic eggs, greens, apples and more through pre-orders, which may be picked up at the store Wednesday through Sunday. Call between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at 845-897-4377 to place your order. Item availability is limited. Orders received first, will be reserved first. Visit their website for directions on how to order and “contactless” pickup.
475 Milan Hill Road, Red Hook
Health and safety protocols have been increased at the farm. CSA memberships are available and they recently launched a CSA add-on program to include Chaseholm Dairy products in their offerings.
223 Pitcher Lane, Red Hook
The farm store and café have moved ordering online and are providing curbside pickup. The Online store is easy to use and full of great products from many surrounding farms.
194 W. Market Street, Red Hook
Monitor Hardeman’s online presence for updates.
59 Cottage Street, Salt Point
The store is closed but orders made online will be delivered by mail.
316 Main Street, Poughkeepsie
Microgreens and dietary supplement powders can be ordered through the easy to use online store.
44 Main Street, Millerton
Shop for coffee through their online store and consider becoming a subscription member and coffee you’ll love will be sent to your door on a regular basis.
150 Chestnut Ridge Road, Millbrook
Order online and pickup at the farm.
1127 Route 216, Poughquag
The farm store is open. Follow Joe on social media for updates.
229 Middle Road, Rhinebeck
The farm stand is scheduled to open in July. Check back online for updates.
5409 Route 22, Millerton
The farm is providing online ordering and curbside pickup. Please order 24 hours in advance.
163 Crestwood Road, Red Hook
Grass fed beef and other products available. Call to order by phone.
15 Scism Road, Tivoli
Offering online ordering through their website and pickup at the farm as well as in Pleasantville, Rhinebeck and Tarrytown. Visit the web store for more details and new pickup locations.
Pre-Order vegetables through Meadowland's easy to use web store for contactless pick-up at the Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow Farmers’ Market and the Beacon Farmers’ Market. The Farm begins taking orders on Tuesday mornings. All orders must be in by 4pm on Thursday. Meadowland also has a roadside farm stand and a robust CSA Program offering varied selections of their high quality meats and produce. Visit them online to learn more.
46 Freeborn Lane, Tivoli
The farm stands in Red Hook, Rhinebeck and Mount Tremper are open, providing produce from their farm as well as products from many neighboring farms. If you call ahead they will prepack your order for curbside pickup.
Millerton Farmers Market
Railroad Plaza & Main Street, Millerton
Saturdays 10am-2pm, May - October
4283 Route 9G, Red Hook
The farm stand is scheduled to reopen in June. Check back for updates.
185 West Kerley Corners Road, Tivoli
The farm is open for pickup orders 9am to 3pm. Call ahead or order from your car. Look for Northwind products in local markets as well.
Pawling Farmers Market
The Green North of the Chamber of Commerce, Pawling
Saturdays 930am-1pm, 9-9:30 older/immune-compromised/pregnant, June - October
51 Vassar Farms Lane, Poughkeepsie
PFP is a leader in their community fighting food insecurities and their work feeding school children and adults through this crisis is invaluable. Produce grown through the PFP is available in hot meals and grocery packages being offered by a number of community programs. To find a provider, visit them online.
287 Hapeman Hill Road, Red Hook
Red Hook Farm is a small vegetable farm. Produce can be found at the Veggie's Roadside Stand, just off the Taconic State Parkway, exit Rt.199 Red Hook/Rhinebeck. Look for the bright green wagon. They open in May.
Rhinebeck Farmers' Market
61 East Market St, Rhinebeck
Sundays 10am-2pm, 10-1030am reserved for 60+, immune-compromised or expectant mothers
May - December, Rain or shine
19 Rose Hill Farm, Red Hook
The Orchard is closed for the off-season but their amazing ciders can be purchased for pickup and they are developing delivery options. Follow them online to find out when the next batch of cider will be ready to purchase.
7782 Albany Post Road, Red Hook
Sawkill has expanded operations and is now open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 6pm. They have created a purchasing system in their onsite farm store that minimizes staff and customer contact with product. Preordering is available by phone for curbside pickup.
399 Manchester Rd, Poughkeepsie
This line of super –flavored caramelized onions can be purchased through their easy to use online store.
845 River Road, Barrytown
This beautiful flower farm is struggling with the realities of the state’s changing definition of what is and isn’t an essential business. But the season waits for no one and the farm is taking spring CSA signups and plans to set up a safe open-air pickup operation. Keep an eye on their website for updates on the evolving challenges facing horticulturists and flower farms.
675 Hall Hill Road, Pine Plains
Products can be ordered online and work continues at this unique regenerative farm. Follow them on social media to stay up to date on changes.
271 Halls Corners Road, Dover Plains
The farm store is open and curbside pickup is available. Check their website for pickup instructions and for a list of markets that stock their maple products.
34 Lauer Road, Poughkeepsie
The Farm, its brunches and youth programing is temporarily closed to visitors. Work continues and products are being sold around the region. They encourage you to follow them on social media for the latest developments.
2645 Salt Point Turnpike, Clinton Corners
Wild Hive Community Grain Project is dedicated to creating high quality grain products from the region where they are grown. We stone grind organic and heritage grains in small batches to provide the freshest wholegrain products with a view to creating a sustainable regional grain based food system.
110 Linden Ave, Red Hook
Yellow Bell eggs and pasture-raised chickens remain available at markets around the area.
4464, Route 32, Catskill, NY 12414
155 Fountain Flats Road, Coxsackie
The farm market is open, offering pre ordering, curbside pickup and delivery options. CSA shares are available and the farm has been committed to supporting the community through this crisis.
742 Schoharie Turnpike, Athens
Field Goods is a Hudson Valley based online and mobile service that delivers high quality food from local farms and makers to homes throughout the Hudson Valley, the Capital Region and down to Westchester County. For the past decade, Field Goods has worked directly with sustainable small farms and local artisans to bring its customers an array of farm fresh produce and pantry staples. Visit our website and bring the farmers market to you
1089 Pulaski Highway, Goshen
5 Spoke’s delicious Cheeses are on sale at markets across the region. No changes to the business have yet been noted online.
PO Box 44, Arden
Their divine Cara-Sel salted caramel sauce can be purchased directly through their website or purchased at retailers across the region. Visit them online for a list of vendors.
240 Browns Road, Westtown
This old fashion Dairy is a staple at markets across the state. Check where to find them and support their hard work by visiting their website.
1251 Route 208, Blooming Grove
The Farm store is offering preorder and clean curbside pickup. The brunch and dinner menu is now offered to go as well, including wine and spirits.
Town of Cornwall Farmers Market
183 Main St, Cornwall
Wednesdays 11am-5pm, May - October
40 Stream Drive, Florida
Produce available at markets throughout the region.
115 Grange Road, Otisville
The farm store is open and offering a great range of products through preorder and “porchside” pick-up as needed.
407 Ingrassia Rd, Middletown
USDA Organic vegetable farm offering a spring and summer CSA.
Goshen Farmers Market
The green at the Orange County Government Center, Corners of Erie St & Main St (NY 207, Goshen
Fridays 10am-3pm,Senior Hour 9-10am May - November
3301 NY-207, Goshen
Follow Goshen Greens on Facebook for the latest updates.
261 Otterkill Road, New Windsor
Offering a robust CSA package of produce and proteins.
Healthy Orange Farmers Market
Broadway Lot next to 130 Broadway (DMV Building), cross streets Landers and Johnston
Tuesdays 10am-2pm, July - October
405 Goodwill Road, Montgomery
The farm store is open and busy, proactively supporting the community with a well stocked variety of farm fresh products.
7 Morris Drive, Newburgh
Visit them online for more information and updates as they are made available.
12 Indiana Road, Goshen
A staple at summer markets, keep an eye out for changes in schedule and availability on their website. Offering CSA shares.
19 Maloney Lane, Goshen
CSA shares available.
1 Houston Road, Goshen
A common site at local farmers market, anything in season can be ordered by phone or email and delivered within a 10 mile radius.
61 Gurda Lane, Pine Island
No updated information at this time.
317 Maple Ave, New Hampton
No changes in operation have been posted yet by this family owned onion farm.
97 Broadway, Newburgh NY
Located on the Green at Safe Harbors on the corner of Broadway and Liberty St.
Fresh vegetables and fruit, coffee, preserves, arts and craft, live music, prepared foods, and more!
121 State Route 94 S, Warwick
delicious, scratch-made pies of all kinds can be ordered online through the website and can be picked up curbside at their storefront.
161 State Route 94, Warwick
The Farm Market and Cidery are open and accepting online orders. All to go orders are curbside pickup only.
Port Jervis Farmers Market
Farmers Market Park, Hammond Street & Pike St, Port Jervis
Saturdays 9am-12pm, June - October
23 Soons Circle, New Hampton
The farm store remains open daily 9am to 6pm. Shop in a calm, uncrowned environment. For the elderly, immune-compromised or mobility challenged, they are opening their doors early at 8am Thursday, Friday and Saturday. They are also offering call ahead and online ordering for curbside pickup. See the FAQ page for info.
426 Drexel Drive, Pine Bush
The farm store is on the honor system and open 24 hours a day. Call the farm with any specific questions.
Tuxedo Farmers' Market
240 Route 17, Tuxedo
Saturdays 9am-2pm, June - October
362 Glynwood Road, Cold Spring
The extensive food access programing at Glynwood has been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Their website is filled with information and they are updating often. The farm store is expected to open in May as usual, but changes are anticipated. Among other evolving offerings, Glenwood is providing Farm-to-Home Dinner Boxes filled with farm fresh ingredients and recipes to help you cook healthier at home. Stay informed by following Glynwood’s important work online.
15 Peacock Way, Garrison
Order online and pick up on site. The farm and Eleanor’s Best is taking safety and sanitation seriously, even sewing face masks for medical workers.
Beechwood Road, Hoosick Falls
“Our curbside pickup program continues with new items being added every week! Visit our order online page to place an order and then choose a pick up time and come by our porch to collect your goods!”
3842 NY 2, Cropseyville
The self-serve stand is being stocked with eggs, honey, vegetables, sausage and Bacon and you can now order online for pickup at the farm or for Saturday home delivery.
Poestenkill Farmers Market
Poestenkill Town Hall lawn, Poestenkill
Saturdays 9am-12pm, July - September
Russell Sage College Parking Lot, 1st and Division St, Troy
Saturdays 8:30am-2pm, June - October
5041 Nelson Ave Ext, Malta
Online ordering with garden-side pickup is now available.
This bold flavorful, all plant based line of products can be ordered through their website and a list of markets where products can be found is available online as well.
607 Swiss hill Road, Jeffersonville
Visit them online to find a market stocking their eggs near you.
93 Diehl Road, Callicoon
The farm stand is open for responsible shopping. Stay informed through social media for new developments.
Kauneonga Lake Farmer's Market
3594 State Route 55, Kaueneonga Lake
Narrowsburg Farmers Market
7 Erie Ave, Narrowsburg (behind The Narrowsburg Union)
Saturdays 10am-1pm, May - October
188 Tonjes Road, Callicoon
No new information at this time, check online for updates.
224 Eggler Road, Jeffersonville
Becoming a member of Wild Russet’s fabulous and diverse CSA is the best way to support the farm and feed your household well throughout the crisis.
PO Box 103, Walker Valley
Visit them online to find out where to buy their goat cheese and for more info in their evolving offerings.
810 Broadway, Ulster Park
The Market is aiming to open soon. Follow them online for updated ordering and shopping information.
3607 Main St, Stone Ridge
Applestone’s meat vending machines remain freshly stocked with fresh beef, pork, lamb, and chicken. They have imposed the following safe shopping guidelines for their self serve locations: Only (2) people should enter the store at a time, as the space is small. Use the tape markers on the floor to determine 6 feet of distance from one another. Learn more about our COVID-19 response and check @applestonemeat on Instagram for more frequent updates.
236 Lower Whitfield Road, Accord
“We now are offering online beer sales! Check out our shop, place an order of beer, add some merchandise, and choose your shipping option. While we can’t ship out of state, yet, we have come up with two delivery options!”
509 Mettacahonts Road, Accord
No updates yet.
157 Basin Rd, West Hurley
Look for these family made sauces in stores and markets around the region.
271 State Route 208, New Paltz
The farm store is open for safe shopping with lots of options. The scheduled opening of the taproom in May will likely be delayed. Follow them on Facebook for updates.
283 Springtown Road., New Paltz
A new online shopping option is available on their website. Updated information is being posted on social media accounts regularly.
450 Circle Ave, Kingston
Shop through the online store for farm pickup. Stay up to date online for changes to market availability.
332 Springtown Road, New Paltz
This unique farm, providing produce and products geared towards Indian cuisine, is working hard to find new ways to provide farm-fresh organic produce safely, including through home delivery. Follow Gopal on social media for regular updates on availability and shopping options.
2185 Route 32, Modena
Shoping and preordering is available on the farm’s website for curbside pickup.
307 Wall Street, Kingston
The Jane’s line of ethereal ice cream is available in stores throughout the Hudson Valley. Look to their website for a list of purveyors.
5755 Route 209, Kerhonkson
The farm store has launched a new online store and is offering curbside pickup.
Kingston Farmers Market
272 Wall Street, Kingston (between John St & Main St, County Courthouse parking lot)
Saturdays 9am-2pm, May - November
448 Broadway, Kingston
The retail store is closed due to COVID-19 precautions, but they are offering online ordering and free next-day delivery 6 days per week. Visit their website for more details.
1104 Old Ford Road, New Paltz
The self-serve farm store is open 24/7. Follow them online for updates.
Order their range of infused honey and other products through their easy to use online store.
40 Clarks Lane, Milton
Visit them online to receive updates to their farmers’ market schedule.
2100 Hurley Mountain Road, Kingston
No updates to the farm stand’s schedule have been updated yet.
The retail store is currently closed. Visit them online to purchase their full catalog of small batch granola, cookies and other fine products.
Saugerties Farmers Market
115 Main St, Saugerties
Saturdays 10am-2pm, May - October
5100 Route 209, Accord
Opening on April 24th Saunderskill’s greenhouse will be open as usual, Tuesday- Sunday 8am-4pm. The market will now be offering online grocery pick up. You will be able to place an order to pick up the next day. They will be offering bakery items (Donuts!) as well as some prepared foods. Orders can also be made by phone if needed. They will also be offering a curbside to-go option for café food. They will have a menu of breakfast, lunch & bakery items available each day that you will be able to call in for and pick up in 15 to 20 minutes. Check back regularly on social media for updates.
27 Bingham Road, Marlboro
No updated information at this time.
215 Lower Whitfield Road, Accord
Items from the farm store and their menu of delicious prepared foods can be ordered in advance for pickup through their website and over the phone. The Cidery is up and running. Orders can be purchased online for shipment or pickup and they are also making deliveries. Check back online for updates and specific information as the situation evolves.
Woodstock Farm Festival
Municipal Lot off Rock City Road behind The Pub/Yum Yum Noodle Bar/Colony Woodstock, Woodstock
Wednesdays, 3:30pm - dusk, thru October
699 State Route 208, Gardiner
Online ordering now available on the farm website for pickup at the market, seven days a week.
990 Coach Road, Argyle
Cheeses can be ordered online for shipping and a new pickup option is available. Check their website for pickup locations as well as regional markets currently stocking their products.
Cambridge Farmers Market
Cambridge Central School, Cambridge
Sundays 10am-2pm, May - December
7381 State Route 40, Hartford
Stay connected through Facebook for updates.
Greenwich Farmers Market
2013 Main St, Greenwich
Wednesdays 3pm-6pm, January - December
437 Deweys Bridge Road, Whitehall
Order their range of products through their easy to use online store.
177 County Road 43, Fort Edward
“We are launching a new farm-to-doorstep service called Moxie Box for the Capital District and Upper Hudson areas. It's a way to get our meats and cheeses safely into the hands of our customers while supporting the small farms we love. If you have $30 of farm-fresh groceries to buy, can put a cooler on your doorstep, and live within the delivery area, you can get it. Please sign up at moxie-box.com or just take a look to learn a bit more about it.”
10 Winters Way, Salem
Market and pre-packed box shares available. Stay current with changing information about market availability on their website.
3012 NY-213, Stone Ridge
No information has yet been posted online about changes to the farm stand or bar schedule. Check online for updates.
11822 NYS Route 40, Schaghticoke
Revisit the stand’s online presence as the harvest season approaches.
140 Morris Road, Buskirk
No updates related to the pandemic have been provided yet.
How to support local Agriculture and food producers during the COVID-19 Pandemic
In the relatively short time that the COVID-19 pandemic has imposed itself on life in the Hudson Valley, our farmers and local food producers have risen to the occasion to support and feed our community. Offering new service and distribution options, implementing safe and hygienic food handling practices, and embracing online sales like never before, agricultural businesses have been working tirelessly to adapt.
To support their important work, Hudson Valley Agribusiness Development Corporation has launched a COVID-19 Farm-Fresh Food Access Directory cataloging many of the farms and producers we partner with and noting all the important changes they have added to their operations during the COVID-19 crisis. We have provided details on which businesses now offer online ordering, pickup, delivery, and other accommodations.
“It’s heartening but certainly no surprise to see the Hudson Valley’s agribusiness community step up to find new ways to do what they do best - feed us.” Said HVADC Executive Director Todd Erling. “Their resilience is inspiring and they deserve our support now more than ever.”
Buying directly from the neighboring farms, food producers, farm stands, and markets in your community right now provides you and your family with direct access to high quality food, without having to visit high-traffic, picked over, chain grocery stores. You are also supporting local businesses, many of which are also supporting the most impacted by the crisis with donations to organizations fighting food scarcity like FeedHV.
Farmers’ markets have become a huge part of Hudson Valley culture and are one of the most important points of sale for farmers and local small businesses. Currently, most regional markets are still operating as essential businesses. With many operating outdoors, farmers markets are reasonable alternatives to the Supermarket during the crisis. Preordering from farms and picking up at the market is a great way to support the market and farms while limiting exposure. Make sure to visit the website of your local farmers market to
Even our local distilleries are finding new ways to help. Hudson Valley Distillers, Cooper’s Daughter and others have begun producing hand sanitizer that meets FDA guidelines. It’s an example of how though ingenuity and perseverance local producers find a way to support the community.
Along with the HVADC directory, a number of other great online resources have been created to help shoppers locate farm-fresh food during the crisis. Some sites also offer additional information about other ways to support farms and feed the hungry. Please consider using the resources provided by the following organizations: Scenic Hudson’s Farm Food Directory, Columbia Land Conservancy, Columbia County Food, Rondout Valley Growers, Hudson Valley Magazine’s open market list, Bershire Grown. Skidmore Collage and Cornell Cooperative Extension.
3 Ways to support local agriculture
Look Close to Home: find the farms and purveyors in your immediate community. Inquire directly with your neighboring businesses to see what’s available and the most responsible way to shop. Supporting the businesses in your own back yard helps maintain the diversity of local agriculture across the region and you’ll be surprised how much of your shopping you can get done in your town.
Shop Online: Many regional farms and food producers already had or recently launched online ordering platforms. Using these systems to access farm fresh food reduces personal interactions and is actually incredibly convenient. Many businesses now offer curbside pickup for preorders and even delivery.
Become a CSA member: Prepaying for a Community Supported Agriculture share has always been a great way to support local farms at the financially strenuous beginning of the planting season. The benefits to you and the farm are even greater now.
HVADC is inspired by the work of local farms and food producers during this crisis. As the pandemic reshapes our economy, the lessons we are learning will not be forgotten and will surely lead to improved and more versatile services across the food system.