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Farmers’ Markets- Hastings

Posted in Farmers' Markets- Hastings on July 11, 2009 by jaydel818

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Hastings Library Lot (7 Maple Avenue)
Saturdays (July through mid-November)
9 am – 2 pm

Hastings Market, housed outside the community library, is my local market… and one of my favorites.  It’s big enough to have a variety of farm-fresh, organic, locally produced, and environmentally-sustainable products but small enough that folks still want to chat with you.

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Free parking is available at the train station, which requires a substantial uphill walk.  If traveling with small children, strollers, or wheelchairs, it might be worth your while to park at the meters and pay a few extra cents for the sake of convenience.

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Today, Martha Stewart’s Fresh Finds truck was parked at the market entrance, handing out obnoxiously green, free totes filled with product samples, coupons, and a complimentary Martha Stewart Living magazine (which I shamelessly accepted). Smiling representatives conducted market research/taste-testing on Claussen pickles (“vine to jar in just eight days!”) and Alexia crunchy onion strips and aged cheddar cheese waffle fry crisps (Alexia is the brainchild of New York chef and Terra Chips creator, Alex Dzieduszycki).  The crass commercialism was daunting at entrance of my favorite market, but a far cry from the vendors within.

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Some of the vendors who also attend Hastings’ Market can also be found at other Saturday markets, including Bread Alone, Orchards of Conklin, Pika’s Farm Table, and farm-fresh Morgiewicz Produce (with a bigger selection in Hastings, including tomato, cabbage, collards, onions, radishes, herbs, lettuce, kirbies, zucchini).

Nyack-based True Food Cafe and Catering had a nice spread of seasonal, organic prepared breakfast, lunch, and dinner containers including soups, salads, and baked items.  There’s even a place to get your knives sharpened.  Other vendors included:

  • Lasagna Preziosa- which I didn’t get to sample but looked crowded
  • Hastings Station Cafe– coffee, cookies, large croissants
  • Meredith’s Bread (Kingston)- cookies, jams, pies
  • Taliaferro Farms (New Paltz)
  • a tent selling Moroccan, string, and bio bags as well as t-shirts
  • Red Jacket Orchards (Geneva)- fresh fruit and juices to sample (I enjoyed the Tart Cherry Stomp, which was fresh and not sweet)
  • Picklelicious- pickled vegetables
  • Honey Locust Farmhouse (Newburgh)- sustainable, organic, fresh vegetables, herbs, and flowers (They specialize in hard-to-find greens and have a clientele that includes restauranteur Jean-Georges Vongerichten and CIA.)
  • Guyank Brand Hot Pepper Sauce– hot habanero-based barbeque sauce, jelly, rubs created by “a Guyanese woman and a Yankee man” (hence “Guyank”)
  • Farmers’ Daughter (Pine Island)
  • Grammy’s Garden (Warwick)- fresh flower arrangements

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I stopped for a Go-Go Pop, a frozen fruit confection made by Lynn and Greg Miller and based in Cold Spring.  Flavors include organic fair-trade cappuccino and chili cucumber.  I opted for a lemon rosemary bar made with organic lemon, rosemary, and sugarcane.

At a red tent, I purchased venison kielbasa for Rich from Mountain Products Smokehouse (based in LaGrangeville).  With a plate of bacon popcorn out for sampling, it was hard not to be drawn in.  Mountain Products offers smoked meat, poultry, fish, and cheese, as well as Hudson Valley chicken and turkey, Rhinebeck beef, and locally-farmed venison.

My favorite vendor, however, is Cowberry Crossing (Hudson, NY).  With beautiful heads of cabbage, squash, broccoli, red Russian kale, and rainbow chard, the owner truly brings the farm to the table.  Her Australian sheepdog mix in tow, she shared with me how she had purchased a plucker to raise her own chickens in response to the horrors of the factory farming industry.  Cowberry Crossing offers humanely-raised pork, chicken, and beef from a small, family farm.  The animals roam freely, as they’re meant to, and are fed organically (including cows that are grass-fed and finished).

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The best part of the Hastings Market, however, is the Hudson River view.  Before, during, or after shopping, there’s nothing quite like sitting quietly on one of the benches behind the hubbub of the tents – with or without a snack in hand- and letting the breeze sweep off the water to cool you.

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