Living in the Hudson Valley has many perks including our access to farm fresh produce. I love the concept of buying and eating locally, and our area provides an abundance of choices. I also believe it’s important to expose my girls to the concept of knowing where our food comes from. But, when the season is over and winter settles in, local produce is hard to come by. ( There are local CSA’s available but with two picky eaters and my lack of cooking skills, I fear too much would be wasted.) All summer we shopped at our favorite farm stand, Sycamore Farms, and our local farmer’s market right up until the leaves began to fall. Then, it was back to the grocery store to buy my produce; food shopping became a chore once again. So, when my mom invited me to accompany her to Bialis Farms Winter Market, I grabbed my bags and headed over.
Bialis Farms is located in New Hampton and hosts a winter market on select days November through February. It is a rustic shopping experience that exudes all the charm of a traditional outdoor market except it’s held in a large barn with crates of onions piled high to the ceiling. The produce is set up farmer’s market style and is colorful, fresh and abundant. I was able to purchase all the produce needed for Thanksgiving dinner, which I host every year. In addition to the vegetables, Soons Orchard was there as well selling apples, pies and pastries for the holiday.
The market was not limited to produce. There was a children’s table set up with crafts and free refreshments. There was Eli, the Goat from Edgewick, for the kids to meet and pet. There were additional vendors peddling their homemade wares: baskets, crafts, hot sauces, jams, cheeses, and soaps. While there, I received a lesson on how to pop popcorn right off the cob; I will never go back to store bought popcorn again. I went for the vegetables, but the market wasn’t just a place to buy your vegetables, it was an experience to be taken in and enjoyed.
It isn’t always possible or available to shop locally and get the freshest produce, so when a local farm makes it this easy, it’s worth the trip. Happy Thanksgiving Weekend!