Monday, February 23, 2015

Winter Never Tasted So Fresh

Posted By on Mon, Feb 23, 2015 at 9:00 AM

click to enlarge A Modern Milkmaid's Cremenbert and cream cheese with pesto from Betty Acres Farms with what remains of an herb loaf and chocolate croissants with sea salt from Twisted Jeanne's bakery - HILLARY HARVEY
  • Hillary Harvey
  • A Modern Milkmaid's Cremenbert and cream cheese with pesto from Betty Acres Farms with what remains of an herb loaf and chocolate croissants with sea salt from Twisted Jeanne's bakery

Sometimes it’s the simple things that you do as a family that really makes your day. Like going to the winter farmers' market, stocking up on fresh, locally-made food, and then sitting down together for a farm-fresh lunch.

We finally made it down to the bi-weekly Kingston Winter Farmers' Market and said hi to some of our summer pals, like the Touseys, Northwind Farm, and Acorn Hill Farm. The kids loved our serendipitous meetings with friends and hung out at Livingston Street Early Childhood Center’s booth. Catskill Mountain Music Together was there. We tried some new cheeses, handmade at Betty Acres Farm, from cows milked just last Wednesday. We decided to conduct a taste test at home and chose an assortment of apple varieties from Maynard Farm. At Twisted Jeanne’s, we bought an herb loaf and some chocolate croissants baked fresh that morning. We closed our eyes and pretended it was summer in Provence… or the Hudson Valley.

We can’t wait to check out the Hudson Valley Farmers' Market, which is open year-round from 10a-3p, every single Saturday. Hawking wares like sweet winter beets from Migliorelli Farms, gluten-free chicken pot pie from the Bearsville Bakers, plus vegetables, fruits, eggs, cheeses, meats, fish, and flowers from local Hudson Valley farms, it sounds like a delicious place to be. It’s located on a farm (Greig’s in Red Hook, to be precise), so don’t be surprised if you see Pickles, the baby pygmy goat walking by while you shop. Those pygmy goats just love to be handfed by children! There’s local Hudson Valley music every Saturday, and plans to offer more and more kids’ activities like face painting and storytelling as the weather gets nicer and nicer.

Most of the area’s winter farmers' markets are open December or January through April or May, are located in some warm, indoor, community space, offer kids’ activities, and feature a lot of the same farmers you know and love from the summer markets. There’s one near you, so find it at Hudson Valley Bounty. Get ‘em while they’re here!
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