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A Taste of CSAs and Local Markets Still Operating During the Pandemic

Obercreek Farm 

89 New Hamburg Road, Wappingers Falls

Obercreek Farm is a USDA Certified Organic farm located in the hamlet of Hughsonville and has been in production since 2012. They grow diversified seasonal vegetables, flowers, herbs, and hops on plants maximizing the growing space through efficient and thoughtful growing techniques that require less land to achieve higher farm productivity and financial sustainability without compromising the health of the agricultural ecosystems and  farmers. They have a summer meat and egg csa share where members of the share will receive a variety of meat and eggs including one to two dozen eggs and seven to ten pounds of meat. Meat and egg pickups are distributed once monthly on the first Wednesday or Saturday of the month, June-November. The fruit share includes 15 weeks of several varieties and types of fruits that include pears, plums, peaches, apples, grapes, averaging six pounds each week. obercreekfarm.com

Wallkill View Farm Market 

15 Route 299 West, New Paltz 

Open daily from 9am-6:30pm

Currently offering a wide variety of annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs, soils, mulch, fertilizers, and pottery in our extensive garden center. They have a variety of homegrown produce including most famously sweet corn and heirloom tomatoes. You can stop in for a coffee and to pick from over 50 different kinds of muffins, breads, pies, and scones. Wallkill View Farm also carries many local, gourmet, and specialty foods. They  have New York State maple syrup and local honey along with cheese made in New York including cheddar, fresh mozzarella, and sheep cheese. wallkillviewfarmmarket.com

Big Rock Community Farmers Market 

6031 Route 82, Stanfordville

Curbside pickup is only available during the pandemic with ordering online required ahead of time. By visiting their website at bigrockmarketny.com you can place an online order and choose from a large variety of vegetables, fruits, and local salad greens. Their list of available options is extensive with a lot of great produce being in season. You can grab anything from squashes, potatoes, garlic, swiss chard, to peaches, clementines, and fresh, local honeycrisp apples. They offer spicy microgreens, organic mushrooms, herbs, and a large quantity of meats as well. There are bakery items from all of our favorite bakeries and pantry items such as soy sauce, pancake mix, and olive oil. You can also grab your local farm-raised and cage-free eggs as well as ferments, tofu and miso, local cheese, snacks, and of course dessert is also available. Everything you need to create a delicious home cooked meal can be found at Big Rock. Ordering online is seamless but you must order in advance and pickups are on Thursday-Sunday from 10am-6pm, and on Monday from 12pm-3pm.

Hudson Valley Farmers Market

227 Pitcher Lane, Red Hook

During the pandemic they are offering online ordering, curbside pickup, and local delivery. Hudson Valley Farmers Market is also now accepting signups for the 2020 CSA membership, good for 24 weeks of fresh produce off the farm. Some of the favorites you will find on the site is assorted cheeses from Chaseholm Farm, grass-fed beef, poultry, eggs, and more from Northwind Farm, whole bean coffee from J.B. Peele, raw honey from Ray Tousey, craft beer from Chatham Brewing, vegan, gluten free granola from Upstate Granola and ginger elixirs from ImmuneSchein. Visit greigfarm.com to place your order!

Also at Greig Farm is their CSA

This year’s CSA opened up on May 8 and will run through October 23, pickup will be on Fridays from 2-7pm and Saturdays from 9am-12pm. The CSA will keep your home stocked with fresh, locally-grown produce all season long. By becoming a member, you’ll “invest” in a share of the production and receive fresh fruit and vegetables from the farm each week throughout our growing season. Along with a share of crisp asparagus or sweet blueberries from the farm, some weekly shares may also also include other seasonal fruit and vegetables from neighboring farms. CSA members will also receive the following market membership that earns you a 15% discount on one breakfast or lunch item each time you visit, all year and your choice of a Greig Farm shirt, hat, or canvas tote bag with your first share pickup. 

Solid Ground Farm

205 Hidden Valley Road, Kingston 

Solid Ground Farm is a certified organic diversified vegetable farm located on the Western edge of Kingston. They operate a free choice style CSA on farm, as well as in Uptown Kingston and Saugerties. You can also find us at the Kingston Farmers’ Market and in local restaurants and health food stores. For the 2020 CSA shares season, Solid Ground will meet the needs of different family sizes by offering two share sizes, which are determined using a customizable point system. This means that each week, you can choose what you want. A seven point share is $475-$550, great for a veggie loving individual or a small family and the nine point share is $575-$650. The larger share is suitable for a pair of veggie lovers, or a larger family. Every week you get to pick what’s in your share from the harvest week to week, selecting from a variety of veggies. You will be able to choose seven or nine units of those items each week. A unit may be four pounds of tomatoes, a big bunch of kale, a bag of salad mix, a pumpkin, etc. Based on past years, the early season may include head lettuce, bunch beets, spinach, tuscan kale, napa cabbage, bagged salad mix, garlic scapes, summer squash, and broccoli. At Solid Ground you can also pick from their market of certified organic produce, Freedom Ranger broiler chickens, and seedlings. solidground.farm

Hearty Roots Farm 

1822 Route 9, Germantown

Hearty Roots is a family farm using sustainable and organic practices to grow the freshest, healthiest, tastiest food for the community. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is the heart of the farm. When you join our CSA, you make a connection with our farm for the whole growing season, picking up super fresh, organic vegetables that have been harvested just for you. You can pick up your share of the farm, at three other Hudson Valley pick up spots, or in one of seven New York City neighborhoods. CSA members are also welcome to visit the farm to pick from our flower and herb gardens, are invited to farm events, and are offered discounts at the farmstay guest house all year round. This year, all CSA shares will be pre-packed, ensuring that you’re the only one who handles your produce. Customers now have the option to spread out payment over 5 months. Times are tough for many and Hearty Roots wants to make your food as widely accessible as possible. Members in need can make special requests for assistance from a community sourced subsidy fund; members who can afford to support others are asked to contribute. A Weekly Share is designed for a medium-sized household, with eight to ten varieties of produce per week (a total of six to twenty pounds). Smaller households often choose a biweekly share. The main harvest season runs from June through October. Within that period, you can choose a weekly pickup, biweekly pickup (every second week) and a customer schedule in which you would need to contact them directly. Heartyroots.com.

Hudson Valley Fresh 

The premium milk comes from Hudson Valley farms that exceed all standards for excellence in milk quality. Among the 10 family-owned and operated herds are some that have placed in the top six in the United States time and time again and exceed industry standards for quality, protein, butterfat, vitamin, and omega-3 content, all naturally and without supplements. Hudson Valley Fresh processes milk products in Kingston, New York, and delivers from farm-to-store in three days, which means they don’t have to ultra-pasteurize. Some may say it’s the freshest, best tasting milk you can buy in any store. The whole milk is non-standardized and +4% butterfat, just as the cows produced it. Hudson Valley Fresh is farmer-owned and their main purpose is to preserve Hudson Valley Farmland. You can support this local farm by finding their milk products in most of your community grocery stores. More information at hudsonvalleyfresh.com.