Farms have always been a part of the culture and history here in Ulster County NY. It's home to the 2nd oldest farm in NY State, (Accord's Saunderskill Farms, see below) and arguably the best tasting corn in the Hudson Valley. Now that spring is in full bloom, the Ulster County farmer's markets will be in full swing! Our cravings started with the opening of Davenport Farmstand in Stone Ridge, NY and like many others we've been waiting for this time of year. Residents of Ulster County can now enjoy fresh and nutritious food, grown on the farm and brought straight to their dinner tables. The abundance of fresh (and affordable!) produce from the spring through the fall is yet another reason why Ulster County real estate is so desirable among buyers.
So the wait is finally over! Here is the 2012 Ulster County Farmer's Market Guide from Taft Street Realty!
*Now Updated for 2016*
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Woodstock Farm Festival
Woodstock's Farm Festival is as funky as one might expect from this cool upstate NY town. Featuring a variety of local vendors, you can find falafels, local wines, and lots of organic produce. Located just off of main street Woodstock, you can stop in after browsing the local shops. True to the town's legacy, you can also catch weekly live performances at this far out farm festival. Arguably the coolest farmers market around, the Woodstock Farm Festival is not to be missed. - 6 Maple Lane, Woodstock, NY 12498 - Open every Wednesday, rain or shine 3:30 'till dusk - June 1st - October 26
New Paltz Farmer's Market
The always bustling New Paltz Farmer's Market is a great place to bring the whole family. They've got activities for kids and the finest local produce, meats, and cheeses for the adults! Being right off of main street New Paltz and right by the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail you can walk or ride over and grab a fresh treat. Their website has a fun harvest calendar telling visitors what is in season and when. It's also right across the street from the Gilded Otter Brewpub, so if Dad doesn't feel like shopping he can enjoy a cool (also local!) beer. - Located at 24 Main St, New Paltz, NY 12561 (across from Wells Fargo Bank) - Open every Sunday 10am - 3pm - June 3rd - November 18th
Saugerties Farmer's Market
One of America's coolest small towns also has a cool farmer's market to match. Saugerties has been enjoying a renaissance of sorts with the recent additions of H.I.T.S. on the Hudson and the Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern, as well old mainstays like Krause's Fine Chocolate. Hudson Valley Magazine named Saugerties one of the best places to live in 2012.The farmers market is now in its 11th year and is offering free tastes for those who attend this year's Opening Day. Internships are available for students interested in all manners of food production. - Located at Main and Partition Streets in Saugerties NY 12477 - (917) 453-2082 - Every Saturday from 10am - 2pm - May26th - October 20th
Saunderskill Farms in Accord NY
Saunderskill Farms in Accord is truly a living piece of local history. Continuously farmed since 1680(!) Saunderskill Farms is the 2nd oldest farm in all of New York State! Their farmstand opened Wednesday, April 4th, so stop in! They have a huge greenhouse with over 4,000 mums alone, a bakery, and of course, their Farmers Market featuring fresh strawberries. Curious about what's fresh at Saunderskill? Their website has a Farm Market page telling visitors what's available and what is yet to come. - Saunderskill Farms - 5100 Route 209, Accord NY 12404 - (845) 626-2676 - Now Open! 7am - 6pm, closed Mondays
Highland & Lloyd - Town of Lloyd Farmer's Market
Featuring Arts & Crafts, Baked Goods, and of course, farm fresh fruits and vegetables, the Town of Lloyd's Farmer's Market is a great way to spend a morning or afternoon. Highland & Lloyd are also home to the amazing Walkway Over the Hudson, so if you're visiting one, you have to visit the other! - Located in Village Field in the heart of the Hamlet of Highland off of Main Street and Vineyard Avenue - Every Wednesday from 3pm - 7pm - June 20th - October 17th
Kingston NY Farmer's Market
The Kingston NY Farmer's Market is a market on a mission! As published in their Mission Statement, the market is intended to be both a help to the local economy and a support for the community. Kingston is another up and coming town in the Hudson Valley that has been making a stir recently (see our recent post on the Red Goat Phenomenon!). The Kingston NY Farmer's Market has a great venue in Historic Kingston, where you can stroll down the middle of an old city street that looks like a movie set. - Located on Wall Street in Kingston's Historic Stockade District - Every Saturday - 9am - 2pm Rain or Shine - May through November
Kelder's Farm in Kerhonkson NY
Kelder's farm is another family owned farm with a lot of history! Much more than a farmstand, they offer mini-golf, educational tours, and even a petting zoo. Visitors can pick their own fresh produce, from berries to pumpkins on this Century Farm (in operation since 1836) - 5755 Rte. 209, Kerhonkson, NY 12446 - Open Every Day 10am - 6pm (8pm in the summer) - Spring Season Opens April 21st
Rosendale Farmer's Market
The Rosendale Farmer's Market features about 15-20 vendors. They have all of the traditional fresh farm goods, as well as more unique items like Ghanaian baskets, mead, and affordable kitchen tools. Every market will also feature live, acoustic music. Everyone, including the New York Times loves Rosendale! The former cement town is full of small businesses and unique eateries. - Located in the parking lot of the Rosendale Community Center at 1055 Rte. 32, Rosendale NY 12472 - Every Sunday - 9am - 2pm rain or shine - June - November
Ulster County NY Farms Need Our Support!
One Ulster County town is absent from our list: Ellenville. Due to a lack of support, Ellenville NY will not be hosting its annual farmer's market. It is a sobering reminder of the struggle that local, smaller-scale farms are encountering both in NY State and across the country. When you shop at a farmer's market, you're supporting a local industry that is in jeopardy. Shopping locally whenever you can is a great way to support the community! Enjoy! And keep checking in with Taft Street, the most popular Ulster County blog.