Just because it's winter does not mean that fresh and wholesome foods have to come to an end! Hudson Valley winter farm markets offer continued access to the healthiest local foods, even through the coldest months of the year. Get your fill of local produce, organic meats, cheeses, home-baked goods, dairy, local wines & spirits, cider, honey, jams, pickles, pesto, herbs, live music, cooking demos, kids' activities, and so much more.
Beacon Farmers' Market
Open year-round on Sundays from 10am-3pm, the market moves indoors to Scenic Hudson River Center at 8 Long Dock Road in Beacon and continues there through April. 845-234-9325
Hudson Valley Farmers Market
Every Saturday 10am-3pm year-round.
Located at Grieg Farm, Pitcher Lane, Red Hook;
Kingston Farmers' Winter Market
Held from December through April at The Old Dutch Church in Bethany Hall on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month from 10:00am until 2:00pm; kingstonfarmersmarket.org
Rhinebeck Farmers' Market
Following Thanksgiving weekend, this farmers' market moves indoors to the Rhinebeck Town Hall, 80 E. Market Street from 10am-2pm on alternate Sundays; rhinebeckfarmersmarket.com
Rosendale Farmers' Market
During the winter months, the market moves indoors to The Rosendale Community Center on the first Sunday of the month from December through May from 10am-2pm.
1055 Route 32, Rosendale; 845-658-8348
Saugerties Farmers' Market
Held at the Senior Center, 207 Market Street, 10-2pm, on November 22 and December 20.
Local Meat Farms
With so many options in the Hudson Valley, locals are fussy about their meat, and rightly so - the choices are astounding.
Besides farmers' markets, you might like to go directly to the farm or the butcher for your meat orders. Remember to order early for the holiday season. Here are some to get your juices flowing:
Brookside Farm Family-owned and operated and committed to the production of healthy, delicious food without the use of hormones, antibiotics, or pesticides. Grass-fed and finished beef. Management-intensive grazing methods provided for livestock and free-ranging for all poultry. Pigs raised on a ration of 100% organic grain. Free-range eggs also available. Gardiner. 845-895-7433; brookside-farm.com
Brykill Farm A family-owned natural beef ranch where hormones or prophylactic antibiotics are never employed. Animals graze on lush, organically maintained pastures and are rangefinished on USDA certified organic grain. Charlois/Red Angus cross cattle roam over our 450 acres. Gardiner. 845-895-8928; brykillfarm.com
Four Winds Farm A family-owned and operated farm located on 24 acres in Gardiner. 100% grass-fed cows. Poultry is raised outside and fed certified organic grain from Cold Springs Farm. Gardiner; 845-255-3088; users.bestweb.net/~fourwind
Fox Hill Farm Grass-fed, heritage breed British White, Murray Grey, Red Devon, and cross-bred beef raised on a family farm. Quarters, halves, whole-beef custom cuts, as well as steaks, roasts, burgers, and hot dogs that are 100% beef with natural casing and no nitrates. Ancramdale; 518-329-2405; foxhillfarmgrassfedbeef.com
Full Moon Farm Grass fed beef, pastured pork, lamb and goat as well as free range chicken. The Self-Serve Farm Store is located at 54 Steves Lane, Gardiner. 845-255-5602 firstname.lastname@example.org fullmoonfarmny.com
Herondale Farm 100% grass-fed and grass-finished beef & lamb and pasture-raised chicken & pork. Committed to raising livestock in an environment of sustainable agriculture. Livestock is 100% free from hormones, antibiotics, and steroids, and their pastures are certified organic. Ancramdale. 518-329-3769; herondalefarm.com
Hickory Field Farm Grass-fed beef and Woodlot Pork, raised humanely and naturally on pasture with no antibiotics, growth hormones, or animal by-products. Free-range eggs also available. 845-606-2071; hickoryfieldfarm.blogspot.com
Homestead Farms Raises delicious lambs, goats, and chickens, and they also grow many kinds of vegetables specializing in Italian heirlooms. Red Hook; 845-758-3130.
Kiernan Farm Grass-fed, steroid- and antibiotic-free Angus-Hereford crossed beef available by phone and pickup at the farm. All cuts available at any amount, from one to 100 pounds. Gardiner; 845-255-5995; kiernanfarm.com
Kinderhook Farm Grass-fed beef and lamb that are raised on a 100% grass and legume diet. No grain, antibiotics, growth hormones, or animal by-products. Pasture-raised chickens, pork, and eggs from pastured laying hens. Honey from the local beekeeper. Ghent; 518-929-3076; kinderhookfarm.com
Knoll Krest Farms Award-winning, free-range, antibiotic- and hormone-free chicken. Clinton Corners; 845-266-3845; knollkrestfarm.com
Meadowland Farms All natural, grass-fed, purebred-registered Shropshire, Southdown and Katahdins sheep. Their small herd of beef cows graze freerange on their 100+ acres. All-natural raised rabbits and fruits & veggies offered during the spring, summer, and fall seasons. Clinton Corners. 845-554-6142; meadowlandfarmny.com
Movable Beast Farm Grass-fed and finished beef raised on kelp, certified-organic minerals, natural salts, baleage, and hay. No antibiotics, hormones, grains, pesticides, or herbicides used. Delivery available throughout the Hudson Valley. Accord; 845-626-2790.
New York Beef Company Grass-fed, all-natural beef free of antibiotics, hormone implants, and animal by-products; raised on New York farms. Poughkeepsie; newyorkbeef.com
North Wind Farm A family farm located near the village of Tivoli, they have been providing the Hudson Valley with all-natural pasture-raised beef, pork, poultry, turkey, duck, rabbit, goat, quail, and guinea hen. 845-757-5591; northwindfarmsallnatural.com
Pathfinder Farm Dedicated to ecological land stewardship, their pastured, grassfinished cattle rotationally graze, moving every one-three days to fresh pastures of grasses and legumes, which they convert to healthy meat protein. Steaks and roasts available; beef sold by half, by the box, or by the piece. Catskill; 518-943-7096; pathfinderfarms.com
Quattro's Farm Their farm store has grown with the family, evolving from a simple convenience store to a custom butcher shoppe and specialty store. They pride themselves in having top-quality, prime cuts of beef, as well as fresh poultry and game, sourced directly from our farm. Pleasant Valley; 845-635-2018.
Temple Farm Grass-fed heritage-breed Devon beef sold in cuts, quarters, or halves. Millbrook; 845-677-8757.
Thunder Hill Farm Small grass-based farm that raises pigs, cows, sheep, chickens, and turkeys. They sell these products, as well as their own eggs and vegetables at their farm stand. Everything they raise is according to NOFA farmers pledge guidelines. Stanfordville; 845-868-1306; email@example.com
Uphill Farm State-fair champions' natural beef features heritage breed Galloway, Belted Galloway, and Crossbred Cattle. Clinton Corners; 845-266-5005; uphillfarm.net
Upstate Farms of Highland In spring, summer, and fall they have a vast array of fresh, local vegetables and fruits. Additionally, they can supply locally made cheeses and dairy products like butter, milk, creme fraiche, and yogurt. When available, they have local fresh poussin, turkey, pork, and occasionally other meats. Red Hook; 845-756-3803; upstatefarmsny.com
Van Wie Natural Foods Free-range turkey and chicken and natural pork and beef. A full line of specialty products, including chicken, beef, pork, buffalo sausage, and pot pies in two sizes. All artisan and specialty products, including smoked meats, are produced with no artificial ingredients, no preservatives, and no nitrites. Hudson; 518-828-0533; vanwienaturalmeats.com
Veritas Farms Two types of heritage-breed turkey. Heritage-breed chicken available year round. Cornish Rock Crosses available seasonally. Pekin duck hatched from eggs laid on the farm. Scottish Highland and Devon beef. Gloucestershire Old Spot and Large Black pigs. New Paltz; 845-384-6888; veritasfarms.com
Fleisher's Inspired by the traditional, old-fashioned butcher shop. Offer meat free of hormones or antibiotics,and full of real-farm flavor. Since that time, Fleisher's has become a nationally acclaimed butcher shop, still holding to that original aspiration. 307 Wall Street, Kingston. 845-338-6666; fleishers.com
Jack's Meats & Deli Natural free-range and certified-organic turkey available throughout November and December (be sure to order ahead by phone for store pickup); free-range and organic chicken; grass-fed, organic beef and pork; plus unusual meats like ostrich and buffalo. 79 Main Street, New Paltz; 845-255-2244
Smokehouse of the Catskills For over five decades, SmokeHouse of the Catskills (formally Veterans Pork Store) is known by their clients as "purveyors of the finest quality meats available" Offers many meats, from hand-cut steaks and chops to handmade hot dogs, brattwurst, sausage, kielbasa, and more. 724 Route 212, Saugerties; 845-246-8767; smokehouseofthecatskills.com
Applestone Meat Co. Accord. Custom cutting, seasonal game processing, charcuterie, and wholesale meat. applestonemeat.com
Woodstock Meats Offering the finest fresh-cut, high-quality, antibiotic and hormone-free beef, lamb, pork, and poultry. Quality seafood with everyday staples, such as salmon, shrimp, scallops, tilapia, cod, catfish and sole. Also selling produce, sandwiches & soups, and their award-winning all-natural pet food. 57 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock; 845-679-7917; woodstockmeats.com