This Saturday marks the end of yet another successful season for our market. It is the final outdoor market of 2017 and the last opportunity to purchase unique gifts that reflect the local food culture of the Hudson Valley. Whether you need a small gift for the office Secret Santa or an impressive spread for a loved one, the market has something for everyone.
Shopping for a mixologist? Hillrock Estate Distillery will be joining us with their handcrafted whiskey. They are in the heart of the historic Hudson Valley, overlooking the distant Berkshire Mountains, where prime farmland, crystal clear water, and a favorable climate create a unique terroir which is profoundly expressed in Hillrock’s artisanal whiskeys. They are one of the few “field-to-glass” whiskey producers in the world and is the first U.S. distillery since before Prohibition to floor malt and hand craft whiskey on site from estate-grown grain. A bottle of this will be most welcome at any holiday party!
You can also pick up small gifts to give alone or as part of a market basket. Think jam from Laurelmaud’s, caramels from La Petite Occasion, coffee from Big Bang, granola from Dragonfly, etc. Bring a basket, peruse the stands and get inspired to create your own medley of market treasures.
Speaking of granola, make sure to pick enough up for any holiday brunches. Serve it alongside yogurt and apple slices or applesauce from Wrights. Better yet, serve it as part of a decadent holiday brunch spread. Flip through the recipes of Gourmet Traveler’s Winter Breakfast collection to create a tablescape full of market flavors like braised greens with poached eggs and French toast topped made with Wave Hill’s Brioche loaf or Bien Cuit’s pain de mie topped with organic jams from Laurel Maud’s Kitchen. You can hit the gym in 2018!
Who wouldn’t like to find some salumi in their stocking? For your swine-loving friends Mangalitsa by Mosefund will be here with two festive gift baskets. For $29 you can get three cacciatorini (sweet and spicy) and a small cutting board. For $59 you can get a crate containing both sweet and spicy cacciatorini plus piquillo peppers, olives, Hungarian paprika and local honey.
A reminder that we will be at the train station from 9 to 1 pm. After the holiday, we will be holding four winter market “pop-ups” at the First Congregational Church (FCC) at 210 Orchard Ridge Road on the first Saturday of each month (Jan 6; Feb 3; March 3 and April 7), also 9 to 1 pm. The majority of our summer vendors are participating in the pop-ups which will include kids activities and live music.
Do you consider your chocolate chip cookies exceptional? Then you might want to enter our chocolate-chip cookie contest on Jan. 6th. We’ve got some local kids with very discerning palates judging that day. Find details on our FB Page. If you do not know where the FCC is, make sure to pick up a winter market card at the market tent on Saturday. There’s a handy map on the back!
See you at the market!
Pascale Le Draoulec
food writer/ farmer’s market director
author: “American Pie:Slices of Life (and Pie) from America’s Back Roads” (HarperCollins)