GUEST POST – Native Bees are Dying. Here’s How You Can Help

We are delighted to share an important and eye-opening article from guest contributor, Christy Erickson.  Christy works with and can be reached at

Native Bees are Dying. Here’s How You Can Help

From Cheerios to Burt’s Bees, honey bees are everywhere in American society. Maybe that’s why, when the topic turns to disappearing bees, everyone thinks of the honey bee. But honey bees aren’t the most common bee, or even the most important. Here’s what you need to know about the other bees — our native species. more “GUEST POST – Native Bees are Dying. Here’s How You Can Help”

Pre-Festival Tasting & Farmers Market August 3rd!

In a joint partnership, Copake Hillsdale Farmers Market and Falcon Ridge Folk Festival are holding a Pre-Festival Tasting & Farmer’s Market on Thursday, August 3rd from 2-7 PM.

This will be the third year that this event is held, You will find it set up on the grounds of the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival at Dodd’s Farm on Route 44 CR 7D in Hillsdale, New York. Over 25 local farmers, food producers, distilleries, wineries, and breweries will come together to create a tasting experience of locally grown and produced food, drink & artisanal items for the attendees.

The Tasting & Farmer’s Market will be held in the Family Stage Tent at the festival. Guests are invited to stay for the evening and visit the Lounge Stage over in the fest’s huge Dance Tent from 5-11 PM, another of Falcon Ridge’s pre-fest traditions.

Visit for more information on tickets, artists and attractions. This year’s Festival is held on August 4,5 and 6.

FULL vendor list HERE!

The Roe Jan Park is a treasure to explore!

Trying to get your kids away from their electronics, and out in Nature?

The Roe Jan Park is one of the best places around to go with the whole family. There are several trails; a dog park; a community garden; a small stream; some playground equipment; a volleyball net; gorgeous scenery;and of course, our farmers market!

NEW: thanks to the generous Caroline Stewart, we now have several “activity packs” for children of all ages. Different packs contain different tasks, challenges and games. I spotted a compass, a magnifying glass, a map, crayons, and more!

To borrow a pack (or 2), go to the Manager’s table during the market (9-1) and sign out your pack. Just be sure to get it back by 1 when we close up shop.

At the market itself, you will find (most Saturdays) Ashling Kelly and the “Farm Market Kids”. Ashling, youth coordinator at the RJ Community Library, organizes fun, interactive games and projects from 10AM to noon inside the covered barn. More info HERE.

If music is your thing, you can enjoy very talented local musicians performing live from 10-1 every week. Folk, rock, pop, jazz, bluegrass; soloists and duos; relaxing and energizing.  More info HERE.

So, so get out, come over, and enjoy some time with us in the Roe Jan Park!!

9140 Route 22, Hillsdale NY (across from the Roe Jan Community Library).

PHOTO CREDITS: Joanna Virello

Our dear Mr. Seymour

Photo: Jim Huste

For those who have not already heard,  our dear Bill Seymour passed away in his sleep on Thursday night.

Many of you remember Bill, going back years as a fixture of the community — the honey guy. People would run into you in Town and ask, hey, where does the honey guy live, I’m all out!  Bill and his then wife Helen vended at the previous Hillsdale market, the Sheffield market, this merged Copake Hillsdale market, and perhaps others.

They would be astonished every market by how much demand there was for honey, and they were very glad to see new and repeat customers.

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Meet 5 new full-time vendors!

One of Cheval’s many cheese creations

We were pretty happy to profile our 5 new full-time vendors in this week’s newsletter.

They will bring even more awesomeness to our market!

New vendor: Darragh Studio kombucha

We love our loyal vendors who return year after year, and we encourage new faces who add new products to the mix.

In that vein, please welcome Darragh Studio, a local maker of authentic, unadulterated kombucha!

Read Kombucha Newsletter to learn more about Darragh’s no-foolery approach.

This season, kombucha will be on hand part-time. Get Darragh’s market schedule at the bottom of the Vendor List.



Welcome to Betsy Ho, Market Manager!

We are thrilled to have Betsy Ho join the CHFM team.  Read all about it, and more, in our weekly NEWSLETTER.

If you don’t subscribe to the newsletter, you can use the handy form that is on the righthand side of this website.  Easy!

Opening Day May 27: MEET THE VENDORS!

It is the best of both worlds — this year’s vendor lineup features many of your favorites from last season, PLUS several exciting new farms and faces.

A farmers market is about FARMERS, so we are glad to include Markristo, Hawk Dance, Earthborn Garden, Yonderview, Common Hands and Honey Dog, each bringing a wide variety of vegetables throughout the season.

With more specialized farm products, we have Tiny Hearts (flowers), Mettabee (starts and wool), Woven Stars (formerly named Lightforce – starts and mushrooms), White Oak (corn), Little Apple with heirloom apples and hard cider, and Fix Bros. Fruit Farm with cherries, peaches and apples.

The cheese lovers will be delighted this season to find many sources and varieties: Chaseholm, sold by Jacuterie, Lime Kiln (goat cheese and more), Farmer’s Door (collection of cheeses from 10 farms), and Cheval (goat cheese and more). more “Opening Day May 27: MEET THE VENDORS!”

Pondering Opening Day…

Folks might imagine that farmers and farmers market lie dormant over the Winter and early cold months of the year. While it is true that there is little growing in the ground, believe me, the work never stops.

The farmers have been sowing seeds in their toasty greenhouses, encouraging delicate young plants to grow strong roots. The seeds are a result of the hours and hours spent poring over the catalogs; should we try a new variety of tomato? Will people buy turmeric? Can my land support ginger root?

Meanwhile, the farmers markets have been meeting and planning during the cold hiatus, figuring out what worked, what didn’t, what to change, who to move, what to pay, what to charge, who to recruit, how big to expand?

It is a tremendous amount of work, truth be told. But it all comes to fruition once the vendor list is finalized and the approach of Opening Day is measured in days. For our market, the warm and wonderful Copake Hillsdale Farmers Market, there are less than 18 days before the ringing of the bell at 9:00AM on Saturday May 27.

Join us! It is going to be an amazing season.

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