A banner week! August 26

All of our regular vendors will be on hand, with their bounty at the peak of the growing season. You can see them all listed here: http://www.copakehillsdalefarmersmarket.com/vendor-list/

With this being the last Saturday of the month, we welcome our Artisans & Specialty Food Producers! This is an exciting time for them and for you, as these monthly features have been very popular. There are about 18 guests under tents, just outside the barn. Their wares vary from furniture, jewelry, handcrafts, olive oil, fresh-made cider donuts, and grilled sausages. For the full list, visit http://www.copakehillsdalefarmersmarket.com/vendors/artisans/

Our Guest Chef this week is Louise Roback from HGS Home Chef. She will be demonstrating a creative use of corn in a dish (10AM to noon).

Music makes the world go around! We welcome Abby Lappen, a very talented singer-songwriter who we’ve had the pleasure of hosting before. Here is a short clip of a performance last year: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXgYZ2aWN6k

Folks from the Harlem Valley Rail Trail will be on hand to tell you about an exciting event coming up in September!

Last, this is also the day for our annual Corn Festival!

Activities include:

* of course, corn for sale, from White Oak Farm
* popcorn samples
* corn shucking contest for kids
* corn stamping art for kids
* a corn-centric recipe demo’d by the Guest Chef
* vendors bringing as many corn dishes as they can — corn muffins, corn quiches. popcorn, etc.
* in-site grilled corn!

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 savingourbees.org and can be reached at info@savingourbees.org

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 www.FalconRidgeFolk.com 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
TRAIL MAP: http://hillsdaleny.com/parks-and-recreation/roeliff-jansen-park/

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.

more “Our dear Mr. Seymour”

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!”