Saugerties Farmers’ Market heads indoors

Crowd at the Saugerties Farmers Market indoors. (photo  by Judith Spektor)

Crowd at the Saugerties Farmers Market indoors. (photo by Judith Spektor)

The Saugerties Farmers Market will move indoors and be filled with produce, meats and poultry, baked goods, specialty foods, and holiday gifts, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, November 19, at the Greco Recreation Center (the Senior Center) at 207 Market Street. Local farmers have everything needed for a good homemade Thanksgiving celebration.

A Saugerties Farmers Market favorite, Mangia Bene’s Joe and Laura Aiello, will be back in the market to bring turkeys, chicken, goat, and rabbit meats. To be sure to get a turkey for the holidays, call them at 845-246-3162 to reserve one. Also they will bring vegetables including herbs, garlic, potatoes, squash as well as eggs and Laura’s knitted goods.

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Returning for the first time this year will be a market favorite, Cooperstown Cheese, with their award winning aged and soft-ripened cow milk cheeses in many flavors. Vendor, Deacon Weeks, will expand his offerings to bring his own hand raised beef, pork, and lamb.

For those who prefer goat cheese, Lynnhaven Farm, will bring her goat milk cheeses, both savory (herbs, pesto and red peppers, garlic, sun-dried tomatoes) and sweet (orange with honey, cinnamon with dried cranberries, honey and lavender), ricotta, feta, and the seasonally available only chocolate truffles.

Healthway Farm comes to Saugerties for the indoor markets only with a grand display of vegetables including mesclun lettuces mix, carrots, beets, green and purple cabbages, garlic, onions, celeriac, potatoes, and winter squashes for pies, soups, and roasting. Rhonda O’Brien says she has been roasting the rutabagas and turnips and that they are as “delicious as candy.”

Maynard Farm will have 26 varieties of apples, five varieties of pears, Pink Lady apple cider, and lots more seasonal vegetables. Making your holiday pies from scratch? You’ll need three pounds of apples to really fill the crust, and you can select your own mix of Hudson Valley fruit at the farmers market. “I always recommend at least a few Ida Reds for a pie,” says Tom Maynard. “Then add your own favorites: versatile Cortlands, sweet honey crisps, Braeburn, Rome, Galas or tangy Granny Smiths. Check out the pear supply too:  Seckels, Bosc and Bartletts.”

No time to bake? Baked goods include ready-to-go or pies-to-order and other holiday goodies. Think free form galettes from Violet’s Bakery made with flaky crispy crust and folded over delicious sweet or savory fillings, cookies, biscuits, and tarts or think Sunporch Baked Goods known for his rich cheese tomato pie and gluten free sweets filled with chocolate and berries, or think Sow Good Bakery’s gluten-free, refined sugar-free, mostly dairy-free, sometimes raw, and sometimes paleo treats for those with intolerances and sensitivities. Or try Cooper Lake’s handmade brittles. Joining the Holiday Markets is Hudson Valley Dessert with breads baked right on Main Street. Jarred goods range from Grey Mouse Farm’s relishes, chutneys, mustards, sauces, jams and jellies to pickles from the Pickle Man, chutneys from Atina Foods, Immune Schein’s health giving elixirs, and Spruceton Valley Maple Syrup bring flavor to your holiday table and make great hostess gifts.

Start your holiday shopping early at the market with a selection of local crafts, including jewelry, yarn and knitted goods, greeting cards, prints, paintings, beeswax candles, and all-natural skin care products and goat milk soaps as well as Christmas wreaths and dried flowers.

Lunch is made by the ladies who are raising funds to save an important building in Saugerties, the Baptist Church across from Village Hall, that has exceptional stained glass windows and other architectural features. Eat and enjoy while protecting Saugerties history at the same time.

Maggie Green will be there to offer face painting to please children and artist Anita Barbour will help the kids make their own Thanksgiving cards. Barbour will also have a show of her outstanding watercolors for sale.

The second and last holiday market will be on Saturday, December 17, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., to celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah.

-Judith Spektor
Saugerties Farm Market Committee

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