Need to start your holiday shopping? The mid-Hudson is offering an increasingly diverse array of alternative choices, and the Basilica Farm & Flea Holiday Market in Hudson is among the coolest. All participating vendors are independent artists and designers or collectors of high-quality vintage wares who embody the organizers’ “no barcode, no plastic wrap” ethos. “At a time where big-box retailers and online shopping seem unavoidable, we are passionate about setting up a marketplace where you can trust that the creators have been thoughtful and ethical in their production practices, and can find everything from your milk to your garden plants to reusable food packaging to a vintage or naturally dyed wardrobe to kids’ toys,” says Farm & Flea coordinator Elise McMahon.
The annual three-day marketplace of local, handmade and vintage goods returns for its seventh year over Thanksgiving weekend in Basilica Hudson’s reclaimed waterfront factory. More than 100 vendors will take part this year, including 25 first-timers. Besides an amazing selection of packaged edible gifts for the foodies on your list, the Market will also offer a sumptuous assortment of farm-to-table prepared food and drink from Raven & Boar, Alimentary Kitchen, Citizen Caravan and Lil’ Deb’s Oasis – and Oyster Party will serve freshly shucked oysters through the weekend. Kid-friendly activities will range from henna hand-painting to toymaking with Perfect Ten to the Hudson Area Library’s story hour.
Basilica Farm & Flea Holiday Market hours are from noon to 7 p.m. on Friday, November 29 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, November 30 and December 1. Admission for the full weekend costs $5 for adults and is free for kids under 12. To learn more, visit https://basilicahudson.org.
Basilica Farm & Flea Holiday Market, Friday-Sunday, Nov. 29-Dec. 1, $5, Basilica Hudson, 110 S. Front St., Hudson, https://basilicahudson.org