Food & Drink

Keegan Ales partnership with Clemson Bros. is in the works

Keegan Ales partnership with Clemson Bros. is in the works

Something’s brewing on Saint James Street in Kingston. Tommy Keegan, proprietor of Keegan Ales, has confirmed that he’ll be joining forces with Kenan Porter’s Middletown-based Clemson Bros. Brewery. This gives Keegan, now 49, a way to gradually exit the business he started 17 years ago. As with many business deals, this one has slowed to a crawl under the weight of the pandemic, but the deal could be sealed by fall.

A new look for the Saugerties Farmers’ Market

A new look for the Saugerties Farmers’ Market

“This year, it’s all about making the market a safe and secure place to shop,” said Judith Spektor, coordinator of the Saugerties Farmers’ Market committee. “The farmers’ market is more important than ever at this time, both because people need access to fresh, healthy food and because local farmers have lost most of their restaurant sales and the community wants to help support them. So the committee put a lot of effort into designing a market layout that would protect shoppers and vendors.”

Ulster County food-delivery program to shift from restaurant meals to groceries

Ulster County food-delivery program to shift from restaurant meals to groceries

As of May 4, 100,000 meals have been prepared and packaged through Project Resilience, an Ulster County initiative that has tapped over 150 restaurants to mass-produce hot meals for residents that have been impacted by COVID-19. The program, which has been underway since the beginning of March, will halt restaurant deliveries on May 16. But, the program will continue in an altered capacity in its “second phase.”

Local farmers’ markets gear up to reopen

Local farmers’ markets gear up to reopen

Locally sourced food has become increasingly more important as people attempt to stay closer to home in the midst of a global pandemic. Growers, farm-market organizers and supporters are working to provide customers with safe, accessible, fresh food while drastically reducing the links in the sometimes overwhelmingly complex food chain. We checked in with farm markets in Woodstock, Saugerties, Kingston and New Paltz. All were either already open or preparing to reconfigure their outdoor spaces while expanding their online offerings.