Farmers Markets in the Hudson Valley

One of the best things about the Hudson Valley is that it is the perfect melting pot for culture and agriculture. Its proximity to New York City makes it a stomping ground for all sorts of creative folks, while its acres of farmland make it a mecca of small farms, organic produce, wines and cheeses, and high-quality meats. It's also full of farmers markets, all with their own individual charm. Here are some of the best.

Rhinebeck Farmers Market
Tousey Winery at the Rhinebeck Farmers Market
Photo by Veronica Stork

This outdoor market is held every Sunday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., from Mother's Day through Thanksgiving in the Rhinebeck Municipal Parking Lot, and it really is worth the trip. While you're there, grab a loaf of whole grain bread or a lemon pound cake from Tivoli Bread and Baking. Just get there early -- they run out fast!. Also, try the scallops from Pura Vida Fisheries (fresh from Long Island,) the wine from Tousey Winery, and, when you're ready for lunch, grab a couple tacos from Destino Taco, which are absolutely delicious.

Greig Farms (Red Hook)

The Hudson Valley Farmers Market, sponsored by the Hudson Valley Wine and Food Fest, is open every Saturday year-round, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Red Hook's Greig Farms. There is also a daily market at the same location, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week, which sells many of the same eggs, produce, cheese, and flowers you'll find at the weekly market. While you're there, try their delicious breakfast and lunch menu, prepared simply with high-quality ingredients.

Woodstock Farm Festival

The Woodstock Farm Festival is held every Wednesday from 3:30 p.m. to dusk, June through October. It has many great local vendors, selling everything from mushrooms to maple syrup. Northwind Farms from Tivoli has a wide variety of locally raised, sustainable meats, and Olsen Family Farm from Saugerties has some really awesome smelling, high-quality goats milk soaps.

There is also always some sort of entertainment, whether it's live music, storytelling, or chef demos. Check their calendar for more information!

View from Overlook Mountain
View from Overlook Mountain. Photo by Veronica Stork

Finally, if you're in an active mood, make sure you take a hike up Overlook Mountain while you're in Woodstock to check out the ruins of the old mountain house. It's not an easy hike. I refer to it as a "slog." It's basically a straight, steep shot up the mountain. But the ruins of the old Overlook Mountain House are really something special. If you do this hike, just make sure you do it before you go to the farmer's market, so you don't have to leave your market goodies in the car for three hours. Oh, and watch out for rattlesnakes. Seriously.

Arlington Farmers' Market

The Arlington Farmers' Market in Poughkeepsie is held every Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. from June through October, on the Vassar Alumnae Flats Lawn on Raymond Avenue. Stop here for everything from essential oils and bath bombs to cured meats and fresh, pasture raised eggs. If you've never had fresh eggs, you need to try them. They're a totally different thing from the eggs you get from the grocery store. I promise.

While you're there, take a stroll over to Vassar College, walk around their beautiful campus, and check out the free Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, a small museum that packs a big punch, with everything from Roman antiquities to Andy Warhol.

This is only a small sampling of what the Hudson Valley has to offer farmers market fanatics. Every day of the week, somewhere along the Hudson River, there is a market or farm stand worth visiting. You just have to pick one, and go!

Veronica Stork has lived in the Hudson Valley for her entire life. She works there as a librarian, and spends almost all her free time hiking and eating locally.