Supporting local farms has always been key in the success of Columbia County and, more specifically, the great number of families that make a living growing and selling their produce locally.
Hudson Valley Bounty, originally founded in Columbia County has stated the organization’s mission as, “to educate the community about the preservation of local farms through the purchase and use of local and regional sustainable foods and products throughout the entire Hudson Valley.” The locavore movement continues to be a hot trend as people look to eat more fresh food and, therefore, support local farms. Many restaurants in Hudson market themselves as “farm-to-table” and partner with growers throughout the area to bring guests the freshest ingredients and create menu items that make use of all that is available to them.
Three of The Barlow Privileges Partners, Swoon kitchenbar, DaBa, and Local 111 make concerted efforts to offer guests items on their menus prepared with fresh and locally sourced meats, cheeses, vegetables and fruit. The ever changing menu selections reflect the chefs’ ability to make use of what is available and, for diners, provides dining options that are always new.
Support for local farms also comes to Hudson every Saturday at the Hudson Farmer’s Market. Each week local farmers, bakers, cheese mongers, and butchers peddle their wares at the corner of Columbia and 6th Streets. This provides a wonderful opportunity to those people who don’t have the time or ability to go to themselves but still enables them to support local farms. It’s a great opportunity, too, for kids to see that the food that find its way to their dinner table actually starts with the farmer.
The next time you are in Hudson, take the time to visit some of the many wonderful farmstands located just a few minutes outside the city. Your support of local farms will be greatly appreciated.