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Columbia County-Farm raised products?

jdf May 25, 2009 08:19 PM

My folks recently moved to Canann, in the notheast section of Columbia County. I am anxious to source out great farm raised products nearby. Fruits, vegetables, dairy, baked goods and especially fresh meats and poultry sold directly from the farms.

I know of a few like Old Chatham Sheepherding and the place in Hawthorne Valley, but there must be so many more. Please give me some suggestions. Of course, proximity to Canaan a plus, as is a reasonable price. Fire away!

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    superdewa Dec 13, 2009 10:09 PM

    Chatham has a new co-op that's sells mostly locally raised, grown, and prepared foods. They deal directly with the farmers, some of whom are on the board. It's The Chatham Real Food Co-op, and the website is http://www.chathamrealfoodcoop.net/. It's not far from the Berry Farm, so do both in one trip.

    1. Daniel B. Jun 1, 2009 06:24 PM

      In the northwestern part of the county you have Golden Harvest Farms. They have a farm distillery there.

      It's called Harvest Spirits. They make an apple brand, pear brandy and surprisingly an apple vodka, which you really should taste. They have a tasting room, so you are in luck.

      I wrote up a bit about them here: http://bit.ly/198sof


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        timwhoeatsalot Jun 1, 2009 12:09 PM

        Holmquest Farm in Hillsdale - had strawberries last night wow...
        Second Fred Lang's Whte Oak Farm - great corn and garlic
        Brailey's in Spencertown - corner of Cnty 9 and 203
        Van Wie's in Stockport / Kinderhook - excellent local pork
        Hilltown Pork on 22
        The Canaan Hardware Store at corner of 295 and 22 has fresh ground flour, amazing popcorn - a real find - lower level
        If you don't mind making the trip to Sheffield MA there's a farm, forget the name, that grows Berkshire Pigs - very good. I think they do beef as well...
        Starron's farmstand on 203 north of chatham but before Valatie is always reliable - great corn
        Samascott's / Brosens north of Kinderhook almost always has the first local corn, always good (I seem to be corn focused...)
        Taconic Orchards on 82? has some nice local stuff

        Poultry I'm not so sure about... well, chickens anyway, but there's a turkey farm outside Kinderhook on county 21 - don't remember the name despite buying thanksgiving turkeys there for the last 15 years.... but you can't miss it if you go in August, because there will be hundreds of turkeys milling about.
        I heard, but can't confirm until Friday, that a booth at Chatham farmstore started serving takeout Mexican on Friday nights...

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        1. re: timwhoeatsalot
          rrems Jun 1, 2009 03:52 PM

          Holmquest Farm is in Claverack. Were you thinking of another farm in Hillsdale?

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            timwhoeatsalot Jun 2, 2009 04:28 AM

            Nope, just forgot where the Town line was....

        2. Bumstead May 28, 2009 03:57 PM

          For fresh meat and poultry you can't beat Northwind Farms in Tivoli.


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            rrems May 28, 2009 04:28 PM

            I have been trying to find out the business hours for Northwind Farm for years, and have never been able to. I've had their poultry and pork in restaurants and wish I could get my hands on some. They do not answer their phone and whenever I've driven by it does not appear to be open to the public. The website indicates the farmers' markets where they sell, but those are pretty far away. Is it ever possible to buy at the farm?

            1. re: rrems
              Bumstead May 28, 2009 08:24 PM

              I generally buy from them at the Farmers Market in Kingston where they are regulars. I have ordered and picked up a Thanksgiving turkey at the farm although you're right - they don't have a retail store as such.

          2. coll May 27, 2009 03:03 AM

            I lived in Canaan for several years (brother still there) and Mom and the rest in Kinderhook. I used to go to the farmstand at the bottom of County Rte 5, by the Taconic exit, they had the freshest produce and you left your money in a tin can. Wonder if that still is true? There was a dairy farm across the street. Mom swears by the Berry Farm although I prefer farm stands that don't peddle all kinds of merchandise. But when it's strawberry time, you have to pick some up.

            For bakery, all you have to do is go right into Chatham to Our Daily Bread.

            In the Valatie area, there are several apple farms that are the epitome of the genre. I am spoiled and so picky about my apples now, if they don't drip with juice I'm disappointed. That would be later in the summer though. Lots of places over the Rip Van Winkle for apples too, it's great when the leaves are changing.

            Loveapple Farm is something different for sure. I used to go there for their homemade dilly beans. They're very nice people.

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              rrems May 26, 2009 08:02 PM

              One of our favorites is Sir William Farm in Craryville, just south of route 23 on county route 7. They have heritage pork that is wonderful, and very reasonably priced. They also have beef. All the meat is frozen, and I have found the beef does not measure up to the pork, which is not really affected by freezing. They also sell all kinds of preserves and home-canned fruits and vegetables. Everything is in refrigerated cases, and you just serve yourself and pay by leaving cash in the box, or running your credit card through a machine and leaving the receipt in the box. If you like goat, you can buy frozen goat meat, as well as goats' milk and cheese, at Triple H Ranch in Claverack.

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                BAFU May 27, 2009 06:00 AM

                Forgot about Sir William! And even though Random Harvest is nearby (on Rte 23 where you turn to get to Sir William) and has good food (and carries lots local produce) they are WAY expensive.

                I can recommend Sir William for meat, the beef is OK but the pork is quite excellent.

              2. BAFU May 26, 2009 06:46 PM

                If you don't mind a ride down 22 to Hillsdale, there's a decent roadside stand/farm place near the firehouse. It's on Whipporwill Rd (see Google Maps) and it's called White Oak Farms. They make a great BBQ sauce (no kidding) and they have fresh produce pretty much all June. July and August. 518-325-3384

                I used to live just up the hill from them....fun times.

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                  John Farley May 26, 2009 02:41 PM

                  Columbia County Bounty has published a good farm map:


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                    jdf May 26, 2009 02:56 PM

                    That's a great link. Thanks. Any specific recommendations?

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                      John Farley May 26, 2009 04:48 PM

                      Wow. Let's see. The Berry Farm is an excellent farm market you should check out and there's a great nursery right across the road. The beef at Grazin' Angus Acres is gaining renown in NYC. You might run into a supermodel at Loveapple Farm.

                      I haven't been to the Chatham Farmer's Market http://www.realfoodnetwork.org/farmers-market.html
                      but the one in Hudson http://www.hudsonfarmersmarketny.com/ is decent, and talking to farmers and customers is a great way to find out what's good locally.

                      Print out that map and keep it in your car; it would be a great resource for discover the beautiful country roads of Columbia County, and the farmstands along the way.


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                    billpitcher May 25, 2009 08:26 PM

                    You might want to try the Berry Patch, which is on Route 203 about three miles from the village of Chatham.

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