"Best" Farmer's Market in Dutchess County and 2011 Hudson Valley Food & Wine
Hi, just wondering about the Farmer's Markets in the area - does anyone have really great vendors? I live right near Vassar College so I have been to that one. Happened to go through Beacon's during the strawberry festival but there wasn't that much. I did have a sample of an amazing greek ravioli from a ravioli vendor. I went to the Rhinebeck one a couple of years ago - I think I am wishing we have the farmer's markets like they do in California - any suggestions are appreciated!
Also, new topic - what is your opinion of the Food & Wine fest in Rhinebeck in Sept? Worth a trip? The wine is not that exciting to me but should I go for the food vendors?
Best Farmers' Market in Dutchess County?
Hands down, the Rhinebeck Farmers' Market.
Great collection of vendors with fruits and vegetables, many kinds of cheese, meat, pickles, flowers, honey. Great stuff. Oh and the falafel is worth the trip alone!
The thing about farmers' markets is that you have to be open to appreciate what each region has to offer. A climate like we have in the Hudson Valley is much different than California but there are gems to be found if you follow the seasons, keep a keen eye and be open to trying new things.
Hi, we went to the Hudson Valley "Food" and Wine Festival yesterday. If you are not that excited about the wine, you didn't miss a thing if you didn't go. It was all wine (fine, but I wish I knew). The food part was under one tent with about 5 local restaurant vendors selling samples for pre-purchased tickets. Price for each ticket was $1.00 and each vendor's samples were anywhere from 3 - 5 tickets. I chose the Jamaican vendor and had one meat and two sides (curry chicken, rice and beans, and fried plantains) for 5 tickets. Husband had 2 pork sliders for 5 tickets from a vendor whose name escapes me. Food was just OK, not gourmet or chowhoundish by any means.....my curry chicken did not really take like curry at all. And, I've had better plantains (these were a little soft and greasy). They really should just call it a wine festival, or perhaps a wine and cheese festival, since interspersed between the wine vendors were some really good cheeses. Also, some spiced nuts and several hot sauces.
We bought a few wines, but I'm normally not that impressed by the Hudson Valley wines, although it opened our eyes to a few wineries that we did like, that we hadn't heard of before.
So, not a bad day....I was just hungry when I got home.
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I was also disappointed by the food portion of it, I thought there might be some free food samples. did have one of the hot sauce samples and bought a jar, it was delicious. I also used their wine pickup service just for one bottle which was a mistake. I figured I didn't want to carry a bottle around for 2 hours, but I should have. When I went to leave, the line to pick up your wine was probably 45 minutes long. I couldn't wait for it since I was with 4 friends and we had a driver as it was a bachelorette party. They made the wine pickup service sound really convenient, when it fact it wasn't at all.
Yes, I got the HV food and wine insert in the paper so I saw that there was very little in the "food" department - what a joke! How could they have Food in the title when they had so few vendors? I am sure a lot of people were disappointed.
On a brighter note, I plan on hitting the Warwick Apple Fest this year weather permitting. They have so many food and craft/product vendors - since I missed the Dutchess County fair due to the hurricane, I am excited to be able to go to this. Check out the website - they have a great brochure - tells you about all the craft and food vendors, what the are serving.
Wish the DC Fair would do that!
IMHO, I think the Arlington farm market (next to Vassar) and the Rhinebeck farm market are pretty good. There's a decent variety of vendors so it's worth the trip.
This isn't in the immediate area, but I went to the new farm market in the Danbury Fair Mall parking lot and loved it. It's open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10-2. I'm assuming that the Saturday market is bigger, but I'm just guessing (I went on a Saturday). It's about 40 minutes away, but the produce was so fresh and the breads were great. There are about 30 vendors, so it's definitely worth the trip. I thought that the prices were reasonable too. You can always throw in a side trip to the mall and to Trader Joe's while you're in CT.
Vendor list here:
Article with some more details and photos here:
Chowhound thread (Southern NE) here;