November 2011 - Eventful Magazine

November 2011 - Eventful Magazine




By Faith Ann Butcher

Do you want to add some taste to your

Thanksgiving dinner? Buy your food from

local producers and you will get that farmfresh

taste that cannot be beat. It is a true

asset of living in the Hudson Valley. Locally

grown food tends to not only taste better,

but it is also healthier for you.

When determining your Thanksgiving

menu, go local and take advantage of the

homegrown foods.

A traditional Thanksgiving feast would

be nothing without its turkey. Allen Beals,

a retired doctor, started raising turkeys after

he tasted the difference in a fresh, free-range

bird. Now Willow Ridge Farms in Putnam

Valley raises pasture-fed heritage turkeys.

The demand is high in November, so preorder

your bird early. Check out the farm’s

website,, or

call 845-528-2535 for more information.

Hemlock Farms in Cortlandt Manor raises

free-range turkeys as well. They are available

in all sizes. Hemlock also has its farm

market full of other fresh seasonal produce

and other products and is open seven days

a week, all year long. Hemlock Farms is located

at 500 Croton Ave., Cortlandt Manor.

Visit or call

914-737-2810 for more information.

Cook your baked goods and side dishes

using organic eggs from Dancing Girl Bees

and the Midnight Farmer in Putnam Valley.

Call Minnie Santos at 845-528-2157 to

place an order.

The Hudson Milk Company in Shrub

Oak also carries free-range eggs as well as

artisan cheeses, farm-fresh (small batch)

yogurts, maple syrup, and other New York

State farm-raised items from: Battenkill Valley

Creamery, Sprout Creek Farm in Poughkeepsie,

Finger Lakes Cheese Co., John

Boy's Farm, Hammond Dairy in Amenia,

Evans Creamery in Norwich, Hummingbird

Ranch, and Full Moon Farm. But what

the Hudson Milk Company is really known

for — if you have to figure it out — is its

glass-bottled milk that it delivers to people’s

homes. Call Tom Rubino at 914-245-0409 or

visit to learn more.

Fill your table with the fruits and vegetables

from the fall harvest. The seasonal produce

consists of Asian greens, arugula, beets,

broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots,

collard greens, dry beans, herbs, kale, kohlrabi,

lettuce, bok choy, potatoes, radish, rutabaga,

spinach, string beans, swiss chard,

turnips and winter squash (acorn, butternut,


Kessman Farms Market on Route 22 in

Pawling offers a variety of home-grown produce

as well as delicious baked goods and

fresh clams. Plan ahead and reserve your

pies. Visit or call


Harvest Moon Farm and Orchards, formerly

known as Outhouse Orchard, 130

Hardscrabble Road in North Salem, has its

country store open seven days a week and

also offers tasty baked goods and fall produce.

Call 914-485-1210 or visit http://

Ryder Farm Cottage Industries sells its

produce through its roadside farmstand, located

at 400 Starr Ridge Road in Brewster,

or through its community-supported agriculture

(CSA) group.

In a CSA you buy into a share of the har-

vest before the season, then you pick up the

produce weekly. The upfront financial support

of the farm gives you access to the first

pickings of the fresh organic produce.

For more information about the CSA at

Ryder Farm call 845-279-4161 or e-mail

Cascade Farm in Patterson also has a

CSA program. During the cool weather it

offers crops like lettuces and greens, root

crops, herbs, beans, and winter squash. The

harvests produce enough vegetables for the

average family of four each week (about 10

to 15 lbs. of produce each week on average).

For more information, visit http://cascade

Hilltop Hanover Farms, located at 1271

Hanover Street in Yorktown, offers Thanksgiving

vegetable baskets. Order now and

pick up the baskets on Tuesday, Nov. 22, just

in time for Thanksgiving. Call 914-962-2368

or visit

If you are looking for great one-stop shops

visit the farmers markets in Cold Spring and

Brewster. The Cold Spring Farmers Market,

which as of Nov. 5 goes indoors to the

Philipstown Community Center in Garrison,

hosts many local vendors selling all

types of fresh goods on Saturdays from 8:30

a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The Brewster Farmers Market is open

until Nov. 22 and offers an array of delicious,

nutritious regional farm products. The market

is open Wednesdays and Saturdays from

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 208 E. Main Street (the

intersection of Routes 6 & 22 & Peaceable

Hill Road). For more information call K.C.

Anderson at 914-671-6262 or visit http://

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