Get GroundedKelly Seiz | June 3, 2015 | Comment
The West Coast may have Napa Valley, but when it comes to the finest in produce here on the East Coast, the Hudson Valley hails as farm-fresh royalty. From our internationally renowned orchards to our world-famous farms, Hudson Valley produce is perfected by the seasonal climates and nutrient-rich soil. In the spring, Hudson Valley vegetables reign: asparagus, chards, fiddleheads, green onions, assorted herbs, lettuce, peas, radishes, scallions, and spinach all grow in abundance.
In Pine Island, Rogowski Farm grows over 200 varieties of vegetables, small fruits, and unusual herbs. In addition to fruits, veggies, and herbs, Sol Flower Farm offers over 100 varieties of organically grown flowers. As the snow melts away, we start tapping our maple trees for the sweetest, thickest maple syrup your pancakes could ask for. Crown Maple in Dover Plains bottles the best certified-organic maple syrup around, with the fullest in flavor and pure, sugary goodness.
The summer heat brings berries, broccoli, corn, kale, onions, peppers, tomatoes, and other fruits and veggies out from their spring buds. Migliorelli Farm in Tivoli grows, picks, and distributes a vast array of vegetables and fruits, no matter the season. In addition to produce, some of our farms offer Hudson Valley honey. Remsburger Honey and Maple in Pleasant Valley offers traditional jars, but also freshly sliced portions of honeycomb straight from the hive.
In the fall, the Valley boasts the best apples and pumpkins on the East Coast. The fall fun goes beyond being able to pick your own—autumn brings hayrides, corn mazes, and scarecrows as the temperature drops and our iconic red, orange, and yellow leaves emerge. Dykeman Farm in Pawling was voted one of the seven best pumpkin picking destination in the Tri-State area by CBS in 2013. In addition to their pumpkins, they offer quality gourds, squash, and Indian/sweet corn, picked fresh daily. Pluck an apple from a branch at Apple Hill Farm in New Paltz, pick your way through a pumpkin patch at Hurd’s Family Farm in Modena, and scour one of Kelder’s Farm’s berry bushes in Kerhonkson for the best of the bunch. Our famous farms supply our regional farmer’s markets, where you can pick from an agricultural arsenal of the best produce the Hudson Valley has to offer. Grab a basket, tote, or bag and purchase your produce still dusted with dirt, guaranteed all-natural.