Hudson Valley Vegfest Returns for Second Year

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Strolling the food aisle at HV Vegfest

The second annual Hudson Valley Vegfest will take place November 3 and 4, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days, in the 42,000-square-foot events space at Gold’s Fitness Center in Poughkeepsie. Sponsored by the Institute for Animal Happiness, this festival celebrates the benefits of vegan living and explores the issues that drive the vegan movement, from food justice to human health concerns to protecting animals and the environment.

Last year’s Vegfest drew 2,500 attendees, and organizers say the response is an indication of growing interest in veganism and plant-based options, as more people in the Hudson Valley become aware of the beneficial aspects of making these choices.

This year’s festival will feature more than 80 vendors—both local and from around the country—representing a wide array of products and services, including various vegan foods, chefs, authors and innovators, and businesses and nonprofit organizations devoted to change. The lineup of speakers and presentations includes voices from across the spectrum of inclusive and compassion-based activism, such as Alyssa Miller (Deafinitely Vegan); Michael Suchman and Ethan Ciment (Vegan Mos); Omowale Adewale (founder of Black Vegfest and GAMENYC); Carmen Ng and Evelyn Li (Ocka Treats); Robert Grillo (author and founder of Free From Harm); Scott David (Compassion Over Killing); Gretchen Primack (activist and poet); Heather Stadler (Official Fat Vegan); and Dr. Milton Mills (featured in the Netflix film What the Health).

And once again this year, Hudson Valley Vegfest will produce zero waste thanks to its partnership with local service Zero to Go. Only six bags of trash from last year’s festival went to the landfill; everything else was composted or recycled.

Among the festival sponsors are WAMC Northeast Public Radio, Radio Woodstock 100.1 WDST, MadeGood, Zero to Go, and Vegan and Animal Professionals Insurance.

Cost: $10 per ticket or $15 for a two-day pass. Children 10 and under free. Veterans $5 (cash at door only). Location: 258 Titusville Rd., Poughkeepsie, NY. For more info, visit HVVegfest.org or InstituteForAnimalHappiness.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heritage Applefest in Garrison

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Apple with a view at Boscobel

Boscobel House and Gardens will host its Heritage Applefest, featuring live music, sweet and hard cider sampling, press-your-own cider and family games and activities, on October 6, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to sweet and hard cider, apple cider doughnuts, butter and syrup will be available for purchase from local vendors.

Applefest celebrates the agricultural history of the Hudson Valley and Boscobel, which was constructed in the early 19th century, when the apple was America’s favorite fruit. Boscobel’s apple orchard still features some of those heritage varieties as well as many newer ones.

During the festivities, the Historic House Museum will be open for visitors to explore at their own pace and direction, with expert guides stationed to offer insight and information.

Cost: Pay what you wish. Location: 1061 Rte. 9D, Garrison, NY. Rain date: October 13. For more information, call 845.265.3638 or visit Boscobel.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Farm-Raised Heritage Turkeys Available at Harvest Moon

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Heritage turkeys at Harvest Moon Farm and Orchard

Harvest Moon Farm and Orchard, in North Salem, will soon be taking orders for fresh Thanksgiving turkeys. In addition to farm-raised heritage turkeys, the farm is also known for its fresh-picked apples, produce, eggs, grass-fed meat and cider donuts. It also serves breakfast and lunch seven days a week.

Raised on Harvest Moon’s “sister farm” in Hillsdale, the turkeys are antibiotic and hormone free and pasture raised, spending their entire lives outdoors, says Christine Covino, general manager of Harvest Moon. “Our turkeys are Broad Breasted Bronze, a well-known heritage breed raised for their superior quality and taste,” she says.

For the freshest meat possible, Covino recommends calling the store to reserve a turkey and arranging to pick it up a day or two before Thanksgiving. In addition, customers can reserve holiday pies, including apple, pumpkin, pecan, sweet potato and various fruit pies. Pumpkins, squashes, corn, beets, potatoes, eggplants, peppers and other produce are also available, all either grown onsite or sourced from neighboring farms.

Harvest Moon serves breakfast and lunch daily from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“Some of our most popular items are the Farmer’s Breakfast, which is bacon, egg and cheese on a ciabatta, our grass-fed Farmer’s Burger and other assorted sandwiches and wraps,” Covino says. “Customers can take their food to go or enjoy their breakfast or lunch right on the farm.”

Location: 130 Hardscrabble Road, North Salem, NY. For more info, visit HMOrchard.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Family-Friendly Fall Farm Fest in Ossining

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Tom and Kristin Deacon of Fable: From Farm to Table

Fable: From Farm to Table, in Ossining, will hold its Fall Farm Fest on September 23, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. With its family-friendly activities and prices—admission is $3, and children under 5 are free—the festival is an opportunity for parents and kids to get outdoors together and celebrate the autumn harvest season.

Visitors can take part in arts and crafts for all ages; hear live music; try a variety of culinary treats, including grilled fare, hearty dishes and baked goods from local shops and food trucks; buy farm-fresh produce grown in Westchester County; enter a raffle drawing (no need to be present to win); listen to live music; and try some Yoga at the Farm. They can also feed Fable’s chickens, tour its hydroponic greenhouse and pick a pumpkin and take family photos in the pumpkin patch.

Tom Deacon, Fable’s owner, says the Fall Farm Fest is a fun way to remind people of the benefits of eating sustainably. “We would like to make local and organic farming the norm,” he says. “Not only can we grow food that is delicious to eat, it is the medicine that will make you healthier as well.”

Fable: From Farm to Table is located at 1311 Kitchawan Rd. (Rte. 134), Ossining, NY. For more info, call 914.862.0205 or visit FableFoods.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Farm-to-Table Dinner at Hilltop Hanover Farm

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Farm-to-Table Dinner at Hilltop Hanover Farm

Hilltop Hanover Farm, a nonprofit farm and education center in Yorktown Heights, will hold its fourth annual Farm-to-Table Dinner on September 27. Held every fall, this event serves as a both a fundraiser and a celebration of local and sustainable agriculture, says Farm Director Shanyn Siegel.

The evening will include a cocktail hour, a three-course dinner, music and a silent auction. The main meal, prepared by Chef Jon Pratt of Peter Pratt’s Inn and featuring seasonal produce grown on the farm, will be served under a tent on the main lawn with dramatic views over the farm fields.

“For the past three years, this has been a very special evening for the community to come together over a delicious meal and show our commitment to advancing sustainable agriculture,” Siegel says. “We are thrilled to once again have this event on our calendar, and we can’t wait to see familiar and new faces join us at the table.”

In addition to being a CSA (community-supported agriculture) farm with a retail farm stand, Hilltop Hanover Farm offers education programs for adults and school groups and is open to the public as a demonstration farm.

Tickets to Hilltop Hanover Farm’s Farm-to-Table Dinner are on sale now. For more info, visit HilltopHanoverFarm.org or call 914.962.2368.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Popular Sweet Corn Now Available at Three Feathers Farm

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Black Angus cows

August is a special month at Three Feathers Farm, in South Salem. That’s when its famous white sweet corn is ripe and available in the farm’s self-service garden house, which offers fresh-picked, non-GMO seasonal vegetables seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., from May through October.

“Our number-one seller is our corn,” says Jeanine Haberny, who owns and operates the farm along with her husband, Joe. “We should have white sweet corn by the end of August 1, depending on the weather. We’ve been told that we have the best corn around.”

Everything sold at Three Feathers is raised or grown on the farm, which also sells pasture-raised Black Angus beef all year round and fresh roaster chickens in the spring and summer. “We rotate our cows between five fields, so they always have green grass. We also bail our own hay, so we know exactly what our cows are eating. Our cows are happy and healthy, and it shows,” Haberny says.

Three Feathers is not certified organic, but the farm practices organic standards, she says, adding, “Our customers continue to come back time and time again to purchase our beef, chicken and veggies, because they know exactly where they come from.”

Three Feathers Farm is located at 371 Smith Ridge Rd. (Rte. 123), South Salem, NY, directly across the road from the Oakridge Shopping Center. For more info, call 914.533.6529 or email jhaberny@aol.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dutchess Kids Eat Free through Summer Meals Program

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Summer Food Service Program in Dutchess

For the nearly 16,000 young people in Dutchess County who qualify for free and reduced lunch, summer is less a vacation from school than a prolonged struggle with hunger. That’s why school districts, nonprofits and local municipalities coordinate each year to run the Summer Food Service Program, which serves nearly 90,000 free meals to children at more than 20 locations throughout the county. The food served through the program follows United States Department of Agriculture nutritional guidelines and is paid for by the USDA.

By offering nutritious foods at locations in Beacon, the Village of Wappingers, Poughkeepsie, Dover, Hyde Park and Webutuck, the program teaches children how to build a healthy plate and establish good eating habits. Many of the locations offer more than food; they also offer educational activities, friends and a sense of community.

There is no need to apply for the program or sign up ahead of time for the meals. They are free to all children and teens 18 and younger who come to one of the summer meals sites, which include schools, churches, community centers and other safe places. As sites and times vary throughout the county, families should text FOOD to 877-877 or call 866.3HUNGRY (866.348.6479) to find a summer meals site in their neighborhood.

For a list of some of the Hudson Valley locations, visit CCEDutchess.org and click on Nutrition and then Summer Food Service Programs.