Shopping Local in Stony Point

STORY AND PHOTOS BY MARIA BROWNSELL

DSC05904 DSC05905 DSC05907 DSC05908Saturday was a beautiful sunny day at the Stony Point Farmer’s Market as local denizens were treated to live music and a solar show from the Rockland Astronomy Club, while browsing through a selection of fresh foods and craft goods.

Healthway Farm from Highland in Ulster County was one stand at the market. Their specialties include heirloom potatoes in many variations, as well as many types of fruit and vegetables. Also at the fair was Fresh Meadow Farm, purveyors of certified organic vegetables and herbs that are not genetically modified. Bright red tomatoes and green and yellow squash lined the table at their booth.

Back to the Future Farm from Westtown, NY, was on hand, selling farm fresh milk products from cows that are milked in the morning and processed the evening of the same day. Back to the Future Farm also sells free range eggs, pastured chickens, and thick-sliced bacon and ham steaks.

The Little Bake Shop from Valley Cottage had a booth featuring their regular and gluten-free baked goods. Another vendor at the fair was selling locally-produced honey, bee pollen, honey sticks, soaps and more. The bee pollen is used to treat allergies and can be put in cereal, yogurt or anywhere a crunch is desired.

Perkin’s Berry Patch was on hand selling homemade jams and cookies made by a woman named Helen Hayes Perkins from Congers. She started making the jams in 1998 for her family and friends, and then started selling them at street fairs and then later farmer’s markets.

There was a winery, Robibero Family Vineyard from New Paltz, in attendance. They were offering wine tastings and selling bottles of their wines. The saleswoman at the booth mentioned that the Stony Point Farmer’s Market had a nice local feel, with great regular customers. She said you can feel the community.

TieDyeEarth.com had a booth, selling everything you could ever need from the world of tie dye. Other booths on hand featured crocheted items, quilted items, soaps, makeup and more.

Taking place Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. through October 25, in its third year of operation, the Stony Point Farmer’s Market continues to gain a foothold in Rockland’s northernmost town. Vendors at the market are optimistic about the growth of customers. As time has been going, the word has been spreading and the market is growing.