Shop Local

Resources for finding local food in your area and mine.

To find farmer’s markets, CSAs, online sellers, restaraunts and stores in your area:

To find U-pick fruit & vegetable farms:

  • http://www.pickyourown.org/  Pick your own farms by state & county, also festivals, pumpkin patches, Fall hayrides, Christmas trees, canning instructions and more.

To find local wine & beer:duet

Westchester, Putnam and Fairfield County Shopping

Weekly Farmer’s Markets

  • South Salem Farmer’s Market, Gossett Brother’s Nursery, South Salem, NY. Produce, aples, cider, meat, bakery & breads, Pika prepared dishes, candles, sauces, plants. Every Saturday, 9-1pm.

Vegetables, Fruit & Produce

  • Ryder Farm, Brewster, NY.  Organic produce, herbs, flowers.  My CSA.  Serve-yourself farm stand in season.
  • Holbrook Farm, Bethel, CT.  Farm market open year-round (organic farm produce only in season). Honey, jams, meats, cheese, eggs, raw milk, bakery, frozen pies & cookies, olive oil. CSA.

          You-pick Farms

  • Fishkill Farms, Fishkill, NY. U-pick apples, peaches, nectarines, cherries, blackberries, currants, blueberries. Vegetables. Organic/sustainably farmed. Full market with meat, cheese, milk and other local products, including a beautiful back deck to sit and eat lunch!
  • Jones Family Farms, Shelton, CT.  U-pick strawberries, blueberries, pumpkins, corn, Christmas trees.  Winery on site.  Open seasonally, June – Christmas.
  • Westwind Orchards, Accord, NY.  Certified naturally grown apples. Limited supply of raspberries and pumpkins. U-pick and farm stand in season.

Meat, Eggs, Cheese & Dairy

  • Flying Pigs Farm, Shushan, NY.  Humanely raised, heritage pigs and the best pork you have ever tasted. On-line ordering or farmer’s markets.
  • Holbrook Farm, Bethel, CT. Eggs, cheese, milk and meat year-round.
  • Sprout Creek Farm, Poughkeepsie, NY.  Excellent local cow cheese – try the Ouray!
  • Nettle Meadow Farm, Warrensburg, NY.  Delicious local goat cheese – my favorite is the mixed-herb chevre.
  • Bobolink Dairy, Vernon, NJ. Wonderful cheeses from “outside cows.”
  • Ronnybrook Farm, Ancramdale, NY. Milk, cream, butter, yogurt, ice cream.
  • Battenkill Valley Creamery, Salem, NY. Cow’s milk, cream, chocolate milk.
  • Stone Wall Dairy Farm, Cornwall Bridge, CT. Raw cow’s milk. Carried at Holbrook Farm.

Beans, Grains & Bread

  • breadWild Hive Farm, Clinton Corners, NY.  100% whole grain, organic and locally-grown and milled flours and grains.  Also corn meal and flour, mushrooms, and baked goods.
  • Wave Hill Breads, Wilton, CT.  Local grains, milled at the bakery, and turned into fabulous, artisanal bread.
  • Cayuga Organics, Brooktondale, NY.  Organic dry beans (pinto, red, black, navy, soy) and organic grains (hard red spring white, rye, buckwheat and spelt).

Coffee & Alcohol

  • Coffee Labs, Tarrytown, NY.  Coffee beans bought globally, roasted locally.  Organic, shade-grown, bird-friendly.  Fun cafe with live music, snacks and coffee as an art form.
  • Hopkins Vineyards, New Preston, CT.  Home of Duet Chardonnay - my favorite local white.
  • Jones Winery, Shelton, CT.  A nice cabernet franc and a unique and lovely sparkling strawberry dessert wine.
  • Warwick Valley Winery, Warwick, NY.  My favorite is the Doc’s Draft Hard Apple Cider. The raspberry cider is good as well, although quite sweet – a brunch sipper.  (I’ve tried a few of the wines, but have not been impressed). They also produce fruit liqueurs and brandies.
  • Saranac, Utica, NY.  “Great beer” as they say.  A perennial favorite at our house – the Pomegranate Wheat is a special treat!
  • Tuthilltown Spirits, Gardiner, NY. Whisky, rum and vodka, made from locally-sourced ingredients.

Stores & Restaraunts

  • Nature’s Temptations, Cross River, NY and Ridgefield, CT.  Independently-owned whole foods shop with a focus on local products. Deli.
  • Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, NY.  Farm, educational center, farmer’s market, cafe, bookshop and fine dining restaraunt.  Worth a visit!
  • Tomatillo, Dobb’s Ferry, NY.  Authentic Mexican food, organic & fresh.  Supplied by Stone Barns.

Sundries

  • Rhode Island Sea Salt, Kenyon’s Grist Mill, Usequepaugh, RI.  Their yellow corn meal comes from Long Island.
  • Clean Ridge Soap Company, Pound Ridge, NY.  Soaps, lotions, bath gel and soy candles made locally with the finest ingredients.
  • North Winds Farm, Pawling, NY.  Handmade beeswax candles with lavender infusion, lavender products.

4 comments

  1. Hello,

    I like your blog. I wold take issue with listing Coffee Labs (terrible owner), Tomatillo (Bland), and Blue Hill at Stone Barns (Insanely expensive and lots of attitude).

    Otherwise, looks great!

    James

    • Chia

      Wow – James….I’ve been a patron of Coffee Labs for years – since they opened…and the Owner, Michael Love, is one of the coolest guys I have ever experienced as a store woner. I don’t know him outside of the shop, but he treats me, and all the customers, as if we were all best friends. I once walked in there and loved the music he had playing in the shop, and he burned me a CD on the spot! Nevermind the fact that they constantly give money back to the coffee farmers – Fair Trade – and their coffee is amazing – roasted there on the spot. I rarely ever respond to blogs, but this one kind of really took me for a loop. Coffee Labs rocks…and proud to be their patron!

  2. localkitchen

    Hi James, and welcome!

    I have to disagree with you on Tomatillo; maybe you’ve had bad luck there? I’ve eaten there many times and always had delicious meals – and I cook with a lot of spice and often find many restaurant meals bland. Of course, your palate could be even spicier than mine.

    As for Coffee Labs, I’ve never met the owner – I remember hearing that he had some trouble with the law, but, hey, no one is perfect. The baristas who work there always seem happy, which is generally an indication of a good owner/boss. It’s always pleasant in there, they buy fair trade/environmentally sound coffee and they roast locally. Is there another such coffee roaster in Westchester? If so, I don’t know of it.

    I agree with the prices of the Blue Hill main dining room – hence, I’ve never actually eaten there (so I can’t comment on the attitude). I do like their cafe and in general, I think they deserve props for the sustainable way they farm and for the work they do educating the public. I have a friend with a 5 year-old daughter who has attended many of the children’s classes there, and she always has a blast.

  3. Hi there!

    I realize you have many things to teach about eating locally grown foods,
    even to people that live far from you and have different realities.
    I just started reading this site, although I’ve been meaning to eat locally grown foods for quite a while, since I’ve left my hometown (where it was easy to find).

    My point is to tell about this organic farmer market I just discovered in the Água Fria Park, in São Paulo, where I live now (http://www.parqueaguabranca.sp.gov.br/atracoes3.asp).

    I hope it might be useful to post this comment, since you may have other readers that live in São Paulo, like myself.

    Cheers from Brazil.
    Flora.

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