The Hudson Valley is unique, blessed with some of the best farmland and farmers in the country and also with a plethora of talented artists and makers. Inspired by the beauty, quality and abundance of Hudson Valley goods and by their captivating creators, we've curated a collection of holiday baskets and combinations and offer them to you.
Every item includes a Maker Story, describing the farmers, chefs, or artisans who created them—inspiring stories of grit and creativity! It's an entire community dedicated to stewarding the land and preserving the earth.
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We are Nicci Cagan and Maria Reidelbach—we have long worked within this amazing community. Nicci’s work as an ardent Farm to School activist and chef, and Maria’s practice as an author, artist and local food activist have introduced us to an extraordinary range of folks: from farmers whose families have been in the Hudson Valley for two centuries to young farmers just starting out, collaborating with local chefs and designers to create beautiful and delicious treats. The delightful baskets and goodies are perfect holiday gifts for friends, family and business colleagues.
Order your Basket or Gift Combo by Tuesday, November 27 and we'll have it ready by December 8. Orders can be shipped anywhere in the US, or picked up on Saturdays from 10am to 4pm through December 22 at: Stick to Local Studio, 23 Main Street in Accord, just off 209. We'll be serving hot spiced cider and more for a nice break from holiday hubub!
OUR CONTRIBUTORS AND PRODUCTS
Damn Good Honey Keith and Jennifer Duarte are Hudson Valley natives who founded Damn Good Honey Farm a few years ago in Kerhonkson. Although both have full-time jobs, they’ve slowly grown their operation, with a sweet farmstand on Route 209 selling their own honeys, garden-grown fresh produce and beeswax and honey soap. Keith offers popular beekeeping lessons all summer long.
Fruition Hudson Valley Bourbon Dark Milk Chocolate Bar Bryan Graham, founder of Fruition Chocolate, was raised a locavore, eating homegrown organic produce and wild game his mom and dad hunted in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Brian now creates the only chocolates in New York State to be made from the bean. Their Hudson Valley Bourbon Dark Milk Chocolate Bar earned a silver medal in the International Chocolate Awards in both 2015 and 2016. It’s made with Ronnybrook Farm milk, Hudson Baby Bourbon and roasted cocoa nibs. Wicked good!
The Greenfield Basket Factory, just over the state line in Little Hope, Pennsylvania, has been a saw mill since 1933. There are twenty employees and the original barn is still the center of their operations, where they cut, kiln-dry, weave and staple over 80 different farm baskets.
Hudson Valley Cold Pressed Oils are the product of a multi-generational family farm in Poughkeepsie. The farm was founded in 2014 by the amazing Haight family: Carol Cappillino and John Haight, their son Kevin, his wife Traci, a registered dietitian, son Jeffrey, and his wife Allison, both of whom graduated the Culinary Institute of America. What a dream team! They grow the sunflowers and press the oil right on their farm, and the flavor and freshness of this pale gold liquid are beyond compare! It’s great with Kelder’s Popcorn or to dress locally grown salads.
Kelder’s Farm Popcorn Delicious, 2018 harvest popcorn from one of Ulster County’s oldest farms. The Kelder Family has been growing in the Rondout Valley since before 1836, and now feature the largest Pick-Your-Own, offering over 50 fresh crops. Recently, John Kelder, who graduated Cornell in agriculture and spent a few years working for Farm Credit East, has come back to work the farm with his father, Chris. You’ll often run into John’s mom Jackie and grandparents Wayne and Liz at the farm, too. There’s a gigantic garden gnome out by 209--you can’t miss it!
Lavender Shortbread Cookie Bites Chef Nicci has a favorite recipe for these delicious lavender shortbread bites. Try them with Triple Lemon Tea on a grey day for a sunny pick-me-up!
Chef Nicci’s Chili Salt: Hand-made, this spicy, fragrant blend features a special mix of fresh Hudson Valley chilis, sun dried and blended with delicious Celtic sea salt. It’s amazing on Kelder’s Popcorn made with Hudson Valley Cold Pressed Sunflower Oil, for a completely crave-worthy locavore alternative to crappy fake-food chips!
Maria’s Porcini Salt Thanks to a great hunting season in Sullivan County, this combination of rare porcini mushrooms (Boletus Edulis) and Celtic Sea Salt will add an aromatic, savory note to any soup, omelet, stuffing, vegetable dish or roasted meat. It’s especially great on Kelder’s Popcorn made with Hudson Valley Cold Pressed Sunflower Oil!
Steiff Piff Mouse This special mouse is made by the same German company founded over a century ago by the woman who invented the Teddy Bear! The only Steiff museum in the United States is the Den of Marbletown, just off Route 209 between Stone Ridge and Kingston. It combines a huge collection of Stieff and other collectible toys as well as a popular local cafe. Stieff toys are made of non-toxic materials to exacting standards and last for generations.
Stick to Local Farms Cookbook by Maria Reidelbach. Eating locally grown fruit and vegetables can delight your taste buds, help keep you healthy and support the beautiful local farms that feed us. Inside the Stick to Local Farms Cookbook you will find over 100 delectable, easy-to-make, field-tested recipes for local produce the year round. It is paperback, full color, 74 pages and includes a handy picture calendar of Hudson Valley produce.
Tree Juice Maple Syrup is harvested from the maple trees on the beautiful hills of Lazy Crazy Acres farm, nestled in the Catskill Mountains. Tapped, traditional wood fire boiled, and bottled lovingly by hand, we hope you enjoy this sweet stuff as much as we do! The Fairbairn family have been making maple syrup on their farm since the 1930s. Beginning in 1998, Jake’s brother, John, and his friend Jason built a wood shed and sap house, installed thousands of feet of sap line and 460 taps. After a hiatus of 5 years, Jake Fairbairn and his friend Ryan Annetts cleaned up the sap house and created ‘Tree Juice Maple Syrup’ in 2012.
Triple-Lemon Herb Tea Accord-grown lemon grass, lemon balm and lemon verbena are carefully dried and blended to create a citrus-flavored, yet entirely local, delightful drink. Damn good with a drizzle of Damn Good Honey!
Ulster County Adventurers Bandana This 22” square piece of 100% cotton poplin is a bandanna, a map of Ulster County (ca. 1934) and can be used by adventurers for so much more! The border shows how to transform this colorful cloth into a market bag, a gift wrap, a salad spinner, a picnic tablecloth and so much more.
Wild Hive Mixed Grain Hot Cereal Don Lewis was a Dutchess County beekeeper who opened a bakery in Clinton Corners and became entranced by local grains. In 2009 he founded the Wild Hive Grain Project. Specializing in whole grains and flours, Wild Hive Farm uses an Amish-style stone-burr mill and pink granite grinding stones. Their grains are organic and sourced locally in New York’s Hudson Valley.
Nicci Cagan, chef, educator and local food activist has been a locavore since before the word was invented! She’s the founder of From the Ground Up and Farm to School advocacy effort and a founding member of Chef’s Consortium which partners with other nonprofits to bring awareness of food justice and access to local food to New York communities .
Maria Reidelbach is an author, a maker and a local food adventurer. Projects she has created include the Stick to Local Adventure Map, Homegrown Mini-Golf, landscaped with edible plants, and a Guinness World Record-setting garden gnome. She has authored the books Miniature Golf, an illustrated history, and Completely MAD: A History of the Comic Book and Magazine. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Rondout Valley Growers, a grass-roots group of farmers and neighbors, and is a past president of the New York Mycological Society.
Two percent of the profit of what we sell will be donated to the Rondout Valley Growers Association, a grassroots group of farmers and neighbors.
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