The Beacon Farmer’s Market has moved south for the winter, from the ferry dock to the big red barn at Long Dock. Although it’s a stone’s throw from the summer location, vendors and customers will be protected from the cold winds snapping off the Hudson this time of year.
Market manager Dana Devine O’Malley has taken over the upstairs of the building as well. Here visitors can find homemade soaps, knitwear, and pottery. Also on the second floor will be special events, to be kicked off this Sunday by a visit from St. Nick himself, along with a holiday ornament crafting class—see if Santa will autograph your handiwork!
With the advent of high tunnels to extend the growing season, farmers like Ellie Lobovits of Common Ground Farm expect to have fresh salad greens and kales for at least another week or two. There should be an ample supply of root vegetables such as carrot, parsnip, onion, potato, and turnip, as well as certain apple varieties, well into the winter months.
Staples like warm baked goods, fresh meats and cheeses, local honey, and locally roasted coffee from Tas will also be available, along with other surprises, and the pickle guy. New vendors include Adair Vineyards from New Paltz and plan Bee Farm Brewery, offering several small batch beers featuring local ingredients. Better visit Santa early in the day.
Coming up, look for music with kids by Compass Arts, ukelele swing sounds from The EduKated Fleas, a workshop on herbs for fighting the flu and other seasonal maladies, and a class with Jennifer Clair of Home Cooking New York on how to shop well to eat well. That’s just through January. Wigwam will have the full calendar of market events up shortly.