Aside from this upcoming week being National Pollinator's Week, we have some very important information to share about the Hudson Farmers' Market!
With the state lifting restrictions and Ag and Markets changing their recommendations, we are currently making all masking optional for our vendors. This means you will begin to see our faces again!
We are also MOVING BACK into the county lot NEXT Saturday. We will have some signs for anyone who will need the reminder next weekend, but from now on we will be back in our original spot! We will post the NEW map on our social media the middle of next week and it will go out in next week's newsletter as well.
[Market is every Saturday, rain or shine. Hours are 9am to 1pm. As per CDC guidance,masks are recommended for those who are unvaccinated. We are not checking vaccination status, so it's honor system.]
On to Pollinator's Week! This is a yearly international event meant to promote the health of pollinators, as well as our food and local ecosystems, through conservation, education, and research.
We are beyond proud of all our vendors and the space they provide to the the natural world around them. This type of farming/land stewardship is so necessary to keep the pollinator populations healthy and active. Their health means health downline-- our food, the soil, other animals.
There are a few events in the area that celebrate this very special week: the opening of a Girls Scout pollinator garden with native and non-invasive plants in Albany on 6/25 and bug identification in the Beatrix Farrand Garden at the FDR National Historic Site in Hyde Park on 6/26.
Bonhomie Farm has installed bird boxes and bee hives on their farm this season to help keep populations of pollinators stable and welcomed. This is definitely a symbiotic relationship-- bees love the flowering plants, birds help eat all the bugs!
This is the second year that Blue Star Farm has shared pictures of the swarm of honey bees that take up residence on the farm! This year it looked like they were DRIPPING from the tree. This typically happens in spring and many of our farmers attempt to catch these swarms.
We have heard from Scarecrow Farm that bees love love love lemongrass oil. It has worked for them in coaxing swarms into their hives! They put a bit of the oil on the hive and wait until the swarm makes its way in. We think this is why they have THE BEST honey around.
Cedar Flower Farm just posted this rose with the caption "I wish I was a bee..." Imagine the world our pollinators experience.
Did you know that bees can see the ultraviolet spectrum? Did you know some birds have 300 degrees of sight? Did you know that butterflies have chemoreceptors on their antennae that make their sense of smell highly attuned?
In an effort to increase pollinators at their bakehouse, Happy Belly has turned their entire front yard into a garden. Milkweed is the sole host plant for monarchs and they have allowed it to naturalize to support local populations. Interplanting crops they use for baking and juicing among native varieties creates a micro-habitat that is functional and teaming with bugs!
And if you're interested in planting your own garden with flowers and herbs and plants, stop by the Farm at Miller's Crossing. They still have a ton of transplants that are absolutely perfect, organically grown, and will help give haven to local wildlife.
Wickers Creek will be playing in the lower lot tomorrow from 10am to noon. They are a perennial favorite-- bluegrass, soulful, and old-time string music-- so we are very excited to welcome them back. You can check out more info about them at their site... or just swing by the market and stick around for their set!
We will also have four guest vendors this weekend: OM Champagne Tea (botanical kombucha), Wild Wild Roots (goat milk soaps), Joy Newton Designs (printed fabrics and items featuring "The Apple Project"), and Momemade Treats (dog biscuits)
Here is a counter clockwise list of our vendors in each lot:
UPPER LOT Samascott Orchards: fruit, vegetables, cider, doughnuts Northern Star Farm: lamb, eggs, sheep skins Ardith Mae Farm: variety of soft and hard goat cheese Martin Farm: meat (pork, beef, chicken), eggs, vegetables, jams Blue Star Farm: vegetables, herbs, tomato sauce