River Valley Farms: The People and the Pride Behind the Produce

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Meet your local farmer! Published for the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s September 1609 journey along the river that today bears his name, this fascinating illustrated portrait celebrates the local farms—and farmers—in one of the country’s most scenic and storied regions, once known as the Breadbasket of America. Hudson River Valley Farms brings to life the renaissance of food producers who have developed the region as a source of artisanal cheeses, grass-fed ...

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Overview

Meet your local farmer! Published for the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s September 1609 journey along the river that today bears his name, this fascinating illustrated portrait celebrates the local farms—and farmers—in one of the country’s most scenic and storied regions, once known as the Breadbasket of America. Hudson River Valley Farms brings to life the renaissance of food producers who have developed the region as a source of artisanal cheeses, grass-fed beef, and first-rate organic fruits and vegetables. 

Stunning photography and short, evocative essays take you on a rare, behind-the-scenes journey to forty-four farms from Westchester County to the Capital District of Albany, and include the colorful maverick entrepreneurs behind the striking scenery. You'll discover a new world of sustainability and local flavors, including farms with retail outlets on their premises and ones that welcome visitors. Also included are a directory of nearly 100 local farmers’ markets, directions to featured farms open to the public, and an introduction by the region’s popular U.S. Congressman, Maurice D. Hinchey.

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It's been 400 years since Henry Hudson sailed up the river that now bears his name. Many things have changed, but the region is still the picture of nature's abundance. In Hudson River Journey, author Joanne Michaels and professional photographer Rich Pomerantz (Wild Horses) use their respective skills to profile 44 farms, from Rockland and Westchester counties to the outskirts of Albany. With its directory of nearly 100 local farmers' markets, Hudson River Valley Farms isn't just a fertile pictorial of rural industriousness; it's a breadbasket resource you can use.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762748921
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
  • Publication date: 7/15/2009
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,424,645
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Joanne Michaels is the author of seven books, including Hudson River Journey, The Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountains: An Explorer’s Guide, Let’s Take the Kids, and Adirondack High. A former editor in chief of Hudson Valley magazine, she hosts a cable television talk show, The Real Story, syndicated in the Hudson River Valley. She lives in Woodstock, New York.

Rich Pomerantz’s photography books include Wild Horses of the Dunes and the acclaimed Great Gardens of the Berkshires.

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Table of Contents

Introduction by U.S. Congressman Maurice Hinchey

Hudson Valley Map with Farm Locations

ROCKLAND COUNTY

             Dr. Davies Farm, Congers

WESTCHESTER COUNTY

             Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, Pocantico Hills

             Cabbage Hill Farm, Mt. Kisco

             Stuart’s Fruit Farm, Granite Springs

PUTNAM COUNTY

             Ryder Farm, Brewster

             Saunders Farm, Cold Spring

ORANGE COUNTY

             Rogowski Farm, Pine Island

             Blooming Hill Farm, Blooming Grove

             Hodgson Farm, Montgomery

ULSTER COUNTY

             Stoutridge Winery, Marlboro

             Willow Tree Farm, Milton

             Four Winds Farm, Gardiner

             Liberty View Farm, Highland

             Tantillo Farm, Gardiner

             Honeybee Lives, New Paltz

             Saunderskill Farm, Accord

             Stone Church Farm, Rifton

             Davenport Farm, Stone Ridge

             Longyear Farm, Woodstock

DUTCHESS COUNTY

             Mistover Farm, Pawling

             Sprout Creek Farm, LaGrangeville

             Wigsten Farm, Pleasant Valley

             Hahn Farm, Salt Point

             Millbrook Farmhouse Cheese, Millbrook

             Yellowframe Farm, Millbrook

             F. W. Battenfeld & Sons Farm, Red Hook

             Greig Farm, Red Hook

             Hearty Roots Farm, Red Hook

             Irving Farm, Millerton

             McEnroe Organic Farm, Millerton

             Pleasant View Farm, Millerton

             Ronnybrook Farm, Pine Plains

COLUMBIA COUNTY

             Highland Deer Farm, Germantown

             Philip Orchard, Claverack

             The Farm at Miller’s Crossing, Philmont

             Hawthorne Valley Farm, Harlemville

             Grazin’ Angus, Ghent

             Old Chatham Sheepherding Company, Old Chatham

             Spruce Ridge Farm, Old Chatham

GREENE COUNTY

             Catskill Mountain Foundation Farm, Hunter & Maplecrest

             Armstrong Elk Farm, Cornwallville

             Hull-O Farm, Durham

ALBANY AREA

             Heather Ridge Farm, Preston Hollow

             Goold Orchards, Castleton-on-Hudson

APPENDICES

            Directory of Hudson Valley Farmers Markets

            Driving Directions to Farms

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    Beautiful Book

    I am probably a little too biased, because my husband runs one of the farms that are featured in the book, but the book is beautiful and I will be purchasing more as gifts for our family! Its so nice to see and learn about the many farms in the surrounding areas. The photos are beautiful!!

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