This has been an exciting few months filled with Hudson Valley happenings organized or attended by those of us at Organic Hudson Valley. Kicking it all off, we had two events planned to celebrate Earth Day. First was Ossining’s 7th Annual Earth Day Festival, which was held on Saturday, April 22, at the Louis Engel Waterfront Park. It was so good to be a part of this event and to meet so many wonderful people and businesses that share our mission.
After the Ossining festival, I headed home to get ready for our “Dirty Dinner” that evening, which was hosted by Walbridge Farm Market in collaboration with FarmOn! Foundation and OHV. This was a fundraiser for the Millbrook Central School District Wellness Program, raising money to bring farm-fresh food to our kids’ school-lunch program and to connect our young people to local agriculture through, among other things, the maintenance of a school garden.
What a fun time this was! There was live music from the Millbrook Jazz Band and Perry Beekman, a pig race, bonfires, delicious food served by Millbrook students, and drinks from Nostrano Vineyards, Pitchfork Cider and Taconic Distillery. The best part was a cook-off between Chef John Lekic and Chef Terrance Brennan—each competing against two students of the Millbrook Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) guided by Ryan Judge. Guess who won the competition? The students!
The following weekend we went to Tap NY, which was held at Hunter Mountain on April 29 and 30. This is the largest craft beer and food event in New York State. It was great to see some of our local brewers serving their craft beers and to meet so many other brewers and cider makers as well.
Lastly, the first Saturday in May we had the privilege of being part of Self Made: A Makers Collective, which brings top craftspeople and artisans in the Hudson Valley and surrounding areas together for a one-day marketplace. This was held at the University Settlement Camp site in Beacon. It was great to see some familiar faces and new talented artisans in our area. We are extremely happy and excited for our writer Holly J. Coley, who is one of the creators of this event.
Remember, if local businesses stick together and support each other’s growth, we will ensure the future of the Hudson Valley as a wonderful and vibrant place to live!