While you’re peeping the changing leaves or hiking the trails in the Southern Adirondacks this fall, don’t forget to bring home more than memories. As an agricultural community, Washington County is home to hundreds of farms of all sizes, raising and making products you can enjoy at the table.
From incredible ice cream, freshly churned from their own herd to table decor woven or harvested just for you, there are more than a few ways to bring Upstate NY home this holiday season.
Farm-Fresh Main Course
The star of any holiday meal is often the turkey, and if you’ve never tried a farm-raised bird from your local farmers, you’re sure to taste the difference! KL Hollow Farm is one of those farms, offering turkey just in time for your Thanksgiving dinner.
Dozens of farms offer holiday birds, from turkey to chicken and quail, but you want to get your order in early: Lots of room to graze means a limited number of birds, and they sell out fast! Pleasant Valley Farm CSA offers products from dozens of local farms, so you can have your pick of what’s available. They even offer NYC deliveries, Saratoga Springs and Glens Falls pickups, or farm pickup if you’re in the area.
If you’re looking for some darker meat for the table, Washington County has you covered there, too. Stop into any of our small-town butchers for a selection of fresh cuts, sausage, and more. Or connect with a farmer for your winter supply of beef or pork, trimmed, packaged, and frozen to enjoy beyond the holidays!
Stop into Easton Station Farms‘ self-serve store for one-off cuts of their incredible farm-raised beef. From brisket to stew beef, whatever you’re making, you can find the right cut there!
Decorate, Dine, and Raise a Toast
While you’re at the Cambridge Valley Farmers Market you can pick up even more great items for your celebrations. Ingredients like oat groats, pesto, and fresh vegetables are available, along with ready-to-share dips, bread, and more from all different vendors.
You can even set the table with a touch of Washington County. Itching for a new serving dish or ready to trade your wedding china for something different? Check out Pennyworks Pottery or the North Granville Pottery Company. Both artists offer unique styles, perfect for daily use or special occasions.
As a farming community, it should come as no surprise that many Washington County locals raise fiber animals and/or create great woven, knit, and felted with that fiber.
Celebrate the season with a special drink, grown and brewed right here. Dry sparkling ciders and cysers from Melo Moon or Slyboro are a great choice, as are wines from Victory View, Northern Cross, or South Dominion. Or consider a special nightcap bourbon from Springbrook Hollow.
Give a Gift Your Host Will Cherish
If someone else is doing the cooking this year and you don’t want to turn up empty-handed, consider picking up a gift your host can enjoy after the table is cleared and the dishes are done.
For a bit of a pamper, consider Washington County-grown CBD products. From roll-on relief for aches and pain to rejuvenating skincare, it’s sure to be a unique and appreciated gift.
You’ll find something for everyone at Gardenworks Farm. Their marketplace offers a rotating selection of local handicrafts, artwork, gifts, and specialty food to suit any taste. Even a bouquet of beautiful dried flowers for a gift that will last beyond dinner.
Pop into Bee and Bramble for unique metalwork items, beeswax candles, stained glass, and more. They even offer furniture and metalwork refurbishments and repairs!
There’s nothing worse than thinking about cooking breakfast after a day spent preparing for a Thanksgiving feast. Bring along some baked goodies that can be enjoyed the morning after. A coffee cake from Coffee And or a dozen from the King Bakery Donut Cart is sure to do the trick.
Seal the Deal with Something Sweet
We all know that during the holiday season, the sweet stuff takes center stage. Luckily if you plan ahead, you can ensure guests will have the best selection of desserts after a hearty meal.
Many local cafes and diners are known for their incredible cakes, pies, and baked goods. Be sure to order your holiday desserts now from places like the Village Cafe & Bakery in Greenwich or Mamma’s Cafe in Fort Edward.
One of the most popular desserts in Washington County is cheesecake from the Nuns of New Skete. Available in flavors like apple walnut, maple, chocolate amaretto, and Kahlua, you can order online, pick one up from many shops around the region, or head to the nuns’ gift shop in Cambridge. Don’t forget to pick up some savory cheese spreads, baking mix, or a fruit cake while you’re there.