New Paltz — Decked Out for Christmas

With Christmas just around the corner I thought it would be fun to visit some of my favorite Hudson Valley towns and see how some of the stores are decorated. Here is a sample from New Paltz.

IMG_0371 sThis set of colorful stick figures that always greet visitors at the entrance to the famed Water Street Market is currently sporting Santa Claus caps.

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Many of the shop windows in the Water Street Market are decorated with this “gift-wrap” theme. The photo includes a reflection of the shops on the opposite side of the pedestrian path.

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My favorite place in all Water Street — the gallery of regional photographer G. Steve Jordan. If you’re in New Paltz, stop in for a real visual treat. Otherwise, visit Steve’s website. Anyone who has been to the Mohonk Mountain House should appreciate one of Steve’s prints of the area asĀ a remembrance of their visit. One of his magnificent 2013 calendars will keep the memories alive on your wall all year long.

Rosendale Farmers Market Offers Fresh Goodness

There is nothing like a farmers market for an opportunity to buy fresh, local food and to chat with the folks who grow or make it. Sometimes I deliberately set out to visit one of these markets, such as when the Cold Spring market opened for the season in its new location at BoscobelĀ (see my blog post for May 19); at other times, I happen upon one by chance while driving and exploring Hudson Valley roads. This was the case recently while I was driving Route 32 south from Kingston. There on the right side of the road, set up at the local Recreation Center, was the Rosendale Farmers Market.

I met and purchased from vendors that were new to me (those carrots in the photo were a fresh, crisp treat!) as well as from one that I know well from their weekend setups at the Thruway rest areas–Grey Mouse Farms from up the road near Saugerties, selling the freeze-dried veggies for which they are famous.

If you’re in the area, please stop by and visit the Rosendale Farm Market! It is open each Sunday from 9 am to 2 pm, rain or shine, from June through October. In the Rec Center lot along Route 32, you can’t miss it. Help your local food producers and help and treat yourself by buying their fresh products.

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