Organic Farms | Farmers Pledge Dutchess County
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Organic Farms | Farmers Pledge

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 Hopewell Junction Organic Farms | Farmers Pledge

12533, U-Pick farm, pick-your-own, organic, apple picking, pesticide free produce, Red Tomato, organic, Attractions, Apple Cider Donuts, for kids, Hay Jump for kids, Hay rides, Organic U-Pick, Apple Picking, Pumpkin, Pumpkin Patch, Strawberry Picking Fishkill Farms "NOFA-NY Pick-Your-Own Apples"

845-897-4377 
  Fishkill Farms, a NOFA-NY certified organic CSA farm offering pick-your-own apples, fruits, and vegetables, is located at 9 Fishkill Farm Road, Hopewell Junction NY 12533, Dutchess County in the mid-Hudson Valley.

From Fishkill Farms: "Fishkill Farms is a historic apple orchard that has been in the Morgenthau family for nearly 100 years. After leasing the farm to outside management for a period, Robert and Josh Morgenthau, the second and third generation of the farm family, took the operation back in 2007. Soon, a team began to develop, and Josh took over management of the farm. With the hard work and dedication of the team, Fishkill Farms has grown from a conventionally farmed apple orchard in need of new trees and new tractors, into a diversified, ecological farm with new orchards and infrastructures. Fishkill Farms  NOFA-NY Pick-Your-Own Apples  website and more . . .
 All Poughkeepsie Listings

 Poughkeepsie Organic Farms | Farmers Pledge

12603, Farm, working farm in Dutchess County, educational and spiritual development programs, educational experiences for children, environmental and social responsibility, agricultural resources, farm work, Poughkeepsie NY, Hudson Valley Sprout Creek Farm

845-485-8438 
  Sprout Creek Farm is located at 34 Lauer Road, Poughkeepsie NY 12603, Dutchess County in the mid-Hudson Valley.

From Sprout Creek Farm: A working farm, an educational center, a retail market, a peaceful sanctuary, a summer camp, a place for intellectual inquiry - Sprout Creek Farm is all these things.

"Encompassing 200 acres in Dutchess County, NY, Sprout Creek Farm is really three different entities, distinct yet dynamically intertwined. It is a working farm, raising free-ranging cows, sheep, goats, wild turkeys, guinea fowl, chickens, and pigs. It is a market, selling our internationally award-winning cheeses and farm-produced meats, as well as local Hudson Valley milk, eggs, vegetables, crafts, and gifts. And it is an educational center, offering day, weekend, and summer programs that help connect young people to the land, the seasons, and the plants and animals that co-exist here in harmonious rhythm. Sprout Creek Farm, Inc. is a 501c3 incorporated not-for-profit organization and your gifts are tax-deductible." Sprout Creek Farm  website and more . . .
 All Red Hook Listings

 Red Hook Organic Farms | Farmers Pledge

12571, Community Farm, CSA Farm, Community Supported Agriculture, Farm Share program, regenerative farming, fresh vegetables, regenerative farming, grow food without the use of any chemical pesticides or synthetic fertilizers, CSA Products, pumpkins Hearty Roots Community Farm "CSA Farm"

845-943-8699 
  Hearty Roots Community Farm, a CSA Farm offering a few fruits and many vegetables, uses the practice of regenerative farming. Hearty Roots is located at 223 Pitcher Lane, Red Hook, NY 12571, Dutchess County in the Hudson Valley.

From Hearty Roots: "We are a Community Farm, providing fresh food and a better environment for our neighbors in the Hudson Valley and New York City. Through our CSA, we offer delicious, top-quality vegetables and eggs. Using sustainable farming practices, we aim to improve our soil and ecosystem. In return, our community supports the farm, by becoming members of our CSA." Hearty Roots Community Farm  CSA Farm  website and more . . .

12571, Farms of Highland, Upstate Farms, small farms, upstate New York, best locally produced food,  locally made cheeses, fresh produce, organic specialty vegetables, CSA, organic vegetables Upstate Farms of Highland "Organic CSA Farm"

845-756-3803 
  Upstate Farms of Highland, a Community Supported Agricultural (CSA) farm, is located in Red Hook NY 12571, Dutchess County in the Hudson Valley.

From Upstate Farms: "Paisley Farm is our 25-acre farm in Tivoli, NY owned and operated by Michael Kokas and Jan Greer. We have been growing organic specialty vegetables for 18 years, and we farm with the help of our two children, Julian and Augusta. We plant with the chef in mind. We love to cook ourselves, and we love to share what we grow. We’ve been keeping the best chefs in Manhattan happy for two decades, and now we can do the same for you, with our CSA. Upstate Farms of Highland  Organic CSA Farm  website and more . . .
 All Stanfordville Listings

 Stanfordville Organic Farms | Farmers Pledge

12581, Farm, grass based farm, NOFA farmers pledge certified, Northeast Organic Farming Association, Stanfordville, NY, Vegetables, Grass-fed and pastured meats Thunderhill Farm "NOFA-NY Grass-fed Meats"

845-868-1306 
  Thunderhill Farm, a NOFA-NY certified, small grass based farm, located at 5908 Route 82, Stanfordville, NY 12581, Dutchess County in the mid-Hudson Valley.

From Thunderhill Farm: "We are a small grass based farm. We raise pigs, cows, sheep, chickens and turkeys. We sell these products as well as our own eggs and vegetables at our farm stand. Everything we raise is according to NOFA farmers pledge guidelines." Thunderhill Farm  NOFA-NY Grass-fed Meats  website and more . . .

 More Hudson Valley  Organic Farms | Farmers Pledge

Albany County Organic Farms | Farmers Pledge Albany County
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Greene County Organic Farms | Farmers Pledge Greene County
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Orange County Organic Farms | Farmers Pledge Orange County
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Rensselaer County Organic Farms | Farmers Pledge Rensselaer County
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Ulster County Organic Farms | Farmers Pledge Ulster County
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Westchester County Organic Farms | Farmers Pledge Westchester County
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Organic Farms
Apples, Fruits, Vegetables
Organic U-Pick & Pick-Your-Own
Dutchess County in the Hudson Valley

Find the best Farmers' Markets and organic farms in Dutchess County. Visit U-Pick farms, also known as pick-your-own farms in Dutchess, NY and the wider Hudson Valley. There are many local farms and Farmers' Markets offering the best organic apples, berries, fruits, and vegetables; and they need your support!

A farm is an area of land, often referred to as an acre or hectare (1 hectare = 2.47105 acres) devoted almost exclusively to the practice of growing crops, rearing animals, and dealing with agriculture. Farms vary greatly in the amount of land that is used for farming. When a farm produces products such as apples or grapes, a farm may be called an orchard or vineyard.

As defined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, "Organically grown food is food grown and processed using no synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. Pesticides derived from natural sources (such as biological pesticides) may be used in producing organically grown food . . . "Organic production is a system that is managed in accordance with the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA) of 1990 and regulations in Title 7, Part 205 of the Code of Federal Regulations to respond to site-specific conditions by integrating cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity. The National Organic Program (NOP) develops, implements, and administers national production, handling, and labeling standards."

In other words, "Organic agriculture is a production system that sustains the health of soils, ecosystems and people. It relies on ecological processes, biodiversity and cycles adapted to local conditions, rather than the use of inputs with adverse effects. Organic agriculture combines tradition, innovation and science to benefit the shared environment and promote fair relationships and a good quality of life for all involved."

    National Standards on Organic Agricultural Production and Handling
    "The National Standards on Organic Agricultural Production and Handling (NOP rule) was issued on December 21, 2000, by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service. The standards in the NOP rule are similar to most of the standards organic producers and handlers currently use, and are intended to be flexible enough to accommodate the wide range of operations and products grown and raised in every region of the United States. The Organic Foods Production Act and the NOP rule require that agricultural products labeled as organic originate from farms or handling operations certified by a state or private agency that has been accredited by USDA." The Organic Foods Production Act does not address food safety or nutrition.

    "Food labels must be in compliance by early 2001.

    "The NOP rule prohibits the use of genetic engineering (included in the list of excluded methods), ionizing radiation, and sewage sludge. The rule includes the following:

    • Production and handling requirements, which address organic crop production, wild crop harvesting, organic livestock management, and processing and handling of organic agricultural products
    • The National List of Allowed Synthetic and Prohibited Non-Synthetic Substances (7 CFR 205.600-205.606)
    • Labeling requirements for organic products
    • Compliance, testing, fee, and state program approval requirements
    • Certification and recordkeeping requirements
    • Accreditation requirements for receiving and maintaining accreditation, as well as requirements for foreign accreditation
    • Other administrative functions of the National Organic Program, which include evaluation of foreign organic certification programs"


    Source: Environmental Protection Agency.

While some farms are completely organic, others use synthetic components to assist with the growth of crops and livestock.

Many farms practice organic and/or sustainable farming in Dutchess County and the wider Hudson River Valley, where you can buy fresh and healthy local produce. For fun things to do with the kids, pick-your-own fruits and vegetables at one of many U-Pick farms listed below.

Local farms offer fresh and healthful produce; while organic farms also contribute to a healthy and sustainable environment. Enjoy selections of fresh seasonal fruits, vegetables, and other farm fresh products. Buy produce at one of the Hudson Valley markets, or pick-your-own fruit and vegetables at an organic farm in the Hudson Valley.

Visit one or more organic farms and U-Pick farms in Dutchess County. You'll find farms in Hopewell Junction, Poughkeepsie, Poughquag, Red Hook, Rhinebeck, Staatsburg, and Tivoli, all in the mid-Hudson Valley of New York State.

Farms in Dutchess County sell a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, including delicious New York apples, berries, pumpkins and U-Pick produce. In addition to pick-your-own fruits, many local farms have acres of delicious vegetables available for you to pick; or you can buy picked produce at the farms market stand or market store.

Many farm markets offer a wide range of fresh jars of honey, jams and chutney. Many pick-your-own apples, offer fresh apple cider or a hot cup of coffee to go with the delicious freshly made donuts . . . yum. You can also find local crafts, cheeses, soups, and other specialty items that are charming and made locally.

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is available at some farms in Dutchess County. Community Supported Agriculture is when people agree to purchase a share of the anticipated crop at a farm. If the farm is organic, the farmer agrees to supply the members with a fresh assortment of high quality certified organic produce. The shareholders commitment implies a willingness to share with the farmer both the bounty from the land and some of the risks of its production.

    Why Buy Organic?
    Organic products meet stringent standards. Organic certification is the public’s assurance that products have been grown and handled according to strict procedures without persistent toxic chemical inputs.

    Organic food tastes great.
    It’s common sense. Well-balanced soils produce strong, healthy plants that become nourishing food for people and animals.

    Organic production reduces health risks.
    Many EPA-approved pesticides were registered long before extensive research linked these chemicals to cancer and other diseases. Organic agriculture is one way to prevent any more of these chemicals from getting into the air, earth and water that sustain us.

    Organic farms respect our water resources.
    The elimination of polluting chemicals and nitrogen leaching, done in combination with soil building, protects and conserves water resources.

    Organic farmers build healthy soil.
    Soil is the foundation of the food chain. The primary focus of organic farming is to use practices that build healthy soils.

    Organic farmers work in harmony with nature.
    Organic agricultural respects the balance demanded of a healthy ecosystem: wildlife is encouraged by including forage crops in rotation and by retaining fence rows, wetlands, and other natural areas.

    Organic producers are leaders in innovative research.
    Organic farmers have led the way, largely at their own expense, with innovative on-farm research aimed at reducing pesticide use and minimizing agriculture’s impact on the environment.

    Organic producers strive to preserve diversity.
    The loss of a large variety of species (biodiversity) is one of the most pressing environmental concerns. The good news is that many organic farmers and gardeners have been collecting and preserving seeds, and growing unusual varieties for decades.

    Organic farming helps keep rural communities healthy.
    USDA reported that in 1997, half of U.S. farm production came from only 2% of farms. Organic agriculture can be a lifeline for small farms because it offers an alternative market where sellers can command fair prices for crops.

    Organic abundance – Foods and non-foods alike.
    Now every food category has an organic alternative. And non-food agricultural products are being grown organically – even cotton, which most experts felt could not be grown this way.

    Source: Organic Trade Association.

Select one or more farms to visit at local farms in Dutchess County and go apple, berry, or pumpkin picking in Dutchess County. Farmer's markets and pick-your-own farms are available throughout the county of Dutchess in the mid-Hudson Valley. Find farm markets for all seasons offering many wonderful items including homegrown seasonal fruits & produce such as apples, peaches, apricots, nectarines, pears, plums, blueberries, strawberries, tomatoes & corn. Some farms are open through late December selling Christmas trees and other seasonal items.

Many children enjoy going to a local pick-your-own farm where the kids can pick seasonal fruits and vegetables such as raspberries, blueberries, apples, and pumpkins for Halloween. Many pick-your-own farms offer additional outdoor activities for the kids including:

    Apple, Berry, Pumpkin Picking
    Corn Maze - free for all ages
    Farm animals to pet and feed
    Hayrides
    Picnic Tables
    Pick winter squash / pumpkins

Visit organic farms in Dutchess County. Some farms offer healthy organic produce with more farms working toward becoming organic or getting a Farmers Pledge certification. Organic farms offer healthy produce including fruits, vegetables, organic meats, poultry, eggs, and more.

Several pick-your-own farms have beautiful views of the hills and mountains of Dutchess County, offering kids a wonderful time outdoors "picking their own food". Pick-you-own farms are great fun for children and kids of all ages.

    The "buy local" movement is quickly taking us beyond the promise of environmental responsibility that the organic movement delivered, and awakening us to the importance of community, variety, humane treatment of farm animals, and social and environmental responsibility in regard to our food economy.

    Farmers' Markets are one of the oldest forms of direct marketing by small farmers. From the traditional "Mercados" in the Peruvian Andes to the unique street markets in Asia, growers all over the world gather weekly to sell their produce directly to the public. In the last decade they have become a favorite marketing method for many farmers throughout the United States, and a weekly ritual for many shoppers.

    In a Farmers' Market, farmers sell their products once or twice a week at a designated public place like a park or parking lot. Some Farmers' Markets have live entertainment. Shopping at a Farmers Market is a great way to meet local farmers and get fresh, flavorful produce. Many farms have set-up farm markets on their own farm. In addition to fresh picked fruits and vegetables, Farmers’ Markets often sell crafts and other locally made products.

    Farmers' Markets provide a means for local producers of agricultural products to sell those products directly to the consumer. Many communities throughout New York State view Farmers Markets as a positive avenue for supporting local agriculture, providing a source of fresh fruits and vegetables to the residents of their community, and as a means of drawing people into their community aiding in the economic redevelopment of an area.

The Farmers’ Market Federation of New York is a statewide not-for-profit organization designed to both promote and provide support services for the Farmers' Markets within New York State. The Federation was formed through the collective efforts of market managers throughout the state, Cooperative Extension, and the Department of Agriculture & Markets, and was initially funded by a Federal State Marketing Improvement Grant in early 1998.

Large-scale chemical agriculture continues to poison our soil and our water, and weaken our communities. Buying directly from a family farm can help put a stop to this unfortunate trend. By purchasing organic produce from your local farmer, you are working to maintain a healthy environment, a vibrant community, and a strong and sustainable local economy for you and for your family.

Organic and Local Food
The freshest, healthiest, most flavorful organic food is food that is grown locally. Organically grown food is free from exposure to harmful chemicals; but that is only one part of the importance of organic products. A larger part of Organic Agriculture involves the health of the soil and of the ecosystems in which crops and livestock are raised. Organic Agriculture is born from the idea that a healthy environment significantly benefits crops and the health of those consuming them. In addition, organic practices are also viable in the long term, since they are efficient in their use of resources. Unlike large scale "chemical agriculture", Organic Agriculture does not damage the environment and our local community.

Visit your local Farmers' Market and experience the colorful abundance of nutritious, high quality locally grown foods, the aroma of fresh produce and the friendly banter of farmers and customers, neighbors and families. A visit to a Farmers' Market is an adventure, and among the fun things to do in your own community. Bring the children. Children love visiting their local farmer's market where they can meet the farmers, ask questions, and learn about the food. Farmers' Markets also provide a lesson in supporting your own community and the environment.

Both economic and health factors have resulted in the growth of Farmers' Markets across the country. Not only is a completely new generation of farmers seeking retail outlets that increase their profitability and viability thus preserving agriculture for themselves and future generations, but also, consumers are discovering that Farmers' Markets are a fun, reasonably priced, alternative to supermarkets. At Farmers' Markets they have direct access to fresh, healthy local foods and to the farmers who produce the foods. The experience inevitably includes developing relationships and friendships with the farmers and gaining an understanding and appreciation of where their food comes from and how it is produced.

Use the Local Harvest website on the Farmers' Markets & Local Farms page to find Farmers' Markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area, where you can buy organic produce, grass-fed meats, and many other delicious and healthy foods.




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