Rewind: 20 Years On–The Rhinebeck Farmer’s Market

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Editor’s Note: Last year, Cheryl Paff, manager of the Rhinebeck Farmers’ Market asked us to document this amazing market.

She thought it would be a good idea to tell their story and boy, do they have a story.

Here we are in early spring and farmers’ markets will be opening again soon, so we hope you’ll enjoy this timely story.

Sunday mornings in Rhinebeck, New York are about to get a whole lot more exciting because the Rhinebeck Farmers’ Market is returning for its 20th season.

Named by Hudson Valley magazine as the ‘Best Farmers Market’ in the Hudson Valley for the past five years and a ‘Hudson Valley Essential’ by Bon Appétit, this is a not-to-be missed market. The enthusiastic crowds prove it every Sunday from Mother’s Day to Thanksgiving. (There’s even an indoor Winter Market that fills in admirably until warm weather arrives.)

The crew from HandPicked Nation spent more than a few Sundays at the market speaking with vendors and customers to produce the short video you can see here. It was obvious early on in the production that this market has a legion of ardent fans.

And why not?

Stunning goods, knowledgeable and friendly merchants, and an appealing location in the middle of the village help make this market attract weekenders and locals alike.

It has been a true joy partnering with our region’s best growers and food artisans.

This from their website:

The market began back in 1994 when a group of residents and business people organized with the goal of creating a venue to promote Hudson Valley agricultural products and to enhance the social and economic vitality of the Town and Village of Rhinebeck.

The market has since evolved into something greater. It has become Rhinebeck’s Sunday morning gathering place. A place where neighbors meet and mingle and visitors can sample the very best of the Hudson Valley. Our vendors provide a diverse and unique selection of farm fresh products including fruits and vegetables, beef, pork, lamb, venison, buffalo, fish, chicken, turkey, duck, pheasant, rabbit, eggs from chicken, duck, turkey and pheasant, goat, cow and sheep’s milk cheeses, dairy, honey, juices, jams, flowers & plants, smoked products and much more.

The Rhinebeck Farmers’ Market is unique in that it is not supported by a civic or governmental organization and enjoys no special eligibility status. The market relies solely upon vendor fees, business sponsors, donations, volunteers and merchandise sales for its operating funds.

Cheryl Paff is the brilliant market manager for Rhinebeck Farmers’ Market. We recently spoke with her about the upcoming season. Here is what she had to say:

“There’s so much to be excited about this time of year. The spring growing season is taking off with asparagus, ramps and rhubarb poking through the ground and we are about to embark on our 20th year of the outdoor market. It has been a true joy partnering with our region’s best growers and food artisans. We absolutely love being a hub for all that is great about the Hudson Valley.”

Every community should be so lucky to have a market like the one in Rhinebeck. On a cool summer morning, neighbors meet, visit and shop. They get to know the people who produce the good food available, and in turn, the farmers connect with the folks that will be nourished by their efforts. It truly is the town square. If you’re ever in the beautiful town of Rhinebeck, New York, stop by and say ‘hi’.

Tell us what you like about your local farmers’ market.

Photo Credit: Slow Films