As you know I’m a big fan of Poughkeepsie Farm Project and I can’t wait for May 4th and 11th when they’ll kick off the season with their annual Farm Fest and Plant Sale!
Come join us from 9-3 for this family-friendly event that also celebrates the farm’s 20th anniversary.
The Farm Fest and Plant Sale is a fun event that includes hands-on gardening activities and storytelling for children, farm tours, wildflower walks, food and live music.
The Plant Sale offers 100 varieties of perennial and annual flowers and vegetable starts, including a selection of native plants, medicinal herbs and flowers to attract bees and hummingbirds to your garden.
A craft farmers’ market will feature Plan Bee Farm Brewery, Glorie Farm Winery, Fishkill Farms Treasury Cider, North River Roasters and Inquiring Minds Bookstore, as well as grass-fed beef, hand-woven baskets, Poughkeepsie-made pottery and Poughkeepsie Farm Project-made herbal products.
You’ll also be able to sign up for a CSA Share with Poughkeepsie Farm Project (but you might not want to wait that long and risk them being sold out). With the CSA you’ll get 23 weeks of super-fresh, nutritious, delicious farm-grown produce — PLUS there’s exclusive pick-your-own access each week so you can bring home fresh flowers, berries, herbs, and more. It’s flexible, affordable, convenient and fun.
Unlike some CSA’s you have a choice of what delicious veggies you receive. If fruit is your thing, there’s also a separate fruit CSA that runs from July through the fall. Visit farmproject.org/csa for more information, or stop by Farm Fest & Plant Sale to meet the farmers, tour the farm and learn more about which CSA option is right for you.
“We have been working hard for the last 20 years to serve as an important community resource connecting food, farm, and the people of Poughkeepsie,” said Ray Armater, Executive Director, Poughkeepsie Farm Project. “We are excited to get our community involved, and to offer this exciting and fun-filled opportunity for folks to meet our farmers and experience this unique urban farmstead.”
Founded in 1999, Poughkeepsie Farm Project provides innovative garden and nutrition education to over 4,000 youth in the Poughkeepsie City School District. It is also the City of Poughkeepsie’s largest farm, growing 200,000 pounds of produce for a 600-member community-supported agriculture (CSA) program. The farm donates 35,000 pounds of food annually to area food pantries and organizations including Dutchess Outreach and Hudson River Housing.
For more information on PFP, the Farm Fest and Plant Sale, the CSA options and how you can support the farm and its missions, visit www.farmproject.org.
See you at the farm!
Thanks to PFP for the photos!