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Living the “Farm to Table” Life in Dutchess County

August 19, 2020

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The journey from farm to table gets a whole lot shorter when you live in Upstate NY! Local farms are simply part of the daily scenery and community here, and a big reason why our corner of Dutchess County evokes the perfect balance of a simpler country lifestyle with easy access to everything one would want and need. Here are some of our favorite ways to tap into the local farm-to-table bounty and support neighboring small businesses:


Whether you want to stop into a farm market for a few items, pick your own fruits and vegetables, or invest in a CSA share, the LaGrange area offers plenty of options to bring fresh food into your kitchen on a regular basis.

What’s a CSA, you ask? With CSA — or Community Supported Agriculture — you buy a share of a farm’s harvest in advance, and receive weekly or bi-weekly shares of produce by delivery or pickup. That share probably includes freshly picked vegetables (usually organic) and possibly, depending on the farm, fruits, herbs, meats, eggs, dairy, cut flowers, and other products.

Poughkeepsie Farm Project
CSA, Pick Your Own, Online Farm Store
All produce here is Certified Naturally Grown, with the farm following organic practices. Also available at this local farming hub are educational experiences and workshops on farming, gardening, cooking, nutrition, and more. Located at 51 Vassar Farm Lane, Poughkeepsie.

Fishkill Farms
CSA, Pick Your Own, Farm Market
A local fixture since 1913, Fishkill Farms offers homegrown organic vegetables and eco-certified fruit. Located at 9 Fishkill Farm Road, Hopewell Junction.

Barton Orchards
Pick Your Own, Farm Market
One of the most popular farms in the area, Barton offers family activities and special events along with its fresh bounty. Located at 63 Apple Tree Lane, Poughquag.

Mitten Rock Farm
Farm Market
Mitten Rock pasture-raises grass fed and grass finished beef. Located at 1148 Noxon Road, LaGrangeville.


For those days when you want to eat out and explore new, locally sourced culinary treats created by world class chefs, we recommend these nearby restaurants that put “farm to table” front and center on their menus:

Farm to Table Bistro
Farm to Table Bistro sources most of its ingredients from local farmers and creameries, and offers outdoor seating options.  Located at 1083 Route 9, Fishkill.

Farmers and Chefs
A casual Hudson Valley restaurant founded by John Lekic, Farmers and Chefs draws its inspiration from the Hudson Valley region and combines fresh, seasonal local ingredients with global influences. Outdoor seating is available. Located at 40 Albany Street, Poughkeepsie.

The Artist’s Palate
Enjoy locally sourced ingredients on a global menu at this contemporary dining destination. Décor provided by area artists! Located at 307 Main Street, Poughkeepsie.

Lola’s Café
Chef Ed Kowalski’s Lola’s Café serves up made to order sandwiches, chopped salads, vegetarian “bowls”, and homemade soups made from fresh locally sourced ingredients. Located at 131 Washington Street, Poughkeepsie, directly next to the stairs of the Walkway Over the Hudson.

Mill House Brewing Company
This restaurant and brewery specializes in craft beers made in-house and delicious gastropub fare made from fresh locally-sourced ingredients. Located at 289 Mill Street, Poughkeepsie.

Poughkeepsie Ice House
This riverfront eatery is well known for serving farm-fresh, local, and sustainable food in a great atmosphere. A huge outdoor dining patio provides scenic views of the Hudson. Located at 1 Main Street, Poughkeepsie.

Brasserie 292
Tucked along Poughkeepsie’s historic Main Street you’ll find Brasserie 292 serving classic French fare and local favorites like oysters, mussels, and grilled heritage pork tenderloin. All fresh produce and seafood are supplied by nearby farms. Located at 292 Main Street, Poughkeepsie.

An elegant yet friendly Italian trattoria and bar, Cosimo’s serves up traditional recipes using produce from local family-owned Hudson Valley farms. Also features outdoor seating, lush green setting, and fire pit. Located at 120 Delafield Street, Poughkeepsie.

Really, these are just a few of our top spots — there are too many to list! Whether you’re visiting the Dutchess County area or calling it home, we hope you’ll get a chance to experience farm-to-table living in these varied ways.

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