Above Photo: McEnroe Organic Farm
How can you support all our farmers, food, wine, craft beverage producers and local travel destinations during this uncertain time? If you can’t travel locally, buy their products online! They rely on your business to keep food on their tables just like we rely on their businesses to literally keep food on OUR tables. Crowds are low, prices are right, the air is fresh and spirits are high! So take a drive, pick up curbside from a farm store or tasting room, and shop shop shop online! Take sound precautions, wash your hands, stay home if you’re ill and check the Centers For Disease Control (CDC) website for latest updates.
We will be highlighting specific ways and businesses you can support weekly right here at the EscapeMaker Blog. Check out below for a few simple ways to help the local gems we’ve all come to love so much…and check back next week for more ideas. In the meantime, follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for real-time updates and ideas to help support local businesses around us. We’re all in this together… support agritourism!
Food Regeneration: Did you know, you can regenerate food scraps to grow your own food? This is incredibly easy, and only requires food scraps (you probably already have and were likely to compost or throw away) and water! Get your fresh goods (like scallions) from your local farmers market and check out GrowNYC for the virtual teaching garden and steps on how to do this with scallions. ⠀
Shop Local, Shop Digital: In immediate response to the crisis, Natoora made the decision to open up an app they had designed for chefs to EVERYONE. Working with characteristic dynamism and flexibility, their tech team has been working round the clock to release an update to the app with new features for home delivery customers. So you can now hit SHOP to browse by category: FRESH for seasonal fruit & vegetables, DELI to see dairy & deli items and DRY (PANTRY for our US users) to find store cupboard essentials. From Tech to Sourcing to Customer Services to Operations, their sole focus is to continue to adapt successfully this new reality. Your support is creating demand for the right kind of farming practices, a legacy we hope will outlast the current crisis. ⠀
BBQ: Feeling uninspired in your kitchen? Download Jimmy Carbone’s e-cookbook, I Like Pig, filled with 25 great recipes, bbq and beyond by chefs and authors from the early years at the Pig Island food festival. Happy cooking!
Ferment It: Keep ordering your delicious, healing, farm fresh eats online! Hawthorne Valley Farm is working to make it as easy and safe as possible for you to have access to their amazing ferments right now. They are currently working on launching an online store, but in the meantime you can now order direct. Here’s how you order: EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org with what variety, how many jars you’d like, and your address. They will then mail them out to you on Tuesdays. All orders ship USPS Priority with a shipping cost of around $8-$14 depending on where you live
Take a Hike: Escape the city for some fresh air. The Great Western Catskills are here for you if you need a deep breath and a long walk.
Keep it Sweet: Spread a little sweetness right now with a gift of maple! Crown Maple syrup, granola, popcorn, pancake mix and more are available for online purchase. Save 15% off you order all April long with code COMFORT15 – spend $75 or more and get FREE shipping! Contiguous US only.
Get Gardening: There’s no better time to get around to that garden you’ve always dreamed of planting. Plan your gardens in advance while the weather warms up and take advantage of nursery curbside pickup from amazing farms like McEnroe Organic Farm in the Hudson Valley! The nursery will be open for curbside pickup starting Saturday, April 18. They are encouraging maximum social distancing for the safety of our staff and customers and will only be offering Curbside Pickup. The nursery will temporarily be closed for customers to browse through.⠀⠀
Ship Cider: Ship yourself the great taste of NY apples throughout the country or, if you already live in NY, ship your friends and family a taste of home! Nine Pin Cider is now now shipping their products to over 35 states. Check it out here.