Above photo: Old York Cellars
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!
Wine & Cards: A deck of cards and a local bottle of rosé…what more do you need!? Hudson Valley, family-owned winery Tousey Winery is currently open 7 days a week from 4:00 – 7:00pm. Pick up your wine or text 518-567-5348 for local deliveries. ⠀
Stay Caffeinated: Coffee shops are still pouring all across New York State and beyond. Character Coffee in Utica, NY and HipStir Cafe in Oneida, NY are still open to give you your daily caffeine fix. Take a drive, enjoy the scenery, stop in & grab a cup!
Farm Fresh Flowers: Whether you’ve got Mother’s Day on the brain or could just use a splash of vibrant, colorful life in your kitchen these days, get your hands on a gorgeous bouquet of Tiny Hearts Farm florals! With the help of Three Notch Florals during this time, you can get a bouquet of farm fresh flowers delivered to the NY metro area.
Hudson Valley Greens: Nothing says spring like a big box of something green. Call in an order ahead for farm fresh goods pickup at the Migliorelli Farm farm stand locations! Rhinebeck Stand: 845-876-1999 | Mt Tremper Stand: 845-688-2112. ⠀
Share Wine with Friends: We know it is difficult to share a good bottle of wine with friends and family these days, so local award-winning winery Old York Cellars of Central New Jersey has created a line of customizable wine labels to send to those who you can’t see in person. Old York Cellars is donating 20% of sales of these wines to the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund –100% goes to existing hunger and healthcare organizations with a demonstrated track record of caring for vulnerable communities. Check here for details!⠀
Eat Your Veggies: Join the Fulton Stall Market springtime CSA! Every week, you can safely pick up fresh produce, meat, eggs and more while supporting local farmers and producers. Learn how to support the non-profit market and sign-up for the Spring CSA here.
Celebrate the Earth: Earth Day doesn’t need to be limited to just one day. All month, season, year, decade, and life long, let’s celebrate and appreciate the magnificence of this planet! Plant a garden, shop at local farmers markets, reduce plastic use or start your own compost. There are so many ways to give back to this magical world…no time like the present!
Eat Chocolate: Whether you’re looking to treat a mother working overtime right now, or just to satisfy your sweet tooth, Chocology Unlimited is offering 30% off on all Neuhaus chocolates boxes to help sweeten up these tough times. Use Code: neuhaus.
Farm Porch Pick-Up: Take a drive from NYC for no-contact farm porch pickup in Central New Jersey – it’s easy! Place your order online at Terhune Orchards and they will confirm a pick up time (usually for 24-48 hours later). They are stocked with fresh produce, breads, dairy, meats & cheeses, pies, wine, donuts and lots more! Additionally, farm store open for in-person shopping 9-5 daily with standard safety measures in place.