Above Photo: GrowNYC
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!
Maple: Maple weekends may be canceled this year, but you can still get your maple fix AND support local maple farms and sugarhouses by shopping online and at local farmers markets (while social distancing, of course!). Roxbury Mountain Maple is offering 25% off their entire website to better enable shopping from home. Check out their website for everything maple, pure honey and grass fed beef!⠀
Get Baking: What better time to finally start baking bread in your own kitchen? Stock up on GrowNYC Grains (check out GrowNYC for updated market schedules and safety guidelines) and get your Martha Stewart on.
Wine Delivery: Social distancing doesn’t mean we can’t have happy hour! Unionville Vineyards in Central New Jersey is offering contactless sales of bottles or cases at The Tasting Room at Unionville Vineyards. Open daily, 12-5pm. Place your order online and mark it for customer pickup, and they will write or call to arrange for the delivery to your vehicle in the parking lot when you visit the winery. Also, you can dial 908-788-0400 ex.2 to order over the phone. AND the vineyard can also ship any of their wines to residents of New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Washington, DC, or Florida. Check out their website for the wines available and tasting notes. Use the code “SHIPNOW” for complimentary shipping on 6 or more bottles.⠀
Shop Safe: While you may not be able to visit many of your favorite farmers and producers for an agritourism getaway with your family and friends right now, you can still support them by shopping at local farmers markets! Stay up to date with NYC Greenmarkets on Instagram.
Relax: Anyone looking for relaxation tools these days? Lavender is your friend! Hidden Spring Lavender in Central New Jersey offers culinary lavender, tea, and honey, plus a wide range of lavender lotions, creams, perfumes, and plush toys. The store is expanding hours early this year to every Saturday and Sunday, 10-4pm, in order to spread out customer visits. No more than five people are allowed in the store at one time, and they offer a curb-side pickup if you call ahead. Take in some fresh air and visit the alpacas while you’re on the farm!⠀
Fresh Eats: Looking for some fresh foods? Fulton Stall Market in the Seaport District is open Monday – Saturday 11:30am -4pm and features locally grown & sourced foods from NY farmers and producers, fresh baked goods, and delicious Heat-N-Serve foods prepared on-site for takeout. ⠀
High Spirits: Keep your spirits up with a little help from some friends. Prohibition Distillery in the Sullivan Catskills is open during select hours for take-out, delivery and curbside pick-up. Check out their Instagram pages for up to date info.
Coffee Fix: Anyone else’s coffee intake increased since being housebound? The Irving Farm roastery is still running to deliver fresh roasted, custom ground coffee to your door! Subscribe at irvingfarm.com and save 10%. ⠀
Blue Hill Bliss: NYC legend Chef Dan Barber and crew are offering dinner boxes for pick up at Blue Hill Stone Barns. All proceeds go towards keeping the restaurant staff employed and the meal might be just the thing to make something special when nights of the week that are starting to blend together. Check out their website and @chefdanbarber’s Instagram feed for ordering details. You can also pick up “The Bread Box,” a farm fresh mega loaf meant to feed your family for the week.
Dairy Fresh: So maybe you aren’t able to escape where you are, but Hidden Pastures Dairy can still ship upstate NY to you! They are now bottling milk and can ship goat milk to your door. You can even order a special “dairy good” box of local dairy shipped to your door. Check out their website for pricing to your area.