FALL FEAST’ivities: S. Pine Street City Farm Stand

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There’s a lot of autumn entertaining and feasting to get on with this season, and the South Pine Street City Farm Stand is ready to supply you with fresh, naturally grown herbs and vegetables (using organic soil and seeds with no pesticides) to make all your fall dishes divine. Located at 27 S. Pine St in Kingston (map it), the stand’s hours are 3PM – 6PM on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays… Now through November 23rd!

Farmers Trish Hawkins and Joel Zenie would like to share with you this letter they recently penned to some local flora and fauna:

Dear Dr. Kale, the Collards, and Miss Mustard Greens,

Thank you, loyal friends. You’ve been with us from the start and now, it being Fall, you’ve caught some beneficial chill and will provide your good green leaves to human customers until our season’s end.

Dear Human Friends, come one come all to get your healthy Autumn greens (and root crops) at the Farm. We’ll be open Monday-Wednesday-Friday from 3 to 6 pm until November 23.

Hearty thanks to all,
Trish and Joel

P.S. Don’t come if there’s a blizzard! In any case, we’ll reunite in Spring.

Trish and a carrot

Trish and a carrot

peppered in deliciousness

peppered in deliciousness

garden chard

horseradish root

horseradish root

turnip

carrots

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Stand’s fall harvest consists of: kale, collards, mustard greens, arugula, dill, cilantro, parsley, horseradish root, lettuce, turnips and carrots.

Interview with Rail Trail Café owners: Tara Johannessen & Brian Farmer

Rail Trail Cafe

Perhaps the last thing you’d expect to find while hiking or biking on a wilderness trail is an adorable organic microgreens-growing cafe. But take a trip down the Wallkill Valley rail trail and that’s exactly what you’ll find. We’re thrilled to talk with Tara Johannessen & Brian Farmer, the owners of the renowned Rail Trail Café, to hear all about this hidden gem. And don’t forget to join us on September 24th when our monthly Weekend Wander series takes to the wheels with a group ride from Kingston to the Rail Trail Café and back (We’re gonna earn that slice)!!!

What made you decide to open the Rail Trail Café?
We wanted to be able to work from home. There seemed to be a need when foot and bike traffic increased with the new extended trail via the trestle bridge. We wanted to create a greater sense of community by creating a local economy. And last, but not least we wanted to sell our organic food and produce.

What was your initial vision when you designed the menu?
Simple nutritious, organic, vegetarian. Something for everyone. A place where kids could come from around the neighborhood and be able to buy a goodie for cheap.

Do you grow much of the food yourselves?
We grow maybe 30 or 40% of the produce. All the kale, tomatoes, herbs, microgreens. And we have sourced some of the micro-greens from Big Little Farm as well.

What are your best sellers at the café?
Rosewater lemonade, salads, and pizza.

What are some of the challenges of serving food in the great outdoors?
The greatest challenges are the rain and severe heat.

Do you do special events?
We’ve had weddings, fundraisers and there’s music every weekend.

What’s your favorite trail in Ulster County?
We really love the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail because its flat, shady and crosses both the Rondout and the Wallkill rivers.

What part of the Kingston Greenline are you most excited about?
All of it.

SPEED ROUND:
Fave Color: The whole spectrum of colors is magnificent!!
Fave Movie: Magnolia
Fave Song: Chenrezig Mantra Song
Fave Food: Micro-greens
Fave Book: “The Red Book” by Carl Jung

For more info on the Rail Trail Cafe, visit their site and like them on Facebook.

Tara and Brian serving up deliciousness

Tara and Brian serving up deliciousness

Live music plays every weekend.

Live music plays every weekend.

The pizzas... ARE NOT TO BE MISSED!

The pizzas… ARE NOT TO BE MISSED!

The Rail Trail Cafe in it's element.

The Rail Trail Café in it’s element.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NOW OPEN: South Pine Street City Farm Stand

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The South Pine Street City Farm Stand, now in its fifth year, sells fresh, naturally grown herbs and vegetables (using organic soil and seeds with no pesticides) to Kingston residents and visitors with the help of farmers Joel Zenie and Trish Hawkins. Located at 27 S. Pine St in Kingston (map it), the stand’s hours are 3PM – 7PM on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (now through Thanksgiving).

The Farm, founded by Jessica Clark and Rebecca Martin is in cooperation with the Kingston Land Trust on land donated by Diane Davenport of the Binnewater Ice Company. The Farm is a member of Eat Well Kingston, a working group of Live Well Kingston, sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County. “It’s a little pocket of farm in the middle of Kingston” says Hawkins. This year’s crop will include various lettuces, kale, collards, tomatoes, cucumbers, peas, mustard greens, radishes, strawberries, sage, parsley and rosemary. Theodore Griese, the newest member of the team, will also be growing fresh flowers, perfect for your all your summer centerpieces.

Stop by for some goodies and you’ll be pining for more of the South Pine Street City Farm Stand again in no time. Open 3PM – 7PM on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (now through Thanksgiving).

For more info, visit the South Pine Street City Farm site and like them on Facebook.

Your farmers, Joel Zenie and Trish Hawkins

Your farmers, Joel Zenie and Trish Hawkins.

Cabbage, babies now but growing

Cabbage, babies now but growing.

Happy shoppers with picked to order lettuce and strawberries

Happy shoppers with fresh-picked items.

Trish Hawkins in the strawberry patch

Trish Hawkins in the strawberry patch.

Jess Brooks, manager of Duo Pantry, shops for the store

Jess Brooks, Duo Pantry manager.

Joel and Trish with a customer

Joel and Trish busy with a customer.

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No breaks for Joel.

More customers (and a pooch) line up to shop

More customers line up to shop.