THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT THE COOL autumn air that makes a visit to the local farmers’ market that much more enjoyable (the re-emergence of warm, apple cider donuts and pumpkin-flavored everything doesn’t hurt, either). As we hold tight to the last bit of the summer harvest and prepare for the onset of the holidays, we share this fall’s finest farmers’ market finds.
From Edgwick Farm, a 9-acre microdairy in Cornwall, comes this creamy, bloomy rind goat-milk cheese. Aged with ash, the wheel-shaped cheese is earthy, mushroomy and milky all at once, with an unctuous and smooth texture that coats every crevice of your mouth.
Beacon Farmers’ Market; $12
Coffee-infused Maple Syrup
Soukup Farms’ signature dark amber maple syrup meets the robust, earthy taste of locally roasted Irving Farm’s Gotham dark roast coffee. Great over desserts like ice cream or cheesecake, the syrup brings another level of decadence to breakfast staples like waffles and pancakes.
Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market; $14/pint
Handmade by a mother-daughter-grandmother team in Sullivan County, these all-natural jams and syrups feature fruit from the family’s organic orchard and other neighboring fruit farms. Ranging from sweet to savory, the jams add a punch of flavor to breakfast or baking, while the syrups add a welcomed sweetness to cocktails.
Smorgasburg Upstate; jam $8, syrup $20
Grandma’s Pumpkin Treats
Don’t forget about Fido or Rover or Spot before leaving the market! These all-natural treats from Good Dog Biscuit Co. in Poughquag have simple ingredients like pumpkin and brown rice flour. We can’t honestly comment directly about the taste of the biscuits, but all our resident four-legged friends loved them.
Arlington Farmers’ Market, $7/8-ounce jar
These made-in-New Paltz fruit-and-nut bites may make you redefine snack, healthful and candy bar all at once. Packed with fruits, nuts, dates and superfoods like cacao or matcha, the snacks come in a variety of flavors and are 100 percent raw, vegan and gluten free.
New Paltz Open Air Market; $2.50