Where to Find Fresh, Local Produce in Westchester County During the Fall and Winter Seasons: Cabbage Hill Farm, Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard, Fishkill Farms, and Stuart's Farm
Yes, it’s sweater weather, but that’s no reason to eat frozen or canned food.
Cheer up, locavorians. Despite the cooler months, produce still grows on our Hudson Valley farms, though, says farmer Barney Sponenberg of Cabbage Hill Farm (Mount Kisco 914-241-2658; cabbagehillfarm.org), “the colder months can get tricky.” To help offset the tougher growing seasons, Cabbage Hill has a year-round aquaponic greenhouse with lettuces, bok choy, Swiss chard, herbs, and micro greens, plus tilapia, hybrid striped bass, and rainbow trout. “It is harder to eat fresh and local during the winter months,” admits owner Sharon Wilklow. “My advice is: preserve fruits and veggies.” Indeed, come the colder months, Christine Tartaglia, a manager of Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard (North Salem 914-485-1210; harvestmoonfarmandorchard.com), says, “Think what the pilgrims ate in winter months—mainly root vegetables.” Still you can get kale and Brussels sprouts at Fishkill Farms (Hopewell Junction, NY 845-897-4377; fishkillfarms.com), and apples and squash at Stuart’s Farm (Granite Springs 914-245-2784; stuartsfarm.com). But, take our advice: start canning, Westchester.