The Who's Who of the Basilica Farm & Flea Spring Market
Basilica Hudson launched its Farm & Flea holiday and spring markets as alternatives to Black Friday shopping and corporate consumerism at large. With a firm "no barcode, no plastic wrap" ethos, both markets seek to promote the talents and resources available within the Hudson Valley and provide shoppers with non-mass manufactured goods. The markets feature various makers, collectors, and farmers who celebarte the spirit and beauty of the Hudson Valley with their wares.
The 2018 Farm & Flea Spring Market, May 12-13, will host a total of 90 vendors (45 new to the event) and a variety of family-friendly activities provided by Kite’s Nest, Perfect Ten, Hudson Valley Seed Library, and Windy Ridge Nursery. Food and drink will also be a part of the festivities with offerings from The Alimentary Kitchen’s, Nicole LoBue, and the Edible Roots’ food truck. No. 6 Depot will be pouring coffee and the bar will be manned by the bartenders from Hudson’s WM Farmer & Sons.
Basilica Co-Founder and Director, Melissa Auf der Maur, looks forward to both markets every year, knowing the spring market has become a tradition in welcoming the warm weather to the Hudson Valley. "As Spring ushers in a new season at Basilica Hudson, we are thrilled to jump into our eighth year of programming with our annual Basilica Farm & Flea Spring Market, in time for Mother’s Day gifts and the end of hibernation season celebration."
And now, you can plan your shopping! Below are a few vendors who are being featured at the Spring Market and a little about what they offer. Read up and then mark your calendars for weekend of #shoppinglocal.
Flower Scout is a full-service floral design studio, specializing in wild and lush arrangements. The majority of the flowers used by Flower Scout are foraged, sourced from local farms, or picked straight from their garden. Colie Collen, founder, farmer, and designer, shows her love of all things wild and seasonal through her work with flowers. After many years farming on the West and East coasts, her interest turned to flower production and design in 2012. She looks to create individual experiences for clients, based on the colors, textures, and shapes the land, garden, or season has to offer. Flower Scout also supplies bouquets for a 20-member summer CSA and other special orders.
Breezy Hill Orchard
With a 40-year commitment to sustainable agriculture, Breezy Hill Orchard is one of the founding farms behind many farmers markets in NYC and the Hudson Valley, including the Union Square Greenmarket. . Owner, grower, and cider maker, Elizabeth Ryan, trained at Cornell and studied with artisan cider makers before taking the helm at Breezy Hill Orchard. The certified organic farm supplies markets with artisan baked goods and fruit, while also producing exceptional farm-based European-style ciders (with an American flair!) under the Hudson Valley Farmhouse Cider label.
The Alimentary Kitchen
Based on the grounds of Basilica Hudson, The Alimentary Kitchen, the project of head chef, educator, and community organizer, Nicole Lobue, caters private events at Basilica and throughout the Hudson Valley. Lobue sources all of her ingredients locally and also forages what she can. The Alimentary Kitchen promotes the health and autonomy of young people by offering workshops in food-craft, nutrition, preparation, and food traditions.
Partners Sam Comfort and Tucka Saville maintain and propagate bees without mite treatments, antibiotics, or plastic foundations. The honey they produce is raw, meaning it is not filtered or pasteurized (the honey is not heated to a temperature higher than inside the hive). Due to this specfic lack of processing, Anarchy Apiaries's honey contains lives enzymes, as well as bits of pollen and propolis. Comfort and Saville also keep track of each floral source, allowing them to maintain the color, taste, texture of the honey.
Founded by Enky Bayarsaikhan, ENKYU is a clothing brand based out of Hudson. After spending a year helping to develop the vinatge clothing brand, CMYLOOK, Enky began making her own designs. She focuses on comfort and quality, using natural fibers, like cotton and linen, and recycled denim. Offering a selection of both vintage and handmade garments, ENKYU strives to provide a positive shopping experience for the community, while also being affordable and sustainable. Look out for the first brick and mortar store opening in Hudson in May!
Founder and designer, Fahari Wambura’s vision was to have her products start conversations and discussions about culture and heritage. Starting Fahari Bazaar, a one stop market place for ethically handmade products from Tanzania and Kenya, she hoped that showcasing quality handmade products from her home country would create sustainable opportunities for seamstresses, tailors, makers, and artisans.
Started in 2017, Honey’s offers small batch, handcrafted pastries. The flavors in Honey's baked goods are accessible yet surprising and complex; bakers going out of their way to source local ingredients to craft each treat. Honey's goods can be purchased online or found at Love Apple Farm in Ghent.
Basilica Hudson | @basilicahudson
Kite’s Nest | @kitesnest
Perfect Ten | @perfecttenhudson
Hudson Valley Seed Library | @hudsonvalleyseedco
The Alimentary Kitchen
Nicole LoBue | @nicolelobue
Edible Roots Food Company | @edibleroots
No. 6 Depot | @sixdepot
WM Farmer & Sons | @wmfarmerandsons
Flower Scout | @flowerscout
Breezy Hill Orchard | @breezyhillorchard
Hudson Valley Farmhouse Cider | @hudsonvalleyfarmhousecider
Enky Bayarsaikhan | @enkybayar
ENKYU | @enkyu_
CMYLOOK | @cmylook
Fahari Bazaar | @faharibazaar
Honey’s | @honeysbrooklyn
Love Apple Farm | @loveapplefarm