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Upstater Destinations: Kingston Rock and Roll Flea Market

rock and roll flea market kingston

Show of hands: Who likes flea markets? And who likes funky, vintage, quirky stuff? Now, who likes Rock and Roll? If you kept your hand up that whole time, then you’re probably going to want to check out the Rock and Roll Flea Market on Saturday, May 18th in Kingston’s Murphy Center (GMAP). Event promoter Chris Orlando hopes the first-ever event will “give people an alternative to ordinary shopping with an emphasis on local artists and businesses.” And there ain’t nothing wrong with that. Furthermore, the $3 admission charge will go toward the Kingston Police Athletic League Boxing program (you can learn more about that on the PAL website, and it sounds like a very cool program).

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Category: Destinations, Kingston, Shopping, Ulster County, upstate new york

By: kandyharris | 2 May 2013 11:30 AM | No Comments

The Relocators: In Search of Asian Groceries

The past few weeks, Mark and I have had some experience trying to find grocery stores in the area that specialize in or carry Asian ingredients. We are particularly interested in Indian food since we don’t cook Chinese, Japanese or Korean. Occasionally we will cook something with a Thai flair, but those ingredients can usually be found at Adams Fairacre farms or the local health food store.

Indian food ingredients are a whole other story. And because of that, you usually need to find a grocery story that either specializes in these ingredients or carries them along with foods from other Asian cultures. Here’s what we found…


Welcome Oriental Grocery - This is a small store located in the outskirts of Poughkeepsie. Honestly I wouldn’t have even known it was Poughkeepsie except that’s what Google says. Upon entering the store, we were greeted with a hostile glare from the teenager working behind the register. I tried not to take it too personally; for all I know she was just angry at the world. An adult, perhaps the mother, came out to greet us after seeing the exchange and asked if there was anything she could help us find. She was very nice and tried to help us find the few Indian food ingredients they carried. But there were very few. If you’re looking for Chinese food ingredients, then this is the place for you. The shelves are stocked full. But since this wasn’t the cuisine we were after, it was a bust for us.


Hopewell Farms
Hopewell Farms – Hopewell Farms is a large-ish grocery store in Hopewell Junction. It carries an odd mix of Japanese, Korean and other Asian ingredients, as well as Latin and Italian, with a little ‘health store food’ mixed in for good measure. In the freezer, you can find Portugese food right alongside Korean, next to Latin and Mexican, on top of Japanese. There is a deli case selling salami next to a sushi bar. They have fresh fish and seafood in the back that seems reasonably priced. Down the aisle from that, are butchered whole goats or sheep. Honestly I have no idea what they were because it freaked me out so much. I told Mark to go take a picture as I stood back…way back. LOL.

They sell a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables, and seemed to have a few of the Asian variety. But honestly I wasn’t all that impressed with the selection. But they do have a lot of canned, packaged and frozen food from various cuisines and cultures. Alas, Indian food ingredients were not present. So we bought some fresh wild-caught salmon, and called it a day.


Krishna Indian Groceries

 

Krishna Indian Groceries – Pay dirt! Okay…that should have been obvious. Right? We should have been searching for INDIAN grocery stores and not ASIAN grocery stores. But it gave us something to write about. Krishna Indian Groceries is a little store on Route 9. It is filled to the brim with ingredients for making just about any kind of Indian food you desire. They even have both fresh and dried curry (tree) leaves. They aren’t big on the fresh ingredients aside from the curry leaves. From what I could see, they have a few sad looking vegetables in the cooler and boxes of hot peppers on a table. But that was about it.

What they do have is aisles of packaged goods and spices for making your Indian food at home. We were in heaven. They even rent Bollywood tapes behind the counter and sell a few religious items as well. But wait! Don’t leave without trying at least one of their samosas. OMG! These were the kind of samosas I’m sure my grandmother would have made had she been Indian. They were so much better than anything eaten in even the yummiest of Indian restaurants in three states.

We went on the weekend, but it looks like they sell a full meal Monday through Friday. We WILL be eating lunch or dinner there one day soon. I really need another samosa. Another bonus?? They are actually opened later than most grocery stores around these parts. So if I’m hankering for something hot and spicy but need some besan flour or cardamon seeds before 9:00pm, I know where to go.


Saraswati Grocery – Down the street and on the other side of Route 9 is Saraswati Grocery store. Honestly…we never made it there. But we will be going very soon. From their Yelp reviews, it looks like they might have some fresh ingredients. So it’s worth checking out. Uncertain if they sell prepared food. I’ll report back when we visit.

Category: Food, Hopewell Junction, Poughkeepsie, Relocators, Shopping, Top Stories, Wappingers Falls

By: Kary | 27 March 2013 12:14 AM | 10 Comments

Hudson Valley Bounty

Hudson Valley Bounty

Where do you go to buy a fresh guinea fowl? What farms allow you to pick your own cherries? Which restaurants feature Sprout Creek Farm cheese? What farmer’s markets are in your area?

The answers to these any many other food related questions can be found at Hudson Valley Bounty, a non-profit organization sponsored by the Hudson Valley AgriBusiness Development Corporation whose main goal is to act as a clearinghouse of information, helping consumers purchase and use local and regional sustainable foods and products throughout the entire Hudson Valley. Originally begun in Columbia County, Hudson Valley Bounty’s database of information now includes over 229 farms, 251 restaurants, and 29 markets in Columbia, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester counties, helping all of us to not only find the freshest sources for that Christmas goose we want to roast…but to locate what restaurants in our neighborhood features sustainable farm-to-table ingredients on their menu, when asparagus is in season, and where you can pick your own strawberries.

Kristen Roca with The Hudson Valley Bounty

Mark and I met Kristin Roca, of Hudson Valley Bounty, a sponsor of Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, at the Hudson Valley Restaurant Week kickoff event. Kristin explained that the website is designed to help you do either a general search of what you’re looking for, or a specific search to locate specific products sold at various restaurants, farmer’s markets and farms in eight counties of the Hudson Valley region.

While talking to her, I kept thinking (and saying) “What an awesome resource.” And it is! The service began in 2009 as a way to connect local restaurants and chefs to local farmers. It became so popular, that now the service is open to home chefs and professional chefs alike, as well as diners looking for a great meal made from local, fresh ingredients.

The information on the Hudson Valley Bounty is free. But consumers can become a member for $25 (individual) or $40 (family) wherein you’ll receive discounts and advanced notice on HVB events…not to mention you’ll be supporting a great cause.

Suggestions for Local Holiday Shopping in Upstate New York?

Readers, have you got some? We tend to spend the bulk of our upstate time stuffing carbs at the bakery in Tivoli, instead of shopping, though we’ve seen some nifty goods at the Tivoli Mercantile in Red Hook, and some nice home furnishings at the High Falls Mercantile, too. But how about some stores without the word Mercantile in them, especially places that hock locally-made goods?

Category: Shopping

By: lisa | 20 December 2012 11:00 AM | 2 Comments