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Fall is on its way… and you know what that means, its Chili time!

The Hudson Valley Bounty’s Chili Contest will return to the Henry Hudson Waterfront Park on Saturday, October 12th from 12-4pm and we are on the lookout for contestants to vie for the ‘public voted best chili recipe’ grand prize of $500.

Do you have what it takes? Have ever been told that your chili recipe is the best around? Do you have a strange and amazing chili recipe up your sleeve? Enter your recipe! Come and see if you can boast the $500 first prize, $350 second prize or $150 third prize winnings! We even have a $100 prize for the best table decoration.  With so many ways to win why wouldn’t you want to enter!

Dust off that ‘knock your socks off’ chili recipe and enter before September 26th for your chance to win!

To enter the contest and or view the contest rules please click here.

Oh, What a Night!

Many thanks and gratitude to all who participated and attended the ‘Taste of’ Hudson Valley Bounty Dinner, what a wonderful evening of collaboration and talent! The evening was a locavore’s dream as more than 300 people feasted on numerous delectable dishes such as, Vegetable and Goat Cheese Lasagna, braised Lamb and Ratatouille, Zucchini bread and crispy Smoked Ham, local artisan cheeses, wines, beers, handmade chocolates, ice cream and pies. With over 55 of our farms donating their fresh products to our collection of talented chef’s there was at least one treat for any taste bud. Each tasting proved what amazing and delicious things can happen when terrific chefs are paired with our members’ delicious local ingredients and products.

Our team at Hudson Valley Bounty continually strives to create strong relationships and further spread the word about food community. We greatly appreciate your contribution to our organization and your attendance at our events as it assists us create and further cultivate opportunities to build upon our local and regional food economy.

Our next event is coming up soon! The Chili Contest will be taking place on Saturday, Oct 12th at the Henry Hudson Water Front Park in Hudson, NY.  Do you love chili or have a favorite chili recipe you would like make and enter to win one of our great prizes?  Mark your calendars, come eat, cook and or judge!  (An online link with more information and a link to enter in The Chili Contest will be available soon)

To read more about the ‘Taste of’ Dinner please explore the following links:

The New York Times: An Upriver Current - City Chefs Head to the Hudson Valley, Lured by Fresh Ingredients

Rural Intelligence: Foodies On Parade: Taste of Hudson Valley Bounty Dinner

Register Star: Hudson Valley Bounty serves up ‘Taste Of’ Dinner

Hudson Made Blog: A “Taste of” the Hudson Valley

Berkshire HomeStyle Magazine: Farm-to-Table

Save the Date!

As your summer calendar begin to fill up be sure to pencil in this year’s Taste of the Hudson Valley Bounty Dinner at the Columbia County Fairgrounds on Monday, August 5th from 5pm to 8pm.
This annual get together will showcase all that is great about food in the Hudson Valley. Matchmakers from the Bounty program are putting together terrific area chefs with produce contributed from equally expert farmers in the region. The result will be scrumptious “tastes” of over 30 different dishes, including everything from appetizers and salads to main courses, desserts, even wines and beers.
We will be celebrating our 5th year of the Taste of Hudson Valley Bounty Dinner in honor of the people and businesses that began this great annual celebration of local food.
As the locavore’s culinary event of the season, be sure you don’t miss out! Click here to purchase tickets.

Summer is almost here!

It’s that time of year! Strawberries are ripening and fresh goods from the garden are close at hand.  Haven’t gotten your strawberry fix yet? Visit one of our members to indulge your taste buds! 

It’s also the time to get your veggie garden moving along, if you haven’t done so already. There are many seedlings still available for you to take under your wing.  It’s not too late to start beans, kale, corn, cucumbers, melons, pumpkins, squash, or melons from seed.  Leafy greens and carrots can still be started from seed as well and can be planted every other week for continued harvest throughout the summer.  Need more information on your vegetables? Visit Cornell’s Vegetable Resource page.

Spring sprouting your appetite?

With warm weather finally arriving we want to remind you that there are many Farm to Table restaurants throughout the Hudson Valley who are committed to providing fresh local produce on their menu for your enjoyment. By supporting these restaurants you are also supporting your local farms and our agricultural communities. Farm markets are also opening back up throughout the area and many CSA’s are still accepting memberships. If you are looking for any of the above our search feature located on the left of the page can help you locate businesses in your area.

Spring has sprung!

With warm weather upon us, now is the time to sign up for a CSA share.

Community Supported Agriculture is an alternative, locally-based way to purchase fresh local food. CSA members join and pay the farm at the beginning of the season and receive a weekly share of fresh produce throughout the harvest months.  Becoming a member of a CSA is a great way to eat clean, fresh, local food on a budget and to support local agriculture at the same time.

To locate a CSA in your county, we’ve compiled a list of Hudson Valley Bounty members offering CSA shares for each area: Columbia, Dutchess, Orange, PutnamSullivan, Ulster, Westchester.

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week is here!

On your mark, get set.....EAT!! Hudson Valley's biggest dinning event has finally arrived. Hudson Valley Restaurant Week will run from March 11th -March 24th. Restaurants will offer pre-fixe meals for under $30 dollars. Get a chance to try out different restaurants throughout the Hudson Valley. For a full list of participating restaurants check out: www.hudsonvalleyrestaurantweek.com
Now start eating!

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week is right around the corner!

With spring fast approaching it brings with it a great treat, the arrival of Hudson Valley Restaurant Week! This is the Hudson Valley's biggest dinning event. Top restaurants offering delicious pre-fix meals. The most delicious 14-day week you'll ever know. The Hudson Valley Bounty is renewing it's commitment to be a supporting partner in 2013’s Hudson Valley Restaurant Week and help showcase the great local food and products involved in the event. Hudson Valley Restaurant will be taking place from March 11th-24th.

Spring is almost here!

With warm weather approaching now is the time to sign up for a CSA share.

Community Supported Agriculture is an, alternative, locally-based way to purchase fresh food. CSA members join and pay the farm at the beginning of the season and receive a weekly share of fresh produce throughout the harvest months.  Becoming a member of a CSA is a great way to eat clean, fresh, local food on a budget and to support local agriculture at the same time. To locate a CSA in your county, we’ve compiled a list of Hudson Valley Bounty members offering CSA shares for each area: Columbia, Dutchess, Orange, PutnamSullivan, Ulster, Westchester.

Also, there are still many local food goods available to you during the winter months.  Fishkill Farms Farm Store, Pennings’ Orchard & Farm Market and Blooming Hill Organic Farm are just a few of our Hudson Valley Bounty members who are open year round with a variety of products. 

And don’t forget, there are still some winter markets happening in the Hudson Valley. For a list of markets near you please see our January blog post: “Reminder: Local Food is available year round!”.

Reminder: Local food is available year round!

Have you been looking for fresh cider, root vegetables, greens, dairy products, breads, meats and other products locally?  Take advantage of your local bounty!

It may be brisk outdoors but there are still many local food goods available to you during the winter months.  Fishkill Farms Farm Store, Pennings’ Orchard & Farm Marketand Blooming Hill Organic Farmare just a few of our Hudson Valley Bounty members who are open year round with a variety of products. 

There are also many winter markets throughout the counties with a broad array of goods, from food to soaps and other handmade items.  

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