ORANGE COUNTY – The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way many people live and do business. The aggressive virus’s effects on local businesses have been severe, including local farmers. Many farms remain open for groceries, produce, and other essential items.
“Orange County’s farming and agricultural roots are deep and a proud staple of our local culture. The coronavirus has had devastating effects on our residents and businesses, which is why it’s more important than ever to support our local farmers,” said Orange County Tourism Director Amanda Dana. “Many of us visit these local farms for a memorable pumpkin or apple picking experience or to find the perfect Christmas tree, but I encourage you to view the full list of offerings at your local farms and support them to the extent that you can.”
Some of the Orange County farms that are open include:
Soons Orchards, 23 Soons Circle, New Hampton. Soons Orchards Farm Market has homegrown fruits and vegetables, pies, and lots of special treats. The store remains open daily from 9:00 a.m. through 6:00 p.m. Additionally, Soons is offering curbside pick-up at both the market and Orchard Hill Cider Mill Tasting Room. The Tasting Room hours are Friday through Sunday, 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. soonsorchards.com.
Pierson’s Farm, 1448 Route 211 West, Middletown. Known for its grass-fed beef and pastured chicken and eggs, Pierson’s Farm also offers produce, local honey, syrup, jams, and dairy products. piersonsfarm.com.
Pennings Farm Market, 161 State Route 94 South, Warwick. For more than 30 years, Pennings Farm Market has been a retailer of locally grown produce. They continue to offer fruits and vegetables, meat, honey, eggs, jams, coffee, tea, baked goods, and more for pick-up. The Market also carries beer, cider, and wine. Orders can be made between 10 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. and be picked-up between 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. penningsfarmmarket.com.
Pennings Orchard, 169 State Route 94 South, Warwick. A U-Pick orchard favorited by many in the Hudson Valley, Pennings is still offering mulch, vegetable and herb plants, flowers, and soil. penningsorchard.com.
Jones Farm & Country Store, 190 Angola Road, Cornwall. While the farm store is temporarily closed to the public, Jones Farm is offering a to-go menu that includes bakery, cafe, and grocery items. Stock up on everything from meat and pasta to coffee and cake. jonesfarminc.com.
Freedom Hill Farm, 115 Grange Road, Otisville. Freedom Hill Farms carries products from many of the area’s local farms and small businesses. Here you can find free-range eggs; locally-sourced beef, pork, chicken, and sausages; maple syrup, bread, and granola; organic herbs and seasonings; peanut butter; and more. freedomhillfarm.net.
Hoeffner Farms, 405 Goodwill Road, Montgomery. This family-owned and operated farm has been serving the community with a variety of plants, herbs, and farm-fresh vegetables since 1917. Updated once a week, Hoeffner Farms shares its in-stock items on Facebook including eggs, farm-raised chicken and pork, milk, cheese, honey, jams, herbs, flowers, fruit, and more. facebook.com/Hoeffner-Farms-
For a full list of Orange County, N.Y. farms and markets currently open for groceries and produce, please visit orangetourism.org/carry-out-