Francesco Mastalia “Organic: Farmers & Chefs of the Hudson Valley” Book Signing!!!

I’m so excited to announce that Francesco Mastalia, our friend & local photographer, will be at the January 31st market to sign his newest book “Organic: Farmers & Chefs of the Hudson Valley”! If you haven’t seen his beautiful pictures depicting local farmers & chefs in their natural environments, then you’re in for a treat! Stop by the market from 10a-2p to get a copy of the book & have it signed–not just by Francesco, but also Cheryl Rogowski & Heather Kurosz, who are two of the many local chefs & farmers featured in “Organic”. In addition to incredible pictures of the people who help feed you, each photo is accompanied by an interview–some of them are really inspiring and will help you look at the food on your plate in a new way (even the veggies that you didn’t think you liked!). Here’s a little more about the book in Francesco’s words:

The Hudson Valley has become an epicenter for the local, organic, sustainable food movement. With its rich agricultural land, the awareness for sustainable living, and the growing demand for local, organic food, the ‘locavore’ farm-to-table movement has become a way of life in the Hudson Valley.“Organic” is one of the most misunderstood and often misused words describing food today. In narrating their stories, the farmers and chefs share their philosophy about what it means to grow and live organically and sustainably. “Organic” is not just about growing and producing food, it is about the life of our planet. It is about preserving an agricultural tradition that will safeguard farmland for future generations.

 ORGANIC spotlights the Hudson Valley as a region at the forefront of this movement. It features the dedicated farmers who are committed to growing and producing food using sustainable methods, and the chefs who echo their beliefs and pay homage to the food they produce.

 The portraits of the farmers and chefs were photographed using the wet plate collodion process, a technique developed in the mid-19th century. The 17,000-mile journey through the Hudson Valley includes over 100 of its farmers and chefs.

Francesco Mastalia has traveled the world photographing tribal, religious, spiritual, and indigenous people. His book DREADS published by Workman Artisan is a photo documentary on the history of dreadlocks. With travels to Ethiopia, Kenya, Angola, Namibia, Senegal, India, Japan, New Zealand, Jamaica and throughout the United States. DREADS is now in its eighth printing, sold worldwide, and includes an introduction by Pulitzer Prize winning author Alice Walker.







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Welcome Back to the 2015 Winter Pine Island Farmers’ Market!

We’re very excited to welcome our favorite customers, farmers, artisans, chefs, & musicians back for another great winter of the indoor farmers market hosted by W. Rogowski Farm! The vendor list will follow soon, but keep a look out both on this blog & our Facebook page for news on events and new-and-returning market participants! 

The following market dates are planned for (please pass these on to all of your friends & market lovers!):


December 20th (This is our annual BIG HOLIDAY market, so get ready for good cheer!)

December 27th

January 31

February 28

March 28


More news to follow!

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March Market Dates … Spring is Coming!

We are heading in to our last two market dates of the season.  Be sure to stop by the Pine Island Farmers Market on March 8th and March 22nd.  It will be your last chance to stock up before the Spring hiatus starts, and it is still several months away until the Spring/Summer market season starts.

Great local producers will be there for your shopping needs, local musicians will set the tone, and as always stop in to the Barn Kitchen for a fantastic farm breakfast.

See you there!

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Pop Up Market Tomorrow – Sat Dec 21 / 10am-2pm

We’ve added an extra day, and it’s going to be a full market tomorrow! Third Day Naturals with great smelling soaps & lotions, Bobolink Dairy & Bakehouse with special new items, Acorn Hill Farm will bring cheese & fudge (& maybe a baby goat!), Healthway Farms & CSAFarms & CSA makes an incredible cup of hot cider, Picklelicious has all of your snacking needs, Bea Bloom Pottery has some awesome creations, Snoep Winkle will be bringing some awesome sausage & meat, as will Lowland Farm Grass-Fed Beef. PAZDAR WINERY will have chocolate & spiced wine, Sweet Things Wild Thyme Honey had beautiful mixed honey gift-packs, Bertoni Gallery Jewelry will have their beautiful hand-made jewelry, and we may have a few other surprises for you, too–Oh, and did we mention BREAKFAST WITH SANTA!

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Welcome to our 2013 / 2014 Season

Pine Island Farmer’s Market is pleased to announce the opening of it’s fourth season! The market will occur every other Saturday, from 10am-2pm, inside the main barn at the W. Rogowski Farm at 329 Glenwood Road, in Pine Island NY. Market dates are as follows: December 14 and 28, January 11 and 25, February 8 and 22, and March 8 and 22.   The snow date for each market will be the next day on Sunday.

The Pine Island Farmer’s Market features some of the area’s best local producers … Acorn Hill Farm (Goat Cheese and Soaps), Black Dirt Gourmet (Prepared Soups and Salads), Bobolink Dairy and Bakehouse (Cheese and Breads), Catskill Mountain Herbs (Teas), Healthway Farms (Fruit), Lowland Farm (Grass Fed Beef and Pastured Pork),  Fontanarosa (Pasta and Sauces), Picklelicious (assorted pickled vegetables and appetizers), Pazdar’s Winery (Specialized Wines), Snoep Winkle Farm (Meat), Sweet Things Wild Thyme Honey (Honey and Candles), W. Rogowski Farm (Certified Naturally Grown Produce).

At this year’s opening market we will have some special vendors to help you ring in the holiday season – Bea Bloom (Pottery) and Bertoni Gallery (Jewelry). The Foxes (cello and guitar duo) will perform a variety of holiday songs from 11am-1pm. Be sure to leave time for a hot and hearty, made to order breakfast in the barn kitchen anytime between 9am and 2pm.

The market this season is sponsored by Green Mountain Energy and the W. Rogowski Farm.

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Thanks for a great 2012/2013 Season!

We want to thank all of our wonderful customers, vendors and sponsors for a terrific 2012 / 2013 season.  We look forward to seeing you next fall!

The Pine Island Farmers Market has been so successful in the off season that we are going to expand to two markets per month, taking place from December through March.  Twice as many opportunities for you to stock up on those direct-from-the-farm items that you love, and that are often so hard to get during those long winter months.

Keep in touch with us here, or on our facebook page!



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Don’t miss the “Try Before You Buy” Market!

Want to know what you’re getting before you “invest in local”? We understand! The theme of this market is giving you the opportunity to do just that! Black Dirt Gourmet will be making breakfast featuring items from several of your favorite vendors, such as: Snoep Winkel, Soon’s, Rogowski, & Acorn Hill!

1) Soon’s: Haven’t tried their farm-ground fresh nut butters? Stick your sample spoon in chocolate, honey, and unsalted varieties!
2) Bobolink: You’ll drool over their bread, but ask for a small taste of their modest looking aged cheeses and prepare to be amazed!
3) Lowland Beef: Local grass-fed beef…AND a discount?! Yes! When you purchase 20+ pounds of beef or pork, get 20% off your purchase and a free cooler bag to carry it in! It makes sense to stock up.
4) Snoep Winkel Farms: Try Bascia’s fresh sausage with your breakfast! Yum!
5) Acorn Hill: Chef Heather will be using their cheese to make great scones, but every cheese-from feta cubes to cranberry-cinnamon chevre are always available for a taste!
6) Onion Country Jam: Squeeze a jam onto your popsicle stick and enjoy…it’s like summer in a jar.
7) Sweet Things, Wild Thyme: Haven’t tried Onion Flower Honey? Now’s your chance! It sounds especially helpful now that flu season is upon us.
8.) Edge-of-Knife: These wonderful people come out to sharpen your knives, so you can be prepared to cut into all of your market goodies.
9) Third Day Naturals: These ladies will be bringing some great soaps to our market…get a free sample of their new grapefruit soap with every purchase! And you ca stock up on these, too…buy 6 bars, get the 7th free!
10.) Fontanarosa: Home of the “mac & cheese ravioli”, need we say more? They always have something tasty to sample on their hotplate…who knows what it will be this time!
11.) Catskill Mountain Herbs: Try these herbal remedies before anyone else! (We can’t wait to see what they are!).
12. Pickelicious: Insert toothpick into samples. Drool. Take home some of everything! (That’s what happens to us, anyways.)
13.) Warwick Valley Winery: You know that Valentine’s Day is coming up, right? So you need wine anyways? Buy a case with them and get a discount!
14) Bertoni: Loved their jewelry before? They’re bringing another selection to this market!
15) Face-Painting: Sit still for a minute and enjoy the pleasure of someone putting art on your face for no reason. Fun, right? 

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January 26th is our “try before you buy” market!

Save the date for our next market coming up on Saturday January 26th.  What other market let’s you try before you buy?  None I tell you!

Stop into the farm kitchen that morning and try some of the amazing breakfast specials planned by Chef Heather.  Don’t miss the …
Soons Apple Apple Cider – served hot or cold
Snoep Winkel Breakfast Sausage with Biscuits and Gravy 
Lowland Farms Cured Lingua Salad with Pickel-Licious Olives
Acorn Hill Goat Cheese Scones with Caramelized Onion

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Next Market Date – Sat Dec 29th

It may be chilly in the Hudson Valley this week, but we will have you covered in whatever the weather may bring.  This Saturday our barn will be packed with your favorite farmers and local food vendors to help you stock up for your New Years Celebration.  Come by for a hot and hearty breakfast in the farm kitchen, and peruse the offerings.

Bobolink Dairy will have your favorite cheeses and artisan breads, come early as they sold out of almost everything at our last market!  Appetizers a plenty are featured at Acorn Hill Farms and PickleLicious.  If you are in the mood for a pasta dish, then just stop by at Fontanarosa’s table to pick up something special.  Lowland Farms will have some beautiful cuts of local grass fed beef to headline your dinner table.

Spending New Years with friends?  It’s not too late to pick up a lovely hostess gift!  How about handmade soaps or raw local honey in an elegant gift jar from Sweet Things Wild Thyme, or a selection of apple butter and cider from Soons Orchard.  Of course you can’t go wrong with ciders and wines from the Warwick Valley Winery, or a selection of cookies baked fresh by the Black Dirt Gourmet.

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Pre-Christmas Market Sat. Dec 15th For Your Holiday Shopping – Local Crafts, Gifts And Produce

The Pine Island Farmers Market, located inside the main barn at W Rogowski Farm, in Pine Island, NY, is set for a pre-Holiday market on December 15 from 10am to 3pm. The market will feature local crafts and produce gift baskets that are perfect for your holiday gift giving. Get in the holiday spirit with a visit from Santa Claus, and seasonal music performed cello-guitar duo The Foxes.

Craft Vendors include Bea Bloom Pottery, Carbon Made silk scarves and graphic tees, Sweet Things honeycomb candles, as well as Corky Creations granite cutting boards and wine toppers. Produce vendors will feature wonderful holiday specials including Lowland Beef’s 20/20 special – buy 20 pounds of beef, receive a 20% discount and receive a free reusable padded cooler bag. Black Dirt Gourmet will be showcasing an array of Holiday Cookies and Candies, both traditional and gluten-free.

Chef Lukas Volger will demonstrate how to make veggie burgers, signing his two cookbooks “Veggie Burgers Every Which Way” and “Vegetarian Entrees that Won’t Leave You Hungry”, and fielding questions about vegetarian cooking. A hearty, made-to-order breakfast will be available in the farm kitchen featuring products from the market vendors, including hot cider from Soons Orchards and Biscuits and Gravy featuring Snoep Winkel’s Breakfast Sausage.

Our regular produce vendors include Acorn Hill Farmstead (Goat Cheese), Bobolink Dairy and Bakehouse (Cheese and Artisan Bread), Fontanarosa’s Gourmet (Pasta and Specialty Foods), Lowland Farm (Grass Fed Beef and Pastured Pork), Pazdar Winery, Pickel-Licious, Snoep Winkel Farm (Grass Fed Chicken, Lamb, Pork, Sausage and Eggs), Sweet Things Wild Thyme (Honey), and W. Rogowski Farm (Certified Naturally Grown Produce).

The remaining dates for this off-season market follow on the last Saturday of each month – December 29, January 26, February 23 and March 30, 2013.

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