(HUDSON, N.Y.) – The annual Farm + Flea Market, featuring products presented by a diverse group of regional makers, farmers, and vintage collectors to promote the talents and resources within the community, returns to Basilica Hudson on Thanksgiving Weekend, kicking off with a Black Friday Soirée on Friday, November 28, 2014, from 5 to 9pm, and continuing the Farm + Flea marketplace from Saturday, November 29, through Sunday, November 30, from 10am to 6pm.
Presented in collaboration with Hudson River Exchange and created as an alternative to big-box store “Black Friday” shopping, the wildly successful market last year drew nearly 4,000 people. Visitors come to shop, hear music, eat, or attend educational workshops or cultural lectures. General admission is $3 and free for children under 16.With 17,000 sq. feet of industrial interior space, this promises to be the only market of its kind in the region. Basilica Farm + Flea will focus on vendor submissions in the Hudson area.
Farm + Flea will feature a variety of goods from farmers, makers, and vintage collectors. Hand-carved wild-foraged wood cutting boards and spoons, jewelry, ceramics, health and wellness, beauty products, textiles, paper goods, and value added farm products.
The Hudson Valley Seed Library, which maintains an ever-growing catalog of organic and heirloom seeds to be planted by farmers for generations to come, will be selling their artist designed seed packets. Sisters Melissa and Jennifer VanSant of Going Gnome – who believe every home deserves a gnome – will share their infectious sense of whimsy and love of natural wonders with their hand felted gnomes and magical creatures.
Tonics and elixirs by one third the creative team behind Fish & Game restaurant, can be found at Lady Jayne’s Alchemy while Botanical Arts Press, a collaboration between herbalist Dina Falconi and botanical artist Wendy Hollender, will bring their plant identification prints and cards along with their cookbooks and coloring books. And helping you say just the right thing, local favorites, the Kingston-based Wishbone Letterpress will be supplying their vivid and humorous cards along with stationery, coasters, and, of course, party hats!
Purveying everything from produce, meat, dairy and grains to flowers, herbs, and tinctures will be the diligent farmers and food vendors of our community. Camphill Village will be offering candles, wood crafts, biodynamic seeds, woven goods, teas, soaps, handmade books, stained glass, medicinal and culinary herbs and more. Good Fight Herb Co. organically grows and locally wildcrafts medicinal herbs for handmade, small batch products for self-care and thriving health. Sparrowbush Farm will contribute items including popcorn bagged and hot popped, polenta, flour, vegetables, small wreaths of culinary herbs. The Raw Milk certified Chaseholm Farm will bring artisanal milk, cheeses, and other local delicacies; while Farmhand Flowers will produce fresh, fragrant, and beautiful blooms all grown and foraged from Germantown, N.Y.
Sumptous farm-to-table eats by the likes of Alimentary Kitchen, farmer Ruby Duke of Raven and Boar, local favorite Truck Pizza, pastries by Placid Baker & hand roasted coffee by No. Six Depot.
THE BLACK FRIDAY SOIRÉE on November 28th kicks off the weekend with a free evening of spirits, fun, light fare and a variety of tastings, including cider by Nine Pin Cider Works of Albany. Come to celebrate and shop selected food and beverage purveyors!
Says Basilica’s creative director Melissa Auf der Maur, “Besides the history of the area, Hudson is increasingly being recognized as a destination for high-quality food, art, antiques and vintage. Last year’s incredible response makes it clear that there is a strong desire to showcase the best of what the Hudson Valley has to offer: farms, food, makers, collectors, and strong community.” The market exclusively features the work and wares of independent artists and designers or collectors of high quality vintage wares: “Nothing boxed. Nothing pre-packaged in plastic wrap. Nothing with a bar code.”
About Hudson River Exchange
A series of chats brought together a group of like-minded makers to create a space that would showcase the art, food, music, and community of the vibrant and growing city of Hudson, N.Y. What began as a casual conversation in the winter months of 2013 quickly took shape and our excitement grew. Inspired by its namesake river and long history of bringing people, ideas, and commerce together, Hudson River Exchange was born.
Made up of a collective of creatives – Kate Sterlin, Stella Yoon and Kate Moore – Hudson River Exchange is partnering as the vendor liaison for this year’s event and spearheading the curation and organizing force of the made and collected portion of Farm + Flea. In addition, Hudson River Exchange will be bringing their own line of handmade goods to the market, including their beloved aprons and posters, in addition to new products and holiday gifts launching this Thanksgiving.
Energized by the local maker and collector community, Hudson River Exchange launched with their inaugural event – the now annual Summer Market – in July 2013 hosting 80+ vendors for a day of local shopping, farm fresh food and live music at the Hudson Riverfront Park. This past summer’s follow-up drew an even bigger crowd of vendors and attendees.
Hudson River Exchange continues to promote building a greater maker and collector community by producing an array of platforms for commerce and exchange beyond individual studios, workshops, farms, and kitchens.
Hudson River Exchange is excited to announce two awards granted to makers participating in this years’ Basilica Farm + Flea. The Maiden Venture Award, sponsored by Dana Tanamachi of Tanamachi Studio, honored high craftsmanship by a maker travelling more than 50 miles to participate in Farm + Flea and offsets the recipient’s booth and travel fees. The New River School Design Awards, sponsored by Hudson shop and design studio Hawkins New York, went to two makers who foster a spirit of innovation and sustainability in their design.
Inspired by a Scandinavian design sensibility – their name means “peaceful, calm, tranquil” in Danish – Ró, the recipient of the Maiden Venture Award, offers a curated selection of vintage and handmade items for the home from their Buffalo, N.Y., store. Bringing home the New River School Design Award, the self taught woodworking team of East to West Woods creates spoons and culinary tools that marry the contemporary with the organic. The second recipient of that award was Owlkill Studio, a mother/daughter venture creating one-of-a-kind and made-by-hand objects and jewelry that are an aesthetic mix of rustic, utilitarian and chic.
About Basilica Hudson
Artist owned and operated since 2010, Basilica Hudson is a reclaimed 19th century factory converted into an art, performance, production and event space. Only 2 hours from New York City, and located just steps from the Hudson Amtrak station on the waterfront of the historic city of Hudson, New York. The 17,000 square feet of a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces constructed of industrial materials with a diverse floor plan, makes Basilica Hudson an ideal location for Music, Film and Art festivals and events. Creative directors, musician Melissa Auf der Maur and filmmaker Tony Stone, draw on their experience within their respective fields to bring thoughtfully curated events to the local community, while inviting people from outside the area to discover Hudson.