(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Basilica Farm & Flea, an artisans and farmers market at Basilica Hudson produced in collaboration with Hudson River Exchange, inaugurates its first Spring Market on Saturday, May 7, from 10 to 6, and Sunday, May 8, from 11 to 5. This year’s inaugural event incorporates the annual spring Ramp Fest.
Basilica Farm & Flea – part timeless flea and farmer’s market, part 21st-century craft and design fair – is inspired by the abundance of passionate and talented farmers, collectors, and artisans in the Hudson Valley. Each market features a diverse group of regional vendors selling their wares alongside locally sourced, farm-fresh foods.
This year’s vendors include Ash & Anchor handcrafted textiles; Barking Irons, maker of 100 proof Applejack spirits; jewelry designer Camille Carnevale; textile artist Crispina ffrench; the Good Fight Herb Company, a small-batch medicinal herb maker; knitwear designer LiaMolly; and SilkeJacobs, who makes handcrafted bags. Click here for a complete list of vendors.
“Spring Market promises to be a dynamic weekend of celebration and renewal – picture spring dresses, vintage garden sets, wild edibles and maybe even a maypole,” notes Melissa Auf der Maur, Basilica Hudson director and co-founder. “And, of course, all things Mothers’ Day!”
The inaugural Spring Market will feature a wide range of independent makers, collectors, and farmers offering a variety of seasonally appropriate products, including spring and summer-specific apparel and ephemera. The maker and collector categories include Paper, Ceramics, Leather, Wood, Home & Garden, Kids & Toys, Jewelry, Fiber/Textiles, Apparel, Art & Books, Bath & Body, Wellness, Farm Products & Value added (yes, farmers are makers too!), and Specialty Packaged Food.
Hudson’s annual Ramp Fest will be incorporated into Basilica Farm & Flea Spring Market. Continuing its collaboration with Ramp Fest’s founders, Swoon Kitchenbar, Swoon will create a pop-up restaurant at the Spring Market, complete with a bar and ramp-infused menu items for all attendees to enjoy.
This year, for the first time, Basilica Hudson has expanded its community expertise by working with a jury during the application process. With a broad knowledge in their field and an awareness of the many talented people in the area, the jury helps maintain and expand the quality and integrity of this event, now in its fourth year. Working with a diverse jury ensures that Basilica Hudson can consider, review, and select the highest quality work the region has to offer.
By participating in Basilica Farm & Flea, vendors and attendees directly support Basilica Hudson’s mission to foster sustainable community. With attendance growing each year, Basilica Hudson is reaching new local and regional audiences while offering important platforms for avant-garde and emerging artists, local chefs, farmers, artisans, and other talents to engage and exchange with new audiences.
A $5 entry fee covers admission for the entire weekend, and children under 12 are free of charge. Proceeds from admissions and vendor fees support ongoing operations for the organization, and allow Basilica Hudson to continue to develop and present its programs.
About Basilica Farm & Flea
Born Thanksgiving Weekend 2013 as the anti-Black Friday big sister goddess, Basilica Farm & Flea showcases the wealth and splendor of the Hudson Valley’s artisanal talents, and embodies love of vintage and recycled, locally-sourced agriculture, and the beautifully handmade. And with over 10,000 square feet of raw space, Basilica Farm & Flea is the only market of this scale in the region.
Two markets are presented each year: the Spring Market, during Mother’s Day weekend, and the Holiday Market, during Thanksgiving weekend, in addition to a Mini Farm & Flea on the Sunday of the annual Basilica SoundScape weekend each September.
About Basilica Hudson
Basilica Hudson is a nonprofit multidisciplinary arts center supporting the creation, production and presentation of arts and culture while fostering sustainable community. Founded in 2010 by musician Melissa Auf der Maur and filmmaker Tony Stone, Basilica Hudson makes its home in a spectacular solar-powered reclaimed 1880s industrial factory on the waterfront of the historic City of Hudson. Weekend destination events comprise the core of Basilica Hudson’s music, performance, film, food and literary programming, alongside regular film screenings series, art exhibitions, and other community gatherings.
About Hudson River Exchange
Inspired by the Hudson River’s history of bringing together people, ideas and commerce, Hudson River Exchange has created curated markets since 2013. Providing opportunities for exchange outside of individual studios, farms, and kitchens, Hudson River Exchange events have seen great success in developing the handmade economy as well as community surrounding it. Their first market, Summer Market, has turned into an annual event, and in 2014 they joined the Basilica team to produce their holiday market, Basilica Farm & Flea. Hudson River Exchange continues to develop programming to cultivate and support the makers and collectors in and around Hudson.