The Valley Grocery, Rivermede Farm, Green Point Market, Maistar Farm on Airport Road and the Farmers’ Markets are great local food sources. Check out the other farms listed too – the local food movement is really grabbing a firm hold on the area.
Valley Grocery (518-576-4477), the largest food store in Town, run by the Hall family. Their meat counter is locally famous and, while not organic, it doesn’t get much better than this – order exactly what you want in advance. Their bacon is to-die-for. Advance orders of fresh fish are truly excellent and a little known feature of this store. It is also the clothes cleaner pick up/drop off location, a place to buy dump tickets and find out what’s happening around town.
Rivermede Farm (518-576-2021) run by Rob Hastings now has its own retail location near Rt 73 and Beede Road. Rob also carries organic meats from other area farms. They have take out lunch items and dinners some nights – call for details.
The Maistar Farm Stand, with eggs and whatever the garden is producing that day, is on Airport Road near the Marcy Field hiker parking area. Maistar Farm’s eggs can be found in the Valley Grocery too.
Cedar Run Bakery and Market in Keene is well stocked with a large selection of take out food. There is a nice selection of meats as well including vension, veal, lamb and other items you won’t see in the supermarket. It’s wine and liquor shop is great. It has coffee and fresh pastries every morning. Bakery orders are welcome and full catering service is offered. East Branch Organics, behind Stewarts, and the Ausable Inn in Keene Valley, also have wine and liquor shops
ADK Cafe has opened a market in a building just up the street in Keene.
The Brew Castle is a new store in Keene offering a collection of craft beers, hard ciders, artisianal foods, vintage bar ware, gifts and organic clothing. It you are into craft beer, stop really should stop in here. That have take out food some evenings. Call for details.
The farmers markets have great food. It is important to go early for the best selection. Check this Adirondack Harvest web site for a map to all the area’s farmer’s markets, shops, and roadside stands. Click on the one near you for details. Here are details on the Keene, Elizabethtown and Lake Placid Farmer’s Market.
DaCy Meadow Farm is in Westport and a special place for localvores from Keene because it is owned by the former Keene Central School Superintendent and her husband. Check out the website for farmstand hours.
Asgarrd Farm in AuSable Forks specializes in goat cheese, but also sells eggs, pork, chevon, and goat’s milk soap. They will have grass-fed and grass-finished beef for sale in the fall. They have farm store hours on Thursdays 2pm-6pm and Saturdays 9am-1pm. They have won awards for their goat cheese and you will see it in stores in the area. They also attend the farmer’s markets. They also have a wintertime meat CSA.
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture and is a subscription to the production of a particular farm. Essex Farm is a full-food (complete diet) farm feeding 220 members in Essex that uses work horses. Several other nearby farms including Fledging Crow Farm, Juniper Hill, Mace Chasm Farm, are cooperating to offer complete diets, even a small brewery and chese maker, all in the same neighborhood.
Pray’s Family Farm in Keeseville, started in 1940, isn’t always organic but it is fresh and it is local. They have u-pick berry times as well. http://www.Local Harvest.Org is a website that can point you to all these places and more.
For organic meats (all types) as well as regular organic farm products, try Conroys Organics in Plattsburgh, Exit 40 east off I-87.
Dogwood Bread Company in Wadhams is definitely worth the trip to farm country.
The two reasonably close organic food stores are Green Goddess Natural Foods in Lake Placid and Nori’s Village Market in Saranac Lake. Simply Gourmet in Lake Placid is run by Keene residents and even delivers their take-out camp dinners to Keene. The North Country Food Coop in Plattsburgh is another option. An hour and 15 minutes away is the Middlebury Food Coop, worth a stop if you are in the area.
Stewarts is also worth a mention because it is open early-to-late and has good dairy products. They actually own their own farms in the region producing eggs, milk products, and all their ice cream. It is a ‘local food’ operation. In addition it is the only gas station, so you’ll be going there anyway. There is also an ATM in the shop and another one, next door on the far side the bank. They have ice, and also grill gas.