new year’s resolutions anyone?

Personally, I don’t make them.  Just the word diet makes me reach for a cookie.  At least for me, resolutions seem a recipe for failure.

how can you say no to this?

I think of this after running into our neighbors at the Acres Co-op Market this weekend.  I was clutching my Dutch Desserts raspberry tart and my neighbor told me she’s not doing that sort of thing this month.  They’re eating clean and healthy for this month, including no drinking and no dessert.  Like I said…

So, here we are in the depths of winter and we have two, count ’em, two food markets in the town of Hudson.  They actually both opened up last weekend, January 6/7, but since I was laid out flat with a cold (ie, napping after breakfast, going through a box of kleenix in a day, etc.) I only explored them this past weekend.  Food happiness.

The Acres Co-op Market is worth checking out to find some new producers and products for Hudson.  I won’t dare try to list them all since I will inevitably forget someone, but in addition to the lovely raspberry tart I also got a small chunk of gruyere, tasted smoked chicken (!) and picked up a couple of Block Factory tamales for lunch.

a perfect light lunch

Acres Co-op Market is open Saturdays, 10am – 2pm.

Lick The Market has many favorites from the Hudson Farmers’ Market – so we were able to pick up Loaf pretzels, eggs and the stuff for a yummy roasted beet salad.  People were squeezed in, looking at the fresh herbs, picking up bread and leeks and veggies and I overhead someone say “We’re not in a food desert anymore”.  I’m not sure we’re there yet, but we’re making great strides.  Lick is open Friday, Saturday AND Sunday.

Along a similar vein, have you heard about the Hudson 10% challenge?  There was a notice in one of our bills this month, but you can also find more info here.  Naturally, I would like to use 10% less energy not only in the name of saving the earth, but also saving 10% $$$ a month.  That sounds good to me.  In digging around their website, under Quick & Easy Changes, points 3, 4 and 5 are:

  • Buy local
  • Join a CSA
  • Shop at farmers markets

And then further down they suggest to eat less meat (since large commercial meat production drains resources) and use reusable bags.  For me, this will happen a lot faster than filling my cold walls with insulation, I’m afraid.

Will this town take this “buy local” advice and support two small food markets plus the CSAs & non-CSAs we have available?  They all offer the mix of organic and conventional, primarily local but reaching further for certain goods.  It’s articles like this and this that make me want to get closer to the farmer and the source of my food.  Then again, I’m not willing to give up olive oil, citrus, salt, etc…   It can be mind-boggling, no?

How do you define good food?  How will you eat good food this year?


5 responses to this post.

  1. I got one of the blueberry tarts at the co-op this weekend and it was AMAZING! And one of the whole smoked organic chickens, which was just amazing.

    On the topic of eating “clean”, I don’t know that one has to give up desserts and alcohol to do that. (Red wines are chock-full of healthful benefits!) I tend to believe that eating clean should mean giving up processed, packaged foods inasmuch as that is possible, and supporting restaurants and businesses that sell food under a similar mentality. Luckily, in Hudson, we are fortunate to have many likeminded individuals running our restaurants.

    Happy new year!


    • Posted by hungryinhudsonny on January 16, 2012 at 1:26 pm

      here here! on the benefits of red wine. I also find that a little whiskey makes the winter warmer…


    • “This is Hudson where we love our victuals.”

      Musicians, banners, new vendors and several hundred customers enjoyed a party atmosphere at the second Acres Co-op indoor food market last Saturday. Expect more of the same at this week’s market, when as many as 15 vendors may be present.
      The indoor market is meant to fill the winter gap until the regular farmers market resumes. It takes place every Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 702-704 Columbia Street, Hudson, where the co-op aims to open a permanent store later this year.
      New vendors expected for this week’s market, on January 21, include Tierra Farms (coffee, nuts, nut-butters, dried fruit), Camphill Farm (herbs and teas), Our Daily Bread (breads and other baked goods), Saffron Kitchen (prepared Indian Food), Katchkie Farm (microgreens), Sarah Falkner (essential oils), Andrea Elliot (Chinese and non-Western medicines) and Good Fight Herb Company.
      They’ll join returning vendors Amazing Real Life Food Company (pro-biotic cheese and ice cream, Ronnybrook dairy products), Block Factory Tamales, Spencertown Farms (pastured chickens), Plate Clove Naturals (granolas), Oliva Pesto, Healthway Farms (fresh vegetables, pears, and apples), Dutch Desserts, Spacey Tracy’s Pickles, and Gluten-Free Bakers. The non-profit organizations WGXC-FM, Hudson’s community radio station, and the Sylvia Center, which runs children’s programs on farming and nutrition, will have information tables.
      For updates on additional vendors and late-breaking news, visit or “Acres Co-op Market” on Facebook.
      This isn’t the only recently arrived food source in Hudson. “I patronized two others last weekend, and was enchanted,” said Acres Co-op board chairman Peter Pehrson. “LICK the Market reminded me of similar operations in Amsterdam, with such carefully chosen goods and flowers – plenty to make a meal with. Bruno’s has a smaller selection, but you can do the same between their vegetable shelves and excellent prepared foods. Along with Mercedes Wallner’s Hudson Farm Box produce, the gourmet treats from Olde Hudson, our fabulous bakeries Le Perche and Loaf, and the co-op’s winter indoor market a real need is being served. Competition? Everyone benefits! This is Hudson where we love our victuals.”

      For information:
      Jonathan Lerner, 212-877-7298

      vendors contact:
      Mona Coade-Wingate, 774-722-0664


  2. Posted by Peggy Polenberg on January 16, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    We love LICK the Market. The variety is outstanding. Everything from wonderful local cheeses, organic greens & vegtables, mushrooms, LOAF bread & bialys and the all time favorite White Truffle Honey. Break off a hunk of LOAF baguette, smear some Kunik cheese on it & drizzle White Trufle Honey on top. The best!


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