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Dear friends,
What's the news? For those of us passionate about where our food comes from and our local farmers, the conversation got all that more engaging thanks to the Hudson Valley Farmers Forum panel discussion organized by the National Young Farmers' Coalition this week at the Columbia Greene Community College.  Monday's conversation, filmed by Greenhorns, gathered over 90 local agriculture folk to discuss the pending 2012 Farm Bill with Federal and State elected officials, Congressman Chris Gibson, State Sen. Roy McDonald, R-Saratoga Springs, Assemblymember Didi Barrett, D-Washington, Kathryn Tanner, a Farm Bill specialist for U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, and Phil Giltner, special assistant at the state Department of Agriculture and Markets.
Please visit the farmers' market this Sunday to keep our farmers support going and take a moment in your busy lives to share in the breathtaking changes aimed at producing a resilient regional Hudson Valley food chain!  Good for us, good for growing local economies, and good for the 60 new young farms started in the last decade energizing our Columbia County fields with local foods!  
Featuring "Get to Know Your Farmer"   
Fields of greens - Common Hands Farm

Common Hands Farm Project
Visit the market to talk with Dan McManus and Tess Parker
Dan has lived much of his life around biodynamic communities, both from his early years in South Australia, and moving to New York working on and apprenticing under numerous farms. Dan began to realize for himself, after desiring a more direct connection to what nourishes himself and others, that there is no art more beautiful or important right now than growing food, and designing effective and low impact systems of living from and supplying healthy, organic vegetables. 
     BASKETS - Common Hands Farm

  Common Hands Farm - photo credit Steve Benson

Take the Locavore Challenge by shopping at the market.  
Market event
This September, NOFA-NY will host its 3rd Annual NY Locavore Challenge. The NY Locavore Challenge is a first of its kind, month-long campaign aimed at engaging consumers across the state in actively supporting the local organic food movement.

The Locavore challenge starts with the theory "vote with your dollar," and takes it a few steps further, by appealing concerned citizens to participate in a wide variety of events and challenges that support their local economies, encourage organic and sustainable growing practices and propel the movement. The aim is for 5,000 people state-wide to participate in the challenge this year. New this year, we are launching a 30 Challenges in 30 Days calendar to help guide consumers in exploring the challenge each day during September. The calendar will include daily challenges, recipes, tips, events and more. Click here to register
Co-op blackboard Philmont Market & Cafe Co-op

We're counting this September for owner-member patronage! The coop needs to count high numbers coming to the farmers' market to help their business plan numbers.  We're counting on all the owner-members to help with this! Stop by for a FREE cup of coffee and talk to Elizabeth and coop volunteers how things are growing for opening the coop in Philmont!
Market Events?            
Hand Made Bowls - Tom Kenny
Tom Kenney is back this Sunday with his beautiful bowls!
Craft demonstration 
Hand Made Bowls
Tom Kenney is back!
Roll up to the market  - the circus is coming to Philmont!
Circus tickets on sale

The Philmont Fire Co are selling tickets for the circus they are bringing to town on
September 27th 
$9 in advance at the farmers' market
$12 at the gate
Get yours now
Please shop the market this Sunday
We accept EBT, WIC, FMNP.  We give Fresh Connect Checks and a market voucher for free vegetables for every EBT purchase.
Market scene - July 15th


August to September 

Common Hands Farm

Nagoya Kale

Melon: Cantaloupe and Bitter

Ground Cherries


Japanese Long & Lemon Cardoon

Pea Greens

Shiitake & Oyster & Pioppino Mushroom

Salad Mix

Asian Salad Mix 

Wild Arugula

Red Veined Sorrel

Magenta Spreen


Luffa Sponges


Salad Burnet

Marsh Meadow Farm







Swiss Chard


Summer Zucchini


Winter Squash 





  Goats meat   


White Oak Farm

Schober Farm
Red Devon Beef
Steak cuts

June 3rd - Market shoppers

The Philmont Beautification, Inc. Philmont Farmers' Market newsletter is funded in part from generous support gratefully received from the following local businesses and funding agencies, and from our growing family of loyal community supporters like you!  Thank you so very much for your support.    

Main St. Public House-Philmont Meltz LumberEd Herrington's , IncHudson River Bank & Trust Co Foundation
  USDANYS Office of Community Renewal

Federation of Farmers Markets NYColumbia County Tourist DeptBerkshire Taconic Community Foundation      
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Philmont Beautification, Inc. is a grass-roots non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to community developement in the spirit of a traditional barn raising 

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