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Mercantile June/July 2011

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Taste of

BOUNTY & BOUNTY go regional SUMMER 2011

���������������� Ballet Story Camp Tuesday - Friday 4-5 yrs.

July 5-8

9:30-11:00 a.m.

Tuition: $120.00 Monday - Friday 6-8 yrs.

July 11-15

9:30-11:30 a.m.

Tuition: $150.00

Join us at the Kaatsbaan Academy for a week filled with dance and stories. Open to children ages 4 - 8. For more information call: Prudence Garcia-Renart 845-757-5106 ext. 10


COLUMBIA COUNTY BOUNTY was started by a small group of people who believed strongly that fresh local foods not only helped nourish a person, but also our local economy, family run farms, the environment and our community as a whole. Their aim was to educate the community about the preservation of our local farms through the purchase and use of local and regional sustainable foods and products. Due to Columbia County’s tremendous success, Dutchess, Ulster and Orange counties started Bounty programs of their own. Now, recognizing their common mission and regional synergy these groups have merged their individual Bounty programs into the Hudson Valley Bounty - realizing the regional ambition of their local organizations.

My goal with Hudson Valley Bounty is to be the premier source of local food connections. ~Kristin Roca, Program Director “The success of the Hudson Valley Bounty is directly related to the passion and drive of these original people who started the Columbia County Bounty program,” states Kristin Roca, Program Director for the Hudson Valley Bounty. “My goal with Hudson Valley Bounty is to be the premier source of local food connections. The best part is that now all four Bountys’ programs will work together as one to continue supporting the process of educating our community on the role of local food.” This year the annual Taste of Columbia County Bounty Dinner - which in recent years has showcased all of Columbia County’s great chefs and restaurants making dishes with local grown food - will became the Taste of Hudson Valley Bounty Dinner. This event not only promotes the best in Columbia County for local food lovers, but in the Hudson Valley as a whole. Hudson Valley Bounty has also formed an alliance with The Friends of the Farmer and is participating in the Hudson Valley Food Lovers Festival. On July 30th, at the Copake County Club in Copake Lake, the Taste of Hudson Valley Bounty Dinner will be the featured evening event, from 5 p.m. till 8 p.m., capping off a full day festival devoted to celebrating the farm-to-table locavore movement. “We felt the time was right this year to make what has always been a great evening event into a fantastic full day affair for the whole family.” says Roca. “Come just for the Taste of Hudson Valley Bounty Dinner, or come early and enjoy all the daytime activities of the Friends of Farmer event as well.” Tickets to The Taste of Hudson Valley Bounty Dinner are $75 per person, children ages 7-12, $25, and Under 7, $10. For more information of the Taste of Hudson Valley Bounty Dinner and the entire Hudson Valley Food Lovers Festival go to and

bd About Hudson Valley Bounty The Hudson Valley Bounty is a project of The Hudson Valley Agribusiness Development Corporation (HVADC). Its mission is to promote and support networking connections between local agricultural producers and culinary businesses, while educating the community about the preservation of local farms and the use of local and regional sustainable food products. Covering Columbia, Dutchess, Orange and Ulster counties, the Bounty’s website includes 229 farms, 251 restaurants, and 29 markets. Visit for additional information.

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