A blog about Hudson, New York

Where’s the Veggie?

Trusting information from a press release sent out just a few days ago by Acres, Hudson’s fledgling food co-op, I mistakenly reported in a previous post that the market it started this Saturday would feature produce such as “vegetables, apples, and cider” and would “bridge the seasonal gap until the Farmer’s Market resumes in March.”

Well, egg (or Camembert!) on my face! As it turned out there wasn’t even a pale onion or wizened potato in the place, just a cheese vendor, a tamale vendor, and a smoked-chicken vendor, none of whom were selling anything that could be considered foundational parts of the food pyramid, delicious though their offerings were. When I asked Acres Co-op director Peter Pehrson about the absence of  vegetables (the lack of which is what the USDA points to when it called Hudson a food desert ), I was told “Maybe they heard you were coming and decided not to show up.” Who knew that tubers could be so touchy! (Another person raising money for the co-op at the front desk added that a few might be available next week.)

To get your recommended daily dose of vegetable matter every day, and without defensive remarks, head on down to Lick (253 Warren Street), which is now chockful of exotic items such as arugula, lettuce, kale, mushrooms, and herbs, and Bruno’s (227 Warren Street) , which regularly carries bananas, avocados, and rare local delicacies such as eggs, sweet potatoes and red onions. Or you could go back to ShopRite, get your basics and and be entertained by shop clerks like the one below. Not to sound like the dreaded Mitt Romney, but praise be to the free enterprise system!   –Scott Baldinger

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