11 Hudson Valley Grocery Stores for Locally Made Goodies

Even Whole Foods has nothing on these stocked, artisanal supermarkets.

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These stocked, artisanal supermarkets and grocery stores carry farm-fresh produce, regional spirits, and other Hudson Valley specialties.

By Sabrina Sucato, with additional reporting from Olivia Rose

Going to the grocery store is always a love it or hate it sort of deal. On the plus side, it means fresh food for your cupboards and refrigerator. On the downside, it’s a time suck that all too often drains your bank account and leaves you tired after an hour or more of strolling up and down the aisles.

Fortunately, the grocery stores of the Hudson Valley are here to add just the right dose of artisanal flavor to your next food run. While we can’t promise that they’ll do great things for your wallet, we can say that the shops transform the oft-dreaded grocery store treks into downright enjoyable experiences with local products, lovely layouts, and, if you’re lucky, a gourmet taste test or two.

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So pack your reusable bags and take a final look at your empty pantry. It’s time to (grocery) shop local!

Adams Fairacre Farms

Kingston, Newburgh, Poughkeepsie, Wappinger


The powerhouse of the Hudson Valley’s supermarket scene, Adams is beloved by locals and visitors alike for its abundance of regional treats and beautifully curated interiors. With four locations along the river, and a location coming to Middletown in spring of 2023, Adams extends its grocery store offerings to include bakeries with pastries made daily, coffee stands for freshly ground beans, and butcher departments to score the perfect cut.

On top of that, the local grocery store chain is a must for gift shopping, thanks to its in-house gift, flower, and sweet shops. Before you go, check on the department options at the store nearest you, since the offerings and specialties may differ. The Poughkeepsie shop, for instance, hosts a café, landscaping service, and greenhouses, while the Wappinger location boasts an expanded prepared food section and a rich selection of gifts and housewares.

Beacon Natural Market

Beacon

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A hub for local products in Dutchess County, Beacon Natural Market is a go-to for brands like Wild Hive Farms, a small-batch milling company, and Sfoglini, an organic pasta company. Stop by to pick up local produce in every color of the rainbow, then stick around to contemplate your next flavor of made-to-order organic juice at the juice bar. Beacon Natural Market places a strong emphasis on green living. Be sure to check out the shop’s selection of eco-friendly household products including brands such as Seventh Generation, ECOS, Ecover, Biokleen, Meyers, and more. For those looking to reduce their plastic consumption, the market invites shoppers to bring their own containers to the bulk section of the store to stock up on organic, fair-trade coffee and fresh almond or peanut butter.

DeCicco & Sons

Ardsley, Armonk, Brewster, Bedford, Eastchester, Harrison, Larchmont, Millwood, Pelham, Somers

 

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A mainstay in the lower Hudson Valley since 1973, DeCicco’s began as a tiny shop in the Bronx and transformed into the artisanal supermarket that locals love. Head to any of the stores for Italian-inspired sweets at the bakery, a curated selection of Hudson Valley beers, and fresh mozzarella that is made in-store every single day. In addition to producing many goods in-house, DeCicco’s also carries a number of Hudson Valley brands, including Coffee Labs Roasters and Rockland Bakery. Plus, craft beer fans can fill growlers of fresh releases from local producers at one of DeCicco’s taps.

 

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As for onsite eats, the family chain’s Armonk, Brewster, Larchmont, Millwood, and Somers grocery stores house healthy, nutritious juice bars. On top of that, all the locations serve sushi made fresh daily from skilled chefs. If you’re craving award-winning pizza, head to the Brewster location and pick up a made-to-order pie (or two) from the wood-fired brick oven.

Related: Why You Should Be Drinking Kombucha in the Hudson Valley

Hawthorne Valley Farm Store

Ghent

 

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If you ever find yourself in Ghent, don’t leave town without making a trip to the Hawthorne Valley Farm Store. At the shop, seasonal and organic produce takes precedence, as do clean growing practices. The farm itself has been around since 1971 and boasts 900 acres of biodynamic farmland (a form of organic farming that utilizes regenerative agriculture) that serve as home to dairy cows, vegetable gardens, a creamery, an organic bakery, and even a sauerkraut cellar.

 

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Inside the store, farm-fresh specialties abound. Take advantage of the chance to shop unique treats like raw milk, kimchi, turmeric sauerkraut, and fresh-cut flowers. Of course, you’re always welcome to grab a bite at the café, which features locally roasted coffee, daily lunch specials, and more.

High Falls Food Co-op

High Falls

In business since 1976, the High Falls Food Cooperative may just be the cutest place to shop for local, organic groceries in Ulster County. Open to the public, the co-op offers a range of grocery and produce items that accommodate every dietary preference.

 

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If you’re looking to minimize waste and stock up, hit the bulk department for coffee, granola, pasta, and nuts to keep your pantry happy for weeks. Also at the co-op, a deli entices with lunch-ready eats like homemade hummus and a rotating selection of hearty soups. Plus, shop high-quality skincare products like lotions, creams, and sunscreens.

While you can shop at the store even if you’re not a member, the additional discounts that members receive at the register are a worthy incentive to opt into the yearly $40/person or $55/family fee.

Mother Earth’s Storehouse

Kingston, Saugerties

A staple in the Hudson Valley since 1978, Mother Earth’s operates two locations in Ulster County. A family-owned business, the store distinguishes itself with an extensive selection of high-quality, organic produce and bulk items.


Sign up for the rewards card to earn deals, then pick up pantry essentials in the bulk department such as grains, legumes, nuts and seeds, dried fruit, cereals, herbs, spices, coffee, teas, and more. Or, whip up an easy dinner with the help of the nutritious soups, salads, and sandwiches at the in-store cafés.

Nature’s Harvest

Poughkeepsie


Formerly a third location for Mother Earth’s Storehouse, Nature’s Harvest features fresh, organic produce and a host of Hudson Valley health products. Find local specialties like Harney & Sons Fine Teas‘ The Hemp Division, then head to the bakery and pick up homemade baguettes, scones, or other decadent baked goods.


This Poughkeepsie grocery store maintains a café and deli serving specialties such as an “unmeatball” wrap, fresh juices, and delicious sandwiches on house-made ciabatta.

Related: 10 Hudson Valley Coffee Roasters for the Freshest Beans

Nature’s Pantry

Fishkill, New Windsor


Hudson Valleyites in Fishkill and New Windsor love shopping at the family-owned Nature’s Pantry, and for good reason. Both grocery stores work with local producers to supply fresh-baked breads, salsas, pantry goods, and produce to the public.

With a number of specialty and hard-to-find brands, Nature’s Pantry is a resource for vegans, vegetarians, gluten-free eaters, and individuals on raw and low-fat diets. After you’re done grocery shopping, pick up a homemade baked good in Fishkill or head to New Windsor on a Tuesday to check out the taco bowl hot bar. Word to the wise: Try the vegan and gluten-free taco meat.

Otto’s Market

Germantown

Otto’s is the type of place that makes grocery shopping an experience. Even if you don’t live near the Germantown hotspot, make a day trip there on your next free weekend to savor the abundance of produce from area farms like Common Hands Farm, Greig Farm, and Poughkeepsie Farm Project. Trust us, you’ll taste the difference.

 

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For “shop local” supporters, Otto’s is a dream for artisanal goodies. Find Bread Alone, Graft Cider, Ronnybrook Farm Dairy, Harney & Sons Fine Teas, and other Hudson Valley-based purveyors. And don’t get us started on the fresh eats available while you’re there. “Fry-Day” on Fridays is a must, while the ever-changing menu of vegan burgers and all-day breakfast sammies will keep you coming back for weekly visits.

Sunflower Market

Rhinebeck, Woodstock

With sister locations in Rhinebeck and Woodstock, Sunflower Market’s grocery stores are one-stop shops for all things natural and organic in the Hudson Valley. A family-owned business to this day, the market features GMO-free, locally grown produce, along with grass-fed, locally farmed dairy, meat, and seafood. Sales vary every week to showcase seasonal ingredients, and there is an everyday 10-percent discount for customers over the age of 62.

 

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Need more reasons to shop here? The market is a true leader in the local “think green” scene. Not only does it use solar power at its Woodstock location, but it also stocks Green Seal Certified paper bags and biodegradable or compostable utensils and containers as well. If you want to pick up a quick lunch while you shop, the Rhinebeck location has a café and juice bar, while the Woodstock spot houses a deli and juice bar.

Taste NY Market at Todd Hill

Lagrangeville

 

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An easy detour in Dutchess County, Taste NY is operated by Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County thanks to a grant from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets. Inside the quaint grocery store, which is open for business throughout the year, visitors can browse locally produced milk, eggs, cheeses, pastries, granola, and apple cider. As far as pantry goods go, the regional maple syrups, honeys, and jams are not to be missed.

Pick up a parcel of farm-raised meat or poultry while you’re there, then channel your inner chef at home. From June to October, be sure to check out the outdoor farmers’ market with even more fresh produce and farm goodies. 

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