Crowds come out for Alton’s Green Gift Bazaar

ALTON – Some were looking for a specific item, while others were just looking, but they were busy Saturday morning and early afternoon checking out merchandise at the annual Green Gift Bazaar.

The Bazaar, which celebrated 20 years, is sponsored by Alton Main Street and the Sierra Club, and is held in conjunction with Small Business Saturday.

It was again split into two locations, the Jacoby Arts Center and Post Commons.

“We’re really trying to encourage people to shop local, shop small,” said Christine Favilla of the Sierra Club, and co-coordinator of the Bazaar. “Keep the money circulating in our community rather than going to a headquarters in another state. And also to shop green.

“All of the vendors have a really high environmental focus, so people can feel good about not wasting a lot of plastic on their loved ones this year,” she said.

Some people were just browsing.

Wyatt Martin, of Kansas City, Missouri, was in town for the holiday and was at Post Commons with his mother, Toni Barbier, of Brighton.

“We just love to come to Post Commons,” he said, holding his cup of coffee. “She heard about the Bazaar happening today and wanted to check things out.

“It’s pretty cool, I think it’s great to emphasize local business more than the big stuff,” he added.

Others were looking for something very specific.

At Jacoby, Jennifer Ickes, of Alton, was looking through alpaca hats at a stand for River Wind Farm Alpacas.

She was specifically looking for hats.

“My dog chewed up my husband’s last one,” she said.

She added that the chewed-up hat had been bought at the Green Gift Bazaar several years ago.

“My grandma actually got that for him as a Christmas present,” Ickes said, adding she enjoys coming to the Bazaar. “We do it every year.”

Kathi Beyer, who owned the stand Ickes was at, said she makes some of the items, and sends wool from her alpacas to an agricultural co-op where they make other items.

She said events like the Green Gift Bazaar are important for businesses like hers.

“Sometimes you can’t get the people to you, so you want to go to the people,” she said. “This is my first time at this one, and it’s a wonderful event. I like the idea that we’re talking about sustainable or green products.”

Bonnie Finger and her daughter, Ginger, of Alton, were looking at jewelry.

“Every year we hit the Green Gift Bazaar, but we’re at Jacoby a lot anyway for different events,” Bonnie Finger said, adding it is important to shop local “and see some cool stuff.

She likes the variety of vendors and goods.

“It’s kind of fun that it’s split across the Post and Jacoby, because it gets us out and about and hitting other places.”

As part of Small Business Saturday, organizers were passing out information on downtown vendors, including locations and specific sales that day.

Finger said it is important to shop small.

“We do it as much as possible to support our local community,” she said.

Zellipah Githui, of Gitzell Fairtrade International, one of the exhibitors at Jacoby, was looking around herself, and planned to buy something.

“There’s a lot of good stuff here,” she said.

Her company specializes in imported African baskets and other products.

“We work with weavers back in Africa,” she said.

The weavers are from five different countries: Kenya, Ghana, Senegal, Uganda and Madagascar.

“We pay them full price and move (products) to market, and save them transportation,” she said. “We also give them a down payment to buy their resources, so every woman can weave.

“We make sure they do what they do best,” she added.

This is the company’s first time at the Green Gift Bazaar.

“This is a beautiful festival here,” Githui added.

Other local events included the annual Jerseyville Downtown Country Christmas Festival, and a Small Business Saturday event in Wood River.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Locally-sourced gifts for coffee lovers in the Hudson Valley

For over half the American population, coffee is the perfect gift. According to a YouGov poll from September 2022, 53 percent of American adults drink at least one cup a day, and a subset of those people really, really love the stuff. 

Some folks purchase high-end equipment to render the most exquisite flavors and textures. Others acquire only the best beans, grinding and experimenting until heart-palpitating bliss is achieved. 

Many feel coffee is more utility than luxury. We brew it, grab it and go. We take it on the run. We reach for it as fuel for creativity, and to power through the bleary-eyed demands of capitalism. Second only to alcohol (which I write about elsewhere in this issue), caffeine is the drug of choice in America, and coffee is the vastly preferred mechanism of delivery. 

We’ve compiled an inventive list of locally sourced coffee-lover gifts, curated by a local.  You don’t have to spend a dime to spread joy to your loved ones, but if you have a gift budget, we humbly urge you to support the small businesses that make our community special.

Below, you will find a small sampling of the best beans and coffee-related products Ulster County has to offer. There are too many roasters to note, too many amazing coffee shops and cafés to buy gift cards to. Hint: Not to be elitist, but Starbucks and Dunkin’ aren’t among them.

Alice

Rondout Roasting Company • $10

Alice is the taste of the history of Kingston: Proud, hard-working, and all about making connections within the community. Co-founders Fiona McElroy and Dustin Bryant named this variety after a great-grandma, Alice Pruden, who was the first woman to traverse the Rondout Creek bridge over a century ago. Those are some long-time local roots.

Alice is available as a blend or in a dark roast – the former is more brightly sweet and nutty, the latter is smooth with chocolate undertones. The pricetag makes it working-class affordable, the flavor profile is elevated above your average cup of Joe.

Buy it online at rondoutroasting.com.

Red Tail Blend

Heavyfeather Coffee • $16.50

What began in Mount Tremper as a locally-grown business serving Catskill Mountain towns has grown into a widely respected and supped gourmet coffee roasting operation. Beans are sourced from regions in Africa and South America. While aspiring to adhere to the highest ethical and environmental standards, this local roaster is revered for its complex and well-balanced flavor profiles. 

The Red Tail Blend is their signature bag of beans, with notes of brown sugar, golden raisin and cacao. Don’t sleep (literally) on their other blends, which get even more multifaceted in taste.

Buy online at heavyfeathercoffee.com.

Decaf Espresso Blend

Monkey Joe Roasting Company • $16.99

Locals know Monkey Joe in midtown Kingston as a mecca for folks who take their coffee seriously. The shop is run by incredibly friendly and knowledgeable owners and staff. 

Their selection is widely varied, sustainably sourced, and always flavor-forward. Their roasts are known for bold and succulent flavors. Their caffeinated selection is bar-none.

For this guide we singled out their Decaf Espresso Blend as a standout for lovers of the half-caf or decaf variety. It’s a richly sweet and versatile blend that’s great for more fanciful coffee concoctions as well as sipping straight. 

Buy online at monkeyjoe.com. 

Rwanda Gakenke FWA Fairtrade

Phillies Bridge Coffee Co. • $17

For those who take their coffee seriously from plant to product, Phillies Bridge Coffee Co. has been “microbrewing” some of the choicest beans from some of the most high-qualtiy and equitable growing operations across the planet. Their website is an encyclopedia of deep information on their sustainable sourcing practices, and also features detailed instructions on how to brew the best cup given your equipment. 

If you know a coffee aficionado who’d like to know the altitude their beans came from, this is their bag. One of the missions many local roasters have is subverting the highly exploitative mainstream coffee industry by favoring business practices which empower the often-disadvantaged communities providing land and labor. This roaster takes that committment quite seriously, and manages to produce an exquisite product while doing so.

Buy online at philliesbridgecoffee.com.

Exfoliating Coffee Soap with Shea Butter

Rondout Soap Company • $8

Kingston’s Jamie Carson is a prolific soapmaker with a nose for whimsy. Her website lists 27 different tantalizing bath bars including Christmas Morning, Blueberry Muffin, Vanilla Black Currant, Warm Apple Cider, Guinness Beer, Gingerbread, Pumpkin Harvest and Hot Chocolate. (Technically, your mouth’s not supposed to be watering reading the names of soaps.) 

Her Exfoliating Coffee Soap blends the aforementioned locally-sourced Heavyfeather Coffee with a short and simple list of skin-friendly ingredients.

Buy online at rondoutsoapco.com.

Joe Mama’s Milk, Growler

Keegan Ales • $18

Beer with coffee added is the merging of America’s most popular vices. From the top of a bottle of Joe Mama’s Milk, the blend never tasted better. 

The legendary Tommy Keegan (dearly departed) left us this jaw-dropping coffee milk stout as a testament to his prescient brewing genius. Packing an ABV of eight percent, this brew nonetheless goes down smooth, with a rich, creamy texture. 

The coffee-foward flavor is thanks to a Sumatra cold-brew roasted exclusively by the aforementioned Monkey Joe Roasting Company. Boasting a ‘Best Beer in New York State’ award from Tap NY, it pairs well with desserts and bold flavors, and has been a favorite of locals since its inception. 

Buy at the Keegan Ales brewery, 20 Saint James Street, Kingston, or your favorite local beverage retailer.




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Locally-sourced gifts for coffee lovers in the Hudson Valley

For over half the American population, coffee is the perfect gift. According to a YouGov poll from September 2022, 53 percent of American adults drink at least one cup a day, and a subset of those people really, really love the stuff. 

Some folks purchase high-end equipment to render the most exquisite flavors and textures. Others acquire only the best beans, grinding and experimenting until heart-palpitating bliss is achieved. 

Many feel coffee is more utility than luxury. We brew it, grab it and go. We take it on the run. We reach for it as fuel for creativity, and to power through the bleary-eyed demands of capitalism. Second only to alcohol (which I write about elsewhere in this issue), caffeine is the drug of choice in America, and coffee is the vastly preferred mechanism of delivery. 

We’ve compiled an inventive list of locally sourced coffee-lover gifts, curated by a local.  You don’t have to spend a dime to spread joy to your loved ones, but if you have a gift budget, we humbly urge you to support the small businesses that make our community special.

Below, you will find a small sampling of the best beans and coffee-related products Ulster County has to offer. There are too many roasters to note, too many amazing coffee shops and cafés to buy gift cards to. Hint: Not to be elitist, but Starbucks and Dunkin’ aren’t among them.

Alice

Rondout Roasting Company • $10

Alice is the taste of the history of Kingston: Proud, hard-working, and all about making connections within the community. Co-founders Fiona McElroy and Dustin Bryant named this variety after a great-grandma, Alice Pruden, who was the first woman to traverse the Rondout Creek bridge over a century ago. Those are some long-time local roots.

Alice is available as a blend or in a dark roast – the former is more brightly sweet and nutty, the latter is smooth with chocolate undertones. The pricetag makes it working-class affordable, the flavor profile is elevated above your average cup of Joe.

Buy it online at rondoutroasting.com.

Red Tail Blend

Heavyfeather Coffee • $16.50

What began in Mount Tremper as a locally-grown business serving Catskill Mountain towns has grown into a widely respected and supped gourmet coffee roasting operation. Beans are sourced from regions in Africa and South America. While aspiring to adhere to the highest ethical and environmental standards, this local roaster is revered for its complex and well-balanced flavor profiles. 

The Red Tail Blend is their signature bag of beans, with notes of brown sugar, golden raisin and cacao. Don’t sleep (literally) on their other blends, which get even more multifaceted in taste.

Buy online at heavyfeathercoffee.com.

Decaf Espresso Blend

Monkey Joe Roasting Company • $16.99

Locals know Monkey Joe in midtown Kingston as a mecca for folks who take their coffee seriously. The shop is run by incredibly friendly and knowledgeable owners and staff. 

Their selection is widely varied, sustainably sourced, and always flavor-forward. Their roasts are known for bold and succulent flavors. Their caffeinated selection is bar-none.

For this guide we singled out their Decaf Espresso Blend as a standout for lovers of the half-caf or decaf variety. It’s a richly sweet and versatile blend that’s great for more fanciful coffee concoctions as well as sipping straight. 

Buy online at monkeyjoe.com. 

Rwanda Gakenke FWA Fairtrade

Phillies Bridge Coffee Co. • $17

For those who take their coffee seriously from plant to product, Phillies Bridge Coffee Co. has been “microbrewing” some of the choicest beans from some of the most high-qualtiy and equitable growing operations across the planet. Their website is an encyclopedia of deep information on their sustainable sourcing practices, and also features detailed instructions on how to brew the best cup given your equipment. 

If you know a coffee aficionado who’d like to know the altitude their beans came from, this is their bag. One of the missions many local roasters have is subverting the highly exploitative mainstream coffee industry by favoring business practices which empower the often-disadvantaged communities providing land and labor. This roaster takes that committment quite seriously, and manages to produce an exquisite product while doing so.

Buy online at philliesbridgecoffee.com.

Exfoliating Coffee Soap with Shea Butter

Rondout Soap Company • $8

Kingston’s Jamie Carson is a prolific soapmaker with a nose for whimsy. Her website lists 27 different tantalizing bath bars including Christmas Morning, Blueberry Muffin, Vanilla Black Currant, Warm Apple Cider, Guinness Beer, Gingerbread, Pumpkin Harvest and Hot Chocolate. (Technically, your mouth’s not supposed to be watering reading the names of soaps.) 

Her Exfoliating Coffee Soap blends the aforementioned locally-sourced Heavyfeather Coffee with a short and simple list of skin-friendly ingredients.

Buy online at rondoutsoapco.com.

Joe Mama’s Milk, Growler

Keegan Ales • $18

Beer with coffee added is the merging of America’s most popular vices. From the top of a bottle of Joe Mama’s Milk, the blend never tasted better. 

The legendary Tommy Keegan (dearly departed) left us this jaw-dropping coffee milk stout as a testament to his prescient brewing genius. Packing an ABV of eight percent, this brew nonetheless goes down smooth, with a rich, creamy texture. 

The coffee-foward flavor is thanks to a Sumatra cold-brew roasted exclusively by the aforementioned Monkey Joe Roasting Company. Boasting a ‘Best Beer in New York State’ award from Tap NY, it pairs well with desserts and bold flavors, and has been a favorite of locals since its inception. 

Buy at the Keegan Ales brewery, 20 Saint James Street, Kingston, or your favorite local beverage retailer.




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RondoutRoastingCOmpany-Alice.jpg

Locally-sourced gifts for coffee lovers in the Hudson Valley

For over half the American population, coffee is the perfect gift. According to a YouGov poll from September 2022, 53 percent of American adults drink at least one cup a day, and a subset of those people really, really love the stuff. 

Some folks purchase high-end equipment to render the most exquisite flavors and textures. Others acquire only the best beans, grinding and experimenting until heart-palpitating bliss is achieved. 

Many feel coffee is more utility than luxury. We brew it, grab it and go. We take it on the run. We reach for it as fuel for creativity, and to power through the bleary-eyed demands of capitalism. Second only to alcohol (which I write about elsewhere in this issue), caffeine is the drug of choice in America, and coffee is the vastly preferred mechanism of delivery. 

We’ve compiled an inventive list of locally sourced coffee-lover gifts, curated by a local.  You don’t have to spend a dime to spread joy to your loved ones, but if you have a gift budget, we humbly urge you to support the small businesses that make our community special.

Below, you will find a small sampling of the best beans and coffee-related products Ulster County has to offer. There are too many roasters to note, too many amazing coffee shops and cafés to buy gift cards to. Hint: Not to be elitist, but Starbucks and Dunkin’ aren’t among them.

Alice

Rondout Roasting Company • $10

Alice is the taste of the history of Kingston: Proud, hard-working, and all about making connections within the community. Co-founders Fiona McElroy and Dustin Bryant named this variety after a great-grandma, Alice Pruden, who was the first woman to traverse the Rondout Creek bridge over a century ago. Those are some long-time local roots.

Alice is available as a blend or in a dark roast – the former is more brightly sweet and nutty, the latter is smooth with chocolate undertones. The pricetag makes it working-class affordable, the flavor profile is elevated above your average cup of Joe.

Buy it online at rondoutroasting.com.

Red Tail Blend

Heavyfeather Coffee • $16.50

What began in Mount Tremper as a locally-grown business serving Catskill Mountain towns has grown into a widely respected and supped gourmet coffee roasting operation. Beans are sourced from regions in Africa and South America. While aspiring to adhere to the highest ethical and environmental standards, this local roaster is revered for its complex and well-balanced flavor profiles. 

The Red Tail Blend is their signature bag of beans, with notes of brown sugar, golden raisin and cacao. Don’t sleep (literally) on their other blends, which get even more multifaceted in taste.

Buy online at heavyfeathercoffee.com.

Decaf Espresso Blend

Monkey Joe Roasting Company • $16.99

Locals know Monkey Joe in midtown Kingston as a mecca for folks who take their coffee seriously. The shop is run by incredibly friendly and knowledgeable owners and staff. 

Their selection is widely varied, sustainably sourced, and always flavor-forward. Their roasts are known for bold and succulent flavors. Their caffeinated selection is bar-none.

For this guide we singled out their Decaf Espresso Blend as a standout for lovers of the half-caf or decaf variety. It’s a richly sweet and versatile blend that’s great for more fanciful coffee concoctions as well as sipping straight. 

Buy online at monkeyjoe.com. 

Rwanda Gakenke FWA Fairtrade

Phillies Bridge Coffee Co. • $17

For those who take their coffee seriously from plant to product, Phillies Bridge Coffee Co. has been “microbrewing” some of the choicest beans from some of the most high-qualtiy and equitable growing operations across the planet. Their website is an encyclopedia of deep information on their sustainable sourcing practices, and also features detailed instructions on how to brew the best cup given your equipment. 

If you know a coffee aficionado who’d like to know the altitude their beans came from, this is their bag. One of the missions many local roasters have is subverting the highly exploitative mainstream coffee industry by favoring business practices which empower the often-disadvantaged communities providing land and labor. This roaster takes that committment quite seriously, and manages to produce an exquisite product while doing so.

Buy online at philliesbridgecoffee.com.

Exfoliating Coffee Soap with Shea Butter

Rondout Soap Company • $8

Kingston’s Jamie Carson is a prolific soapmaker with a nose for whimsy. Her website lists 27 different tantalizing bath bars including Christmas Morning, Blueberry Muffin, Vanilla Black Currant, Warm Apple Cider, Guinness Beer, Gingerbread, Pumpkin Harvest and Hot Chocolate. (Technically, your mouth’s not supposed to be watering reading the names of soaps.) 

Her Exfoliating Coffee Soap blends the aforementioned locally-sourced Heavyfeather Coffee with a short and simple list of skin-friendly ingredients.

Buy online at rondoutsoapco.com.

Joe Mama’s Milk, Growler

Keegan Ales • $18

Beer with coffee added is the merging of America’s most popular vices. From the top of a bottle of Joe Mama’s Milk, the blend never tasted better. 

The legendary Tommy Keegan (dearly departed) left us this jaw-dropping coffee milk stout as a testament to his prescient brewing genius. Packing an ABV of eight percent, this brew nonetheless goes down smooth, with a rich, creamy texture. 

The coffee-foward flavor is thanks to a Sumatra cold-brew roasted exclusively by the aforementioned Monkey Joe Roasting Company. Boasting a ‘Best Beer in New York State’ award from Tap NY, it pairs well with desserts and bold flavors, and has been a favorite of locals since its inception. 

Buy at the Keegan Ales brewery, 20 Saint James Street, Kingston, or your favorite local beverage retailer.




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RondoutRoastingCOmpany-Alice.jpg

Locally-sourced gifts for coffee lovers in the Hudson Valley

For over half the American population, coffee is the perfect gift. According to a YouGov poll from September 2022, 53 percent of American adults drink at least one cup a day, and a subset of those people really, really love the stuff. 

Some folks purchase high-end equipment to render the most exquisite flavors and textures. Others acquire only the best beans, grinding and experimenting until heart-palpitating bliss is achieved. 

Many feel coffee is more utility than luxury. We brew it, grab it and go. We take it on the run. We reach for it as fuel for creativity, and to power through the bleary-eyed demands of capitalism. Second only to alcohol (which I write about elsewhere in this issue), caffeine is the drug of choice in America, and coffee is the vastly preferred mechanism of delivery. 

We’ve compiled an inventive list of locally sourced coffee-lover gifts, curated by a local.  You don’t have to spend a dime to spread joy to your loved ones, but if you have a gift budget, we humbly urge you to support the small businesses that make our community special.

Below, you will find a small sampling of the best beans and coffee-related products Ulster County has to offer. There are too many roasters to note, too many amazing coffee shops and cafés to buy gift cards to. Hint: Not to be elitist, but Starbucks and Dunkin’ aren’t among them.

Alice

Rondout Roasting Company • $10

Alice is the taste of the history of Kingston: Proud, hard-working, and all about making connections within the community. Co-founders Fiona McElroy and Dustin Bryant named this variety after a great-grandma, Alice Pruden, who was the first woman to traverse the Rondout Creek bridge over a century ago. Those are some long-time local roots.

Alice is available as a blend or in a dark roast – the former is more brightly sweet and nutty, the latter is smooth with chocolate undertones. The pricetag makes it working-class affordable, the flavor profile is elevated above your average cup of Joe.

Buy it online at rondoutroasting.com.

Red Tail Blend

Heavyfeather Coffee • $16.50

What began in Mount Tremper as a locally-grown business serving Catskill Mountain towns has grown into a widely respected and supped gourmet coffee roasting operation. Beans are sourced from regions in Africa and South America. While aspiring to adhere to the highest ethical and environmental standards, this local roaster is revered for its complex and well-balanced flavor profiles. 

The Red Tail Blend is their signature bag of beans, with notes of brown sugar, golden raisin and cacao. Don’t sleep (literally) on their other blends, which get even more multifaceted in taste.

Buy online at heavyfeathercoffee.com.

Decaf Espresso Blend

Monkey Joe Roasting Company • $16.99

Locals know Monkey Joe in midtown Kingston as a mecca for folks who take their coffee seriously. The shop is run by incredibly friendly and knowledgeable owners and staff. 

Their selection is widely varied, sustainably sourced, and always flavor-forward. Their roasts are known for bold and succulent flavors. Their caffeinated selection is bar-none.

For this guide we singled out their Decaf Espresso Blend as a standout for lovers of the half-caf or decaf variety. It’s a richly sweet and versatile blend that’s great for more fanciful coffee concoctions as well as sipping straight. 

Buy online at monkeyjoe.com. 

Rwanda Gakenke FWA Fairtrade

Phillies Bridge Coffee Co. • $17

For those who take their coffee seriously from plant to product, Phillies Bridge Coffee Co. has been “microbrewing” some of the choicest beans from some of the most high-qualtiy and equitable growing operations across the planet. Their website is an encyclopedia of deep information on their sustainable sourcing practices, and also features detailed instructions on how to brew the best cup given your equipment. 

If you know a coffee aficionado who’d like to know the altitude their beans came from, this is their bag. One of the missions many local roasters have is subverting the highly exploitative mainstream coffee industry by favoring business practices which empower the often-disadvantaged communities providing land and labor. This roaster takes that committment quite seriously, and manages to produce an exquisite product while doing so.

Buy online at philliesbridgecoffee.com.

Exfoliating Coffee Soap with Shea Butter

Rondout Soap Company • $8

Kingston’s Jamie Carson is a prolific soapmaker with a nose for whimsy. Her website lists 27 different tantalizing bath bars including Christmas Morning, Blueberry Muffin, Vanilla Black Currant, Warm Apple Cider, Guinness Beer, Gingerbread, Pumpkin Harvest and Hot Chocolate. (Technically, your mouth’s not supposed to be watering reading the names of soaps.) 

Her Exfoliating Coffee Soap blends the aforementioned locally-sourced Heavyfeather Coffee with a short and simple list of skin-friendly ingredients.

Buy online at rondoutsoapco.com.

Joe Mama’s Milk, Growler

Keegan Ales • $18

Beer with coffee added is the merging of America’s most popular vices. From the top of a bottle of Joe Mama’s Milk, the blend never tasted better. 

The legendary Tommy Keegan (dearly departed) left us this jaw-dropping coffee milk stout as a testament to his prescient brewing genius. Packing an ABV of eight percent, this brew nonetheless goes down smooth, with a rich, creamy texture. 

The coffee-foward flavor is thanks to a Sumatra cold-brew roasted exclusively by the aforementioned Monkey Joe Roasting Company. Boasting a ‘Best Beer in New York State’ award from Tap NY, it pairs well with desserts and bold flavors, and has been a favorite of locals since its inception. 

Buy at the Keegan Ales brewery, 20 Saint James Street, Kingston, or your favorite local beverage retailer.