Tuesday, January 5, 2010

LOCALS: Greenmarkets, Farm Markets, and the People Who Grow Your Food

There has never been a better time to be in the Hudson Valley. For more than 300 years the Valley has been a cornucopia of fruits, vegetables, dairy, meats, fish, and other products. Today, the Hudson-Valley is one of the richest and most diverse gastronomic regions in North America. It’s thousands of small, independent, family-owned farms offer all kinds of organic and locally grown fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, and dairy, as well as highly-acclaimed artisanal food products. In the last ten years, the number of farm and greenmarkets has increased 280%.

LOCALS: Greenmarkets, Farm Markets, and the People Who Grow Your Food is the story of the Valley’s rich, historical, agricultural link with New York City and about how five local producers bring their wares to market, and why. From the venerated Greenmarket at Union Square to the farm markets that dot the Valley itself, farmers, cheesemakers, bakes, winemakers, dairy and cattle men, poultry producers, and many others work hard to bring quality food to tables ranging from Staten Island to Albany.

This is the agricultural story of the Valley as it has never been told before. The documentary also includes interviews with Hudson Valley farmers and artisans, as well as local food activists, and with New York City Greenmarket managers.

Carlo DeVito is a long time publishing executive who has worked with such authors as Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., Stephen Hawking, E.O. Wilson, David Quammen, Philip Caputo, Dan Rather, Stanley Crouch, John Edgar Wideman, and many others. He is also the highly acclaimed author of more than a dozen books, including 10 Secrets My Dog Taught Me; Wellington: The Maras, The Giants, and the City of New York; Yogi: The Life and Times of An American Original; and the forthcoming Scooter: The Biography of Phil Rizzuto. He is the co-owner of the Hudson-Chatham Winery in Ghent, NY.

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