Wandering In Woodstock

I live for Family Fun Days.  My husband and I are lucky that our work schedule is not 9-5, so Family Fun Days can happen any day of the week.  Yesterday was a semi Family Fun Day because even though my husband had off all day, I had to work in the late afternoon, so we had the whole morning to do whatever we wanted, which happened to be strawberry picking yesterday.  Today we both had off so it was a full Family Fun Day and these are the best days!

19055863_10155291727026772_1940985109203703485_o.jpgOur first adventure on Family Fun Day was fixing my husband’s car.  I love helping my husband work on our cars.  As he said on Facebook, “Who else can say they have a wife that gets excited when I tell her she can put the tire back on?”  Adventures can be found anywhere… even putting a tire back on the car.  It’s the M.U.D. way!

The next half of our adventure involved figuring out what we wanted to do!  I’m always searching online for fun adventures we can go on and today I found the perfect one: The Woodstock Farm Festival in Woodstock, New York!  Woodstock is world famous for lending it’s name to the music festival of the same name.  But, don’t be confused.  The festival itself was not held in Woodstock but in Bethel about one hour away.  The Bethel Woods Center for the Arts preserves the original Woodstock place and continues to honor the art and music that the original festival celebrated.  It is a wonderful place to visit with a great museum and world class concerts.  Actually, it’s my husband’s and my favorite place to go to a concert.  There’s something so magical about that place.  If you are in Sullivan County, NY, Bethel should definitely be on your “must do” list.

Woodstock, NY however is in Ulster County, NY and is known for not only it’s rich history in the arts, but music as well.  And, it celebrates this.  I’ve always wanted to go to the town of Woodstock, and today was my first time.  It is a very eclectic place with awesome little shops of all different kinds.  Music and art are everywhere and I can’t wait to go back.

19238731_10100893667714879_1164169229_oBut, today we weren’t there for the shops.  We were there for the Farm Festival.  The Farm Festival is held on Wednesdays from May 31-October 18 starting at 3:30 pm.  It is easy to find, right on the main street and it’s extremely easy to find parking with municipal parking lots nearby and signage to help point you in the right direction.

My husband and I love exploring different Farmer’s Markets in the area as there’s always different vendors to see.  We loved the Woodstock Farm Festival.  It has a cute little setup, is easy to navigate and there’s tons of different vendors to check out.  In fact, at the Woodstock Farm Festival we saw vendors we had never seen before at other Farmer’s Markets.  There was one vendor who sold fresh squeezed lemonade… and when I say fresh squeezed lemonade I mean they actually squeezed the lemons right in front of you!  Talk about fresh… and delicious!  The perfect treat on a hot early summer day.

The first vendor we came across was ImmuneSchein which makes handcrafted ginger elixir here in the Hudson Valley.  Coming across this vendor was very serendipitous.  Just the other day my husband was mentioning to me that he started researching the health benefits of homemade ginger ale.

“Long before the creation of Canada Dry and other sugar-laden soft drink versions of ginger ale, people used to make and drink real ginger ale for its refreshing taste and health benefits.

Real ginger ale is made with…you guessed it, real ginger! And ginger has long been used by Asian cultures to treat and prevent a variety of physical ailments.”

http://drbenkim.com/ginger-health-benefits-ginger-ale-recipe.html

Real natural ginger has natural anti-inflammatory benefits, can help with stomach upset, and can help fight against colds and coughs.  We had actually started talking about experimenting with making our own homemade old-fashioned ginger ale, so when we came across ImmuneSchein today we were very excited!

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ImmuneSchein Elixirs are made from pure whole foods.  It is 100% all-natural, non-alcoholic, contains no additives, preservatives, sugar, colors or dyes.  It is gluten free, nut free and made with only four ingredients!  Can’t get anymore natural than that.

“Each one of ImmuneSchein’s Ginger Elixirs are handcrafted in small batches, and we take the most care in selecting, prepping and bottling our products to ensure that our customers have the most pristine, pure and natural elixir on the market.

Our classic flavor, created with organic ginger root, organic lemon juice and NYS wildflower honey, is just the beginning.  We offer seven other ginger elixirs which are extensions of the classic offering by only adding one more ingredient.”

https://www.immune-schein.com/about-us/

Their ginger elixir comes in the following flavors: Classic, Tumeric, Lavender, Ceylon Cinnamon, Hibiscus, Elderberry, and Cardamom.  You can either take the elixir straight, or mix it with seltzer to create a homemade ginger ale, water, even alcohol.  Their website contains tons of different recipes, and they encourage you to experiment as well.  At ImmuneSchein’s booth they had free samples so you could try all the different flavors.  Drinking the elixir straight packs a punch, but in a good way.  I really liked it.  Both my husband and I tried the Hibiscus and Lavender flavors and decided to buy the 2oz size of Lavender Ginger Elixir for $5.00.  On our way home from the Farm Festival we picked up seltzer and tonight with dinner we are mixing up our own ginger ale!  I can’t wait!!!

ImmuneSchein sells their products online as well as in stores and at their storefront located in West Hurley, NY.  Definitely check them out!

19213004_10100893667615079_508582617_oThe next vendor we stopped at was Sow Good Bakery.  Being that I have gluten intolerance, I am always excited when I find a gluten-free bakery.  I get even more excited if it’s paleo, raw with no refined sugars… and Sow Good Bakery is all that and more!!!  All their baked goods looked delicious!  Not only do I have a gluten intolerance, but I’m also allergic to tree nuts.  Usually, especially when paleo is involved, it’s hard to find tree nut free products, but Sow Good Bakery had a great selection for me and the owner, Tess Beatrice was able to point out each item that I could safely eat.  I was so excited when she told me that the Raw Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles with Sage were gluten free!  Those were the ones that were talking to me.  My husband and I bought two for $3.00 and OHMYGOODNESS was it AMAZING!  I wish I could explain how amazing it tasted.  Just think of the best homemade truffle you’ve ever had and times that by ten!  Chocolate, peanut butter… and oh yeah did I mention healthy?!?!?!  No refined sugars!  As Tess Beatrice says on her website,

“Our hand-crafted treats are “health food”: gluten-free, refined sugar-free, many dairy-free, raw, and paleo. We use organic ingredients and many locally grown (if not homegrown!) fruits and vegetables. All of our products are sweetened with either raw honey, coconut sugar, maple syrup, or medjool dates and just the right amount of joy. Twists on the savory, punny concepts, and healthful ingredient combinations fuel our nutrient-dense creations, food-filled enough to be eaten any and all the time!”

http://sowgoodbakery.com/about/

The only thing was, my delicious Raw Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffle with Sage did not last long enough for me to take a picture of it.  It was too good looking and I couldn’t wait to try it.  Neither could my husband.  We both absolutely loved it.  But, take a look at the gallery on her website to see pictures of all her amazing offerings.  Owner, Tess Beatrice is also a natural health counselor and certified holistic nutritionist.

19125514_10100893667894519_1301416360_oOur trip to the Woodstock Farm Festival was amazing and so much fun, and we are definitely going to go back!  If you are in the area definitely check it out, and get ready to have a good time!

This is my own personal review and I have not received any compensation for it.

Where: Woodstock Farm Festival, 6 Maple Lane, Woodstock, NY

When: Wednesdays, May 31st to October 18th starting at 3:30 pm

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