ACCORD – On a bright sunny Friday evening, arguably the summer’s first, dozens attended the 2018 Stick to Local Farms Adventure Map Launch Party at Arrowood Farms on Lower Whitfield Road in Accord.
The free family-friendly event included live music by Creek Iverson’s Tinhorn Calico Farm Band with Sarah Underhill and Ben Bath, locally-grown refreshments and Arrowood’s award-winning beer. And, of course, also available was the free Rondout Valley farm map so you can learn where to collect your family’s stickers this season!
Stick to Local farms is an interactive art project that supports local farms; the first Stick to Local Farms Map was published in 2014. The 2018 color edition, created by Maria Reidelbach and Ingrid Price, adds dozens of Ulster County cultural and agricultural spots. This year the number of available stickers of map spots totals 37. More than 60 locally-owned business are participating and Ulster County Tourism contributed.
Maria Reidelbach is a local author — The Stick to Local Farms Cookbook, Completely MAD: A History of the Comic Book and Magazine, and Miniature Golf, an Illustrated History — and food activist. Ingrid Price is a former film and television costume designer and an instructor at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan.
The map, said Reidelbach, will guide Hudson Valley residents and visitors and assist them in "learning about local farms, farmers and produce possibly in face-to-face fascinating and delicious encounters."
Reidelbach’s other local projects include sculpting what became the Kelder’s Guinness World Record gnome, Chomsky; a homegrown mini-golf course with edible landscaping, also at Kelder’s; and the Stick to Local Farms campaign.
Free art stickers can be collected from each numbered site on the map when visited. The colorful stickers can then be added to your map. Collecting as few as ten stickers will win you a prize — four rounds of Homegrown Mini-Golf at Kelder’s Farm and a copy of the Stick to Local Farms Cookbook.
Twenty-five collected stickers will win a market bag of farm goodies and gift certificates, for humans and pets. Collect all 37 certificates and you’ll win a silver-bordered limited-edition art sticker and a chance of winning a weekend at the fabled Pine Ridge Dude Ranch for you and three loved ones.
Maps are widely available at participating farms, markets, restaurants in Ulster and Dutchess Counties, at rest stops, or from Stick to Local Farms: www.stick2local.com.