One of the Catskill region’s largest and most popular farmstands will not open its doors this year. Shaul Farms, an enormous market on Route 30 just south of Middleburgh, was a favorite among locals, tourists and home-canners, who made seasonal pilgrimmages to buy produce by the bag or bushel for more than 80 years.
Situated in the extremely fertile Schoharie Valley, Shaul’s offered a bountiful array of every vegetable grown in the Catskills, from root crops like onions, garlic, carrots, potatoes and rutabega to tomatoes, peppers, cabbage, brussels sprouts and salad greens. Some items may still be available this year, and it’s unclear whether the closure is permanent.
In a statement on the farm’s Facebook page late last month, owner David Shaul said:
For the last 83 years, my family has grown quality vegetables and taken care of the land. In the last several years we have been challenged to meet the changing needs of our customers, while at the same time we have faced increasing labor, food safety and environmental issues.Given these issues, I have made the difficult decision to take this growing season off. Please understand this decision was not made quickly or easily.