SPACE ON RYDER FARM TO KICK OFF 2019 SEASON AT RYDER FARM
WITH MOTHER’S DAY WEEKEND PLANT SALE MAY 11th-12th
The Brewster Chamber of Commerce will lead a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Saturday, May 11th at 9:30am to celebrate SPACE’s new management of agricultural operations at Ryder Farm
SPACE’s 2019 Calendar of Events to include a farm-to-table Seasonal Supper, first-ever Summer Soirée fundraiser and the annual Roving Dinner.
Brewster, NY (April 29th, 2019) - SPACE on Ryder Farm, the acclaimed residency program for artists and activists located at 406 Starr Ridge Road in Brewster, is kicking off its inaugural growing season with a Mother's Day Weekend Plant Sale, taking place Saturday, May 11th from 9am to 4pm and Sunday, May 12th from 11am to 3pm.
The Brewster Chamber of Commerce will lead a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 9:30am on Saturday, May 11th to celebrate SPACE’s new management of agricultural operations at Ryder Farm, which it assumed in 2019 following the retirement of Betsey Ryder of Ryder Farm Cottage Industries, who had farmed the property since 1978.
SPACE’s Plant Sale will offer certified organic vegetables, herbs and flowers to plant, grown onsite at Ryder Farm--including 11 varieties of heirloom tomatoes, summer and winter squash, salad greens, sweet and spicy pepper varieties and more. There will also be flowering hanging baskets, heirloom seeds from Hudson Valley Seed Company and SPACE merchandise for purchase. Additionally, SPACE will offer guided tours of the historic Ryder Farm homestead and growing fields, activities for kids and a food truck for picnicking on the lawn.
Produce from Ryder Farm will be available for purchase through October at SPACE’s roadside stand on Starr Ridge Road, at the Friday Union Square Greenmarket in New York City, and via SPACE’s sliding scale CSA (community supported agriculture) membership. CSA memberships provide weekly installments of vegetables and herbs for pickup at Ryder Farm from June to October. Taking advantage of SPACE’s network of over 1,300 resident alumni, CSA members can also expect to find samplings of the artistic projects cultivated at Ryder Farm among their weekly allotment of kale and tomatoes. To sign up for a 2019 CSA membership (deadline May 17th), visit spaceonryderfarm.org/farm (en Español: spaceonryderfarm.org/granja).
The Mother’s Day Weekend Plant Sale is the official start of SPACE’s on-farm event season. Upcoming dates include (all events to take place at Ryder Farm):
Saturday, July 13th
SPACE’s Seasonal Supper is a celebration of the bounty of Ryder Farm, from the field to the table to the stage. Join SPACE’s communal table for a farm-fresh menu crafted by resident chefs, showcasing ingredients grown and harvested on the farm, and for intimate performances by some of SPACE’s incredible alumni artists. Tickets are available for purchase at http://bit.ly/SPACE19SS
Saturday, July 20th
Sharing SPACE invites the surrounding community to Ryder Farm for a day of family-friendly performances from neighboring Putnam County arts organizations Concerts Around the Corner and Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, tours of the historic Ryder Farm homestead and growing fields, creative activities and workshops, picnicking and more! Sharing SPACE is supported in part through the Putnam Arts Council’s Arts Link Grant Program, with public funds provided through the New York State Council on the Arts with support from Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature. More info: http://bit.ly/SharingSPACE2019
Saturday, August 17th
Save the date for SPACE’s inaugural summer fête on the farm! The evening will begin with a star-studded round of croquet and rosé on the Ryder Farm bowling green, followed by a farm-to-table dinner from Hayfields Market, bespoke cocktails and special performances from SPACE alumni and friends. Proceeds will benefit SPACE’s annual residency programs. Sponsorship opportunities are available for local businesses. Tickets and tables can be purchased at http://bit.ly/SPACEsoiree2019
THE ROVING DINNER
Saturday, September 21st
A beloved highlight of the season, The Roving Dinner is a celebration of The Working Farm, SPACE’s resident playwrights group. Join for an eight-course dinner paired with excerpts of eight new plays developed on the farm. Prepared by SPACE’s resident chefs, each course is served with an excerpt performance at eight locations around Ryder Farm. This event sells out early every year--be sure to reserve your seat at http://www.bit.ly/SPACERovingDinner19