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Two NY Women-Owned Farms Join Forces to Host Free Community Event

Tonia Goddard and her family at MW Farmstead. Photo provided. Tonia Goddard and her family at MW Farmstead. Photo provided.

Salem — Blind Buck Valley Farmstead (BBVF) and MW Farmstead are teaming up to present Spring into Salem artisan event, a unique, one-day experience where people can shop for locally made goods while enjoying the beautiful Salem countryside. Spring into Salem will take place on Saturday, May 7 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Blind Buck Valley Farmstead, located at 116 Riley Hill Rd, in Salem, NY. The event boasts a marketplace featuring a variety of local artisans, along with food trucks, drinks, live music, farm activities, and more.

The Spring into Salem event is the brainchild of two women-owned and family-run Salem businesses, Blind Buck Valley Farmstead, a farm stay experience & wedding venue, and MW Farmstead, a farm focused on making ADGA Nigerian Dwarf goat milk products.

“While I’ve lived in major cities on both coasts of the US, there’s nothing like coming home to Salem,” said Sarah Parker, co-owner of BBVF. “I love having the chance to share the Farmstead with others, which is part of what prompted us to open our doors as a farm stay in 2016. When Tonia Goddard from MW Farmstead came to me with an idea for a spring artisan event, I jumped at the chance to celebrate the amazing small businesses, artisans, and craftspeople that are in the Salem-area and the surrounding counties, while providing a fun, free event for the community. We’re truly looking forward to hosting  everyone for a day on the farm this May.”

The family-friendly event is free for all ages. Over 30 crafters, makers, jewelers, potters, beauty and wellness practitioners, artists and more will have their handmade items available to purchase. This one-stop shop is a perfect place to find a unique gift for Mother’s Day, or to bond with mom while enjoying live music by local Salem performer Trevor Braymer in the rustic setting of Blind Buck Valley Farmstead.

“It was very important for us when curating the list of participating businesses that each one was unique, and that we didn’t have multiple people featuring very similar items,” said Tonia Goddard, owner of MW Farmstead. “As someone who participates in the market circuit often, being at events with multiple vendors selling the same products can get frustrating and doesn’t allow each vendor to truly shine. We hope this experience will be unique and worthwhile for everyone involved.” 

Participating vendors include: 

Artisan Food & Beverages: Coffee And, Covered Bridge Bread Co., Dry Brook Sugar House, Fahey Family Honey Farm, Honesta Coffee, Jacko’s Corner Restaurant & Bar, K&L Hollow Farms, Los Lobos, Muddy Trail Jerky Co., On A Limb Catering & Baking Co., TogaNola Snack Co., and The Jupe Box Food Truck

Crafters & Makers: 1941 Crafts Arts, APJ Designs, Battenkill Bags, Big Foot Farm, Douglas Handmade, Down-Home Appeal, Elocin Farm Designs, Glori’s Ocean Designs, Golden Earth Designs, Lodestar Lights, Nifty Glitter Gifts, Owl Moon Artisans, Passions of an Arena Woman, Patty LaFountain, River Roe & Mae, Rockwood Studio, Rosebud Johnnies, Sweetly Scrapped/Dakota Jade Designs, The Stone Stash, Vermont Macrame, Wild Flower Beads, Saged in Fire, Imagine the Possibilities, Rustic Peaks & Pines, Through My Eyes Photography 

Beauty & Wellness Practitioners: Be Still Within Massage, Homestead Hemp 1787, MW Farmstead, Noosh’Anna, Saratoga Aromatherapy

For more information about the event, participating vendors, or to speak with Sarah or Tonia, please contact Eric Jenks at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. More information about both farms can be found on their respective websites - and

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