PHOTOGRAPHS: COURTESY OF RANEA DAYTON
Hayfield’s co-owner Renea Dayton, 32, a city girl originally from Houston, moved to the Hudson Valley after graduating from Trinity University. Dayton developed a passion for shooting photos of nature, and her photos inspired a connection with agriculture. In 2015, Dayton along with husband and wife team Peter and Jackie Kamenstein took over the former Country Farmer, a roadside fruit and vegetable stand, which the trio of new owners renamed Hayfield’s in tribute to the surrounding landscape.
At Hayfield’s, customers (mostly locals) can pick up flowers from the outdoor nursery center to plant, as well as harvested produce from over 80 New York small farms or just a cup of coffee and a sandwich.
The market has partnered with Field Goods CSA to provide bags of fruits and vegetables for members on a weekly basis. Hayfield’s also periodically offers gardening workshops for those with a DIY motivation. On the first Sunday of every month from 9 am to noon, Hayfield’s hosts a Cars & Coffee event.
Auto enthusiasts are rewarded with a free cup of coffee for driving over in their vintage and electric cars. The event is a fitting nod to the building’s past life as a gas station.
Dayton says that Hayfield’s will continue to grow, hopefully adding a few taps of local brew, a food delivery service, some BYOB summer evening barbecues and a seasonal supper at Ryder Farm in Brewster this coming September.
“We have a lot going on. And we have the landscapers in their scuffed jeans, the elderly women coming for afternoon tea, and the high school right down the street. We’re on the corner of a commuter road, and our demographic is basically everyone,” says Dayton. —Fen Fenton
1 Bloomer Road, North Salem