Several organic farms make their homes in the Roe Jan area: There’s Tiny Hearts Farm, specializing in wholesale flowers and event flowers, and Deep Roots Farm, for fruits, veggies, herbs and flowers. Markristo Farm sells vegetables and flowers and also owns Bridlewood Dressage, a training and boarding equestrian facility. (Aubrey House Farm is another boarding stable nearby.) Hawk Dance Farm speaks for itself: “On our land we utilize no chemicals, pesticides or herbicides in our farming practices. Our farm is not mechanized, and we do everything sustainably by hand. Our soil is nourished with rich compost and green manure cover crops, and we use low-till methods to preserve the health of the soil.”
Local markets abound, including the Copake-Hillsdale Farmers Market, Saturdays May through November; Random Harvest, a worker-owned market, café and community space in Craryville; and, since the late 1800s, the Copake General Store, a full-service grocery and café, “a modern market with an old-fashioned feel.” The Purple Barn in Craryville is a vintage clothing store and more.
Enjoying the outdoors is a foregone conclusion here. First and foremost is the Copake Falls area of the Taconic State Park. A portion of the former New York Central Railroad right-of-way that runs through Copake Falls has been converted into the Harlem Valley Rail Trail, a paved bike path that winds through forest and farmland. For camping there’s a choice of tent, cabin or trailer areas. There’s fishing in Bash Bish Brook, swimming in the 40-foot-deep Ore Pit in summer. In winter it’s ok to cross-country ski or snowshoe on the hiking trails.
At Copake Lake, aside from swimming, hiking and zooming around on personal watercraft, there’s all the fun summer stuff at Dancer's Marine or Copake Lake Boat and Ski. In winter people get out ice fishing and skating or snowmobile around the trails. Weed Mines Pond, stocked annually with rainbow trout, wasn’t named for weeds; the mine was owned at one time by Mr. Weed. Right in town, Copake Memorial Park features three baseball diamonds, an outdoor hockey rink, a pavilion and playground. Rheinstrom Hill is an Audubon sanctuary of over 1,000 acres of primarily forest land. For skiing Catamount is eight miles east.