- Last fall's Field + Supply event at the Hutton Brickyards. This year, amid the pandemic, the iconic makers festival will happen entirely virtually at Fieldandsupply.com.
Leaving aside, for a moment, the complex, imperialist history it celebrates, the modern conception of Columbus Day weekend is synonymous with hot cider, harvest celebrations, yard sales, and craft fairs. By the second Monday in October, the Hudson Valley is entering peak leaf season. The waft of fresh-baked cider donuts is on the air and pumpkins are ripe for the (U-)picking.
For the devoted thrifters among us, Columbus Day marks the end of the garage sale season, opened of course by Memorial Day in May and punctuated by Labor Day. In addition to driving around the winding country roads looking for hand-lettered signs saying YARD SALE THIS WAY, for Hudson Valley residents and weekenders, the biannual Field + Supply curated makers’ market has become a regular staple of this long weekend.
Founded in 2014 by high-end interior designer Brad Ford, Field + Supply has grown over the past six years to include textile makers, woodworkers, ceramicists, botanists, vintage curators, craft beverage makers, and just about any other artisanal good you can think of. Last year’s October event saw 180 vendors in the reclaimed industrial pavilion of the Hutton Brickyards. But this year, everything is different because of COVID. Every festival has had its reckoning. Field + Supply is no exception.
This spring, in place of their Memorial Day Weekend market, Field + Supply held a Virtual MRKT, which they’ve decided to repeat again this fall. “While we were cautiously optimistic that events would be green-lighted to take place this fall, our average attendance is simply too large based on the current guidelines issued by local and state officials to ensure the safety and health of our vendors and guests,” says Ford. “Based on the tremendous success of our inaugural Virtual MRKT, we will host the fall Fair on Field + Supply’s digital platform to provide continued support for our broad community of makers and share their stories with an even wider audience of design lovers across the country.”
Field + Supply’s fall Virtual MRKT will take place on Fieldandsupply.com October 8 through October 11. The initial launch event of the online marketplace in July drew over 15,000 unique online shoppers from across the country in four days. This pivot to an online platform strives to emulate the in-person Field + Supply experience with maker content, shopping opportunities, and original programming from a carefully curated group of artisans.
In place of live music, you can choose from the curated playlists to set the tone while you “browse” online. If you have questions while you’re browsing, you can simply hit the video call button to be connected with the artisan at the virtual stall you are browsing. There will also be trade pricing for industry professionals. Programming will include livestreams and pre-recorded videos from makers, and hands-on workshops in the areas of wellbeing, fitness, and culinary arts.
“While we were disappointed to have to cancel the live production of our Fall Fair, the Virtual
MRKT’s unique blend of content and commerce creates an emotional connection between the visitor and the Maker—just as it does at Hutton Brickyards,” Ford says.
So get in some comfy PJs, make a cup of tea, and settle into the couch for some online shopping.
(And if you’re still jonesing for the in-person craft fair experience, reserve your spot for the inaugural Upstate Vintage Antique Show on October 24.)