The Pine Bush Farmer’s Market had a groovy visitor on Aug. 24 when the sunshine bus pulled up to commemorate Woodstock’s 50th anniversary.
With its furnished interior full of colorful pillows, rich orange upholstery and various instruments, visiting the sunshine bus felt like stepping back in time. The outside of the bus was covered in psychedelic designs. The phrase “Ur my sunshine”—painted in blue and white bubble letters—adorned the front of the bus.
Deborah Anne Fisher, singer/songwriter, visual artists and owner of the sunshine bus, bought the bus on a whim. She discovered it in a car lot she drove by every day on the way to work as a music and art teacher at St. Peter’s School in Liberty.
She drew the designs with a Sharpie and began painting the stenciled outlines. The project took her three years to complete, just in time for Woodstock’s 50th anniversary.
Now, she takes the bus to festivals, farmers markets, art shows, rehabilitation centers and other community events.
Fisher said the purpose of the bus is to spread joy and kindness.
“I use it for good. It’s just to spread joy and help people remember their dreams and put a smile on your face,” Fisher said. “It makes people into kids again.”
Fisher played original songs from Woodstock with her partner, musician Paul Kean, at the Pine Bush Farmer’s Market, along with several contemporary tunes. Fisher and Kean perform all types of music, from traditional folk music up to contemporary hits.
Eventually, Fisher would like to combine her love of music, art and teaching with the sunshine bus by obtaining a vendor license and bringing the bus to schools.
The sunshine bus drew many visitors, but other vendors at the farmer’s market drew visitors as well.
Tommy Meyers brought three therapy rabbits to the market. Meyers brings his rescued rabbits to festivals, farmers markets, children’s libraries, nursing homes, and more. The rabbits bring a smile to people’s faces and relieve stress, he said.
Other vendors sold produce, jewelry, baked goods, pickles and more. Market Coordinator Douglas Drossell said the market has between seven and 12 vendors each week.
Alyssa Heins manned the booth for Corey’s Pickles, which sells homemade pickles in the Hudson Valley. Running the booth for her fiancé, Corey, Heins sold seven different kinds of pickles, sauerkraut, relish and pickled green tomatoes.
Anthony Post sold produce for Second Wind Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), which rents out farm plots to local residents. Produce is distributed at local farmer’s markets and to members of the CSA. Post said Second Wind grows between 30 and 40 varieties of vegetables on an acre of land.
Janet Baskerville, owner of JBaskerville Designs, sold her handmade jewelry. All pieces are one-of-a-kind original designs, Baskerville said, and some pieces are made from recycled materials.
The purpose of the farmer’s market is to support local agriculture and other local vendors, Drossell said.
“The objective of the market is to support the development of local agricultural economy, which will foster stewardship of our land and economic development in our community,” Drossell said. “We focus on bringing business and people together in our area taking advantage of this open-air market.”
The market runs every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. from May 25 to October 19 at 62 Main Street, Pine Bush. Visit the Pine Bush Farmer's Market on Facebook to learn more.