Maybe we are biased, but we think farmers’ markets are so much cooler than the supermarket, and what you find there is so much better for you health, the environment and our community. At a farmers’ market you may:
Find the freshest food around, grown with care by local farmers on nearby farms; Take in the community-building experience of knowing where your food comes from, who grows and sells it, and see your friends and neighbors while you are there; Meet the farmers, artisan bakers and people who make quality, original and delicious value added products; Support our local food system and economy; Often enjoy live music, engage with nonprofit organizations doing good work, watch a cooking demonstration, enjoy an outdoor setting and so much more.
Many people enjoy attending the same market every week because of the connections they make with the vendors and the neighbors they regularly see there. A local farmer, Deb Taft of Mobius Fields, said that because of farm market connections with her customers she often finds herself thinking of specific customers as she is tending to the crops they love to buy, as if she is growing food just for them.
Before you go, remember to bring some cash and reusable shopping bags. You also might want to check what is in season on the NY harvest calendar and have an idea of what you will see and what you might want to buy at the market. Of course, a farm market is not a superstore and you might not find exactly what you expect, so also remember to stay flexible and enjoy the experience.
Here are some of the local markets you might want to visit and consider becoming a regular:
Bedford Hills Farmers Market, Bedford Hills Train Station, Thursdays 4:00-7:30pm. In its first year, the Bedford Hills Farmers Market, in the heart of Bedford Hills, has moved its time to Thursday evenings. Commuters stop by on their way from the train, residents walk over, and there is plenty of parking for those who drive. Vendors sell fruits and vegetables, seafood, jams, soaps, and other handcrafted goods. They have a schedule of musical performers including:
- Jack Serra Lima 6/23
- Forget Me Nots 8/11
- students from Hubbels Music School, Fox Lane High School and more!
John Jay Homestead Farmers Market 400 Jay St., Rt. 22, Katonah, Saturdays 9am-1pm. On the gorgeous property of John Jay Homestead, this rural setting makes for a lovely outdoor market experience. Plan to have fresh-roasted coffee and a delicious baked good or some gelato as you stroll around to visit the 35 vendors who sell everything from vegetables, fruits and flowers to prepared foods, seafood and meat and handcrafted local products.
Gossett Brothers Farm Market, 1202 Route 35, South Salem, NY , Saturdays 9am-1pm. Take a ride down 35 to Gossetts market located at Gossett Brothers Nursery on Saturdays. They offer a wide selection of vegetables, fruits, honey, meats and seafood, breads, prepared foods from a dozen or so vendors each week.
Muscoot Farm Market, Muscoot Farm, Rt. 100, Somers; Sundays 10am-3pm. Muscoot’s market is open on Sundays and offers a nice selection of prepared foods and handcrafted goods as well as local produce from 23 vendors. A fun market to attend because of the farm feeling, especially if you also love to visit the animals on the farm or hike on the park’s wooded trails.
Also fun to visit:
Chappaqua Farmers Market, Chappaqua Train Station, Saturdays 8:30am-1pm
or Pleasantville Farmers Market, Memorial Plaza (next to train station), Saturdays, 8:30am-1pm
A trip to the farmers’ market can be a quick stop for what you need, or you can make it a leisurely activity to enjoy all the community aspects that a farmers market has to offer. When you purchase local food or products at the market, you will not only continue enjoying the market after you leave, you will also feel great knowing that your purchases support our local food system, local economy, local farms and farmers, healthy soil, clean air, open land, good health and more.
Support and engage with your community, visit a farmers’ market this week!