John Jay Homestead Farmer’s Market opens, featuring exciting new vendors

 

The John Jay farmer’s market opened on Saturday, June 10th, featuring exciting new vendors and changes made by the new market manager, Vanessa Pahucki.

This will be the first year the John Jay market will not require exclusivity, meaning artisans can bring all their products, even if someone else is selling the same thing.  

“We felt exclusivity was a disadvantage to both the customers, who deserve choices, and the vendors, who should be allowed to bring all their local, sustainably grown items to market. We want our customers to have options,” said Pahucki.

The market is also welcoming many new vendors, including Dam Good English Muffins, Will-Yum Spice, Pickleicious, and The Peanut Principle. Pahucki thinks these new vendors will be very popular and bring exciting, unique new products to the market.

 Brandalyn Williams of Will-Yum spices expressed her excitement to be at the John Farmer’s Market for the first time, especially as the first spice vendor. She and her husband, Warren, started Will-Yum spices after the spices they gave out as their wedding favor were very well received.

“The reception has been great, and working at a farmer’s market is really a grassroots way to get out and meet people. Being that we do sell online, it’s a completely different business model actually being in person, and so it’s been great. It’s good to see that people not only come back, buy more, and replace their bottles, they also bring their friends over and buy for their friends and family,” said Williams.

Irvington Delight is another first-time vendor at John Jay, selling homemade Mediterranean and American cuisine.

“All our food is homemade, and all the grape leaves, basil, and mint we use is from our garden. Everything we make the day of or the night before, it’s all authentic, all 100% old family recipes, so hopefully everyone enjoys it” said Jordan, one of the owners of Irvington Delight.

 

Pahucki emphasized with these new vendors, everyone can find something at John Jay for them—from Conte’s, which has been selling fresh seafood in Westchester for over 65 years, to fresh fruit and vegetables from R & G Produce. These new vendors might bring some exciting changes, but the parts of John Jay that make it so special remain the same. Pahucki noted that John Jay’s location is a special and important part of the market.

“We’re on a historic farm, while many farmers markets are in concrete jungles, so when you come here you really feel the authenticity of the farmer’s market,” she said. 

The John Jay Farmer’s Market is open every Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm, June 10th-October 28th. Stop by today to explore its diverse assortment of food!