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Westchester Farmers' Markets' 2009 Outdoor Season Begins!!

So... where did you go and what did you get today? Ossining, Pleasantville, Larchmont, and Tarrytown opened today for the season!

I went to Pleasantville... New vendors include Dutch Desserts and Rainbeau Ridge Goat Cheese (unbelievable!-- I got the spreadable cran walnut). Cowberry Crossing was there to feed my fix of eggs and greens. Bobolink, Pika, Mead Orchards (with the first strawberries of the season!), Pura-Vida fish, and more were all there! The large produce (Bialas) stand had beautiful spring veggies and a wonderful assortment of potted herbs. I picked up rosemary. I was tempted by the strawberry planters too.

I plan to alternate between Pleasantville and Ossining. What was new and interesting there? I'm so excited... I can't wait to check out Croton's too when it opens! It'll be nice to have a mid-week location for things I forget.

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  1. I was at Pleasantville, too, and was happy to see old farmer friends from previous years and the winter market and meet a few new ones as well. That aged goat cheese from Rainbeau Ridge is going to be my new addiction, I can tell. That plus bread from Daily Bread and Mead's strawberries and greens from Cowberry Crossing--I'm a happy camper today!

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    1. re: spa

      I'm really excited about Rainbeau Ridge. At first I was a little shocked by the price but then I realized it's 8 oz instead of the 4 oz I usually got from Thornwood Farms at the indoor-- so I realized it was actually pretty comparable.

      The eggs from Cowberry Crossing were huge today!

      1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

        Can you provide locations and days for these so we can plug 'em into the GPS and join you there?

        1. re: surman

          All the info can be found at http://www.communitymarkets.biz

          Sounds like Scarsdale's was a success!

          1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

            Good list, as far as it goes, but all of those are run by the same company, hence omitting their competitors in other locations.

            1. re: surman

              Do you perhaps have additions to that "usual suspects" list?

              1. re: surman

                Glad you took the time to compile the list of all of them below.

      2. The new farmer's market in Scarsdale (Saturdays, behind Town Hall, Post Road @ Popham Road) opened this past weekend -- a real treat for this area where the Hartsdale farmer's market (Saturdays, at the Metro-North station, Pipeline Road @ East Hartsdale Ave.) has had little more to offer than the neighborhood fruit stand.

        Scarsdale had (as I recall) four bakeries -- two mostly bread and two desert-focused -- a couple of very good looking fruit and vegetable vendors -- one with an awesome selection of fungi -- a local rancher (beef and pork), a venison purveyor, a stand with vegan (or maybe just vegetarian) prepared food, plus the requisite Hudson Valley vintner and a maker of honey, jams and preserves. Worth going back, definitely.

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        1. re: surman

          Any cheese at the Scarsdale market that you can recall?

          1. re: mspring

            Yes! Bought a couple of pieces of Hudson Valley cheese at a booth which also sold bread -- one was an excellent hard cow's milk from a farmer who names his cheeses whimsically, so you have to try them to have any idea what they are, the other a tangy young goat's from a convent. Both excellent.

          2. re: surman

            Sounds like the kids and I can just walk to Scarsdale's market this weekend! Thanks for the update! Now I just hope they don't have "Scarsdale" prices as well....

            1. re: BAFU

              It's definitely not a place to find great bargains, but prices seem to be generally in line with other farmers' markets and better-quality purveyors. Artisanal cheeses, for example, are priced similarly to comparable products at Morton-Williams (nee Turcos) in Hartsdale. If you want a low price on very good mass-produced meat, go to Stew Leonard's; if you want locally sourced and slaughtered, grass fed meat, (just an example) you'll have to pay "Scarsdale" prices, I'm afraid.

          3. Here's what I have found on Westchester farmers' markets for 2009 -- by day of week...

            WEDNESDAY

            Croton-on-Hudson
            Municipal Lot, Municipal Pl. @ Riverside Ave. (across from 1 Municipal Pl.)
            June 10 to November 18, 2009, 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm
            http://www.communitymarkets.biz/marke...

            Pocantico Hills
            Stone Barns Center, 630 Bedford Road
            Through November, 2 pm to 4 pm (members only, 1-2 pm)
            http://www.stonebarnscenter.org/

            White Plains
            City Hall, 255 Main Street
            May 6-November 25, 2009, 8 am to 4 pm
            http://www.cityofwhiteplains.com/data...
            (See p.27.)

            THURSDAY

            Yonkers
            St. John's Church, Getty Square, 1 Hudson Street at South Broadway
            July through mid-November, Thursday 9-4
            (914) 963-3033

            FRIDAY

            Dobbs Ferry
            Not yet open; no information available.

            New Rochelle
            Municipal Lot (38 Division St.) between Leroy Pl. and Prospect St.
            June 19 to November 20, 2009, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
            http://www.communitymarkets.biz/marke...

            Pocantico Hills
            Stone Barns Center, 630 Bedford Road
            Through November, 2 pm to 4 pm (members only 1-2 pm)
            http://www.stonebarnscenter.org/

            SATURDAY

            Bronxville
            Stone Place & Paxton Avenue
            May 30 to November 21, 2009, 8:30 am to 1 pm
            http://www.bronxvillechamber.com/farm...

            Hartsdale
            Hartsdale Train Station
            June 6 to November 21, 2009, 9 am to 2 pm
            http://www.greenburghny.com/Cit-e-Acc...

            Hastings
            Library parking lot, 7 Maple Ave. Hastings-on-Hudson
            June-November 2009, 8:30 am to 2 pm
            www.hastingsfarmersmarket.org

            Katonah - Lewisboro
            John Jay High School, 60 N. Salem Rd (Rt. 121), Cross River
            May 30 to December 19, 2009, 8:30 am to 2:00 pm
            http://www.communitymarkets.biz/marke...

            Larchmont
            Metro-North Parking Deck #3 (Chatsworth Ave. near 1 Railroad Way)
            May 30 to December 19, 2009, 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
            http://www.communitymarkets.biz/marke...

            Ossining
            Corner of Main and Spring St. (near Ossining Post Office, 100 Main Street)
            May 30 to December 19, 2009, 8:30 am to 2:00 pm
            http://www.communitymarkets.biz/marke...

            Peekskill
            Bank Street
            June 13 to November 21, 8 am to 2
            http://www.peekskillbid.com/Farm/Farm...

            Pleasantville
            Memorial Plaza off Manville Rd. (across From 42 Memorial Plaza)
            May 30 to December 19, 2009, 8:30 am to 1:00 pm
            http://www.communitymarkets.biz/marke...

            Scarsdale
            Lower parking lot, behind Village Hall, 1001 Post Road @ Popham Road
            May 30 - October 31, 2009, 10 am to 2 pm

            Tarrytown
            Patriot's Park on Route 9, (next to Tarrytown Public Library, 121 N. Broadway)
            May 30 to November 21, 2009, 8:30 am to 2:00 pm
            http://www.communitymarkets.biz/marke...

            SUNDAY

            Katonah
            Muscoot Farm, 51 Route 100
            May 3 to October 25, 10 am to 3 pm
            http://www.muscootfarm.org/farmersmar...

            Pelham
            Harmon Avenue @ 8 Fifth Avenue
            May 31 to November 22, 2009, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
            http://www.communitymarkets.biz/marke...

            Pocantico Hills
            Stone Barns Center, 630 Bedford Road
            Through November, 1 pm to 4 pm
            http://www.stonebarnscenter.org/

            Rye
            Parking Lot 2 on Theodore Freund Ave. (behind 73 Purchase St.)
            May 31 to November 22, 2009, 8:30 am to 2:00 pm
            http://www.communitymarkets.biz/marke...

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              1. re: surman

                a labor of love! thank you, especially for putting it by day of the week. I was bummed to find out that Croton (really close to me) is the same day as my CSA so not a good "supplement" for it.

                1. re: surman

                  You can add a new one in Irvington:

                  Main Street Elementary School parking lot
                  101 Main St
                  Wednesdays, 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM!

                  http://www.irvingtonny.gov/index.aspx...

                  Google maps:

                  http://tinyurl.com/irvingtonmarket

                  Parking provided in the rear parking lot of the Irvington Presbyterian Church‎ at 21 Broadway -- the lot is just across the Croton Acqueduct from the schoolyard.

                  1. re: surman

                    Note Scarsdale has changed hours.... now 9 to 1.

                    1. re: surman

                      Tuckahoe has a market on Sundays after 8am at Depot Square

                    2. Did anyone check out Croton's grand opening yesterday? Curious about Likitsakos's yogurt.

                      http://www.likitsakos.com/11601/11622...

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                      1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                        I went to Croton yesterday--there was no yogurt (wish there was, that looks really interesting!). I did get some beautiful arugula, young beets, organic fresh roasted nuts, and a delicious empanada-like pastry filled with spinach, feta, roasted garlic and tomato. I sampled Dutch Desserts mixed berry tart (sweet and buttery--the chocolate looked really good), nice company dessert. I did not check to see how their prices compare with the retail store, but Millbrook wines were there. The market is smaller than Ossining, and parking is tough, but it is a great addition to the area for a midweek fix!

                        1. re: Marge

                          Thanks for the report. This is great to know about.

                          1. re: Marge

                            Thanks for the report, Marge! I wondered about parking. Seems like it's really limited. Where did the empanada come from?

                            1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                              I parked on the street (Riverside)--the lot at the market is tiny, and there was a line of cars backed up to enter, being directed by a parking enforcement guy. I got the empanada/savory pastry at Meredith's--they had several varieties, it is new for them and was very popular.

                        2. Dr.Pickle at the Rye Farmer's Market has some of the best pickles, marinated mushrooms and olives ever!! They are so good that I brought them to a friend who is obsessed with super sour pickles and she had pronounced them the best "ever"! And believe me, she has tried a lot of pickles. I am crazed over the mini mushrooms....so good!

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                          1. re: MRS

                            We love Dr. Pickle too. Found them at the indoor market in Mamaroneck this winter. Want to note they also have a stand at the Larchmont market. In addition to the excellent pickles, also can rec their sauerkraut and my husband loves the gardiniere (sp?).