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Aug 12, 2009 05:34 AM

best westchester farmers markets for organic greens/produce?

hello i live in the white plains area, but am disappointed that none of the farmers there grow organic. i miss greens and fruits that i can eat worry free! anyway, the closer to home, the better...thanks for any info

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  1. Ossining has a vendor that has organic produce (greens, potatoes, beans, onions, etc.) Sometimes they have fruit like raspberries, but generally not. Saturday 8:30am+ in downtown Ossining.

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    1. re: Nancy C

      thanks for the tip nancy...of course i'm always working saturday mornings!

    2. The Ossining organic vendor is great as Nancy C mentioned.... Pleasantville also has a verrrry good organic vendor.

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      1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

        any idea what the name of the farm is, or is there only 1 organic vendor? i just think it's crazy that when i buy organic, it's from trader joe's, and it's from maine (the spinach at least)...that is ridiculous!

        1. re: unocal

          Spa named them below..... I was thinking of Little Seed but Cowberry Crossing's produce (and meat) is amazing too. However, Cowberry seems to focus most of their attention on their CSA members doing pick-ups (at least early in the day).

          In Ossining:

          1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

            As well as vegs, Cowberry has the most amazing chicken, and it's a great day if you can score some of their gorgeous, delicious eggs. Their CSA is still tiny, like under 20 people, I think, so it's never gotten in the way when I've been there. And the people are so nice. (As they are at Little Seed.)

      2. Pleasantville has two organic vendors, Cowberry Crossing and Little Seed. Really good stuff, if pricy.

        These vendors also attend other markets. This website will tell you which farmers go to which markets, and when:

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        1. re: spa

          thanks for the names/websites, spa & i eat a lot of ice cream...i actually found that website after putting this post up. i'm just wondering what these farms charge cuz i know it gets pretty pricey! and i have asked a few vendors if they are organic, and one said no and one said they're low spray, but i need to be more informed myself. i just learned about biodynamic farming, and it takes organic to the next level!

          1. re: unocal

            Cowberry is biodynamic. Their chicken is pricey, but I have not found any other chicken like it since I tried theirs-- it's that good. The organic veggie vendors are slightly more expensive than the conventional. I usually shop at Taliaferro and I get a huge amount of veggies for $20. To me it's very worth it. A CSA has been on my mind for a year or two, but I just love going to the market and choosing things myself, so I haven't joined one yet.

            1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

              wow, that is so great to know! i wanted to join a csa this summer, but thought i'd end up throwing out half of my veggies, cuz i'm pretty much the only one in my house that would eat that much produce! i was just on taliaferro's website, and they give you a choice, which is nice, and definitely not the norm. i wish i lived closer to new paltz!

              1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                I know exactly what you mean. I've been a member of a CSA for years (Roxbury) but still go to the market on Saturdays to fill in the gaps. We're actually thinking of doing two CSAs next year: Roxbury and Cowberry, since the farmers really need the support. I think we're going to have to buy a bigger freezer for the all the veggies!

                I completely agree about Cowberry's chicken BTW, and I don't usually even eat chicken.

                1. re: spa

                  I haven't bought any chicken except Cowberry's since I discovered it at the winter market. I don't get it as often as I used to get chicken since it is kind of expensive, so it's a real treat when I do. Between Cowberry's chicken, Kiernan's beef, Thornwood's pork, and Pura Vida's fish, I am set for life!

                  I would love to do Cowberry's csa, but even though I have been cooking tons more veggies, I still think it would be too much for the 2 of us in my house. HOWEVER, not being able to get their eggs since June has pained me so it might be worth it for that alone!

                  1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                    that's so awesome you have a fishmonger at your market...i feel gipped over here in white plains!

                    1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                      I know that the amount of veggies in a share looks daunting, but I have been consistently amazed at what my husband and I can consume when we put our minds to it! It's very impressive. (And we have people over, and if we get desperate, we give some away.) I had resisted the eggs but one taste and I'm hooked. wow!

                      1. re: spa

                        That's good to know, spa.... I'll ponder it....

                        Unrelated-- I have been thinking that I would love to see a milk/butter vendor at one of the local farmers' markets.... that's really the only thing we are missing. I tried some fresh butter at a market in CA recently... and it was AMAZING!

                2. re: unocal

                  There is at least one organic farmer at the Croton farmer's market (Wednesdays from 2-7, right by the Rte. 129 exit off Rte. 9).

              2. You might want to try talking to some of the farmers at your market. I know there are a couple at the greenmarket where I shop who practice organic methods but who are not "certified" organic. Sometimes for very small farms, the hoops & expense of getting "certified" is too much. But you can always ask them about their methods and if/what they use for pest control, fertilizer, etc.

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