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Are there decent farmer's markets in Westchester?

trolley Apr 2, 2010 12:23 PM

Hello-

I'm coming from the Los Angeles board and wondering if there are any decent CSA farmer's markets in Westchester? is there a website like http://www.farmernet.com we have for our area for Westchester? I'm considering moving back east but have gotten used to shopping organic at my local farmers markets in LA and San Francisco. Looking in both Southern and Northern Westchester. Thank you!!

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    wincountrygirl Apr 2, 2010 12:58 PM

    Where in Westchester are you interested in? I live in Northern Westchester and we do have a couple that start in late spring and go through most of the fall.

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    1. re: wincountrygirl
      renee the flash Apr 2, 2010 01:42 PM

      Yes Irvington NY and Hastings NY have very good Farmers Markets but not sure date they kick in. Check the village website for each and call to find out dates/times and start season.
      Renee

    2. Nancy C Apr 2, 2010 03:35 PM

      Check out www.communitymarkets.biz and you'll find a list of many of the good ones. Our favs up here in northern-ish Westchester are Ossining and Pleasantvilled. Briarcliff Manor hosts the winter version nearby. All a pleasure to patronize.

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        trolley Apr 2, 2010 05:38 PM

        Winecountrygirl- not really sure where we want to move to so that in itself is a problem. we need a good public school and affordable housing. we're thinking croton on hudson or maybe briarcliff? not into northern westchester. we love it there (our parents both lived in katonah and bedford) but the commute to the city is too far. i grew up in larchmont but housing there is too expensive for us :(

        nancy c- thanks for the link. I'll check it out. it's a good start.

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          GIOny Apr 2, 2010 08:16 PM

          Croton use to have a Farmers Market, I think it was on Wednesdays, not sure if they are doing it again this year. There are plenty of winter farmer markets in the area.......http://lizjohnson.lohudblogs.com/2010/01/14/indoor-winter-farmers-markets-in-westchester-rockland-and-putnam/ but now that the good weather is coming the signs for the outdoor ones should be popping up. The one in Croton (which BTW most would consider Northern Westchester) is not very big but there are several others in the area. Good luck on the move.
          ETA: here is a thread form the 2009 season..... http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/623717

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            trolley Apr 2, 2010 08:23 PM

            awww...you guys are really nice. thanks for the link GIOny. the search function on here is too detailed so it sort of sucks.

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            wincountrygirl Apr 3, 2010 03:27 AM

            I hear you. I live just above Katonah and the commute is too long. I work in White Plains. White Plains has a good farmers market, although I'm not sure about the organic stands. There is one in Cross River at the school every Saturday starting in May that is all organic. I believe Stone Barns also has a farmer's market and that would be organic as well.

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          dma1250 Apr 3, 2010 06:44 AM

          I did a round-up of northern and central Westchester farmer's markets in my blog last Spring, but the links will still be good:
          http://northernwestchesterhome.blogsp...

          There is also Meadows Market in Yorktown Heights which has excellent and very local produce seven days a week. You can also get local produce, dairy, and meat and poultry at Hemlock Hill Farm's store in Cortlandt Manor.

          Croton is definitely "Northern Westchester," though the commute is better than in the eastern side of the county. If you're considering the area, check out my blog--it features events, hot spots, and featured homes for sale (that I happen to like) in the area.

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            GIOny Apr 4, 2010 07:46 PM

            nice blog DMA! Thanks for the link.

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            martyl9 Apr 3, 2010 01:41 PM

            you indicated CSA. not aware of any specific farmer markets that would be farmers who also supply CSAs. i am a member of the CSA in White Plains, renamed this year Hazon of White Plains. Currently, new members can enroll for the coming season. There is a farmer's market in White Plains weekly but not aware of any vendor who is organic. the link for the white plains CSA is attached. tuvwhiteplains.org

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              Nancy C Apr 4, 2010 01:15 PM

              I think Cowberry Crossing was doing some CSA this year - saw a flyer about it at their table at Briarcliff two weeks ago. We are only two people so that's too much food/$ for us - but could be great for a family, I imagine.

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                i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Apr 5, 2010 08:34 PM

                We are pondering the CSA for Cowberry... but like you, Nancy C, there are 2 of us, so I wonder if it would work. Working out how much it ends up costing per week is not much more than I spent on a weekly basis at Taliaferro in Ossining from May to November, but if I'm going to end up with a ton more stuff than I can use I'm not sure it's worth it. I do love Cowberry SO much though, and guaranteeing I'd get their eggs allllllllll summer (a perk of the CSA-- not included in the $$ but they put them aside for members) is mighty tempting.

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                  spa Apr 8, 2010 07:17 AM

                  We've signed up with Cowberry this year...and we already belong to another CSA (Roxbury Farm, which is wonderful, too). A litle crazy, I know, but we figure: What could be better than too much wonderful organic produce? We are planning to buy a freezer and maybe learn to can to save some of it for winter, and our friends always benefit when things get a little too abundant. I love being a CSA member--it forges a real connection with a farm and the amazing people who produce our food.

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                    i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Apr 8, 2010 01:46 PM

                    Did you belong to Cowberry last year? If so, can you tell me a little more about the quantities you received?

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                      spa Apr 9, 2010 05:03 AM

                      No, I didn't belong last year. Sorry. I can tell you from years with Roxbury, though, that some weeks are crazy abundant (more greens or more tomatoes than you could dream of) and other weeks are quite patchy. It's a gamble and a bit of an adventure depending on weather, pests, and other variables. It's also a lot of (delicious) fun.

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                        i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Apr 10, 2010 07:52 AM

                        I spoke to the Cowberry Crossing folks today and they told me that half shares are available. Either you find another half, or they match you up. I think we are going to go for the half share since this is our first year with a CSA and $600 is a lot to put down without knowing what to expect. This way, if we love the half share, next year we can do the whole if we want. Also, I still will be able to peruse Taliaferro and Little Seed for extra goodies. Their email address is cowberrycrossingfarm@gmail.com if anyone is interested.

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                          spa Apr 10, 2010 06:49 PM

                          Great solution! We signed up for a whole share today. We'll have to compare notes.

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                            i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Apr 21, 2010 12:48 PM

                            Spa, I sent my check in today for Cowberry Crossing. My sister and I are splitting it. I had to post here because I am almost giddy with excitement! I think my boyfriend is about to kill me because I can't stop talking about it. I keep reminding him he will benefit from all the delicious things I'll make with the veggies.

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                              spa Apr 26, 2010 06:18 AM

                              Wonderful! I know exactly how you feel. I'm so excited to do a lot of good eating this summer.

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              ChappyChow Apr 6, 2010 01:41 PM

              I live in Northern Westchester and we have several good or decent farmer's markets (and plenty of CSAs, since we're technically the Hudson Valley).
              My favorite farmers market is year-round, indoors, at the Mt. Kisco Boys and Girls Club. Saturdays from I think 9-1? It's a very easy trip from just about anywhere in Westchester, since it's close to both 684 and the Saw Mill. Just about all organic, and it includes fresh produce, an excellent cheesemaker, some delicious and high-quality readymade items, as well as fresh pastured chickens from Dines Farms and frozen pastured grass fed beef from another local supplier. We have been buying more and more of our foods there, though we still don't eat frozen beef, preferring to get that at Chappaqua Village Market. There is also a Saturday farmers market at the train station in Pleasantville; it's best for fresh produce and herbs in my opinion.
              Other favorite sources for high quality food (some organic, some not, but all either local or specialized) here in my general area include:
              -Mt. Kisco Fish Market, which may or may not be totally organic but it is barking fresh, reasonably priced (except for their produce which is a fortune), and they're really knowledgeable and friendly.
              -Kitch N Kaffe in Bedford Hills for hard to find specialty ingredients and kitchenwares.
              -PlumPlums Cheeses in Pound Ridge is fantastic. They also sell a very hard to find chittara pasta that we live for. Right across the street from them is an excellent wine shop, as well.

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                i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Apr 6, 2010 03:41 PM

                I have yet to make it to the Mt. Kisco farmers' market, but if Kiernan is the beef vendor you're talking about, I really recommend that you give it a try. At first I really hesitated to eat frozen beef, always preferring fresh, but after trying Kiernan's beef I've never gone back to the supermarket. The beef is such high quality and I've really grown to trust them.

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                  GIOny Apr 7, 2010 12:11 PM

                  when does the Pleasantville Farmers Market start for the year??

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                    spa Apr 8, 2010 07:19 AM

                    May 29 to Dec 18

                    Here's the scoop: http://www.communitymarkets.biz/marke...

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                      GIOny Apr 8, 2010 12:54 PM

                      Thanks spa

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                    CTeater Apr 16, 2010 12:15 PM

                    Wine shop moved south on the same road, about 1/4 mile

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                    DGresh Apr 9, 2010 05:48 AM

                    Maybe this is obvious but there will be fundamental differences between farmer's markets in westchester and what you're used to in LA. The outdoor ones run usually from late may or so till thanksgiving, and are tremendously seasonal (duh). So no tomatoes in june (mostly leafy greens), and mostly root veggies, winter squash, apples, pears, etc. in November. Something to get used to. The winter farmer's markets are fun, but again, no tomatoes! Mostly microgreens grown in greenhouses and those root veggies.

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                      spa Apr 9, 2010 06:32 AM

                      Absolutely--but don't forget the pickles and baked goods and cheese and fish and meat and jams/jellies and pesto and chutney and... mmmmm, I'll be at the Briarcliff market tomorrow! I really hope someone has asparagus, but it might still be too early.

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                        touchdown Apr 16, 2010 09:12 AM

                        http://www.valleytable.com/csa.php?cs...

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                      Zhuuls Apr 16, 2010 05:24 PM

                      Hi, I'm from Somers, Northern Westchester...lots of good places have been mentioned but I know us Northern westchesters often feel isolated from all the good stuff going on down county.

                      very quickly: Muscoot Farm just started up a little farmer's market. I went last summer and had great berries, pickles, and fresh made salad dressings

                      http://muscootfarm.org/farmersmarket.htm

                      I'm trying to get my family into CSA's. I can't personally endorse any of these but one I'm considering is Ryder Farm in Danbury

                      http://ryderfarmorganic.com/_wsn/page5.html

                      you can also search via zip code here:
                      http://www.localharvest.org/csa/

                      If you're thinking of coming back to northern westchester, make sure to post a similar CSA question on the CT/Fairfield county boards, often crossing into CT is faster than going down county

                      good luck!

                      1. i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream May 26, 2010 06:48 PM

                        I stopped by Irvington's farmers' market tonight and was really impressed. It's quite large and has some interesting vendors (notably Ronnybrook). It doesn't seem to be affiliated with Community Markets. It's at the school on Main St. every Wed. from 3:30-7:30.

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

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