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Westchester Greenhouses for Veggies! (Hartsdale)

menton1 Jul 12, 2010 11:28 AM

The high season is here, and this store remains one of the great places to get great quality produce at bargain prices. A visit yesterday yielded this bounty:

Local tomatoes: $1.29/lb. (!!)

Local lettuce: 2 GIANT heads for $1.50

Miniature plums: $2 /basket (about 12 of these babies)

Local cucumbers: 3/$1.00

They also had home-grown strawberries at $6 / basket, but it's worth a splurge because the flavor bears no resemblance whatsoever to the supermarket variety.

Not to mention the great values on flowering plants outside-- this is a terrific place to go!

Westchester Greenhouses
West Hartsdale Avenue,
Hartsdale, NY.

  1. menton1 Jul 14, 2010 08:17 AM

    Unbelievable super-sweet corn today, bi-color, local, 8 ears for $1.99!!

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    1. re: menton1
      owlwoman Jul 14, 2010 10:50 AM

      Great to know, I bought a lot of my corn there on the way home from the train last year, it was excellent. Love this place.

    2. menton1 Jul 26, 2010 08:04 AM

      Looks like this place gets short shrift here, but really, it's head & shoulders above most produce stands.

      Today: Pickle cukes, $2/quart basket (about 2 1/2 lbs)

      NY State peaches: .79/pound (SWEET, no waiting to eat!)

      1. chowdom Jul 26, 2010 01:07 PM

        Several vendors at the White Plains Farmers market told me that Westchester Green houses purchases all of their produce from the Hunts Point Market.

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        1. re: chowdom
          menton1 Jul 26, 2010 01:28 PM

          The vendors at the Farmers Mkt are not an objective source of information about a competitor;

          There are several commercial items in the place, but they are toward the back. It's easy to recognize a supermarket produce item...

          But all of the stuff in the front section is definitely NOT from the commercial market. The lettuce is quite different, the tomatoes, cukes, strawberries (local, but pricey, $6 a pint) blueberries, some local muskmelons, tomatoes definitely local, white onions with the scallion-like shoots, etc.

          Why don't you try the place and get your info first-hand?

          1. re: menton1
            chowdom Jul 26, 2010 03:25 PM

            I have

            1. re: chowdom
              menton1 Jul 27, 2010 07:56 AM

              Oh, so you know that they have a good selection of local items!

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                Maryld Jul 27, 2010 08:43 AM

                They do have some local items, but a lot of what I've seen at the WP Farmer's market was from elsewhere. You can tell by looking at the other stalls and seeing what fruit and veg are coming in week by week. And yes, I've bought stuff from them at the WP market.

        2. menton1 Jul 27, 2010 09:05 AM

          Today they have corn from Dykeman Farm (Dutchess County) 3 ears for $1.00. (Bi-color)

          P.S. Maryld, I am talking specifically about Westchester Greenhouses, NOT the WP market!

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            Maryld Jul 27, 2010 09:21 AM

            Aren't they at the WP Farmer's market. Someone ther has a "Greenhouse" in their name?
            By the way, how is the corn these season? Sweet-sweet or so-so?

            1. re: Maryld
              menton1 Jul 27, 2010 09:52 AM

              No this is a property on W Hartsdale Ave with outdoor plants and an indoor place with produce. Many locally grown produce items this time of year at much lower prices than the Farmers markets.

              The corn, if eaten the same day, has been sweeter than dessert!

              1. re: menton1
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                Maryld Jul 27, 2010 12:10 PM

                Idle question--have you ever run across, or heard of, a corn cake (as opposed to bread) recipe, complete with icing?

                1. re: menton1
                  chowdom Jul 27, 2010 12:24 PM

                  They are also present at many of the local farmers markets. White Plains, Tuckahoe, Eastchester... I purchased a number of peppers ( green, red, yellow) from them at the WP farmers market last year. All of the peppers were rotten the next day. When I went back the next week the guy who sold them to me pretty much told me to go F_ _ _ myself and walked away from me. I was grumbling to myself as I shopped at the other vendors and that is when several of them told me where Westchester Greenhouses purchased most or all of their produce. These other vendors had only nice positive things to say about all of the other vendors present. I have purchased good produce from Hunts Point market ( husbands mother is a NYC school teacher and can shop there) however I want to support the local farms directly when I shop at the farmers market.

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