Westchester Greenhouses for Veggies! (Hartsdale)
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!
West Hartsdale Avenue,
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!)
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?
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.