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Jan 5, 2012 01:51 PM

Croton Outdoor Winter Market replaces Briarcliff Indoor Market

Saturday from now till May the following vendors will be at the Croton train station. Guess Community Markets could not find an alternate indoor market location, which is really too bad. I have a feeling that I will be choosing the Chappaqua market for anything more than a super-fast shopping trip. I never thought I'd say this but I will miss that horribly set up, mismanaged market in Briarcliff....

Amazing Real Live Food Company
Baked by Susan
Bread Alone
Feather Ridge Farm
Gajeski Produce
Kiernan Farm
Meredith's Bread
Newgate Farms
Pura-Vida Fisheries
Tierra Farm

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  1. Actually I'll prefer this (well, I do live 5 minutes from croton and 20 from Briarcliff). I really hated the parking situation and the crowds at the indoor Briarcliff. I do feel sorry for the vendors though. Some days will be a long time in the cold.

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    1. re: DGresh

      I'm sad about this. I hope enough people go and spend money to make it financially worthwhile for the farmers, especially since they will have to put up with being outdoors the whole time. I imagine that Chappaqua will be really crowded. I guess I'll try them both and see what works for me. I don't mean to complain--a few years ago we had no winter markets at all, and a few years before that we didn't even have summer markets! But I will miss Briarcliff.

      1. re: spa

        Oh, I'll definitely be at the market, moaning and groaning the whole time about the weather-- not so much for the sort of depressing winter produce but because I depend on Kiernan for all my beef and Pura-Vida for all my fish. But it's gonna be the sort of thing where I dash out of the car, buy what I need, and run back. Any lingering and browsing will be saved for an infrequent sojourn to Chappaqua (which may be an even smaller space than the one in Briarcliff).

        And like you say DGresh, I'd rather drive 2.5 minutes and be at Croton than drive 20 minutes to Chappaqua.

        1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

          Thanks for the heads up - we'll happily head to Croton, also just a few minutes away, for fish and chicken and and and!

          1. re: Nancy C

            How was Croton? My husband went to Chappaqua and was not happy about it--no parking, incredibly crowded, rude people...

            In other news, someone told me that Croton may be temporary, until they work something out in Briarcliff. I guess we'll see what happens!

    2. I stopped by the Croton market for a couple of things yesterday. The weather was beautiful (for January) so the whole concept of an outdoor winter market didn't seem so absurd. (Plus, come those April and May spring days, this will definitely be appreciated, I realized.) I was excited to see Cowberry Crossing there along with the above listed vendors, plus there were a couple others not listed (a pasta vendor, for one). All the vendors seemed thrilled that people turned out, especially because the market is really off the beaten path. It's not in the main parking lot for the train station, but in the overflow lot to the right. There's plenty of parking and it was really nice to not be crammed in to that tiny church.
      Apparently the Briarcliff market was nixed due to zoning law problems. I would hope that they haven't given up on finding an indoor market location, since on colder days, this outdoor location isn't the best solution. However, I guess as long as people make it out even just for a couple of minutes to buy what they need, the $$ will make it worth it for the vendors.

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      1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

        So this is across Croton Pt avenue from the train station?

        1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

          I visited this morning on a distinctly chilly day. I had to take off at least my right glove to deal with money, and it was cold; I really feel for the vendors. But the place was nicely busy; not a zoo like Briarcliff, but there were modest lines (2 or 3 people) at most spots, so the vendors are doing pretty well. Everyone seemed happy to see customers and were very appreciative of people coming out.

        2. I saw a notice that they are considering putting it indoors at the vacant blockbuster's in Croton (near Zeytinia). I can't imagine the parking there being at all reasonable. It's bad enough now at busy times with the overflow going to that itty bitty lot in front of blockbuster's.

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          1. re: DGresh

            That would be a parking nightmare--as it is now, I sometimes can't even get a spot in the overflow lot during busy times. Last Saturday I circled the whole lot twice before deciding to head over to Turco's instead. If we thought parking at Briarcliff was tough.....

            1. re: DGresh

              That Zeytinia parking lot is horrific as it is. I can't even begin to imagine what it would be like with the added traffic of the market. There must be abetter alternative.

              1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                Yes, as it is, every time I'm there I fully expect to see a fender bender with all the people looking for spots, pulling out, and trying to maneuver in those tight corners.

                1. re: DGresh

                  No matter what time of day, I can never seem to find a space there!

              2. re: DGresh

                That would be DREADFUL! Parking at CVS/postoffice/Zeytinia is horrific.

                How about at the old Dodge dealers in Harmon for an indoor space? Who owns that space, and are they community minded enough to welcome/insure the farmer's market?

                1. re: Nancy C

                  Apparently it *is* moving indoors to that shopping center. What a disaster that is going to be.

                  Feb. 11 First day at our new indoor location Van Wyck Shopping Plaza II, 44 Maple St

                  1. re: DGresh

                    You know, I was just remarking to my husband how they happened to get a great winter for the market to be outdoors. It's been so mild and it's nice to get some fresh air. On top of that, not being crammed into a tiny space has been great and there's no trouble parking no matter what time we get there. I'm not looking forward to the parking debacle at the new location.

                    1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                      Apparently it was a "contentious" 3-2 vote to approve the new location, with worries primarily about... well you know.