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Closest Farm Stands to Westchester County

roxlet Aug 29, 2012 05:44 AM

I am looking for a farm stand that is within an easy drive from southern Westchester county. I would like to find a place that has a full range of fruit and vegetables. I have been underwhelmed by the selection at our local farmer's market in Bronxville that seems to be largely baked goods these days, with corn and tomatoes being the primary vegetable on offer. Suggestions?

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  1. i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream RE: roxlet Aug 29, 2012 06:02 AM

    Im not sure about farm stands but I highly recommend the Pleasantville farmers' market. There are at least four to five produce stands alone, my favorite of which is Little Seed Gardens, an organic farm with a large variety of beautiful (and tasty) vegetables. They also have canteloupes and watermelons- no berries unfortunately, but you can find those at other stands.

    For a less hectic market, Ossining has Taliaferro Farm, which is also an organic farm that has a very wide variety of vegetables, especially greens.

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      Maryld RE: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Aug 29, 2012 06:38 AM

      Just went to the White Plains market today. There are three good vegetable stands, one of which carries two different types of arugula, lots of different types of kales, herbs, greens, and other veggies. Mead Orchard has wonderful heirloom tomatoes, fruit and some veggies. Plus, there is a man who sells his own beef, pork, and chicken. There are other vendors who carry bread, baked goods, popcorn, nuts, and olive oils. Also the new Argentinean restaurant has a stand selling chimichurri and Iron Tomato is usually there. Since I get there very early in the morning, I miss a few of the later arriving vendors.

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        chowdom RE: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Aug 29, 2012 06:41 AM

        + 1 go early. Although Starbucks is not my favorite coffee it's nice to have one in such close proximity. If interested you can order grass fed meat from Bobolink http://shop.cowsoutside.com/about-us.... and pick it up at the market. Their ground beef is really, really, really excellent.

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        LorenV RE: roxlet Aug 29, 2012 07:41 AM

        http://www.hemlockhillfarm.com/our-ma...

        They sell meat and produce and you can also tour the farm. I could LIVE on their breakfast sausage alone. If you're a sucker for sage and fennel...go now. Damn I wish I had a few pounds of it in front of me right now!

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          Elisa515 RE: roxlet Aug 29, 2012 10:49 AM

          What's the place around Scarsdale/New Rochelle? I'm sure someone who lives in that area will pipe up.

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            dma1250 RE: Elisa515 Aug 30, 2012 09:30 AM

            I second Hemlock Hill Farm for meat and poultry.

            For produce, Medows Market in Yorktown Heights has lots of local produce from their own farm and other local ones:

            http://www.meadowsfarmmarket.com/

            Hilltop Hanover Farm, also in Yorktown Heights, has a good farm stand with their own produce, plus you-pick fields (a favotite family pastime):

            http://www.hilltophanoverfarm.org/

            And practically every town in the county has a farmer's market.

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              chowdom RE: Elisa515 Aug 30, 2012 10:56 AM

              Elisa I think you are referring to Cherry Lawn Farm Market...IMO ridiculously overpirced for what you get. Seriously astronomical prices for nothing that special!

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                Elisa515 RE: chowdom Aug 30, 2012 11:01 AM

                But maybe a good option for someone in Bronxville (considering time and cost of gas)? I don't know--I used to go there about 20 years ago when one of my kids was in a day camp in New Rochelle and it was on my route.

                I agree with the Meadows Farm Market and Hilltop Hanover Farm recommendations. The latter is not just a stand, it's the actual farm. Reminded me of my youth in rural NJ :)

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                  valerie RE: chowdom Aug 30, 2012 11:26 AM

                  There is also the place on Weaver Street near Cherry Lawn called Simply The Best. More of a farm stand than a store like Cherry Lawn. And a LOT less expensive.

                  Also in Scarsdale is Ramsey's Farm (I think that's what it's called?). Lots of vegetables and some fruit too.

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                    Elisa515 RE: valerie Aug 30, 2012 11:34 AM

                    Thanks Valerie. I think it was the place on Weaver Street I was remembering.

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                lemarais RE: roxlet Aug 30, 2012 12:58 PM

                Westchester Greenhouses in Hartsdale, just up the road from Benjamin Steakhous, has some very high quality local fruit and vegetables, albeit a small variety. Now they have peaches, tomatoes, and melons from some local farms. Very good prices, much lower than the farmer's markets. And in about 3 weeks, the local apples here are about 500 times better than the ones in the supermarkets. A good variety of apples. Excellent place.

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                  roxlet RE: lemarais Aug 30, 2012 04:45 PM

                  Is that the place on Central Avenue?

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                    lemarais RE: roxlet Aug 31, 2012 08:39 AM

                    It's on West Hartsdale Avenue corner of Secor Road. 1 Block from Maria Regina High School.

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                      roxlet RE: lemarais Aug 31, 2012 10:05 AM

                      I'll have to look at a map...

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