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Farmers Markets Northern Westchester, lower Hudson Valley?

I've been looking around to see what's new; it looks like Croton will be on Sundays this year (and started last weekend), Ossining continues on Saturdays, and Yorktown (behind the firehouse) is no more, which is sad. Muscoot looks like it will still be going on Sundays. Cold Spring is open on Saturdays. Any others I should know about?

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  1. The Mt. Kisco farmers market is now in the parking lot to the church on Main Street. It moves indoors in the rain.

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    1. re: wincountrygirl

      The farmstand at Hilltop Hanover Farm in Yorktown Heights is opening today and the you-pick fields should open soon. Meadows market in YH is open (and beats any farmers market in my opinion). And there's a farmers market in Peekskill too.

      1. re: dma1250

        I was really turned off by the high prices at the Hilltop Hanover stand at the Yorktown farmer's market last year (which I really miss). I assume the prices on premises aren't any cheaper. The Peekskill farmers market doesn't have really interesting stuff like they had in Yorktown last year. I've really never been impressed with Meadow Farm (pricey and not really interesting varieties), but I guess I'm in the minority there.

        1. re: MisterBill2

          I agree that Meadow Farm is very pricey. When I'm in the area and I'm desperate, I'll buy tomatoes and corn but that's it.

          1. re: NYmom1

            Hilltop Hanover's stand is cheaper than what they charged at the Farmer's Market. Markets are always more expensive than on-site. The cheapest is you-pick in the fields, which is a great family expererience. There's nothing like grabbing your own.

            I find Meadows to be much cheaper than the markets, and 90% of the produce is from their local fields or from other local famers (as opposed to from upstate and Jersey, as in the markets).

            I went to the Yorktown market twice, but there was nothing of interest there and the quality didn't match Meaadows or Hilltop. I won't miss it at all-- and I'd much rather support local growers.

            1. re: dma1250

              I know that on-site is cheaper than farmers markets but I figured that would not be the case for Hilltop when they only had to drive a mile to get there (and had competition). Maybe I will check them out.

              When I compared some stuff at Meadows last summer, they were either higher or the same price as the vendors at the Yorktown market. I guess they (not directly) succeeded in getting the market to fold but it still wouldn't have killed them to open a stand at the market for people like MYmom1 and me (and others) who do not shop there because we perceive them to be overpriced. I'm sure they would have gotten people who never shop there to check out their stuff.

              I really liked the Miglori Farms stand at the Yorktown market. They had good quality, very reasonably priced stuff. Their list of markets on their website is out of date (they acknowledged this on their FB page), so I haven't been able to figure out if they do any other local markets in the Northern Westchester area.

              1. re: MisterBill2

                Miglori is at Pleasantville on Saturdays and I'm pretty sure that at Croton on Sundays (I haven't been this year yet).

                1. re: Elisa515

                  They are actually at pretty much every farmer's market.

                2. re: MisterBill2

                  Do you mean Migliorelli Farm? Yup, they are everywhere. Their site says they are at over 30 farmers markets.

                  1. re: Solstice444

                    But they are not in Pleasantville! Pleasantville has Madura (Dan, not John - 2 different farms), Newgate, Cowberry Crossing, Little Seed, Mead, J&A Farm and Breezy Hill Orchard for fruit and produce.

                    1. re: Solstice444

                      Yes, Migliorelli. Sorry, I misremembered the name too.

                      1. re: Solstice444

                        As I said, the site is wrong. They're not in Katonah or South Salem (which they said they're at). Or Peekskill (which it doesn't say they're at), but there's almost nothing in Peekskill and their meager produce selection is even worse this year.

                          1. re: wincountrygirl

                            Interesting.. by Katonah I meant the John Jay market on Saturday. I did not know if they were at Muscoot (went there once a while ago and wasn't impressed but I'd be willing to try it again). Stocked up on stuff at Adams today, so maybe next week.

                            1. re: MisterBill2

                              I love Muscoot, and I don't much like John Jay. I find parking on that hill to be kind of a pain. Muscoot parking can be hard too. I try to go right when they open. But Hummingbird Ranch is sometimes there and they have incredible honey and maple syrup. I also like on farm stand in particular and I can't remember the name, but they are on the far end. They have wild mushrooms among other things.

                              1. re: wincountrygirl

                                I think that the place with the mushrooms was in Yorktown last year. Interesting stuff, but I thought they were very pricey. That's why I liked Migliorell, they had a great selection and I thought their prices were reasonable.

                                We haven't been to Muscoot in a while since our kids are older, but I'll bet I could interest my son in joining me so we could visit the animals. And I think you should be able to park on Route 100 if the lot is busy.

                                1. re: MisterBill2

                                  Yes, probably. That lot gets very muddy after the rains!! Muscoot has some interesting stands, including John Boy. The only problem with his stand is that you have to get on his email list and order ahead. He has some amazing meats but again, pricey.

                                  1. re: wincountrygirl

                                    FWIW, I found a list of farmers markets compiled by Liz Johnson at Lohud and she lists the Muscoot vendors and Migliorelli is not on it (she also lists it as Katonah, which I'm pretty sure is wrong, it's in Somers). Of course, every time I look at the list I get angry because somehow they got fooled into putting the Cortlandt Farm Market on the list of farmers markets, even though it's a farm stand (and I doubt even most of their own stuff), no different than any number of other places around the county that didn't try to pass themselves off as a farmer's market and get included in that list. Of course, the deal giveaway should have been that they listed hours daily.

                                    1. re: MisterBill2

                                      Sorry, I must have been thinking of the old one in Mt. Kisco that was open at the Boys/Girls club, and I think they were also at the one at John Jay. Not sure if Muscoot is Somers or Katonah. It's a fine line over there.

                                      1. re: wincountrygirl

                                        Katonah, according to the Muscoot website. That's post office; in terms of taxing authority, I'm going to guess it's in the Town of Yorktown, not Town of Bedford.

                                        1. re: Elisa515

                                          Interesting, it does seem to be in Katonah. However, many sites (including Westchester Magazine, although their knowledge of the northern part of the county is often suspect) say Somers.

                                          1. re: MisterBill2

                                            Muscoot is in Somers, just over the line from Yorktown. It has a Katonah address, but is physically in Somers. According to the website:

                                            "Muscoot Farm is located one and half miles south of the intersection between Route 35 and Route 100 in the town of Somers on Route 100. "

                                            1. re: dma1250

                                              At the risk of being a major quibbler here: the Town of Somers is not the same as Somers itself. Muscoot Farm is sort of in one of those limbo areas--not really Yorktown or Katonah or Somers or Mt. Kisco. The main point is, it's in the middle of sort of nowhere.

                                              Now, for Chow purposes, it's just down the road from King Kone, best place for soft ice cream around! :)

                                              1. re: Elisa515

                                                SInce you started quibbling... Its in Somers. It may be miles from the center of Somers, but that is irrelevant. It's inside the town lines. And more important, it is in the school district. If the Muscoot's had kids they would attend Somers schools--and in Westchester that's all that really matters.

                                                    1. re: wincountrygirl

                                                      Yes, seriously. That's how we determine where things are in Westchester.

                                                      1. re: dma1250

                                                        I just meat that the horse is dead, I think we can stop beating it. The line for Katonah/Somers is very fine where Muscoot is and I think anyone who lives up here would know the location by address on route 100. (in somers...;-) )

                                                        1. re: wincountrygirl

                                                          Fine line, indeed, as it looks like they use a Katonah mailing address! I used to rent a house near Teatown Reservation that was in Cortlandt town, was in Croton school and post office district, and if my landlord walked out on their deck, included some Yorktown. Meanwhile, Teatown uses an Ossining mailing address. Westchester County's got some kooky lines everywhere!

                                                          1. re: Nancy C

                                                            Just try putting the IBM "Yorktown" site into a gps as 1101 Kitchawan Road in Yorktown. It won't know what you're talking about. It wants it to be Ossining. Westchester is very strange.

                                                            1. re: DGresh

                                                              1 Aqueduct Road works better :-).

                                                              And the "Yorktown" building is actually in Ossining, as you may already know based on the quotes. But the front yard is in Yorktown.

                                                        2. re: dma1250

                                                          > That's how we determine where things are in Westchester.

                                                          Not really.. as Nancy said there are some strange school district boundaries. in the northern part of the county.

                                                          The fact is that most people think of Muscoot as being in Somers and despite the mailing address, it was foolish of TJN to list the Muscoot farmer's market in Katonah.

                                                          I decided to try to stop by Meadows Farm in Yorktown yesterday. I say "try to" because as I pulled up at 5:50 they were closing on of the garage doors that closes the building,, and no one tried to stop me when I just walked back to my car (and I know they saw me pull up).

                                                          1. re: MisterBill2

                                                            I like Meadows, but I'm an early riser and usually get there between 9 and 9:30. They are supposed to open at 9 but so far they were either not open or had nothing on the tables yet.
                                                            And, on the great Somers/Katonah controversy - a friend bought a house in what she thought was Somers - on route 100 - and at the closing everything was written Katonah and the taxes were, I believe, higher. That was the other side of 35 from the Muscoot farm.

                                                            1. re: wincountrygirl

                                                              On the topic of boundaries, Pleasantville too has some skeletons in the closet - certain parts of town that retain Pville PO were red-lined out of school district based on who was moving in and who was welcome in the schools - but that is all ancient history for the current generation of residents, many of whom came up from the city. So we too have some funky PO / village tax / school district border issues.
                                                              On the topic of farmers markets, which is where we started, I do want to suggest to folks on this thread that Pville FM is worth a try - and EVERYONE is welcome, skeletons-be-damned. THe market not only has variety and programming, but also vendors who are visibly happy to be there (probably because of the steady stream of customers). Parking is not as hard as people think - there are 7 lots and everyone tries to get into one of them (the closest and most obvious one), but the other 6 have lots of spaces, and 4 of them are free all day. OK, y'all can go back to trying to figure out where a farm that we have all been to really is! Have a great day and stay cool :-)

                                                            2. re: MisterBill2

                                                              Everyone I know refers to places by school district, actually. It's because the district lines are so wacky and do not relate to town lines or addresses. Life revolves around school for the majority of us, so the fact that a place is officially in Mt. Kisco and has a Yorktown address is irrelevant when it's in the Chappaqua district.

                                                              I was at Meadows Farm yesterday. Got some fabulous corn and delicious lettuces and veggies from their own fields, as well as some other goodies from other local growers.

                                                              1. re: dma1250

                                                                Well, people who live in the Chappaqua school district wouldn't want to admit that they live in Mt. Kisco or Yorktown, anyway.

                                                                I live in the Lakeland school district, and the town of Yorktown. I don't tell people I live in Lakeland except when talking about the schools (which I don't do much these days). I say I live in Yorktown.

                                                                1. re: MisterBill2

                                                                  I live in the Yorktown Central District and consider people who live in Lakeland to be from a different town altogether. I go to their library sometimes, but that's it.

                                                                  1. re: dma1250

                                                                    That's funny since that's the Yorktown library -- it's "your" library -- not "their" library.

                                                                    1. re: dma1250

                                                                      That's funny since that's the Yorktown library -- it "your" library.

                        1. re: MisterBill2

                          FYI there are parts of Lewisboro town that have Katonah addresses but are not in Katonah hamlet or Town of Bedford. And everyone refers to Lewisboro generally as South Salem...got it?

                        2. re: dma1250

                          So I decided to leave work a little early today to stop at the Hilltop Hanover farm stand since I had read a blurb about them in the local news. The article claimed they were the same price as local supermarkets. I don't know what supermarkets those people shop at (maybe in Manhattan, I guess maybe Turcos since their non-sale prices are ridiculous) but they seemed very high to me. Corn was 99c an ear (maybe someone was embarrassed to price it at $1?). It looked great, and I think it was also like $7.50 for a dozen, but still a ridiculous price. Tomatoes were $4 a pound and looked nice, but $4 a pound. I was looking for beets but they had none. Small bunches of assorted greens were $3.

                          I then stopped off at Meadows and they were somewhat more reasonable than Hilltop, only 60c an ear for corn (still higher than farmers market prices, at least the ones I go to). Beets were $3.79 a bunch (I paid $2 at a farmers market in Brewster last week for a bunch double the size). Once again, I left without buying anything.

                          I miss the Yorktown Farmers Market.

                      2. I think Pleasantville (Saturdays) is by far the best!

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                        1. re: Marge

                          I love the P'ville market, especially since it's moved back outdoors after the winter months.

                          1. re: Marge

                            Agree....But what a pain it is to park and get in and out of town, It's like be there when they open to get the goods before they run out.....

                            1. re: paris1976

                              I'm maybe 2 1/2 miles away. I may have to circle around the block (train station) two or three times but I always get a spot. It's never been a big deal to me. Also, I never get there before 10 am or so and haven't found that they're sold out of whatever I want.

                            2. re: Marge

                              Love the Pleasantville market too and I think year it is even better. For the best selection it is best to get there early (especially if you are looking for something in particular). As for parking, I agree it can be a little tough, but I usually only have to circle around the block once or twice to get a spot...doesn't take more than a few mins.

                              1. re: queenregina

                                Pleasantville is a bit out of my way, but I went on Saturday, and I have to say, it blows away most of the other ones in N. Westchester. Really nice. I circled around once before finding a parking spot. Not bad.

                                1. re: queenregina

                                  Can you please tell me the exact location in Pleasantville? I'm in Goldens Bridge but I think I'd like to check it out this weekend.

                                  1. re: wincountrygirl

                                    Right by the trainstation, Memorial Plaza. If you come in on Rt 117 from the west (as google maps tells me you will), as they say, you can't miss it.

                                2. re: Marge

                                  Regarding parking in Pville, most people try to park in the south end of Memorial Plaza lot, which does get crowded. But there are other lots close by that usually have spots. Behind the Post Office / Diner there is a big lot, and there are metered spaces behind Bookstore & Dunkin Donuts, and behind shops on Wheeler Ave, and free spots behind Lucy's Lounge - all of these are within a block of the market.

                                3. Is Croton still in the same spot? I know they were thinking about moving it.

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                                  1. re: GIOny

                                    It's still in the same spot. Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

                                    1. re: Elisa515

                                      I was there yesterday; it was very sparse at 9:20 (don't know if more vendors were coming); pickles, jams etc, and one veggie stand where I bought some things.

                                  2. white plains on wednesday, nice to have stuff mid-week, but parking is a pain and so is carrying stuff to car. also irvington on wednesday afternoon/evening, lots of already cooked food, and cookery pizza truck.

                                    1. Hi! I just thought I'd share this blog I found that has information (and opinions) on a bunch of farmers markets in Westchester.

                                      http://www.weewestchester.com/2013/06...

                                      I don't know anyone affiliated with the blog and I didn't want to just copy and paste. I hope this is ok.

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                                      1. re: mcookie

                                        Thank you. It seems they like Pleasantville the best of the ones they mention.

                                      2. Went to the Thursday 11AM-3PM market at Phelps Hospital. Some really lovely produce, baked goods, ice cream, jams, etc, and the mobile pizza oven from The Cookery.

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                                        1. re: Nancy C

                                          Oh!! I didn't know about the Phelps market. Too bad, I could have avoided buying some very sad looking lettuce at shop rite in croton!

                                          1. re: Nancy C

                                            Stopped by there yesterday too. They moved it from the Rockwood Park parking lot (last year's spot) to the path across the street leading up to the park - smart move! :o) Bought some great green beans & berries and got a pizza from the DoughNation Cookery truck - got the "market pie" which had smoked gouda, caramelized onions, swiss chard and red pepper flakes..WOW! Managed (by incredible restraint!) to save a few slices to serve as an appetizer to my friends who came over for dinner last night. We're all hooked!

                                          2. I checked out the Chappaqua farmers market after the Pleasantville market this past Saturday.

                                            For any goat cheese fans out there, I strongly recommend picking up some Arattom Dairy "Cinder" it will knock your socks off! As an added bonus the stand sells a nice variety of breads from Bien Cuit.

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                                            1. re: chowdom

                                              Thanks! Always looking for good goat cheese!

                                              1. re: wincountrygirl

                                                You're welcome WCG...don't miss it.
                                                I had some tonight and it just gets better and better. Also had a bit of very good "frolic" from Bobolink that we picked up at the Pleasantville market. I usually go for their more assertive cheeses but this batch of frolic was especially good.

                                                In addition to their cheese the grass fed ground beef when available from Bobolink is fantastic, you can pre order it at their website, it is very reasonable as well.

                                              2. re: chowdom

                                                Update:
                                                I meant to post this a while ago... Unfortunately Arattom Dairy is no longer a vendor at the Chappaqua farmers market. Arattom Dairy cheese is currently still available at Murrays, Saxelby, BHSB, Per Se...
                                                As per the market manager Jon is concentrating on selling directly to his retail business and restaurant accounts only, at this time.

                                                Today amongst other goodies I picked up an outstanding chard and blue cheese bread and a container of very stinky but equally delicious Amish Schmearkase from Bobolink at the Pleasantville market.

                                                Feather Ridge farm did not have their eggs today, my favorite with their huge orange yolks, but they did have their incredible chickens...I was surprised that they did not have a line. If you have not purchased and cooked one of their chickens you really must...follow their cooking instructions... perfection
                                                pictured is a Feather Ridge chicken that I previously purchased and cooked upstate...so delicious
                                                bc chard bread
                                                Schmearkase
                                                EDIT:I am not sure what is going on at feather ridge they are either changing their name or "Yellow Belle" farm is a separate entity being run by someone who was once affiliated with Feather ridge.

                                                 
                                                 
                                                 
                                                 
                                                1. re: chowdom

                                                  What did Arratom sell? I don't recall seeing them.

                                                  I love, love Bobolink. Feather Ridge is in some sort of transition. We've been buying our eggs mostly in Ossining at the new Yellow Bell stand. The eggs say Yellow Bell, I think, though I can't recall what the chicken packages say. Maybe they're two different operations now? Regardless, I love their eggs too. I had to buy (gasp!) supermarket eggs a few weeks ago and even though they were labeled free range organic yadda yadda when I broke them open they were so sad looking and there was just zero taste. I love Cowberry's eggs too but they are up to over $7 a dozen now I think...

                                                  I got some gorgeous cherries and blueberries today in Ossining, and sugar snap peas were on sale at Taliaferro because they were a bit battered from the rain, but man were they delicious!

                                                  1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                                                    Arratom sold 2 types of fresh goat cheese and feta...with a long back story.
                                                    I think the stand still said Feather ridge but I remember seeing the Yellow bell sticker. One of the family members for sure, just not clear on details.
                                                    A secret, DeCicco's sells feather ridge eggs, they come in on Fridays and are gone quickly...shushhhh
                                                    Thanks for sharing your purchases.
                                                    Arratom did the market last year.

                                                    1. re: chowdom

                                                      Hmm, don't think I ever bought from them. Ever since Rainbeau Ridge stopped production I haven't been buying much goat cheese... I need a new source! Our Stop and Shop used to regularly carry Vermont Creamery goat cheese but not anymore. I have been making it myself now and then with goat milk from Whole Foods.
                                                      Good tip about DeCiccos! WIsh we had a DeCiccos closer... for the beer too!

                                                      1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                                                        Jon who is making cheese at Arattom Dairy took over Rainbeau Ridge...currently he rents./leases the farm from Lisa his goats are or were hers. He was asked to change the name in case his cheese sucked...It does not...he is making some amazing cheese.
                                                        If you can locate his cheese try it!
                                                        Also once available via the internet Acorn Hill Fromage blanc made with goat milk, dill and chives is good enough to wear... positively addictive. Their goats were not producing much due to the hot weather last year and I stopped seeing them at the Kingston and Red Hook markets, if you can find it you need to get some for yourself...it's really that good too.

                                                        1. re: chowdom

                                                          Wow, I did not know that! I was so sad when rainbeau ridge stopped coming. I guess I fell out of the loop after that with what was happening. Thanks for the info!

                                                        2. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                                                          Daisy Hill Farm Stand in Mt. Kisco usually has very good goat cheese. I forget which farm it's from.

                                                    2. re: chowdom

                                                      Here is the basic story: Feather Ridge is a multigenerational family business but they have decided to focus on wholesale. The granddaughter wants to do markets (retail) so she is setting up her new farm, Yellow Bell. They are in transition now and are setting up the new farm operation. They do not have layers yet and have been sourcing eggs in Pleasantville from a great farm in Amish country (PA) and hope to have their layers producing soon. At Pleasantville, they were allowed to do the sourcing for a defined time but because it is a producers' market, when that time expired, they could not source from PA anymore. They do have wonderful product and I am looking forward to them being fully operational. In the meantime, Pleasantville has farm eggs from Cowberry, Breezy Hill and Campanelli's, a new vendor that replaced Ragoo when he moved to Florida for health reasons. If they are selling eggs in other markets, they are probably sourced from PA, because, as noted above, Yellow Bell does not have any layers yet.

                                                        1. re: Heystone

                                                          Good info. Thanks. Wherever yellow bell is coming from right now the eggs are excellent.

                                                      1. Went to Meadow Farm in Yorktown today and got some great things. They had a lot of different kinds of squash, beautiful lettuces and cukes, but the best as the corn. It was fantastic, so sweet - like biting into a piece of candy. It is probably the best corn we have ever had.

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                                                        1. re: wincountrygirl

                                                          I drove past there the other day (didn't stop) and noticed they were advertising on little signs out front more unusual items (typical farmer's market things) like garlic scapes. I guess they realized they needed to sell more than tomatoes, green beans, and cucumbers! I'll have to see if I can get some corn tomorrow!

                                                          1. re: DGresh

                                                            Meadows has always had a large array of "unusual" items. We've been regular customers for over a decade and not once I have found less than a large variety of goods there.

                                                            1. re: DGresh

                                                              I also got some amazing organic garlic. it was in a small container at the register. The round squash that look like zucchini (but round) were great grilled.