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Which are the best Farmers Markets in Lower Westchester? (White Plains and South)

JMF Aug 8, 2013 09:59 AM

Ones that have real farmers selling products. Not those fakes who buy at Hunt's Point and sell at markets as I have seen from time to time.

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    stevenb30 Aug 27, 2013 10:49 AM

    Hastings-on-Hudson. Saturdays behind the library. None better that I've ever seen - try it once, and you'll see I wasn't exaggerating.

    1. i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Aug 27, 2013 11:27 AM

      Irvington has an excellent market.

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        51rich Aug 27, 2013 05:25 PM

        many of the markets in this area are run by the same company, so the vendors are the same. Your best bet is to look on line and see who runs it, and who will be at it.

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          JMF Aug 27, 2013 07:43 PM

          I know. I did just that. I used to know one of the folks who ran a bunch of the markets. I wasn't really pleased with the vendors she used.

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            51rich Aug 28, 2013 12:03 PM

            thursdays, there is one at phelps memorial, i am going to try to get there tomorrow, it looks like a decent and different selection from most, but i have never been to it

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              chowdom Aug 28, 2013 12:35 PM

              I was talking to one of the vendors at the Chappaqua market (my current favorite market) on Saturday, she is also at the Phelps market. When I expressed interest in the Phelps market she said it was " nice but small" she was not pushing that market at all.

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                Elisa515 Aug 28, 2013 12:47 PM

                And, regardless, it's north of White Plains--thus not part of the OP's original request area.

                Personally, my favorite farmers market is in Saratoga Springs. Unfortunately, that's out of reach for most of us.

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                  chowdom Aug 28, 2013 01:12 PM

                  I was responding to 51rich :)

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                i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Aug 28, 2013 01:16 PM

                I do NOT recommend the Phelps market. I went last week and it was honestly one of the worst markets in Westchester that I've been to.

                WOuldn't you think that a farmers' market held at a hospital would logically have mostly healthy food vendors, i.e. fruits and vegetables? There was ONE SINGLE produce vendor with an extremely limited selection allllll the way at the end of the aisle. The rest was all prepared food/bakeries, and one meat vendor.

                Definitely wouldn't return and was pissed that I went out of my way to go there!

                Oh, Ridge Hill has a tiny market really not worth going out of your way for, but if you are in the area, they had 3-4 different produce vendors last time I was there, including a tiny little stand I've never seen before where I got amazingly fresh, orange yolked eggs and some beautiful kale and leeks. They validate parking with a $20 purchase.

                My favorite in the county that I've been to, worth a drive from anywhere, is Pleasantville.

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                  JMF Aug 28, 2013 03:54 PM

                  I've stopped by Ridge Hill the past two weeks. Wasn't impressed. Last Friday I asked one booth when thy had picked their corn and was told "yesterday afternoon" But the corn stalk ends were all dried out. that takes several days unless the corn is kept in an unusually dry and warm area. None of the produce sellers knew what type of corn they were actually selling.

                  I didn't see any eggs or any tasty looking produce. Maybe I was too late in the day at 2pm?

                  Parking validation is for $15 purchase if I remember correctly.

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                    i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Aug 28, 2013 04:46 PM

                    Like I said, I don't really think it's worth a long trip (I went from ossining only because I needed corn and tomatoes before Saturday). The vendors that were there didn't match the website's description. I can't figure out what stand I bought the eggs from. She had a single stall with eggs,,a very small selection of veggies, and perhaps meat. The other two that I remember are at Ossining and pville markets. Nothing spectacular but there are slim pickings for markets on Fridays. Which vendor had the old corn?

                    You're probably correct about the parking validation; I went a few weeks ago so I am probably remembering wrong. I do remember that it took at least 10 min for the (very nice) market manager to figure out how to validate it.

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