Best Farmers Markets 2013

What's new, what's worth driving to, and where to have the most fun on a Saturday morning.

June 1, 2013

After regular trips to the Union Square Green Market in the city, it can be a bit jarring when you roll up to a farmers market in the ‘burbs with only three or four vendors. Ouch.

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Last summer we set out to find the best farmers markets in Westchester. In other words, markets that are worth traveling to. Here’s what we found: There are four or five farmers market in the area that make wonderful hangouts, but many of the smaller markets have everything you need too — so give them a second chance if they underwhelmed you the first time. Plus. there are a few new farmers markets debuting this month.

Still, some of the markets here are better than others. Here’s how they size up. (Photo above courtesy of Doug Schneider Photo/Hastings Farmers Market.)

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Irvington Farmers Market (*BEST*)
When: Wednesdays, 3:30 to 7:30pm, beginning June 7
Where: Main Street School Parking Lot
What They Have: The question is what don’t they have. In addition to an extensive selection of produce, flowers, and meats, there are so many fun prepared foods to taste and eat on the spot — The Cookery’s Dough Nation Pizza Truck included. Don’t miss this foodie market. Size: Very Big, about 25 participating vendors

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Hastings Outdoor Farmers Market (*BEST*)
When: Saturdays, 8:30am to 1:30pm
Where: Hastings Library Parking Lot, 7 Maple Avenue
What They Have: Kids yoga at 9:30am, live music from 10:30 to 12:30 and crafts from 11 to 1pm. Over 25 vendors pedaling everything from ice pops to chutneys, nuts and cookies, flowers and veggies. One of the best markets in Westchester hands down.
Size: Very Big, over 25 participating vendors

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New Rochelle’s Grand Market (*NEW*)
When: Saturdays, 9am to 2pm, from June 1 through October 26
Where: New Rochelle Library’s Green
What They Have:  It’s being called a “farmers market on steroids.” Think: live entertainment, cooking demonstrations, local restaurants serving up food in a food court, plus the usual produce, meat sellers, cheese makers and bakers. I’m dying to stop by this brand new market.
Size: Big, over 20 participating vendors.

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Pleasantville Farmers Market (*VERY BEST*)
When: Saturdays, 8:30am to 1pm, beginning May 25
Where: Memorial Plaza, next to the train station
What They Have: Pleasantville’s market is the largest in Westchester, and in our opinion, the very best. There’s almost always live music, activities for kids, and there are so many vendors that it’s just fun to browse all of the goodies. It actually a great place to hang out on a Saturday morning. In addition to the baked foods, meats, veggies and pastas, look out for the large selection of gluten-free products. (Be sure to pop over to Black Cow, across the street, for one of their ginger peach iced teas!)
Size: Very Big, they say they have over 50 vendors every weekend.

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 Homestead Farmers Market (*BEST*)
When: Saturdays, 9am to 1pm, June 22 to October 13
Where: 400 Jay Street, Katonah
What They Have: This is Martha Stewart’s farmers market, and you can see why she loves it. Set on the grounds of the John Jay Historic Site in Katonah, about two dozen vendors gather, selling pizza, seafood, gelato, as well as fresh fruits and veggies, cheeses and meat and poultry.
Size: Very Big, over 30 vendors are listed on their website.

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Larchmont Down to Earth Farmers Market
When: Saturdays, 8:30AM – 1:00PM, 05/25 – 12/21
Where: Parking Lot off Chatsworth Ave – enter Myrtle Blvd
What They Have: Prepared foods, fruits and veggies, baked goods, olive oils, fresh pasta
Size: Big, Over 20 participating vendors

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Tarrytown Down to Earth Farmers Market (*BEST*)
When: Saturdays, 8:30AM – 1:00PM, 05/25 – 11/23
Where: Patriots Park on N. Broadway (Rt. 9)
What They Have: Live music, story times for kids, flowers, fruits and veggies, meats and cheeses. (Kids can play on the nearby playground before or after you shop.)
Size: Medium, but it’s a great market nevertheless.

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Ossining Down to Earth Farmers Market
When: Saturdays, 8:30AM – 1:00PM, 05/25 – 12/21
Where: Parking Lot on the corner of Spring & Main Streets
What They Have: Muffins, meat & poultry, produce and more.
Size: Big, about 20 vendors are listed.

Ridge Hill Down to Earth Farmers Market (*NEW*)
When: Fridays, 11:00AM – 7:00PM, 06/07 – 11/22
Where: Westchester’s Ridge Hill, Yonkers
What They Have: Pickles, produce, bread. Children’s stories and cooking demonstrations.
Size: Small, less than five vendors, but it’s just beginning so give it time to grow.

White Plains Farmers Market
When: Wednesdays, 8am to 4pm, beginning May 1
Where: Court Street, between Martine Ave and Main Street
What They Have: When I’ve gone, I’ve found this market low on organic produce, but it’s a lively market with lots of foot traffic and vendors to boot. Flowers, fresh fruits and veggies, pickles, baked goods, and more.
Size: Medium, less than 15 vendors

Rye Farmers Market
When: Sundays, 8:30AM – 2:00PM, 05/26 – 12/15
Where: Parking lot behind Purchase St. stores
What They Have: Pickles, olive oils, beef, bread and baked goods.
Size: Medium, about 13 vendors

Chappaqua Farmers Market
When: Saturdays, 8:30am to 1pm, beginning June 1
Where: Chappaqua Train Station
What They Have: Everything. Pickles, meat and poultry, fresh fish, olive oils, mozzarella, produce and more. Chappaqua has a passionate farmers market community, and this market is much lower key than Pleasantville’s. They do have live music, and enough vendors to make this market worth a trip.
Size: Very Big, over 25 vendors

Croton Down to Earth Farmers Market
When: Sundays, 9:00AM – 2:00PM, 05/26 – 11/24
Where: Lot on Municipal Place – off Rt 9 exit
What They Have: Baked goods, chutneys, pickles, fresh fruits and veggies as well as meat and fish.
Size: Smallish market, but it’s a new day so it may grow.

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