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.

Did we miss something about your favorite farmers market? Email us at info@weewestchester.com. 

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Sarah Wrede June 1, 2013 at 9:06 am

Thank you, ladies, for this list! It’s the best summary of Westchester farmer’s markets that I’ve seen yet.

Although it’s a little off the beaten path, I would also add the Muscoot Farm farmer’s market that takes place every Sunday during the summer. It’s a favorite with our family — we like to visit the animals, have a picnic, and then shop the market. You’ll find meat and dairy (home delivery services), produce, baked goods, and other local goodies. http://www.muscootfarm.org/farmersmarket.htm

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Brooke June 1, 2013 at 9:41 am

Hi Sarah! Thanks for your note. You’re right about Muscoot Farm. It’s a GREAT market for all of the reasons that you list. I’ll add to the list! :)

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Peter Rogovin June 2, 2013 at 6:20 am

Thanks for naming our market the “Very Best” of Westchester! There are so many details we sweat to make the market a wonderful destination – in fact, about half our visitors come from other communities in Westchester that have their own markets, so we know the bar is high. One thing that makes a difference is that our market is a labor of love for so many people; if you visit, you’ll see about 10 (and sometimes a few more) volunteers in their bright green market shirts helping to create the delicious good time we want all visitors and vendors to have. They are Board members, high school interns, volunteers – the whole community comes out to support our market. One example: we have four volunteers on the music committee that scout acts for our music program all over the region, going to music clubs, colleges, and other venues looking for the right sound for our market. This year our program includes opera, gypsy jazz, fusion, Italian jazz and world music, in addition to folk and bluegrass singer songwriter fare. That is some serious devotion! Another thing that makes a difference is that our vendors are happy. We are easy to work with and try to help them do what they do best. We look for unique offerings that are not in other markets, and we also want upbeat, engaging people. This is not a transactional market where you buy your veggies and leave; it is a stay-a-while destination where people chat, shop, read the paper in a large shaded seating area while listening to music, then shop some more, then walk around Pleasantville and maybe catch a movie or visit our downtown shops and restaurants. Our market is an upbeat place; one vendor said to a board member “I go to a bunch of other markets and your visitors really, and I mean REALLY love this market!” We hope Wee Westchester readers will too!

Last point – if you visit, there are SEVEN parking lots (5 are free, 2 are metered) within a few blocks of the market. Please refer to the parking map on our website for the inside scoop on where to find over 400 parking spaces within a 2 minute stroll. Parking is easy if you know where to look!

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Susan August 13, 2013 at 11:37 am

If you are looking for a great band for music I recently went to the Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA and heard the group Elijah and the Moon play – they play folk music and were terrific and the whole band atends SUNY Purchase. I can get you an email address if you would like? Contact me at my email address.

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Marisa June 2, 2013 at 8:50 am

Thanks for this list!!! This is our first summer up here, coming from Union Square and it is more than jarring, downright awkward sometimes going to the little random markets. Although I give them credit to be there of course, gathering the whole family up to go, it needs to be worth it :) I am super excited about all of these!! yeah!

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Lindsay June 20, 2013 at 5:08 pm

What about the Bronxville and Tuckahoe farmers markets?

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Bill June 28, 2013 at 10:58 pm

I stopped by the Tuckahoe market on a recent Sunday and it was pretty bad. The only produce vendor I found was the Westchester Greenhouse from Hartsdale

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John July 5, 2013 at 8:55 am

You skipped the Peekskill farmers market, every Saturday on Bank St.
Very good vendors!

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Molly July 6, 2013 at 12:12 pm

We went to the Pleasantville farmers market today, and it was great!! We’ll definitely go back! Thanks for the recommendation!

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teevoz July 13, 2013 at 1:33 pm

Is the market at the John Jay Homestead in Katonah going on this year? It was excellent last year. Also, any afternoon weekend markets? Too many in the mornings! One of the reasons I love Irvington.

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Elizabeth L. July 13, 2013 at 8:16 pm

Yes, the John Jay Homestead Farmers Market is happening. It runs from 9am – 1pm every Saturday until Oct 12. Visit http://www.johnjayhomestead.org for more info. We love that farmers market, too!

Best,
Elizabeth

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Maureen White September 19, 2013 at 1:46 pm

Looking for someone who sells in bulk organic basil leaves. I make pesto but mine Basil plants were terrible this year. All the stores like Mrs. Green’s, Wholefoods do not sell a bucketful and the markets I have gone to are not organic/pesticide free. Any ideas anyone?

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Vanessa January 4, 2014 at 7:55 pm

Hi Mauren,

Are you still looking for bulk basil leaves?

Vanessa

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Lisa October 12, 2014 at 8:26 am

Bronxville is my favorite go to farmers market! Saturdays 830-1 paxton ave at stone pl. Friendly vendors and wonderful atmosphere

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