Nyack’s Farmer’s Market kicks off its outdoor season with a ribbon cutting celebrity chef cooking demonstrations and kids’ entertainment on Thurs May 9 in the Riverspace municipal parking lot. Open each Thursday through November 21, vendors sell their best farm produce and other products from 8a to 2p. Free parking is available in the adjacent Artopee lot during Farmers’ Market hours.
Local officials including Mayor Jen White, Village Trustee Marie Lorenzini, Orangetown Supervisor Andy Stewart and State Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee will be on hand for an 8a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Chef George DeMarsico of Xaviar’s Piermont will be a featured guest from 9a-12n offering cooking demonstrations and conversation about local foods. Kids’ entertainment will be provided by Jeffrey Friedberg and the Bossy Frog Band from 11a to 12n. Silly Pencil will be drawing caricatures from 10a to 1p.
“The Nyack Farmers’ Market is one of the oldest markets in the tri-state area,” said Scott Baird, President of the Nyack Chamber, the community group which runs the Now in its 16 year old Farmers’ Market. “We’re proud to support local, eco-friendly farmers, artisans and food producers. It’s a great way to boost business and protect our environment.”
Attracting upwards of 1,000 shoppers every Thursday, the Market’s 21 vendors offer a broad array of local products — including cut flowers; farm fresh/organic fruits and vegetables; free-range eggs; fresh pickles, sauerkraut and olives; fresh baked goods; honey and maple syrup; coffee; gluten-free baked goods, pies and cookies; gourmet seafood, pasta and homemade sauces, hummus and Middle Eastern delicacies, handmade cheeses and fine local wines and cider.
Officials say selling local produce locally is good for the communities economic and personal health. “I’m determined to ensure that everyone, especially those who are underserved, has access to nutritious food grown on farms in New York State,” said State Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee, Chairwoman of the NYS Assembly Task Force on Food, Farm and Nutrition Policy. “By promoting New York’s farmers and food producers, the Nyack Farmers Market increases access to fresh, local food, helps our seniors and families improve their health, boosts our economy, and brings our diverse community together.”
2013 Farmer’s Market Vendors
[column size=”one-half”]Bill Batson Arts
Cactus Pete’s Homemade Jerky
Clean Ridge Soap Company, LLC
Jordan Brenner’s Hot-Cha WAA-Cha Sauces
Northern Farmhouse Pasta
[column size=”one-half” last=”true”]Olive Oil of the World
Orchards of Concklin
Pie Lady & Son
Ronnybrook Farm/Cascade Mountain Winery
Taiim Falafel Shack
Valley Shepherd Creamery
Warwick Valley Winery
X- Calibur Knife & Scissor Sharpening[/column]