by Bill Batson
Nyack’s Farmers’ Market will operate indoors at the Nyack Center through March 27. Organized by the Nyack Chamber of Commerce, the farmers’ market has proven a bountiful harvest with a yield of 800 to 1000 shoppers a week when outdoors. Last Thursday’s opening day, that featured Blues legend Sam Waymon, was packed.
The menu of returning and new vendors with a side of numerical trivia
Bill Batson Arts – Artist-in-Residence
120 Nyack Sketch Log entires since August 2011 are the material for the cards and prints available at the market
Central Bakery – fresh breads, mozzarella cheese
The bakery offers over 400 shapes and sizes, tastes and textures of bread.
DOC Pickle – fresh pickles, sauerkraut, olives, marinated mushrooms/peppers
It takes 8 months to fully sour a pickle
Gajeski Produce – farm fresh produce
These farmers travel 105 miles from Riverhead, at the eastern tip of Long Island, to bring their fresh produce to the market
Hummingbird Ranch – honey & related products, maple syrup, beeswax products (skin cream, lip balm, candles)
There are 60,000 bees in each of Richard Foucht’s 200 hives, for a total of 12 million bees who call Hummingbird Ranch home.
Kiernan Farm – all cuts of grass fed Beef, all cuts of farm raised pork
The Kiernan Farm herd has 165 head of cattle (4 bulls, 70 cows, 46 calves, 12 heifers and 33 steers)
Massage Therapeutics – relieve your aches and pains, tension from stress, and live a healthier, more balanced life.
Michelle Solomon gave over 20 massages last week
Mostly Myrtle’s Biskookys – gluten free biscotti, muffins, brownies; small batch coffee:
Mostly Myrtle makes over two dozen types of gluten free products.
Northern Farmhouse Pasta– Local flavored dried pasta and ravioli
a baker’s dozen flock of ducks produce the eggs that are used to make their duck egg fettuccine. The egg shells are being sold as one-of-a-kind ornaments for your Christmas Tree.
The Orchards of Concklin – fruit, produce, eggs, pies, cookies, honey
In July 2012, the orchard celebrated their 300th birthday, making them the oldest family operated business in New York State and the 8th oldest in the nation.
Peg’s Eggs / Hillery Farm – free range eggs, chicken:
400 chickens produce Pegg’s Eggs
The Pie Lady & Son – pies and cookies
Each March 14th (3.14), the Tyler family celebrates Pi day. Rumor has it that the pie tastes best at 1:59 and 26.5 seconds. (Pi =3.14159265)
Pika’s Farm Table – prepared foods
There are 48 dimples on the imported Belgian waffle marker that creates two quintessential Belgian waffles.
Rockland Farm Alliance – coalition of farmers, community groups, activists, and local officials dedicated to sustainable food production in Rockland County.
Their micro-greens are 3 to 4 times more nutritious than the full-grown plant
Ronnybrook Farm – milk, yogurt, ice cream, butter, soft cheese
It takes 22 gallons of milk to make one pound of butter
Taiim Falafel Shack – hummus, Middle Eastern cucumber salad, babaghanouj, baklava
Over 360 gallons are sold every month at the market
Teagevity – organic loose tea, herbs & tea gear
65 varieties of tea are available at all times
X-Calibur Knife & Scissors Sharpening – expert knife and scissors sharpening
Scott sharpens his knives twice a year and suggests you do the same.
Through consistency and creativity, the market has kept a loyal following and brought in new shoppers. Anchor vendors like the Orchards of Concklin and newcomers like the Rockland Farm Alliance, provide our community with a reliable supply of locally grown affordable produce. Creative arts programing including an artist-in-residence (moi), a concert series and a new offering of workshops makes the market a perfect outing for family fun.
Here is a menu of returning and new market vendors with a side of numerical trivia and a schedule of musical performances and creative workshops. You will see that Nyack Farmers’ Indoor Winter Market has the ingredients you need to make a meal to feed your body, mind and soul.
Special Events, Workshops and Performances
Santa Claus and his helpers will be at the Market for the next two Thursdays, December 12 and 19 from 10a-2p.
Adult Arts Workshops
For those who wish to make their own gifts there will be arts and crafts workshops every week organized by Tracy Kachtick-Anders, owner of Vincent’s Ear, Nyack’s only arts supply store.
Thursday, Dec 12, 10a Mandala Ornaments, wood discs with bark and hemp cord. Paint your own, with Jamie Gaviola
Thursday, Dec 19 10a Portraiture with Lauren Rudolph Explore faces and collage in a free flowing class that is somewhat open ended and geared towards personal expression.
$15 per class, all materials included.
Early Childhood Music Education Classes with Jeffrey Friedberg
- $10 per class, space is limited.
- Ideal for children 18 months to 5 years with caregiver
- Singing, music and movement
Visit Bossyforg.com to register
Free yoga class for kids and their caregivers with Michelle Solomon
- Ages 2 and up.
Michelle Solomon will be offering YOGAPLAY! a free yoga class for kids and their caregivers.
Join in for a fun filed adventure of yoga, music, instrument play and more!
Music at the Market
12/12 11a – 12:30p Harriet and John Dunkerley
Come and warm up with some jazz standards and holiday favorites
12/19 11a – 12:30 Steve Kelman
Acoustic instrumental music covering a number of styles including bluegrass, blues, jazz, folk, played on guitar and strumstick.
1/2 10-11:30 J.D Zeik
His music is a blend of eclectic covers and original songs, with influences ranging from classic standards out of the Great American Songbook to Elvis Costello and Bruce Springsteen.
1/9 11a – 12:30 Sue and Tim Downey,
Guitar and Vocals, the songs of Carole King, the Eagles and Joni Mitchell
1/16 Brian Aherne 11a – 12:30p
American Roots Music Twigs and Branches too. Instrumental and vocals, Banjo, Slide Guitar and guitars
1/23 Jeff Doctorow 11a – 12:30p
Guitar player and collector, curator and host of the popular guitar magic series at Carnegie Room at the Nyack Library. Jeff currently plays with the Old No. 7 Band.
1/30 Jazz guitarist John Merrill 11a – 12:30
Merrill, an instructor at Rivertown Music, has a Bachelor Of Music from the New School and studied with Jazz guitar luminaries Barry Galbraith and Tal Farlow.
2/6 Roues Family Band 10a-11:30 AM.
The Roues Family Band featuring Susan Nevins-Roues and Billy Roues offers an original spin on the old time country depression era duos featuring guitars, mandolin, banjo, National steel and close harmony.
2/13 – Special Valentines Day Concert
Soul Singer/ Songwriter, Danielle Shari and Friends
Nyack’s Indoor Winter Farmers’ Market is located at the Nyack Center at the corner of Depew Ave. and S. Broadway and open every Thursday from 8a- 2p
The market will be closed the day after Christmas.
The indoor market will operate through March 27, 2014, after which it returns to the Main St. municipal parking lot.
Bill Batson is an activist, artist and writer who lives and sketches in Nyack, NY. Nyack Sketch Log: “Indoor Winter Farmers’ Market “ © 2013 Bill Batson. To see more, visit billbatsonarts.com
The Nyack Sketch Log is sponsored by The Corner Frame Shop at 40 South Franklin Street in Nyack, NY.