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Nyack Sketch Log: Farmers’ Market Doubles Down


The Orchards of Concklin

Since Nicholas Concklin sought to have the land that he farmed named Pomona after the Roman goddess of fruitful abundance, 11 generations of Concklins have tilled the soil in Rockland County. The Orchards of Concklin is the oldest family business in New York State and the eighth oldest in the country.

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by Bill Batson

Nyack Farmers’ Market has doubled down. Locally produced foods and eco-friendly services are now available Thursdays and Saturdays.

Four of the veggie vendors who participate in the Saturday market travel less than 100 miles to bring their fresh farm goods to your table.

“Compare this short distance to the 2,713 miles for an avocado from Mexico, or the 4,261 miles a kiwi fruit travels from Italy,” according to Pam Moskowitz, who manages the market on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce. “How much fuel is used and pollution emitted to get these non-local products to a grocery store?”

From 8a until 2p on Thursdays and from 8a until 1p on Saturdays, residents of Nyack can radically reduce their carbon footprint by shopping in the main municipal parking lot. Local musicians will serenade you, your family will applaud you for the fresh ingredients you bring home and the planet will appreciate your environmental sensitivity.

Over the last three years, Nyack Sketch Log has profiled 8 Farmers’ Market vendors. They range from a family that started cultivating the soil in Rockland before the Revolutionary War, to a recently returned Iraq veteran who raises livestock in New Jersey.

Here is a digital introduction of some of the vendors of the Saturday Farmers’ Market in Nyack. (a complete list is available below)

PieLady&SonPie Lady & Son

Deborah Tyler had 300 pie orders to fill in the Fall of 2001. The single mother of three had converted her one floor rental into a Department of Health approved commercial kitchen.  A New York Times review and a Good Morning America segment were bringing in business from both sides of the Hudson River. It was at the height of her notoriety that Deborah sold her equipment and moved to Cooperstown.

Here is the story of how the popularity of their pies once imperiled the Pie Lady and now propels the Pie Lady & Son.

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Rockland Farm Alliance

NSL_CSA_featured imageThe Rockland Farm Alliance operates a Community Supported Agriculture program from Cropsey Farms Little Tor Road in New City. In addition to providing fresh produce weekly to almost 200 families and supporting other local farms, The RFA supplies local restaurants and health food stores and cooperatives with organic produce including Hudson House, Union Restaurant, Taste of Distinction, and Sweetpea’s Market.

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NSL_Powell Teagevity_featured ImageTeagevity

During his journey from Harlem to Martha’s Vineyard to Nyack, Preston Powell has melded a teacup, Karate and a tradition of the African American church from his childhood into his holistic and locally based business, Teagevity.

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NSL_Green Mountain Energy_Featured Thumbnail_ImageGreen Mountain Energy

Green Mountain Energy was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Austin, Texas. The renewable energy
company has been a presence at the Nyack Farmers’ market since the spring of 2012.

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X-calibur Knife Sharpening (Thurdays only)

Neighborhood Knifesharpener-Featured ImageUtilizing a panel truck that doubles as his workshop, Scott Jennings brings knife sharpening services to several neighborhoods, including Nyack at the Thursday Farmers’ Market. A life-long metal worker, Jennings has welded boats and ultralight wheelchairs, and installed ladders that scale 180 foot grain silos. But he’s happiest when grinding the perfect bevel on a dull blade.

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RevoluSunNSL_revolusun_featured image_revised

To paraphrase the musical “Annie,” and a report from an April 17 White House energy summit, you can bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow, there’ll be more solar power in America. From the stock market to the farmers’ market, renewable energy from the sun is gaining in popularity. From a corner storefront in Nyack, Revolusun is providing regional consumers the tools to harness the power of the sun.

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Southtown Farmsrooster_featured image (Thursdays Only)

During his military service, he saw “a lot of sheepherders in Iraq” with “not very good-looking sheep.” Today, Matt is a first generation livestock farmer, who provides non-GMO, hormone and antibiotic free, grass-fed poultry at the Nyack Farmers’ Market every Thursday.

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Nyack Saturday Farmers Market Vendors

[full][half flow=”start”]Acorn Hill Farms –  family farmed micro-creamery from a herd of organically raised and managed dairy goats, cheeses, yogurts, and fudge.

Aunt Vicky’s Bickys — homemade gourmet dog treats

Bill Batson Arts, LTDNyack cards, prints, tote bags and original art

Blue Lotus Botanicals skin care products, including soap, whipped shea butter, muscle rub, body powder

Cactus Pete’s Homemade Jerky Beef Jerky from grass fed beef

Clean Ridge Soap Companybar soap, liquid soap, shampoo, lotion, soy candles, diffusers, diffuser oil, lip balm

Cropsey Community Farm, a project of Rockland Farm Alliance biodynamically grown produce, ground flour, dried beans

Gajeski Producelarge variety of seasonal produce

Green Meadow Waldorf School (Sponsor) – Rockland County’s only Waldorf School; located in Chestnut Ridge

Green Mountain Energy Company (Sponsor) – retailer of cleaner energy

Hummingbird Ranchhoney & related products, maple syrup, beeswax products (skin cream, lip balm, candles)[/half]

[half flow=”end”]Jordan Brenner’s Sauces & Spices maple mango sauce, strawberry sauce, garlic lime sauce, sing splash, spice blend, pretzels

Kiernan Farmall cuts of grass fed Beef, all cuts of farm-raised pork

The Little Flower Shop of Nyackflowers

Maria’s Gourmet Edibles, perfect for appetizers or meals, Maria’s stuffed breads are great to serve anytime

Meredith’s Country Bakery fresh baked pies and breads, quiche, muffins, cookies, brownies, tarts, scones, biscotti

Mostly Myrtle’s Biskookysgluten free biscotti, muffins cupcakes,graham crackers, brownies; small batch coffee

Nico’s Chimi – Authentic Argentinian Chimichurri Steak

The Orchards of Concklinfruit, produce, eggs, pies, cookies, honey, seasonal plants

Pie Lady & Sonhomemade pies and cookies

R&G Producefarm fresh produce

Southtown FarmsOrganic feed chickens and eggs

Teagevityorganic loose tea, herbs & tea gear

Warwick Valley Winery — wine, hard cider, dessert cordials, liqueur, apple jack spirits[/half] [/full]

An activist, artist and writer, Bill Batson lives in Nyack, NY. Nyack Sketch Log: “Farmers’ Market Doubles Down“ © 2014 Bill Batson. Visit to see more.


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