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Hot Dogs, Corn Hole and Live Music Mark July 4th at the Nyack Farmers Market

(l-r) Market Manager, Bill Batson, Nyack Trustee Joe Carlin, Chef Michelle Timothee, Chamber Boardmember Mark Reed and Chamber President, Roger Cohen.

by Robert Jowaiszas

On Thursday, July 4, the Nyack Farmers Market was bustling with activity as the community gathered to commemorate the nation’s 248th birthday and to appreciate the market’s loyal customers. Starting at 11 AM, the first 100 visitors were treated to free hotdogs and cool drinks. Village Trustee Joe Carlin set the festive tone by serving the first hotdog, followed by Roger Cohen, President of the Nyack Chamber of Commerce, serving the second. The summer meal was made possible by the generous contributions of the market’s favorite vendors, including Campanelli’s Poultry Farm, Joey’s Market, Teagevity, and Edgwick Farms, with the renowned Chef Michelle Timothee of La Talaye staffing the grill.

“The turnout was incredible,” said Roger Cohen. “It was heartwarming to see so many familiar and new faces and to celebrate both our nation and our wonderful community.”

Chef Michelle Timothee, who has been garnering accolades for her culinary expertise, was thrilled to be part of the event. “It was an honor to cook for the community that has supported me so much,” she said. “Seeing everyone enjoy the food made all the hard work worthwhile.”

Chef Michelle Timothee, owner of La Talaye Restaurant and Catering

Preston of Teagevity shared his enthusiasm for the market. “The herbs and ginger we use are local, while the black tea comes from Asia. The Nyack Farmers Market is one of my favorite places to be. The sense of community here is unmatched.”

The Nyack Farmers Market, operated by the Nyack Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Nyack News and Views, has been a staple in the community, offering a variety of goods from 35 weekly and rotating vendors. The market is set to celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2025, with Orchards of Concklin, the oldest family-run business in New York State and an anchor vendor, having been with the market since its inception.

“We are very supportive of the market and its vendors, who mean so much to our community,” said Roger Cohen. “It’s a beautiful day, especially on a holiday like today, with such a big turnout.”

Trustee Joe Carlin Distributing Free Hot Dogs

New vendors, such as Pesto Joe and Little Gem Farm, joined the market this year, bringing fresh and exciting products. The market also featured local music by Ian Moore and friends, adding to the festive atmosphere.

“I’ve been coming to the Nyack Farmers Market for years, and it just keeps getting better,” said long-time resident Sarah Jenkins. “The Fourth of July event was fantastic, and the sense of community here is unbeatable.”

Visitors from abroad also felt the market’s charm. “We posted about the Nyack Farmers Market on Instagram, and it reminds us of the small towns back home near London,” said friends visiting from the UK.

Competitive Corn Ball

Pat of P & S Seafood, who has been a vendor at the market for 14 years, shared his experience. “Originally a fisherman from Long Island, I followed my lead and now live in Rye, New York. I vend at many markets like Brooklyn and Manhattan, but this is one of my favorites. I appreciate the compliments and support from the community.”

Local businessman James Williams echoed the sentiment. “The Nyack Farmers Market is not just a place to shop; it’s a community event. I love seeing familiar faces and supporting local vendors. It’s one of the highlights of my week.”

The Nyack Farmers Market continues to thrive, offering not just locally produced food but also Nyack-themed gifts by artist Bill Batson, who also manages the market.

Market Musician in Residence, Ian Moore.

“Whether its wet or windy, boiling hot or freezing cold, our customers visit us every week. We thought that a free July Fourth BBQ was the best way to say thank you for your loyal patronage and also a chance to have some good old fashioned fun,” Batson said.

Nyack has evolved over the years, embracing its diverse cultural heritage and historic charm. Its scenic views, historic homes, and vibrant arts scene have made it a beloved destination for residents and visitors alike.

“We are working on a fashion show for the fall and other opportunities to make sure that the Nyack Farmers Market reflects the creativity and energy of our community of shoppers,” Batson added.

The market, initially operating seasonally, has since evolved to run year-round, adapting to community needs and drawing vendors from across the Hudson Valley region. Every Thursday, rain or shine, the market opens its doors from 8 AM to 2 PM from April to December and from 9 AM to 1 PM from January to March, ensuring that residents have continuous access to fresh, local goods.

Richard Focht of Hummingbird Ranch

The Nyack Farmers Market stands as a testament to the town’s enduring commitment to community, local agriculture, and sustainability, weaving its narrative into the rich tapestry of Nyack’s history. For more detailed information about each vendor and to keep up with the latest additions, you can visit the Nyack Farmers Market and Historic Hudson River websites.

“The variety and quality of vendors at the Nyack Farmers Market are truly exceptional,” said Jeanine from Pearl River. “It’s wonderful to have access to such a diverse array of fresh, locally produced goods all year round,” she continued

Garlic Scape and Blueberry goat cheese from Edgwick Farms

Here is a brief overview of some of the vendors you can find at the Nyack Farmers Market:

  • Babka Paradise: Specializes in homemade babka and other baked goods.
  • Bill Batson Arts: Offers sketches and art pieces reflecting local culture.
  • Bluefield Farm: Sells fresh vegetables, herbs, and flowers.
  • Campanelli’s Poultry Farm: Provides farm-fresh poultry and eggs.
  • Dan Madura Jr. Farms: Features a variety of fresh vegetables and fruits.
  • Doc Pickle: Known for its homemade pickles and other pickled products.
  • Edgwick Farm: Offers artisanal goat cheeses.
  • Hummingbird Ranch: Sells honey and honey-based products.
  • Jack Knife Sharpening: Provides professional knife sharpening services.
  • Joey’s Market: Offers a range of fresh produce.
  • La Talaye Catering: Specializes in Caribbean cuisine.
  • Little Gem Farm: Features organic vegetables and herbs.
  • Maxine’s Chocolaterie: Provides gourmet chocolates and confections.
  • Meredith’s Country Bakery: Known for its wide range of baked goods.
  • Orchards of Concklin: Offers apples, cider, and baked goods.
  • P & S Seafood: Provides fresh seafood.
  • R & G Produce: Offers a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Taiim Shack Mobile: Features Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food.
  • Teagevity: Sells a variety of teas.
  • Triboro Vegan: Offers vegan treats and food items.
  • Birdie Batch, Old Fashioned baked goods and the best damn jam from a cann.
  • The Copper Faucet Soap Company: Specializes in handmade soaps and body care products crafted from natural ingredients.
  • Food in Med, Sprouts and tinctures to promote wellness
  • K’sserts: Offers a range of desserts, including cookies, cakes, and pastries, made with high-quality ingredients.
  • Lili and Astara: Features unique, handcrafted jewelry and accessories.
  • Petropoulos Family Groves with olive oils from their family groves in Greece 
  • Pesto Joe, a late father’s recipe inspired a family business
  • Rebecca’s Paradise: Natural beauty products
  • Sushi Bake Deconstructed Sushi roll layered and baked casseroles
  • Wellington Pot Pies known for their savory pies.

Photos by Andrea B. Swenson

Nyack Farmer's Market

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