Ossining, NY (January 5, 2012) – In response to the ardent support for local food in northern Westchester County, Community Markets announces its new outdoor Croton-on-Hudson Winter Farmers Market. The market will open on Saturday, January 7th at the Croton Harmon Train Station, Parking Lot A. Just like the food producers who work in partnership with Mother Nature, so the market will run every Saturday, rain or shine, from 9 am-1 pm through May 19th. The new venue will be an essential winter resource for locavores from the Pleasantville/Briarcliff area to the county’s northern river towns.
The vendors at the 2012 Croton-on-Hudson Winter Farmers Market include: Baked by Susan, Bread Alone, Coach Farm, Gajeski Produce, Kiernan Farm, Meredith’s Bread, Newgate Farms, and Pura-Vida Fisheries.
“We’re excited for this market,” said Thelma Kiernan, co-founder of Kiernan Farms, a purveyor of grass-fed beef and farm-raised pork from Gardiner, NY, “We want to keep our customers supplied all year long.”
The new location meets an enthusiastic host community. According to Leo Wiegman, Mayor of the Village of Croton, “The summer farmers market has been a big hit. We also started a community garden in the summer; the Village strongly supports local food. Now with the winter market, we have local food options in every season.”
This week farmer Brian Gajeski of Gajeski Produce in Riverhead, NY, harvested the last of his broccoli and cauliflower in time for opening day. “We just cut them fresh from the field,” he said, “We also have 20,000 square feet of greenhouses. This winter I’ll have kale, brussel sprouts, baby arugula and other produce -- that’s in addition to our cold storage crops like potatoes, carrots, and cabbage.”
For Miriam Haas, founder of Community Markets, the outdoor site serves one of the top benefits of farmers markets: connecting with nature’s varying seasons. “If you’re into the local food movement, you’re probably someone who likes change. We sell the freshest varieties of produce that thrive in this region, season-by-season,” she explained.