Farmers’ markets, as the name implies, began as a way for farmers to gather and sell the fruits and vegetables they’d grown. Today, they’ve evolved into community meeting spots geared towards educating visitors about sustainability, regenerative agriculture, and healthy eating, as well as promoting the local food movement and area businesses. While you can certainly procure farm-fresh produce, meat and eggs, you’ll also find a wealth of interesting, unusual and delicious artisan products.
To give you an idea of what’s available, we visited eight of the best and largest markets scattered throughout the county. A tip: Be sure to sign up for weekly newsletters or check each market’s website for a list of vendors appearing each week.
Now in its ninth season, the market’s 33 weekly vendors encircle the train station’s green space, creating an inviting atmosphere. Diverse offerings range from artisan salad dressings, handcrafted wooden bowls and rolling pins to prepared foods, produce, and craft spirits. There’s also music, plastic-bag recycling, gleaning every third Saturday and logo merchandise available for purchase.
Broken Bow Brewery
This family-run micro-brewery in Tuckahoe offers four-packs of red ale, stout, IPA and a seasonal strawberry sour wheat that appeals to wine drinkers.
Fraternite Notre Dame
Daniel Teboul brings a bit of his native France to Westchester by using traditional French methods to cure his meats. The beef bresaola, duck prosciutto, or the truly piquant pork saucisson would make a satisfying grazing platter.
Having grown up in British Columbia making granola with her grandmother, creator Susan Wessen’s 100% organic, gluten-free, low-glycemic granola is made with Canadian soul. Original varieties include the must-try fig hazelnut.
Their light blue and pink eggs are popular, as are their flavorful, pasture-raised, grass-fed beef, pork and chicken. The homemade pot pie of the day makes a yummy dinner.
Summer Market: Outside, at the Chappaqua Metro-North station
Sat, 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m. May 11 to November 23, 2019
Founded in 1998, the market, overlooking the Hudson River, is a lively enterprise with an average of 30-35 purveyors per week. Market Bucks supplement the SNAP/EDT program, a scholarship is available for a Hastings High School student, and food and financial support are provided to the Hastings Food Pantry (a donation jar is at the market table through June).
Food-scrap recycling, children’s programs, the Veggie Valet (to keep purchases cold), and even free WiFi are offered.
Bombay Emerald Chutney Company
Six kinds of spicy chutneys including plum, pomegranate and mint are the main draw here. They’re made from scratch and are vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and all natural, as are the other Indian specialties available like samosas, kofta and saag.
Hudson Valley Apiaries
With the buzz around the health benefits of raw honey, check out various flavors like the light-colored clover, wildflower and dark-brown buckwheat, all produced in the town of Cortlandt.
Kontoulis Olive Oil
An 11-year vendor, Demetra Kontoulis Bouras and family go to Greece yearly to harvest olives from the groves she inherited from her grandfather. Made purely from kalamata olives, the oil is fruity, grassy, and not too peppery, and has the harvest date right on the bottle.
North Winds Lavender Farm
Soothing aromatherapy pillows, pure essential oil, soaps, and other products are handmade from lavender grown naturally without herbs or pesticides on this Pawling farm. Try the lavender jelly or scones — they have a milder flavor than you might expect.
While you’re picking up apples, homemade blueberry pies or jams from this longtime vendor, grab one their famed cider donuts and wash it down with lemonade hand-pressed and prepared while you wait.
Hastings Library parking lot
7 Maple Ave
Sat, 8:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
James Harmon Community Center (Indoor Winter Market)
44 Main Street
Alternating Saturdays December through May (check website for details)
Colorful bistro tables and chairs set out for patrons to listen to musical acts, free yoga class being offered on the grass, and kids playing on the playground set the stage for one of the area’s only Sunday markets.
There’s an effort by market director Pascale Le Draoulec, who also oversees the Chappaqua and Hastings markets, to seek out smaller, specialty vendors for each of the markets to so they complement each other rather than overlap, and it shows.
Asian Farmer Dumplings
Join the steady stream of customers who have been picking up these savory handmade dumplings made with local pork, chicken, and vegetables, and without preservatives or MSG.
Dan Madura Farm
From the Black Dirt Region, this farm is noted for their fresh eggs and produce, including several varieties of tasty mushrooms like oyster, hen of the woods, shiitake, reishi and lion’s mane, the last two grown for their medicinal purposes.
Inspired by her Latin American background and love of cooking and baking, Silvia MacLean produces outrageously delicious desserts including rogel (thin layers of pastry, dulce de leche, and meringue), brigadeiros, and quince pie.
Sprig Flower Truck
With a refurbished retro plow truck transformed into a mobile flower shop, owner Dana Karin is drawing attention to local flowers. Working with 12 local flower farms, she’ll arrange a stunning bouquet or you can choose your own by the stem.
Ashley Nilsson, a Texas native and Irvington resident, uses her Aunt Litty’s closely guarded recipes for her three handmade salsas designed to meet everyone’s heat threshold: Not Hot has a slight jalapeño kick, Half Hot inches up the scale, and Hot needs no explanation.
Main Street School parking lot
110 Main Str
Sun, 9 a.m.–1:30 p.m. through Nov 24
Alternating Sat, Dec through May (check website for dates)
The market, begun in 1991, has a warm vibe and a long history in the community as the county’s oldest market. Newly relocated to the grounds of the Thomas Paine Cottage Museum, plans are in the works for combined community programming.
An average of 10 purveyors attend this weekday market; seasonal recipes, food publications and reusable bags are available at the market tent.
Alex’s Tomato Farm
This longtime vendor boasts three tents worth of fruits, vegetables, herbs, chicken and duck eggs, and plants — especially, tomatoes. They’ll grow more than 20 varieties this year.
Anthi’s Greek Specialties
The gigante beans and stuffed peppers are popular, but don’t miss the dill-inflected spinach pie, savory eggy zucchini pie with feta, or chicken souvlaki.
Head baker Melissa Svenningsen was living in Russia when she started baking for a taste of home. Offerings include sweet blueberry English muffins, an unusual tangy sauerkraut bread, and chocolate chip cookies made with five kinds of chocolate.
Cano Coffee Company
This family-owned company air ships beans from their plantation in Colombia to freshly roast and grind just before heading to the market. Midtown Rush dark roast is smooth with no bitter Starbucks-like aftertaste.
This family-run business is known for its small-batch pickles, olives, and pickled condiments. You’ll find at least seven kinds of olives, roasted garlic, marinated artichokes, sundried tomatoes and barrels of full sour, half sour, and hot-and-spicy pickles on any given week.
Thomas Paine Cottage Museum
20 Sicard Avenue
Fri, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. until Nov 22
Miriam Haas of Down To Earth Markets founded the Ossining Farmers’ Market 28 years ago with two vendors. Today, the market averages 15-20 on any given Saturday morning, accepts Snap/EBT, and hosts music acts and special events like Coffee with a Cop, when residents can chat with local police. English and Spanish are used at the market.
An original market vendor, Meredith’s is known for its all-natural, preservative-free breads, pies and cookies, including cinnamon-raisin-swirl bread, sprouted whole grain wheat sandwich bread, and an extensive offering of gluten-free breads and treats.
Nahamias Et Fils
This Yonkers distillery uses only locally sourced organic grains for its 100% organic rye whiskey and New York-style bourbon. Their Mahia, a brandy distilled from figs using an old family recipe from Morocco, is award-winning.
The folks at Obercreek harvest their vibrantly colored, certified-organic vegetables and herbs by hand in small batches. A recent visit counted 10 kinds of stunning greens, edible flowers, tender baby fennel, and green garlic.
Sunset View Farm
Owner Chris Harmon, who considers himself a grass farmer first, prides himself on cultivating the grass his heritage, free-range, antibiotic-free herds are munching. He offers a host of cuts of beef, lamb, pork, and chicken, as well as eggs, butter, and goat cheeses.
Coffee fiends can sip while they shop with a cup from this Ossining family’s coffee plantation in Guatemala. Or bring home the Guatemalan light roast or decaf Colombian medium roast.
Corner of Main St and Spring St (parking lot)
Sat, 8:30 a.m.–1p.m. year-round
With up to 45 vendors on any given day outdoors and 35 indoors, the county’s largest year-round market seeks to sustain regional growers in the area and satisfy customers who want fresh, local food.
Marketbucks are available along with a full slate of culinary, health, and children’s programs. Thoughtful touches like tables with umbrellas, cushions, and cups and a water dispenser are available for those who want to listen to the musical acts.
Perhaps viewing the goats as part of the family is the key to Talitha Curtis Thurau and Dan Jones’ delicious goat cheese. Try their best-selling fig-and-rosemary or quench your thirst with a cup of their chocolate goat’s milk.
Known for more than 40 varieties of fruit and vegetables, especially apples including some lesser-known varietals, this long-time vendor also brings produce such as berries, plums, peaches, tomatoes, corn, and squash. The applesauce and ciders are particularly popular.
This purveyor of all-organic, handmade simple syrups uses a fruit zest and a mortar and pestle to ensure full flavor. Try spiced chai, root beer or a seasonal syrups like concord grape — you can even freeze them to make flavored ice cubes.
Lines are always long at this booth, run by a family of fishermen, that’s known for their sweet, meaty scallops. They also offer a great selection of fresh fish straight from Montauk, including skate, cod, salmon, fluke, steelhead, bluefish, clams, and mussels, to name a few.
Not your run-of-the-mill jarred supermarket spices, this extensive array is locally and sustainably grown or sourced and non-irridated, with no GMOs or pesticides. Try Caribbean BBQ, Cyprus sea salt, vadouvan, or pungent roasted garlic powder or their baked goods, including vegan and gluten-free options.
Memorial Plaza parking lot (next to the Metro North station)
Sat, 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m. through Nov 23
Pleasantville Middle School (Indoor Winter Market
40 Romer Ave
Sat, Dec 7, 2019–April 4, 2020
In four short years, the TaSH (short for Tarrytown Sleepy Hollow) has become a neighborhood destination with visitors shopping, then picnicking, at the park while listening to live music.
Run by the Rivertown Village Green, a 503c organization supported by volunteers from Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown, the group reserves four community tables weekly and offers food access and shopper-rewards programs for families, veterans and seniors; educational children’s activities; a Thanksgiving dessert contest; and bilingual translation throughout the market.
Many flock to this artisan bakery known for its slow-fermentation process for their numerous breads (68 hours! for their popular miche), croissants, and crazy good chocolate-buckwheat salted cookies.
Blessed Brew Kombucha
Brewed in small batches with organic local fruit and seasonal flavors, try the feisty Ginger Dragon or sweet, spicy, strawberry-ginger Fairy Tonic.
Di Riso Risotto Balls
The porcini-and-smoked-mozzarella risotto ball is outstanding, but you can’t go wrong with any of their three risotto balls or the popular sflogliatelle.
Fuel up for the day at this farm-and-grill stand with an egg sandwich — bacon or sausage optional — with ingredients from the farm’s livestock. While it’s cooking, grab some pasture-raised pork or cuts of grass-fed beef like skirt, filet or porterhouse.
Owned by Tarrytown native Mary Kate Chillemi, the farm will bump up to two tents later this season to showcase it’s biodynamically grown produce. Look for boy choy, broccoli rabe, radishes, berries, and in winter, Christmas trees.
Rte 9, Tarrytown
Sat, 8:30 a.m.–2 p.m. through November 23 (with special holiday market on Dec 7)
Conveniently located in downtown White Plains, the market is at its busiest noon and 2 p.m. on Wednesdays, when workers stream out of their offices to pick up lunch along with produce, cheeses, plants, soaps, pickles, vinegars, or dog treats from up to 30 vendors. The Saturday market, aimed at residents, is in its second year, and is slightly smaller.
Break Bread Not Hearts
Take lunch early to beat the lines at this vendor, known for its belief in “cooking up community,” and for its locally sourced veggie or chicken stir fries with cabbage, ginger, basmati rice, and pickled corn; yellow split pea soup; and a spicy pineapple cooler.
Cooperstown Cheese Company
These simply delicious raw-milk cheeses are made with dairy from neighboring farms. Make sure to taste the nutty Alpine and their special Italian Gouda, a mouthwatering cross between a Gouda and a Parmesan.
Jack Knife Sharpening
With rock music as a backdrop, Navy veteran Jack Martin gives new, long-lasting life to a wide variety of items such as kitchen tools, scissors, serrated knives, and even manual garden tools.
S&SO Produce Farms
We counted 14 kinds of gorgeous greens, including mizuna, mustard greens, and lola rosa, along with vibrant red scallions, spring onions, bright red radishes, pungent herbs, and amazingly ugly heirloom tomatoes.
Too Sweet Girls
Jill Sburlati gave up corporate life to follow her passion, and you may agree with us that it was a good move after you try her alfajores (Latin American cookies filled with dulce de leche), oversized coffee cake muffins, and moist banana bread among other homemade goodies.
Court St between Main St and Martine Ave
Wed, 8 a.m.–4 p.m. through Nov 27
Sat, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. through Sept 28