Fresh produce…breads, pies, cookies…cheese… grass-fed beef… seafood…flowers…honey…eggs…the list of delights goes on as foodies, friends and families welcome the new season at Nyack’s Farmers’ Market. After wintering indoors at the Nyack Center (through March 31), the Market has returned to its outdoor home on Main Street, in the municipal parking lot.
Vendors include American Pride Seafood, Blooming Hill Farms, Campanelli’s Poultry Farm, Hummingbird Ranch, R&G Produce, Warwick Winery, DOC Pickles, Momo’s Japanese-inspired salad dressings, and Petie’s Biscuits offers tasty treats for your canine best friends.
The Market is run by the Nyack Chamber of Commerce, and will be open every Thursday from 8:00am to 2:00pm, rain or shine, through November 23. Free parking is available during Market hours in the Artopee lot adjacent to the Market. Street parking is always free in Nyack until 11:00am.
As the warm season unfolds, Market day will feature fresh harvests from local farms and food producers, as well as specialty goods, artisanal products and a special touch of creativity from Bill Batson, the Market’s artist-in-residence. All Market participants are members of the Nyack Chamber of Commerce. A full listing of vendors is available at the Chamber website.
Entertainment is a weekly feature at the Market, including live performances by local artists, as well as other activities such as face painting, caricatures and visits from local health and wellness providers. Information about performers and other entertainment is available on the Chamber website.
Orangetown Supervisor Andy Stewart will hold office hours at the Market each week from 11:00 am to 12:00pm.
Returning to the Market for a second year, Cornell Cooperative Extension Rockland County will be at the Market every week offering a variety of rotating programs presented by the Master Gardener Volunteers and the nutrition educator from Eat Smart NY. Environmental education will be another featured program, focused on educating the public about the Hudson River fish advisory.
The Master Gardener Volunteers will host an “Ask the Master Gardener” table, providing advice and demonstrations on home gardening, composting, school gardening and other horticultural topics. The Eat Smart New York nutrition educator will alternate workshops on a variety of topics, including quick, healthy meals and snacks, eating healthy on a budget, and making healthy eating part of a total lifestyle.
“Now in its 19th year, the Nyack Farmers’ Market is one of the oldest markets in the tri-state area,” said Scott Baird, President of the Nyack Chamber. “It has stood the test of time as a great way to boost business, support healthy lifestyles and protect our environment.”
Attracting upwards of 1,000 shoppers every Thursday, the Market’s 25 regular vendors and 13 rotating vendors offer a broad array of local products — including cut flowers; farm fresh/organic fruits and vegetables; free-range eggs; fresh pickles, sauerkraut and olives; fresh baked goods; honey and maple syrup; coffee; gluten-free baked goods, pies and cookies; hummus and Middle Eastern delicacies; handmade cheeses; fine local wines…and more.
“Today, there’s increasing demand for foods provided by local, eco-friendly farmers, artisans and producers,” said Pam Moskowitz, Market Manager and Nyack Chamber representative. “We’re pleased to continue to meet that demand and serve our community with food and fun.”
The 2016 Nyack Farmers’ Market Advisory Board includes Rich Concklin from The Orchards of Conklin, Joy Macy of Bluefield Farm Flowers, Debra Sadowsky of Mostly Myrtle’s, Wil Tyler of Pie Lady & Son, Thelma Kiernan of Kiernan Farms, and Pam Moskowitz of the Nyack Chamber of Commerce.
The 2016 Market is sponsored by Green Mountain Energy Company (White Plains), Blue Rock School (West Nyack), Smooth Photo Scanning Service (Lodi NJ), Solar Maximum (Nyack) and Green Meadow Waldorf School (Chestnut Ridge). Media sponsors include Rivertown magazine, Nyack News and Views and Natural Awakenings.
“We appreciate all of our supporters, and look forward to another successful Market season,” said Baird. “It’s a great place to stroll, shop and enjoy the fruits of the hard work our local farms and businesses do every day.”
Nyack Farmers’ Market
Thursday, 8am – 2pm
April through November: outdoors in the Main Street Parking Lot, at Bridge Street
December through March: indoors at Nyack Center, corner South Broadway and Depew