Fresh produce…breads, pies, cookies…cheese… grass-fed beef… seafood…flowers…ice cream…honey…eggs…the list of delights goes on as foodies, friends and families welcome opening day at Nyack’s Farmers’ Market. After wintering indoors at the Nyack Center (through March 26), the Market moves back outdoors on Thursday, April 2 from 8:00am to 2:00pm in the Main Street parking lot.
Market day will feature Spring harvests from local farms and food producers, as well as specialty goods, entertainment for the kids, live music and a special touch of creativity from Bill Batson, the Market’s artist-in-residence. [Click here for a full list of 2015 vendors.]
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 25. 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.
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. Kicking off the outdoor Market season on April 2, music will be provided from 11:00am to 1:00pm by acoustic guitarist/vocalist Jeff Doctorow.
Orangetown Supervisor Andy Stewart will hold office hours at the Market each week from 10:00am to 11:00am.
New this 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 18th year, the Nyack Farmers’ Market is one of the oldest markets in the tri-state area — a good example of how forward-looking this community is,” 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 23 regular vendors and 9 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; pasta, 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.”
“We appreciate all of our supporters, and look forward to another successful season at the Market,” said Baird. “It’s a great place to stroll, shop and enjoy the fruits of the hard work our local businesses put in every day.”
Nyack Farmers’ Market
Thursdays, 8am – 2pm
Main Street parking lot