Fresh produce…breads, pies, cookies…cheese… grass-fed beef…flowers… ice cream…honey…eggs…olive oil… the list of delights goes on as foodies, friends and families welcome opening day at the Nyack Farmers’ Market. Set for today, May 9 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Market day will feature a copious early Spring harvest from the area’s farms and food producers, as well as specialty goods, entertainment for the kids, cooking demonstrations and a special touch of creativity from Bill Batson, the Market’s artist-in-residence.
Nyack Mayor Jen White will preside over the ribbon-cutting ceremony at 8 a.m., and will be joined by Village Trustee Marie Lorenzini and Orangetown Supervisor Andy Stewart. State Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee will also be on hand to officiate and sample the Market’s offerings.
From 9 a.m. to noon, Chef George DeMarsico of Xaviar’s Piermont will be a featured guest, with cooking demonstrations and conversation about local foods. Kids’ entertainment will be provided by Jeffrey Friedberg and the Bossy Frog Band from 11 a.m. to noon. Adding to the fun, Silly Pencil will do caricatures from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“Now in its 16th 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. “Today, we’re proud to support local, eco-friendly farmers, artisans and food producers. It’s a great way to boost business and protect our environment.”
“As chair of the Assembly Task Force on Food, Farm and Nutrition Policy, I’m determined to ensure that everyone, especially those who are underserved, has access to nutritious food grown on farms in New York State,” said State Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee. “The Nyack Farmers Market is a vital partner in this mission. By promoting New York’s farmers and food producers, the Nyack Farmers Market increases access to fresh, local food, helps our seniors and families improve their health, boosts our economy, and brings our diverse community together. I look forward to another fruitful, fun-filled outdoor season.”
Attracting upwards of 1,000 shoppers every Thursday, the Market’s 21 vendors offer an 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; gourmet seafood, pasta and homemade sauces; hummus and Middle Eastern delicacies; handmade cheeses; and fine local wines and cider.
The Market is run by the Nyack Chamber of Commerce, and will be open every Thursday from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., rain or shine, through November 21 in the municipal parking lot on Main Street at the center of the village. Free parking is available for Market patrons in the Artopee lot adjacent to the Market.
For more info: http://www.nyackchamber.org/membership or contact the Chamber at 845-353-2221.