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Farmers’ Market- Hartsdale

Posted in Farmers' Markets- Hartsdale on July 11, 2009 by jaydel818

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Hartsdale Train Station, DiSanti Plaza
Saturdays (July through mid-November)
9 am – 2 pm


This farmers’ market knows how to party.  With bells and whistles like a flag-bunting-draped grandstand featuring live music and a giant tractor, Hartsdale draws quite a crowd.

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The first tables are local vendors: pickled vegetables from Dr. Pickle; fresh pies, cookies, cakes, and breads from Scotty’s Country Kitchen (from New Hampton, Orange County); and organic, whole grain breads from Catskills-based Bread Alone.  A Hudson Valley local, Scotty’s makes apple pies that start with fresh fruit from a family-owned orchard and hand-rolled dough made from scratch.  Bread Alone Bakery, owned by CIA-alum Daniel Leader and pastry chef (and English major!) Sharon Burns-Leader, is committed to wholesome, organic flour.

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The market also has a substantial selection of fresh flowers and a large variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs from Westchester Greenhouse and Farms (the main vendor), so handy, red baskets are provided for your shopping convenience.  Hence the war of the baskets.  Baskets bumping.  Baskets colliding.  Oops! Excuse me.

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After waiting on line for my produce, I approached the row of three cashiers and asked if the produce was local.

“The strawberries and apricots are,” came the reply. “Ummmm… the blueberries are from Jersey.  A lot of the vegetables over there come straight from the farm.”

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Wait a second.  Lines? Cashiers? Variety? Something here misses the point.  Farmers’ markets aren’t about cherries in September.  Farmers’ markets are about fresh, seasonal, local produce.  If I wanted variety and out-of-season fruit, I’d go to the A&P! This experience seemed more like a fresh air, out-of-doors supermarket.

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I actually felt a little stressed out shopping in this part of the market.  I was scolded for being on the wrong side of the line, I couldn’t find a basket, and I began to worry because I’d clearly parked in the wrong place [Free train station parking is available.  If you plan to park near the meters, make sure to bring quarters!] The normal calm, serene stroll around a farmers’ market eluded me here.  It was pretty harried over by the big produce tables.

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If you’re looking for the convenience of one-stop shopping on a sunny, summer day, this market is the place to go.  There are tons of jams, fruit, and vegetables.  This market, nestled in quaintHartsdale and surrounded by a variety of artisinal specialty food shops as is, has some real draws.

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