With us all feeling the effects of eight weeks sheltering in place comes the welcome open of local farmer’s markets.
After weeks of unseasonable weather (and the slight difficulties of operating in a pandemic) the counties farmers markets are finally opening up for business! Here’s Rivertown’s guide to when and where you can resume supporting local business by buying fresh, sustainable, local produce – and their social safety practices.
• The Nyack Farmers Market had its reopening last Thursday May 14 th and will continue to sell produce every Thursday from 8am to 2pm.
• Visitors and Vendors are required to wear masks at all time and there has been a limit placed on how many people are allowed in the market at any given time
• Customers are encouraged to shop quickly and the market is gladly accepting orders for pre pay and pickup.
• A list of participating vendors and new shopper guidelines can be found on their Facebook page here
• Piermont’s famers market had it’s opening on May 12th and will be open again on Sunday May16th from 10am to 3pm.
• Customers are asked to follow social distancing guidelines similar to Nyack’s: customers must wear masks, come in groups of no more than two, and are encouraged to shop quickly
• Vendors have been told not to touch or handle any reusable bags brought by shoppers and the market will be limiting the number of customers allowed in at one time.
• Those looking for prepackaged foods from the market can find them available for pickup at Piermont business including: 14 & Hudson, Basque, DVine Pie, Pier 701 and TWK Community
• Those looking for fresh produce in Westchester can enjoy the Tarrytown Farmers market, open Saturdays from 9AM to 12-30PM.
• The market is offering drive through contactless shopping for prepaid orders only.
• Customers can pick up their produce at Tarrytown Commuter Lot F (Near Losee Field and the Tarrytown Marina)
• Orders can be placed and scheduled for pickup here
• Van Houten Farms in Pearl River is offering curbside pickup on everything from locally raised grass feed beef to home brewed hard cider. You can place a preorder here
• The store is open Monday through Saturday from 9-7 and Sundays from 9-6, visitors are urged to wear face masks and practice social distancing.
• The Orchards of Conklin have an outdoor Garden Center and Nursery open to the public from 9am to 5pm daily and retail store that offers curbside pickup.
• Check out their products here
Joseph Kuhn is a freelance reporter operating out of Rockland County. A Pearl River native, Joe studied Writing and Political Science at Marist College and his work has appeared in a number of local publications.