I can't believe we are almost half way through the summer! This is one of the best seasons to enjoy your local farmers markets. There are SO many fruit, vegetable, dairy, meat, fish and specialty items in season! Throughout the summer I have been exploring the different farmers markets in Westchester County. There are SO many different farmers markets in Westchester and each farmers market offers a different experience. Some markets focus on specialty items such as breads, sweet treats, and personal care products, while others have a large selection of produce, dairy, fish, and meat. I love farmers markets that provide a large selection of vegetable and fruit options!
There are many reasons I try to do all of my grocery shopping at the farmers market. All of the produce at the farmers market is home grown. The fish is incredibly fresh and is caught on Long Island that morning. The meat and dairy are from farmers usually upstate, and you can find organic, grass-fed, and biodynamic farms. The specialty items I buy, such as pickles and sauerkraut contain probiotics and are fermented in New Jersey. The prices for all of these items are very reasonable. I can buy all of my vegetables and fruits for the week for about $30 (I buy a lot of fresh produce). Below is a list of my 4 favorite farmers markets with descriptions of each market.
1. Harrison Farmers Market
Harrison is my favorite farmers market because it is very small, not very crowded, and has the biggest selection of fruits and vegetables. They also have my favorite plain old-fashioned yogurt from Hawthorne Valley Farms and my favorite fermented foods from Dr. Pickle. Harrison also has breads, baked goods, kimchi, meat, and more. Unfortunately, the fish vendor recently left because not enough people were buying fish. Harrison is a great market for fresh produce!
2. Larchmont Farmers Market
Larchmont is one of my favorite markets because there are a large amount of vendors, it isn’t very crowded, and the fish vendor is incredible. Larchmont has the best fish vendor of all the farmers markets I’ve been explored. I have bought their sushi grade tuna for a reasonable price ($22 per pound). All of their fish tastes amazing because it is fresh caught that morning in Montauk, and the vendors are very personable. Larchmont also has vegetable and fruit options as well, but not nearly as large of a selection as in Harrison. Larchmont has a good selection of specialty items such as chocolate, frozen homemade soups, baked goods, dried and fresh pasta, coffee beans, and more! Larchmont also has a good selection of meats and dairy. Larchmont is a great market for fish, meat, dairy, and specialty items.
3. Chappaqua Farmers Market
Chappaqua is one of my favorite markets because there are a lot of dairy, meat, and specialty items. Although, the Chappaqua market is fairly big and draws a large crowd with long lines for popular vendors. Chappaqua has many dairy, meat, fish, and a large selection of specialty items. Chappaqua is one of the only markets I’ve found with homemade kombucha, is a little pricey but really good! They are a fairly large market, with a good selection of specialty items such as coffee, beer, salad dressing, baked goods, honey, flowers, personal care items, jams. However, there are only a few vendors with vegetables and fruits. Chappaqua is a great market for dairy, meats, and specialty items.
4. Pleasantville Farmers Market
Pleasantville is also a favorite, because they have a large selection of specialty items. After looking for months for the perfect non-toxic shampoo, I came to the Pleasantville Farmers Market and found my favorite shampoo bar by Sallye Ander that works wonders on my hair. Pleasantville Farmers Market is the largest farmers market I’ve been to, however they don’t have a large selection of vegetables and fruits. They have a good selection of specialty items such as tea, pastries, wine, peanut butter, dried spices, pesto, personal care products and more! They also have food available to eat while you’re shopping at the market such as falafel. Pleasantville is a great market for unique and high-quality specialty items.
Where is your favorite farmers market? Comment below!