Festival of Farmers Markets
Celebrate the tastes of the Hudson Valley and Catskills
Many community farmers’ markets host on-site special events and activities in addition to offering a weekly array of outstanding food. Here’s a sampling of events to mark on your calendar. Check individual market websites for more activities all summer long.
Saturday, June 25, Puppet Performances: 10am, 11am, noon
Puppets + Bees. Storytelling comes alive with Carapace Farm Puppetry’s handcrafted felt puppets. Catch a performance, and learn about felting. Enjoy music and lunch. Puppets and accessories on sale so kids can create stories at home. Art comes alive at The School- Jack Shainman Gallery (down the street from the market) where you’ll marvel at live bees sculpting art. Weekly market held Sat, 8:30am-12:30pm, at Kinderhook Village Square at Rt. 9 (Broad St.) and Hudson Street.
Saturdays, June 25, July 16, July 30, August 20, 11-11:30am
Farmers Market Cooking Demos Presented by Laura Silverman, Glutton for Life, and Danielle Gaebel, Natural Contents Kitchen, these cooking demos are educational, delicious and more! Plus open air market featuring local products from 18 farmers, food producers and artisans. Weekly market held Sat 10am-1pm, at 3385 Route 97 behind River Market.
Fridays, July 1 – August 12, 11:30am-12:15pm
Welcome Back the Food Ambassadors. Come meet our Food Ambassadors, fondly known as “The Rockstars,” a group of 8 year-olds enjoying summer fun at Beth El Day Camp. Through the farmers market collaboration, they also learn about local food and prepare a recipe with market ingredients. Free cards printed with the recipe of the week. Weekly market held Fri, 8:30am-2:30pm, at Huguenot Park on North Avenue, in front of New Rochelle High School.
Friday, July 1, 3-7pm
Sip and Sample II. Come and sample from local wine makers, distillers and craft brewers; enjoy recipes and ideas for summer cocktails. There will also be raffles and prizes. Check out weekly offerings on Facebook. Weekly market held Fri, 3-7pm, at Town Hall, 20 Wilcox Circle.
Saturday, July 2, 8:30am-1pm
Fresh & Local - Everything You Need for the Fourth! Be sure to shop the Larchmont Farmers Market for everything you need to create a memorable Fourth of July Feast. You’ll find a wide variety of sausage, grass-fed beef, pasture-raised chicken, salad fixin’s, artisan breads and so much more. Weekly market held Sat, 8:30am-1pm, in the Metro North parking lot off of Chatsworth Ave.
Sunday, July 3, 11am-2pm
The Rhinebeck Farmer’s Market will be offering a special summer cocktail, featuring The Hudson Standard’s Strawberry Rhubarb Shrub, Harvest Spirits Distillery’s Core Vodka, and local strawberries. Come out and celebrate the Hudson Valley’s abundance with a farm-fresh beverage. Weekly market held Sun, 10am-2pm, at 61 East Market Street.
Saturday, July 9, Noon-1pm
Recess Rocks! Get your kids excited about fitness with ‘Recess Rocks!’, a movement program that helps reverse childhood obesity and enhance learning. Great fun and Free for all! Weekly market held Sat, 8:30am-1pm, at the corner of Spring and Main Streets.
Sunday, July 10, 10am-12pm
Meet the Seasonal Chef. Renowned chef Maria Reina will cook up something creative, easy, and delicious from the market’s bounty. Building from her 30+ years of culinary experience, she’s sure to inspire with a new fresh take on each of the season’s best. Once a month from May-October taste, learn, pick-up a FREE recipe and try it at home! Weekly market held Sun, 8:30am-2pm, in the parking lot on Theodore Fremd Ave, behind the Purchase Street stores.
Sunday, July 24, 10am-12pm
Cornell Cooperative Master Gardener. Did you know gardening enhances quality of life in numerous ways: providing fresh food, exercise and health benefits, opportunities for multigenerational and life-long learning, creating pleasing landscapes and improved environment, and bringing people together. Our on-site Master Gardener will answer your gardening and composting questions every other week throughout the season. Weekly market held Sun, 9am-2pm, in parking lot A off Croton Point Avenue by the Croton Harmon Train Stations.
Saturday, July 30, 9am-2pm
Wellness Day. Join us to explore healthy cooking demos, screenings, and holistic health services available in Kingston. Family friendly and accessible to everyone. Weekly market held Sat, 9am–2pm, at Old Dutch Church, 272 Wall St.
Saturday, August 13, 9am-1pm
The Two by Two Petting Zoo returns to the Pawling Farmers Market, where they have entertained the crowd with their wonderful collection of exotic and familiar animals. Potbellied pigs, kangaroos, tortoises and even a bearded dragon amuse children of all ages, while offering a lesson on conservation and compassion for our four legged and winged friends. Weekly market held Sat, 9am-1pm, at Charles Colman Boulevard.
Saturday, August 20, 10am-2pm
Summer Fun. Bring your kids to an event to beat the heat that includes the Ivy Vine Players puppets, hula hoops, big bubbles, face painting, live music, kids art, and a chef demo. Enjoy lunch at the café under market umbrellas. Buy fresh seasonal food directly from the farmers, fishermen, bakers, and prepared food makers. (Sponsor: Town of Saugerties). Weekly market held Sat, 10am-2pm, except Oct 1 (Garlic Festival), at 115 Main Street.
Saturday, August 27, 9:30-11am
TARRYTOWN and SLEEPY HOLLOW
David Neilsen on the Green. Hudson Valley’s “coolest” storyteller, Neilsen reads Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories. Every week: 30+ vendors, live music, kids activities, food stamps doubled! Weekly market held Sat, 8:30am-2pm, at Patriots Park, Route 9, Tarrytown-Sleepy Hollow border.
Sundays, August 28 – September 25
Join us in celebrating the 18th season of The Harvest Festival at Bethel Woods. This popular, FREE community event features a farmer’s market, craft village, children’s activities, live music, and special programming in a family-friendly atmosphere celebrating local products and green initiatives. Weekly market held Sun, 11am-4pm, at 200 Hurd Road.
Wednesday, August 31, 3:30- dusk
Tomato Day! Woodstock Farm Festival celebrates tomato season with a wide variety of Tomato-centric activities, including a homegrown tomato contest, tomato canning demonstration, a cooking demo and more! “If it’s Wednesday…” join the fun at this festive gathering of the area’s finest farmers and food purveyors. Weekly market held Wed, 3:30-dusk, at 6 Maple Lane.
Sunday, September 25, 9:30am-2:30pm
Do you make the best apple pie? The 4th annual Piermont Apple Pie Contest is open for all home bakers. Judges panel has included chef Peter Kelly, Mark Tasker of Balthazar and local pie aficionado Sylvia Welch. They take their task very seriously! Entry forms and details will be on Piermont Chamber of Commerce website in late summer. . Weekly market held Sun, 9:30am-3pm, in the M&T Bank parking lot at the corner of Piermont Avenue and Ash Street.
And visit the websites of these other wonderful farmers’ markets for information and updates about events and activities happening in conjunction with their weekly farmers’ markets:
Discover the bounty at Sullivan County’s largest year-round farmers’ market. While in town, enjoy all this Delaware River town has to offer. Weekly market held Sun, 11am- 2pm, rain or shine, at Dorrer Drive, Callicoon Creek Park.
Our vendors strive to bring only the very best to our market. Knowing where your food comes from is important and you will enjoy what our vendors have to offer. Weekly market held Sat, 9am–2pm, at Tuxedo Train Station, 240 Rte. 17N.