Fantastic farmers’ markets

Buying local, getting great goods

By SANDY LONG

REGION — One of the surest signs of summer’s approach is the return of our region’s farmers’ markets. With markets opening for the season on both the New York and the Pennsylvania sides of the river, we can all bid farewell for a while to shrink-wrapped produce imported from another hemisphere and welcome fresh, locally raised food products from lettuce to lamb.

The markets not only feature farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, specialty meats and dairy products—many of which have been organically cultivated, grown or produced—but also artisan-baked goods and cheeses, fine arts and handcrafts, musicians and performers.

Sullivan County boasts five farmers’ markets. They offer a mix of produce and products as varied as a spring mesclun salad. Select a fine bottle of New York State wine to accompany smoked trout, specialty pesto and artisan bread. Maple products, heirloom vegetables, orchard fruits, quiches, jams, goat’s milk soap, hand-thrown pottery, perennial and herb plants—all can be obtained from the vendors who devote great effort to bringing their best items to market.

Vendors participating in the Sullivan County Farmers’ Markets Association reside within 75 miles of Sullivan County, so shoppers can be assured that their purchases support the local economy. In addition, produce from local growers is noticeably fresher than produce shipped over great distances.

New this year is an independent farmers’ market located in Barryville, New York. Mark Veeder, Barryville Chamber of Commerce president, says the market will feature locally grown and made goods, ranging from produce, to jams, to maple syrup and baked goods.” Opening day on June 17 will feature live music, a petting zoo and pony rides for the kids.

In addition, chamber members have worked with Woodbourne prison, in Woodbourne, NY, to start 6,000 heirloom vegetable seedlings for donation to local farmers and families in need who agree to participate as vendors at the new market. New vendors are being sought and can visit www.BarryvilleNY.com for an application, or call 845/754-0790.

In Pennsylvania, the Wayne County Farmers’ Market in Honesdale is a Saturday morning must-stop that kicks off on May 27. Farming is a crucial economic force in Wayne County and helps to sustain the distinctive rural character of the region. Market manager Lisa Salak points out that not only does the market support local farmers, but also the area’s many homegrown entrepreneurs.

In addition to the dependable supply of fruits and vegetables, products for sale at this market include homemade ice cream, fudge and specialty cakes, kielbasa, pierogies and honey. Soaps, candles, wood furniture, fused glass jewelry, holiday decorations, bath and body accessories, water and air purification devices and an assortment of trees, shrubs and herbs are available. An added plus is a weekly cooking demonstration.

Produce selections change as the seasons progress, so repeat visits provide an evolving assortment of tantalizing items. Customers can touch base with long-time favorite vendors and become acquainted with interesting newcomers and their products.

Regional Farmers’ Markets

New York Farmers’ Markets

Barryville Farmers’ Market

WHEN: Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., rain or shine, June 17 through October 7

WHERE: Behind the River Market on Route 97, Barryville

For more information visit www.BarryvilleNY.com, or call 845/754-0790

Harvest Festival at Bethel Woods

WHEN: Sundays, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., August 27 through October 8

WHERE: 200 Hurd Road, Bethel

For more information, visit www.bethelwoods.us/index.html or call 866/781-2922

Sullivan County Farmers’ Markets

WHEN and WHERE:

•Thursdays in Jeffersonville, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., May 24 through October 5

Main Street, Jeffersonville

•Fridays in Liberty, 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., May 12 through October 6

Darbee Lane, Liberty

•Sundays in Callicoon, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., May 7 through November 26

Callicoon Creek Park

•Sundays in Roscoe, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., May 21 through October 9

For more information visit www.sullivancountyfarmersmarkets.org, or call 845/292-6180, ext. 115

Pennsylvania Farmers’ Markets

Wayne County Farmers’ Market

WHEN: Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. rain or shine, May 27 through October 28

WHERE: In front of Wayne County Visitor’s Center, 32 Commercial Street, Honesdale.

For more information, visit www. wayne- countycc.com, email Wayne- ctyfrmmkt@aol.com, or call 570/253-1960

TRR photo by Tom Kane
The farmers' market in Callicoon opened in early May. (Click for larger version)
TRR photo by Tom Kane
Expressions of delight are common as vendors greet customers. Here, Anala Miller and Nathaniel Whitmore (behind table) and Michele LeGrand (front) celebrate another market season. (Click for larger version)
TRR photo by Tom Kane
Shoppers can find more than food products at regional farmers’ markets. (Click for larger version)