Opening day was a success despite the early rain. Many local residents enjoyed snacking on the fresh strawberries from Pennings and Iona Hill Farms, freshly baked pastries and breads from Auntie El’s, Noble Pies and Meredith’s, cheeses from Fontanarosa, as well as lunch items from Blue Taco and Pastabilitys, all while listening to John Moroski’s fingerstyle acoustic pop, rock, folk and new age music. Bug-free local children (thanks to Coventry Body Care’s new natural bug repellent) were spotted with pickles on sticks from Pickilicious while they colored pictures in the children’s area.
Market regulars were happy to see Walnut Grove has returned this season with pastured pork, free-range eggs, grass-fed beef and maple syrup. Raw local honey products, creamed honey and bees wax candles abounded at the stand of new vendor Honeybrook Farms and soy candles could be purchased from a new vendor across the way.
Hudson Valley Pantry sampled their “Suffern Blend” Hummus with hints of basil, as well as two of their most popular salsas. Customers stocked up for the week on exotic mushrooms, fresh vegetables and salad at Do Re Me farms’ stand.
Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee, Suffern Trustee Bruce Simon, Ramapo’s Phil Tisi and Suffern Mayor Dagan LaCorte were on hand to help the Suffern Farmers’ Market kick off its 10th season in style.
Thanks to all who came and supported the Market despite gloomy weather. We are looking forward to a great season!